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The Queue: Hyperventilating over here

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 can't breathe, guys. Seriously, stop taunting me, Celestalon! Just dump all the info straight into my braaaaaaain.

Mattprendo asks:
So, we now have a video with spoilers in it from the Korean event. The small bar in the toon select screen said Beta in it. Is blizzard performing the beta in a new fashion and does that also mean they are further ahead then what they let on?


Naah, it's just PR events. It's a beta build of the game, but they're not conducting the beta by press junket. They're just letting folks take a look at what they have.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue, Warlords of Draenor

The Queue: I am a DPS warrior

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's actually taken me most of this expansion to feel like I really am a DPS warrior, instead of just a tank who isn't tanking at the moment. I still like to tank - I make use of my prot offspec fairly often, I tank LFR, I do old Cataclysm content as prot - but last night during Siege, as I finally got my second Greatsword of Pride's Fall from Heroic Sha of Pride, it finally clicked that yeah, I DPS. I raid with two DPS specs even though it means I have to respec between prot and arms every day. I spend hours researching the best possible and best feasible gear sets, I just set up a new Weak Aura that plays Cookie Monster at me whenever Recklessness is up. Man, is the Cookie Monster voice the best Weak Aura voice of all time? I don't see how there can be any debate of this issue.

I'm finally comfortable with my specs, my rotation, and what I'm asked to do in raids as DPS. I finally don't mind dying to stupid BS like the wall of elementals spawning on Heroic Dark Shaman just as I run out of the green ooze. I know exactly how to time my cooldowns for maximum destruction on H. Malkorok. I am a DPS warrior.

I realize that I'll probably end up tanking now that I've said this. Anyway, for all of us who enjoy murdering things, be it with daggers, giant weapons, fel magic or the power of the arcane, elemental fury... however you kill stuff, this Queue is dedicated to us, the DPS.

Zeijin asks:
This question is probably a little late to the queue but I was wondering about it after reading the last KYL article comments:

Do pygmies, goblins, gilblins, and grummles all come from the same source/origin? Is one an evolution or genetic mutation of the other? They all have roughly the same physical structure.

Someone had mentioned kobolds / goblins but kobolds seem more rat-like in appearance and have a different stance and shorter arms.

Goblins and gilgoblins are related - gilgoblins are literally goblins with gills. The World of Warcraft Magazine, before it stopped publication, argued that pygmies and goblins shared a distant common ancestor, but not much else is known. We know goblins were mentally uplifted by exposure to Kaja'mite when they were enslaved by trolls and forced to mine the stuff - pygmies might be what you get if you don't get uplifted. Grummles and kobolds are both said to be descended from troggs, but not related to goblins or pygmies in any way. Virmen are considered similar to kobolds, but no actual relation has been established - they're both just short and annoying for players.

So basically, pygmies and goblins yes, grummles no. Grummles are in the trogg evolution group. And frankly they're probably the pinnacle of the trogg evolution group, since dwarves are not actually descended from troggs (troggs and dwarves both descend from earthen undergoing matrix destablization).

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Filed under: The Queue, Warlords of Draenor

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: Boost to 90 price point, WoD beasts, and a Burning Legion double team


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.

Queue readers! A question for you.

If you were to take a one week trip anywhere in the world and just sit and play WoW at -- where would you go? I'm talking like a mountain resort with some nice high-speed and low-latency internet.

Snacks asked:

what's the guesstimated price point for purchasing boosts to 90 when it happens?

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Drama Mamas: Where a kid can be a kid

Those crazy kids ... We sure hear a lot of frustrated cries for them to get off our Azerothian lawns. The usual scenario: The son or daughter of a relative or friend takes up playing the game. She's a great kid and all, and you're happy to make the occasional dungeon run with her -- it's just that every one of those evenings ends up as an exercise in frustration.

She's late to meeting spots. She goes AFK in the middle of dungeon run. And she pesters you endlessly whenever you're in a raid: "Are you done yet? What are you killing now? Why did you wipe? Are you going to try again? Is everybody mad? Are you done yet?"

Is there a way to keep sharing the occasional fun session with this young player without opening yourself up to a barrage of inconveniences? How can you handle this sticky situation without alienating your relative or friend?

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The Queue: Up up up down A select A B A A A up down

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.

45,000 people are currently trying to play Pokemon Red simultaneously using a chat parser. The results are about what you'd expect.

pedroboteon asked:

WIth the news that the PvP Season is ending could that be a sign that:

1) Patch 5.4.7 is about to drop.

2) WoD will be available for pre-purchase very very soon™?


I think 1) and 2) are both true, actually!

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The Queue: Welcome Bear

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.

An old friend visits in today's Queue.

GnomeMaleModel asked:

Ignoring all current race/class restrictions, what would be your dream insta-90 character? Tauren Rogue? Gnome Hunter? Panda DK? Murloc Priest?

Undead druid, just so I could see their ostensibly-awesome forms. A playable version of the classic Welcome Bear from Western Plaguelands! A big ol' dead tree form! I'm sure the artists would have a grand old time with it, and so would I.

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The Queue: Spoiled

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.

My guild managed to kill Spoils of Pandaria 25-heroic for the first time yesterday, and even made it a one-shot on top of that! Unfortunately, I neglected to hit my print screen button when we were all lined up for a screenshot, so you'll have to make do with the screenshot above. ... the fight was kind of like that, anyway. On to the questions!

Puntable1 asked:

Why do you think Blizzard encouraged the comparison between Garrisons and player housing? They are obviously nothing like player housing, but rather like the bases in the Warcraft RTS games. Aren't they just confusing the players?

Not at all! Garrisons are basically the Warcraft version of what they would like player housing to be. It's not just someplace you go with your character to sit and do nothing, it's a fully interactive base -- which is pretty Warcraft appropriate. Blizzard has been saying all along that if they introduce a new feature, they want that feature to be a part of the in-game world, not something that removes players from that world entirely. We got a small taste of what that kind of feature could be with the farm. Even though the farm was phased from the rest of the world, the quests and items you could get from the farm worked directly with that world. It may not be the traditional version of what player housing should be, but it's the Warcraft version of it.

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The Queue: Yep, we're epic all 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. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) might actually be just the tiniest bit evil. So sorry. (Not really.)

Every now and again I feel it necessary to remind people of the existence of the above song. Enjoy your earworm. Now that that little deed is done, let's answer some WoW questions.

Fizzl asked:

What do you think the biggest thing delaying the Beta/WoD is right now? New models? Item squish? Raids? Something else?

There isn't really a delay on the beta. We have no idea when it's scheduled to come out, or if it's been scheduled to come out. However, even with beta testing Blizzard still needs plenty of stuff for people to test -- so they may still be working on quests for some zones, or finishing off different features so that they're actually playable and can be properly tested. I know it's been a while since we've heard anything regarding the new expansion and beta, but just be patient. It'll happen, eventually!

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Drama Mamas: The case of the badgered scapegoat

Drama Mamas Lisa Poisso and Robin Torres are experienced gamers and real-life mamas -- and just as we don't want our precious babies to be the ones kicking and wailing on the floor of the checkout lane next to the candy, neither do we want you to become known as That Guy on your realm.

We're still looking for responses from people who have received our advice. If we've answered your letter, please tell us how things worked out. Send it in to robin@wowinsider.com so we can add it to our annual results column.

This week's letter comes from a returning player.
Hi.

After a year long hiatus, I'm coming back to wow on my own, my friends have either stopped, migrated, or are doing Heroic Mode which I can't. So I just joined a random guild as a slightly-undergeared Priest, we're at 11/14 Normal.

I'm having issues though.

- One is I'm not very good in the meters (usually 20-ish % below the similarly-geared RCham my GM plays), and the RL/GM is constantly on my case about it. No matter that I'm usually not the first healer to die, causing the wipe, or that my tasks are done (don't let Thok's kiter die, solo-heal one side of the Spoils...), the Truth is in the meters. Also, on the rare occasion I die first, I've got to justify myself over vent, on top of my spontaneaous apology. On the numerous occasions the GM does die first (usually twice, she's a shamy), she's quite mum about it.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Drama Mamas

The Queue: Take Your Dog to Work Day

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.

Well, technically you can bring your dog to work every day at my office. But yesterday I brought Miga. She was so productive I ended up getting replaced by her, as you can see above.

curleyjoe666 asked:

How likely do you guys think it is that Blizzard will ever allow us more frredom with our character names? For example, I really want to be able to use apostrophes in my characters names, especially Orc and Troll characters and it does make me feel less connected to those characters because their neames aren't right.

This is something I've always wanted. In beta, the first character I ever rolled I named Ciel Larkin, but the naming thing truncated it to Ciellarkin. I was sad. It always seemed like a flavor miss to me, not being able to give yourself a real orc or human or troll name. Unfortunately, this seems like one of those things where if we haven't gotten it yet, we probably never will. Maybe in WoW2.

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The Queue: Got to give in

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.

The new Warpaint album is out and it's really good.

JohnO asked:

If Blizzard were to do a redemption of any one orc leader in Draenor, who do you think it should be and why?

Specifically, I am talking about those that drank the Kool-Aid in pre-BC Draenor, but became a better person because he/she didn't drink the Kool-Aid in the new version of Draenor.


Ner'zhul, for sure. He's the only one who doesn't seem like a complete maniac. Gul'dan, now there's a dude who's just pure evil. Ner'zhul was a dope who just got in over his head and paid the price. Without the demon blood, maybe he has a chance. Given what little we know, I think I might be on to something?

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The Queue: Single player, merch, four specs, and reforging


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.

Lots of great questions yesterday, and not all about some old dude who predicted the end of the world. Thanks! Let's get down to it then, shall we?

GenericWoW asked:

PvP notwithstanding, would YOU play WoW if you could play it offline as a single-player RPG?

Think GW1 henchmen for dungeons and raids, AI improved. No possiblity of ever 'porting an offline to online, these sorts of limitations.


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The Queue: An American Worgen in Azeroth

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 lycanthropic host today.

Sincerely, I love worgen. They're just behind draenei for Alliance races, and probably my third favorite overall after tauren. Sometimes I like them better that tauren, like after watching The Howling or An American Werewolf In London, two of my favorite movies. And yes, I am playing a worgen hunter with a worg pet and a worg pup. I also ride around on a worg mount sometimes. All worg, all the time.

BaronOfTheLake asks:
Q4TQ: How long do you think it'll be till we see what the new PVP gear will look like for the upcoming season?


The Alliance PvP gear for the new season looks like the Horde gear did this season, and vice versa. You can see it on the PTR right now.

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Filed under: Warrior, Analysis / Opinion, The Queue

Drama Mamas: The mechanics of handling our drama

A curious reader writes:

This isn't actually an advice question, more a curious query. I've noticed some topical overlap between the Drama Mamas column and the Officers' Quarters column on WoW Insider. Do you guys ever punt submissions over the fence to one another? What criteria should people use when deciding which column they should send their request to?

Thanks!

-- Josh


Guild drama is everywhere ... But yes, there is a method to divvying up all the madness! The Drama Mamas have invited along Scott Andrews from Officers' Quarters this week to help explain how and when they share reader letters. We'll also look at ways to increase your chances of getting a letter published, plus what really happens behind the scenes when Robin and Lisa disagree over a particular letter.

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Filed under: Drama Mamas

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