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The Queue: Warcraft RTS, April Fools is dumb, boost to 90 zone, and the holy grail


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 Queue is dedicated to my amazing staff that dropped in Diablo 3 over the weekend. I got it in adventure mode on level Torment 1. So great, and so over powered.

My wizard > yours.

AzerProf asked:

I feel like Warlords of Draenor is bringing us back to the roots of the Warcraft franchise - which I love. But it makes me miss WC1-3. What, in your opinion, is the likelihood of the original RTS'(RTSes?) getting some 20th anniversary love in the form of a re-release? I expect something, and have already committed to buying whatever Blizzard decides to release.

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The Queue: Pink Zeal

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

Magenta...the color of righteousness!

Drewbob asked:

Agree or disagree: group quests are okay for current expansion content, and should be returned to the game.

While I think that it's okay, mostly, that former group quests in wrath era content and prior have been made solo-able, I think the lack of these quests in the open world definitely take something of the spirit of it being an MMO with a community away from the experience. As I was leveling my eleventy-billionth toon in Zinth'alor the other day (and cursing the developers for not retuning respawn rates), I remembered back when it was elite, and you needed at least a couple other party members to make it to the top. While I don't think the rewards offered for that were ever quite commensurate with the effort, I think that that's easy to remedy, and having more opportunities in the world to take down moderately more difficult quest and zone content beyond world bosses would be awesome.


I think that the open tagging system is a good compromise between group questing and soloing. You don't necessarily need to assemble a group for it, but anybody can pop over and participate if they're on it too (and especially early in an expansion, other people will be on it).

I do kind of miss group quests -- there's something about putting a team together and tackling a tough mob -- but boy was it a pain. I don't know if it was the same for everyone, but there were quests I simply never got to do in vanilla because I could never find a group and they were literally impossible to solo.

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The Queue: Mildstar

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

I got into the WildStar beta after...what, three years of waiting? I've really been looking forward to it, but under all the (admittedly lovely) art and animation, it's...just another kill-ten-rats MMO. I wonder if I'm outgrowing this genre.

DeanofWhoopass asked:

Is there any announced "catch up" mechanism for WoD? If they truly do get rid of valor/justice gear, getting alts up to speed will be a royal pain. I shudder to think how many weeks of LFR it would take to slowly get geared up enough to viably raid current normal/heroic raids.

Expect there to be mid-expansion dungeons this time; beyond that, we haven't had any concrete information on catch-up mechanisms yet. It's likely something we won't hear about until it becomes relevant.

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The Queue: Back in the saddle again

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.

Just got my computer back. Let's celebrate with some classic Aerosmith.

Scott Leyes asks:

With ESO releasing on Sunday, what are the odds of Blizz doing a major news dump on Friday/tomorrow?

Man, I don't even know anymore. I'd like there to be one, but I'm not going to hold my breath in anticipation of it. If it happens, great, and if not we'll just have to keep waiting. It's kind of like when T.H. Huxley debated Samuel Wilberforce over evolution - the day before it happened, Huxley had no idea he was even going to be there. We'll get the info dump when we get it.

This is how I keep from falling down and weeping all the time. Blind, ludicrous optimism.

I will say, though, I don't think Blizzard had a counter-punch for TESO. They released Reaper of Souls this week, and if that's not it, then there probably isn't one. They're almost certainly not going to release a beta this weekend, and that'd be the only real counter-punch release they could realistically use aside from RoS.

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The Queue: It's been so long!

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) really likes betas. Hint hint, Blizzard?

Look at those little talking birdies. Just ... look at them. Oh hey, Warcraft questions!

JediExcel asked:

So re reading Rise of the Horde again, and was struck by a thought. In the real world, Nerzhul was tricked and Guldan was a willing participant in the turning the orcs against the draenei. Now Garrosh shows the alternate time line orcs of their corruption, and thwarts the burning legion by preventing them from drinking the blood of Mannoroth. But the war is still going on in this alternate time line. Unless I missed something, this seems to show the orcs are still a bunch of d- er, determined jerks. Thoughts?

That's kind of a tricky situation. We don't know exactly when Garrosh went back in time to -- just that it was at some point before the orcs were offered the Blood of Mannoroth. Keep in mind that the orcs and draenei had been fighting each other relentlessly up until that point -- Mannoroth's blood was given to the orcs just before they attacked Shattrath City. But every other major city had been utterly destroyed by then. So it's entirely likely Garrosh may have arrived in the middle of this war between draenei and orc, and didn't bother trying to stop that. Why would he, when the draenei make excellent opponents to train the Iron Horde's killing skills on before they head to Azeroth?

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The Queue: Missing the little things, faster expansions, models, and circular 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. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

So how many of you were up late and got your Diablo 3 wizard (best class, if you disagree you're plain wrong) to 70?

Chris asked:

Q for the Queue: Does anyone else miss the "Little things"? Now I'm talking about I just today was looking forward to April Fools day, but then I realized Blizzard didn't do anything last year for it. I got quite sad. Did you also know we have had (as of now) two summer olympics and three winter olympics, yet only one time was The Spirit of Competition and the Tabard of Competition available? I'm aware that all of these things are content, and they are constantly working on things to bring out expansions, but these "little things" are the things that make the difference, in my opinion anyway. I'm not sure there is a question anymore, but your thoughts?

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The Queue: To Zanarkand

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

No, you're getting emotional over the intro to a video game!

JediExcel asked:

Question on the changes removing certain stats from armor and weapons in WOD. Does this mean I could basically switch between enh/ele shaman or feral/boomkin druid? Or have I grossly misunderstood the concept?

This is precisely what you can do, but with a few caveats:
  • It only applies to items made for WoD
  • It doesn't apply to certain item types, like weapons and trinkets
So you could feasibly switch to your offspec wearing the same gear and be okay, though you'll still probably have a set of trinkets and weapons/offhands for your offspec as well.

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The Queue: Zap Luftrauser

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

Anybody else playing this and/or Final Fantasy X HD this weekend? I AM PLAYING BOTH.

Nurph asked:

With all the talk of the price of the 90 boost being so high, what do you think the possibility of it lowering once Warlords comes out? Is it possible the high price is simply temporary until the new game drops?

Tough question. On one hand, the price does seem high (to me, anyway). On the other hand, we said that about realm transfers, and those prices have never changed. I don't see the price going down, especially not right after launch. But I can't see the future.

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The Queue: The "my computer blew up and the warranty ain't helping" blues

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 a rough week for me. My computer's power supply blew up on me, and so far the company I bought it from has made going through the warranty process an absolute nightmare. I'm writing this on a borrowed computer right now. So, let us watch Steve Vai defeat Steve Vai in a guitar duel, shall we? (Steve Vai played the evil guitarist, and he played Ralph Maccio's part as well.) Yeah, I like Crossroads. I grew up in the 80's, I was in a band, it was required.

Fizzl asks:

Excluding addons, how often do you think Blizzard "takes" ideas that players pose on sites like WoW Insider, MMO-Champion, etc? Whether it be how a class should be changed, zones people are interested, or whatever else players might suggest.

I ask because a while back (patch 4.3ish) I definitely suggested on WoW Insider that Blizz do an "always nighttime" zone with glowing plants and stuff and here we are, getting one in Warlords. I can't be sure, but I have it on good authority - my gut and hubris - that the new Shadowmoon was taken directly from this one single comment I made.

(Okay, not really, but that's sort of the idea I'm getting at with my original question...)

That depends entirely on what you mean by takes. Do I think they stole your idea? No. Do I think they read all sorts of sites to keep abreast of what the player base is saying? Absolutely they do. I promise you, there are people at Blizzard keeping their fingers on the pulse of the forums, reading the fan sites, on the Scrolls of Lore forums - if there is a place people who play World of Warcraft are discussing the game, Blizzard has someone checking out what's being said. But they also play the game a lot themselves - if an idea has occurred to us, often, it's already occurred to them.

In the case of Shadowmoon Valley, it's not likely they snagged your idea, as cool as that would be for you. Shadowmoon Valley was described way back in Warcraft II.

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The Queue: Welp

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

That was one hell of a Titanfall game.

michaelm517 asked:

I have been playing Hearthstone since it released officially. I was wondering if it is possible for me to run WoW and Hearthstone at the same time using two different computers. Does this break the Terms of Service regarding Battle.net accounts? I tried logging into both, and it let me, however I don't want to break any rules. Is this allowed? It would be great to play Hearthstone while I wait for LFR queues!

It's definitely allowed. You're fine!

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The Queue: Rodeo

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

I got Titanfall last night. I don't even really like shooter games, but here I am, hooting and hollering, riding giant robots and shooting their innards out while double-jumping and wall-running. I am having a blast. Go figure.

JackJesson asked:

My current preoccupation is, is it Hearthstone as in 'earth', or Hearthstone as in 'Arthas'?

This isn't actually one of my questions, what I would like to know is, does it even matter at all? (Seems it does to me right?) is there a specific way to pronounce these things anyway? Or, as I'm starting to think, is it possible that me, trying to render a proper noun with my British accent as a West Coast American working for blizz would say it, just going to ruin the structure of the words and the poetry of the environment? in the same way that no one would expect me to pronounce Moscow asin a 'grazing, milk making, Mulgore resident.


It rhymes with Darth Stone. There is usually a specific way to pronounce the names of fictional places/people/items; the creator undoubtedly has it in mind when crafting them. As to whether or not you use their pronunciation, well, that's up to you. The creator of the GIF recently explained that it's pronounced with a soft G, but you have people really adamantly against it who still pronounce it with a hard G. Death of the author and all that.

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The Queue: I miss Gnomechewer

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.

Dude made my favorite machinima.

DiavoJinx asks:
Time line question for the Queue:
Post-Catacylsm, which happens first: the events in Silverpine Forest (Sylvanas being rezzed by val'kyr sacrificing themselves) or the battle in Andorhal?
I ask because val'kyr can resurrect the dead (to create new Forsaken) and in the Alliance version of the Andorhal quests, a ton of val'kyr show up. Yet it's a "big deal" that the named val'kyr in Silverpine Forest sacrifice themselves to resurrect Sylvanas, and if THINK there's mention that only they could bring back the dead.
Inconsistent? Or did I likely miss some info? Thanks! =


Silverpine happens first. The reason it's a big deal that they resurrect Sylvanas is twofold - one, they've done it before (that's when they made their pact with her, she threw herself off of Icecrown Citadel and died in the leader short story) and two, in order to do it, one of them had to sacrifice herself. What the valkyr do in Andorhal isn't, strictly speaking, a resurrection, it's raising the dead as forsaken. (You'll also note that when the big val'kyr is taken out, the battle is over, implying that some of the valks are less important than others.)

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The Queue: Bacon, betrayal quests, digital deluxe, and Garrosh's crimes


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.

Someone in the comments yesterday suggested that I make a headline about Bacon, and here I am! We now have a bacon Queue.

You're welcome.

Wirehangers asked:

Do you think we'll ever be able to change factions in WoW (without changing race)? Or atleast that some of the old races will become neutral/choose-your-faction like pandas are?

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The Queue: Attack of the killer migraine

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.

It's Monday morning and my head is exploding. Let's do this thing.

PatrickHamiltonPrentiss asked:

Has Blizzard announced if there will be an open beta for WoD? If not, do you think that there will be one?

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The Queue: THE QVEVE

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

My jam of late.

CatrionaShadowleaf asked:

What's your favourite starting area and why?

I dislike the back-and-forth of Azure/Bloodmyst so I hightailed my new paladin out of there post haste, and now I'm doing the dwarf/gnome area just to try to level mining (not working btw, it's picked clean).


Years ago I probably would've said the draenei starting zone, but having done it again recently, hell no. So much running around, back and forth. Ugh. I'm all about Gilneas now. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it's also fairly brisk.

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