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The Queue: Garrisons, editorial, remorse, gear


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.

So much interest in patch 6.0.2 lately... It's almost like there's another 600,000 people playing WoW or something.

Huh.

Yaminokaze asked:

Looking at most of the complaints about garrisons, many of them boil down less to any problems with the system as-is, and more to the garrison not being what the person wanted or expected. Less "I don't like this" and more "I wish it had been this".

Do you think Blizzard did a poor job managing expectations for the garrison? They were so vague at BlizzCon that everyone likely filled in the gaps in their imagination (often erroneously), but I'm not sure if they had much more of an idea than what they gave us then. The feature probably changed quite a bit during development.

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The Queue: Removals, tree form, and Baine Bloodhoof

Shadowmoon Valley
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.

I'm not in the alpha, so I'm going to sulk, drink my coffee, and look longingly at this beautiful shot of Shadowmoon Valley. Oh, and answer some questions, too!

CaptainCakewalk asked:

Q4tQ: So far, what is the one single thing you are glad to see removed in WoD and the one thing you are not so happy about being removed?

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The Queue: Money money money

Well, yesterday was exciting wasn't it? Adam's "insane" guess on the cost of a level 90 boost appears at least to have been below the price we saw. Lots of conflicting opinions abounded in the comments, both on that post and yesterday's queue, with some saying "too much" and some saying "just right". I don't think we saw anyone saying "too little" though. However, the first question was one that I saw a lot:

Devin asked

Q4TQ: With the 90 boost ostensibly being priced at $60 do you think Blizzard would introduce an option to buy levels individually for a dollar or so, or even a scaling price for higher levels? Allowing players to level by conventional means but avoiding areas of the game they dislike.

The short answer is no, I don't think we'd see that. Reason being that it could net Blizzard far less revenue than the "give us $60" option. It would also have the issue of how people would use it, and the impact of that use. For example, I find leveling from 1-15 really tiresome. Start zones, for some races, are fine, but if I never have to do the Pandaren one again it'll be too soon. Same applies for the Worgen and the Goblin zones, the ones that trap you until you reach a certain point. Right now, I give Blizzard $25 for a race change, but instead I'd just give them $15 to get off that darn turtle.

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The Queue: Happy Cow-loween

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 belated host for today.

It's been years since I watched Revolutionary Girl Utena, and I've been dusting off my old DVDs to give it another go. The show is delightfully (and sometimes disturbingly) weird, and there is no character who is more representative of its bizarre humor than Nanami. In this scene, she turns into a cow. As you do.

Erik4 asked:

Q4TQ: So what's up with WoW Mega Bloks? Are they discontinued? I loved collecting those. Bought almost every one. I was really looking forward to Draenai and Garrosh and a dragon mount.

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The Queue: All hail the banana slug

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 will be your host today.

The majestic banana slug, a giant yellow slug native to the redwood forests of northern California, also the celebrated mascot of UC Santa Cruz! I'm an alum of UC Berkeley myself, and often encountered banana slugs while trekking through woodland while on some project or other for my numerous environmental science classes. I never got tired of seeing them. They're pretty great.

Man. Now I'm all nostalgic for banana slugs.

RegulusX asked:

I stopped playing the game just before the end of Cataclysm, but have come back for 5.4. My question: how much time do people think we have before the next expansion? Wondering how much time I have to spend on alts and random things versus getting my main through all the MoP content.

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The Queue: In case of emergency break glass, release kraken

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. All the usual suspects are sick, so backup emergency Queue writer Matthew Rossi has breached his vault and, bypassing all the eldritch seals, brings forth a Queue that writhes with tentacles vast beyond imagining. Ia! Ia!

Yes, that's right - everyone's sick, and so I'm writing this Queue. I was just reading about the original mythology about the kraken, the idea that it was so big that people used to think it was an island and it would eat entire boats and kill people by submerging. Isn't that wild? For once, World of Warcraft has completely downplayed the thing. As you can see from this wikipedia article, Jacob Wallenberg argued that the kraken wasn't very large since it was only roughly sixteen kilometers.

I'm fairly sure Jacob Wallenberg was a hard dude to impress. On to your questions!

hstein31 asks:
In the Operation: Shieldwall quests, Varian says that he was courting the Blood Elves to join the Alliance. That seems rather important to only be casually mentioned while scolding Jaina; does that show up in any other source, like a novel or short-story?


Nope. It takes place entirely within the game. Aren't we constantly saying that's what we want?

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The Queue: Music is distracting

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.

Thanks to tumblr for introducing me to the Armenian pop singer Sirusho. I can't get this song out of my head, despite not understanding a word of it. This video in particular has been praised for featuring some wonderful Armenian design, and it's easy to see why!

Ron2 asked:

What's your favorite class and/or race for a gathering alt? Horde or Alliance, Mining, Herbing, and/or Skinning, I leave that up to you.

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The Queue: Patch 5.2's release date and heaps of dirty laundry

The Queue Patch 52's release date and heaps of dirty laundry
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.

Today's edition of The Queue is mostly WoW Insider questions and not so much WoW questions, but we'll get the biggest WoW question of them all out of the way up front:

frankie asked:

Patch 5.2: Live before February ends?

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The Queue: Let's see some hustle out there, patch 5.2

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.

I've officially reached the point where I'm tired of messing around with patch 5.2 on the PTR and just want it to launch. That doesn't mean everybody has reached that point, but I certainly have.

sergel92 asked:

Are the Zandalari good trolls, bad trolls, or just your normal trolly trolls? They seem to show different levels of morality, but I'm wondering what direction they are heading in now with Mists. Also, do ou think we'll ever see their leader Rastakhan one day, or even know where he is?

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The Queue: Serpent racing, soloing Black Temple, 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.

I'm stuck in downtown San Francisco until Friday. I apologize to everyone who lives in or around San Francisco, but this place kind of sucks.

darkpanda asked:

Did Cloud Serpent Racing never take off? (No pun intended). I've heard barely any mention of it since MoP launched. Whenever people talk about non Raiding activities, it's completely ignored. Did it get lost in the shuffle or was there never any longevity to it to begin with?

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The Queue: Random cat pictures because I am sick

The Queue A guy who was sick all yesterday answers your questions
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 "Oh God I think I'm dying" Rossi will be answering your questions today.

So yeah, I am crazy sick as I write this. We're in the grip of that seasonal hopping illness - you know, the one that someone brings into the house as a cough, and then it migrates to someone else as explosive sneezes and chills, and then it leaps back to the first person. I have no idea if we've even had one good illness free day the past two weeks.

I realize this isn't in any way funny. I'm sorry about that. Here's a picture of my cat Sasquatch that some of you totally helped keep from dying. He's very cute.

mazokuranma asks

Could anyone possible help me with a LFR loot question? I'm having trouble finding a definitive answer through Google. I know you can only get loot once from a boss per reset cycle, but if you don't get loot from a boss, are you locked out from loot for the cycle (Essentially limiting you to running it once for any chance at loot)?

Second, if you've already run it for loot and received some, can you spend another coin if you go again and still get a chance at bonus loot? If anyone can answer these questions (Or help me find an officail post related to them) I would appreciate it!

From personal experience I can tell you that yes, even if you didn't get any loot, once you kill a boss in LFR you're locked out of looting him again. You'll see an icon saying You were not eligible to loot this boss. However, yes, you can spend a coin on a boss you've already looted and get an item. I know because I have done so.

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The Queue: Benjamin Franklin created the internet to resurrect himself

The Queue Benjamin Franklin created the internet to resurrect himself
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 is writing this sucker today.

I'm kidding. Sort of.

Ben is one of my personal heroes, though.

In today's Queue, I answer a bunch of tanking questions. I know -- I was as shocked as you are.

Matthew2 asked:

I finally got around to making a DK and leveling it. (I'm a tank - my first tank!!!) Having said that:

Is DPS in Blood Spec viable for 5 mans? I'm not a raider, I just want to learn my Blood spec and tank with it and dps with it in instances that I am learning about. Is it ok to use death and decay if I'm in Frost Presence when I'm DPS'ing? And I don't yet have unholy presence, so I'll pre-ask: "what spec should I be using as DPS in PvE [assuming i'm a blood dk if that matters]?

Clearly, I don't know this class yet - any good sources to learn about being a DK?

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The Queue: The one with a bird on it

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Your host for today is the newly pierced Fox Van Allen.

For those of you who don't know, I live in Somerville, Massachusetts. It's an urban hipster oasis immediately west of Boston. We have stores that specialize in selling cheese. We have a coffee shop where you get served inside an abandoned bank vault. We've converted every inch of abandoned factory space into million-dollar lofts. And yes, we have lots and lots of craft stores where you can buy ridiculous crap with birds on it.

Why birds? Well, according to the above clip from IFC's Portlandia, everything's better (and carries more hipster cred) when you put a bird on it. We'll test out that theory in today's The Queue.

Tee asked:

Is Blizzard planning on doing anything for leveling scribes to address the current situation with Books of Glyph Mastery? Since most people have moved on from Northrend content, the books are in short supply ... there are only a few on the auction house at any given time and they're ridiculously expensive. Is Blizzard really going to make me spend tens of thousands of gold to buy 54 books to get access to those glyphs? I thought I remembered someone saying during a BlizzCon panel that they were going to make those glyphs available in a different way for Cataclysm, but I may have been dreaming that.

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The Queue: The bird is most certainly not the word


Welcome back to The Queue, WoW.com's daily Q&A column where the WoW.com team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

Normally I'm all right with birds, but this one kept murdering me in cold blood last night on my priest, even though I was several levels higher than him. I mean, there are elite magnataur out there in the same zone with one-fourth the HP of this damn bird. What do you want from me, Alystros? I pay my taxes, I vote, I volunteer at the local museum. The least you could do is cut your HP and damage by about 75% so I can convert your corpse into gold and experience.

And what does that have to do with The Queue? Nothing, dear readers. Absolutely nothing.

Brysterside asked via Twitter:

What is the best way to start a WoW blog?

Simply put? Start writing! If you want to blog, you have to write. Find something you're passionate about in the game and write write write, because two things will keep readers coming: good content, and regular content. Make sure that you can provide both.

It's not easy getting the discipline to be a regular blogger -- just ask me -- but the payoff can be big in many ways. WoW.com has a series of articles on starting your own WoW blog, which you can start here. Hope that helps!

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The Queue: Normal view

Welcome back to The Queue, WoW.com's daily Q&A column where the WoW.com team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco be your host today.

Happy fifth anniversary, everyone! In honor of such a prestigious age for our young upstart MMO, this edition of the Queue ... has ... well, basically nothing to do with the anniversary at all. I mean, it's not as if you guys asked any anniversary-related questions. So, we're just setting today's Queue to "normal view" and takin' care of business.

Shall we?

Pemberton asked...

How come we can't fly from Darkshore to the Exodar?

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