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.
Yeah, it's me. I don't care at all about tacos, but I do love dinosaurs, so when Alex asked me to write the Queue today, I knew I was going to talk about one. But which one?
Well, why not Achilles Hero Big, aka Achillobator giganticus
, one of the largest raptors (smaller than Utahraptor
). Both Utahraptor and Achillobator were in the Dromaeosaurinae
, so relatives of Deionychus
and other sickle clawed predatory dinosaurs - at over five meters long from tip to tail and easily more than two meters tall, this is a fairly large member of the raptor family. Austroraptor cabazai
might or might not have been larger, but it was a more distant relative, a dromaeosaurid from the more basal Unenlagiinae.
The remains of Achillobator were found in Mongolia in 1989, but were not described until 1999 - this can happen in paleontology, sadly there's not always enough money and manpower to catalog finds right away. Due to some primitive characteristics in the skeletal remains we have, there's a bit of a debate about whether or not Achillobator
is in fact the remains of more than one species accidentally assembled into a composite, but most tend to believe it's a single type species, Achillobator giganticus
Anyway, let's talk about you. You, and your questions.
I fully appreciate the lore updates and the depth of information that Blizz has integrated into the game with the various expansions. That being said, I don't know what it is, but I just cant seem to bring myself to roll a hunched over class (orc or troll male). Even the undead male model irks me. I just feel like they look too downtrodden to be heroes. I get that orcs, trolls, and undead have had a pretty rough time of it, but really? Can we make them look like they haven't just finished pulling a ton of stone uphill in the snow.
I think it's very unlikely that the basic posture of these races will change. Especially not trolls. Based on what we saw at BlizzCon, definitely not orcs, either. And the forsaken are essentially corpses
. Those tend to have a nasty habit of rotting, so they may not feel all that much like standing up straight. What I'm saying is, don't expect the models to change super drastically - Blizzard still wants them to feel like the races we've come to know.