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The Queue: Shadowmoon Valley is really, really pretty

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

I don't think I can really express, nor can I get over, just how gorgeous this zone is. I got the same feeling running around Shadowmoon as I did running around Nagrand, Grizzly Hills and the Jade Forest for the first time. They really knocked this one out of the park.

PurityKnights asked:

For those that got into beta, did it just show up on your Bnet launcher or did you have to check your account page?

If you have the new Battle.net launcher, it should theoretically just show up. But honestly if you're curious about whether or not you have access, the quickest, easiest way to find out is still just to log into your account on the official website and see if you've been flagged for it.

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The Queue: Shadowmoon Valley, Talking to Demons, Paired Content

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

Shadowmoon Valley on the Alpha is ridiculously awesome, guys. Even with the usual 'it's Alpha' connectivity problems that you can't really be surprised by, I've enjoyed the quest flow, the scenery is gorgeous, and the lore bombs are dropping fast and furious. The one that's been spoilered all over the internet? That one's nothing compared to some of the things that happen in SMV.

Frankly, as good as Frostfire Ridge is (and it's good) I think the Alliance definitely got the richer, more interesting, just plain better zone this time around. It's still the Alpha - Frostfire is by no means a bad zone, and frankly, it might just be my love for all things draenei showing here (but check it out you can see both moons in the Shadowmoon Valley sky) but I have to doff my cap to SMV so far. Totally awesome.

gazaa07 asks:
At the Start of the Green Fire questline, we have to talk to our Demons to identify what the tome is and what it's used for

Q4tQ: can we have a system where we can talk to our demon about whatever's going on in that patch? the Demons are Sentient beings so why can't we talk to them? DKs could do it with their Ghoul as well (provided they are unholy)

From a pure game design perspective that's a lot of coding for your demon. I mean, you want to be able to talk to it about anything that's happening - that could mean, well, anything. From a lore perspective, your demons aren't your friends -- they are at best your slaves, and at worst here to corrupt you and damn your soul to be consumed in the Twisted Nether. So either way, not all that interested in chatting with you about that new quest in patch 6.3.

Having just recently watched Hellboy again, I figure a DK talking to his ghouls wouldn't get anything terribly helpful. Mostly they'd just berate him for disturbing their eternal rest.


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The Queue: The buffs, SoO with AQ, and linux


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

This is my first Queue after being back from vacation. Did you all miss me?

Let's talk about not-cheese and not-how awesome San Francisco was.

TaxmanCDN asked:

Do you think these short, temporary buffs for valor and black prince rep & items to collect is a test to gauge interest? Is there a chance they could make one or both of the buffs permanent to bring people back to play until 6.0?

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The Queue: Tree on a bike

Tree on a bike
Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Sarah Pine (@ilaniel) will be your host today.

The above is one of my all-time favorite WoW screenshots. Yet another reason why Ulduar was such a great raid.

Mazuren asks:
Q4tQ: After we're done with WoD, what would you most like to see? More Azeroth(Zandalar, Kul Tiras, Undermine, Azshara)? Or would you rather we head to the various legion infested worlds? Or maybe something else entirely?

I'd love to find out what happened to Neptulon, and that also feels like the natural place for an expansion whose end boss is Azshara, which would be great. I'd also like to finally check out the Emerald Dream in a meaningful way, though that hope might be permanently dashed considering the fate of the Dragonflights at the end of Cataclysm. World hopping usually isn't my bag, but I'd be down for that if a major component of the story happened to be the search for Alleria. And Turalyon, I guess. But mostly Alleria.

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The Queue: The Three Draeneimigos, I'm a mutant, Leyara was right

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

I very very much want to see the new draenei male in action. Human male, I get that's next, but as soon as possible please. Still, Vindicator Maraad's rocking that hammer. If transmog is working properly the next time the Alpha's up, I may match up with him.

gazaa07 asks:
Rossi posted on twitter this little gem, which implies (to me at least) he's been playing a Warrior for so long that he's started picking up warrior talents IRL.

My Q4tQ: if you could pick from WoW (as of 5.4.8) any spell, ability, talent, glyph or shapeshift and have it as your singular Super-Power, what would you have and why?

Titan's Grip. Or do I not get one because we've decided I have Second Wind already? Well, if I could pick, I'd pick Titan's Grip. Carrying around two gigantic buster swords would be awesome.



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The Queue: Legendaries, Gilneas, eyeballs, and more

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

The gronn (and their various subspecies) sure are colorful in Warlords.

Zapwidget asked:

Is Blizzard going to repeat the Legendary method from Mists in WoD? I ask because that will ultimately be what makes or breaks my decision to actively participate in the expansion. In my opinion the legendary chain as implemented was less an optional thing and more something you had to do our you were holding your team back.

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The Queue: Many questions, handle them

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

We had a lot of questions today, so let's just get right to them!

gazaa07 asked:

Q4tQ: Which model do you predict we will see after the male human one?

I'd kind of like to see either the female troll, or the male night elf. Preferably female troll, because I'd like to see them finally, at long last, blink. We'll have to wait and see what they decide to show us after the human male, though.

jabrone77 asked:

QfortheQ: Why on earth would Thrall leave the trade prince in control of the goblins? He enslaved his own people TWICE. I understand the gameplay aspect of it, you can't have a player in charge, but the lore "why" escapes me. Wouldn't Thrall out of everyone on Azeroth be against that?

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The Queue: Space goats

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

Shadowmoon Valley opened very briefly on the alpha client yesterday. As soon as it went live, the starting area was immediately hit with a flood of alpha testers. Unfortunately, the servers were brought down a short time after, and will remain down for the weekend to address technical issues. The stampede should commence again in earnest come Monday.

Digsu asked:

Question: Baine has soundfiles in the game that have him shouting "Open the gate!", "I will not let a single human step past me into Mulgore! My people will not be harmed!" and "Sound the drums of war! For Taurajo!". Where are these from?

Those are not actually a part of the game proper -- although from listening to them, they seem to be indicative that at one point in time or another, there was supposed to be some sort of event at the gates that block Mulgore from the rest of the Barrens. Likely whatever was planned for that was cut. It definitely wouldn't be the first time that voice files that were never used made their way into the game files.

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The Queue: Why no new class/race, new content now, why stances?

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

Talking about WoW, as we do here.

What is this strange sensation? Is it... can it be... joy?

Gendou Knepper asks:
Q4Q: Do you think Warlords is setting up for disappointment as the first expansion with no new class or race? I understand that the new character models are taking a lot of resources and that a new class might not be needed. But there's still seems to be a subjective feeling that this expansion is *lacking* something, and I'm not sure why.

New classes/races are easy to put on a box and point to as something new. It's hard to convey "Instead of new leveling content for a new race, we're putting that development time into new content for people to go through on their way to level 100." Same thing with a new class (especially one like a death knight, which got its own leveling zone - monks kind of got a hub and some specific monkish quests). I don't think Warlords is setting us up for anything, I think it's more human nature to ignore nuance in favor of broad strokes. New race or class = new content, whereas just going straight to new content isn't as easily grasped, because expansions offer that anyway.

On the other hand, new classes and races offer that 'new play experience smell' - they do new things, look new, it's easy to feel like you're getting something with them. In the end, I think Warlords is offering a lot more than just new character models - there's tons of quests, whole new kinds of encounters, the garrison, and huge, sweeping class revamps to go along with stat squishing, dungeons, a new raid structure, etc etc.

Ultimately, the lack of a new race or class is pretty meaningless, and if people are disappointed for that alone, I'd argue it was more on them than on Blizzard.

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The Queue: Dinosaurs!

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

It has been way too long since I nerded out about dinosaurs in an edition of the Queue. Let's all welcome Mercuriceratops gemini, a very cool looking ceratopsian dinosaur. I don't know why NBC decided to cover this as 'weird science' because there's nothing weird about it -- just a very distinctive ceratopsian with a particularly interesting frill. Hopefully, the next time we get dinosaurs in WoW (and I have hopes for Gorgrond and Farahlon)) we'll get a winged ceratopsian.

Anyway, it's time for questions, and the answers therein.

CaptainCakewalk asks:
Q4tQ: I have noticed this for many years now, from the first months of playing WoW back in TBC actually, that we don't have very many doors in Azeroth. So, it got me thinking will Garrison buildings have doors? I know this a really weird question but it's always irked me that the rest of Azeroth, especially humans and Dwarves, don't seem to understand the quality of a door. Think of the drafts up yer kilts!

So far my Horde garrison on the alpha is absolutely devoid of doors. So far as I can tell, they don't even have a fur draped across the entrance to keep out the Frostfire chill. Apparently we're all just really freaking hardy. On the one hand, I don't want to have to open a door every time I go in or out of my buildings, but you'd think a few would be around.

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The Queue: Leveling in Warlords, QQ, and more

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Let's all agree to lay off of Wildstar today, eh?

@crusaderesper asked:

Is the leveling in WoD filled with rares and events like the Timeless Isle?

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The Queue: Other MMOs hating on WoW, one server, salty comments


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

A few good questions today. Let's keep 'em coming!

Rode asked:

Know what is grinding my gears (and also makes me depress). I've been enjoying Wildstar these past few days but each time i do bring out that i still play WoW and i am looking forward for WoD... i am met with hostility. And i mean big hostility... I got denied, in a jokingly matter, a dungeon run unless i admit WoW is crap, i feel like the last mast standing when i talk in Zone chat and don't get me started on the guildies, all rolling their eyes and calling me the WoW fanboy in front of my face and i am guessing behind my back. I now learn to shut my mouth so i won't cause drama and to just put in smiley faces in guild chat when someone brings out "Vanilla wow was best wow". I can't remember the number of time i bit my cheeks when people say that with a straight face...

Are people really playing Wildstar cause they are having a grudge against WoW? Like they think this is proving their point? For me it's two separate game that both community can enjoy but no... people want to draw a line on the sand. And frankly, it is making me sad, literally :( . Cause i really don't want to just pick one cause people are discouraging me to have fun of the other. I hope this will die down the coming months but i seriously hope this will stop from happening at every new MMO launch.

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The Queue: Progress

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Happy Monday, everyone!

@sourceelement asked:

What lessons do you hope Blizzard has learned with Mists of Pandaria and how do you think they will apply them to Warlords?

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The Queue: Dad dad dad dad

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there today!

Fizzl asked:

Q4TQ: how likely is it Draenor won't actually be the focus of the whole expansion? In other words, what's the chance that halfway through the expansion we finish what we needed to in Draenor and return home only to find the Legion in full force. The rest of the expansion takes place outside of Draenor fighting non-Orc baddies.

I think we're going to be on Draenor for the whole expansion -- I don't think we're going to make a sudden rush back to Azeroth, not with so much invested in garrisons and outposts on Draenor. However, I think that Draenor potentially has far worse to offer than a bunch of amped up orc warlords, and I'm guessing we're going to get into that later in the expansion.

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The Queue: Got your goat

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

Goats are very talented creatures. Here you see some goats on backup vocals for One Direction. Aren't they the most majestic things you've ever seen?

gazaa07 asked:

Q4tQ: Now that we are going back to Draenor (granted, a Draenor that wasn't shattered by Demons / Ner'Zhul) do you think we will end up in tier sets that resemble the best that Outland had to offer (T6 FTW)?

It's an alternate reality kind of Draenor, and in that case man I hope we see something like that -- alternate re-imagined versions of those tier sets would be pretty neat. At the very least, we do know that we'll be seeing some gear that definitely has an orcish or draenic influence in its design, which I like.

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