So welcome back to a full week of The Queue folk, and indeed this week will be a full one for The Queue. As Alex and I have mentioned before, when patches roll around and other big things come up our availability to spend a couple hours writing The Queue and The Daily Quest diminishes significantly. But this week nothing is on the radar, so here we are.
Next week though, The Queue and The Daily Quest will only appear Monday and Tuesday; unless something unexpected happens. We have to prepare for BlizzCon and actually spend a few hours away from our computers packing and all that. But this week? We're all Queue'd off and roaring to go.
"Do we know anything about Patch 3.3 yet? What raids if any will it have? New features?"
We know patch 3.3 is going to contain the Ice Crown Citadel instance. We know that it'll be the last planned major content patch of Wrath of the Lich King. We know that it'll probably contain a light amount of class changes.
We don't know when it'll be. Most people who follow Blizzard closely agree that we'll see it on the live servers before the end of the year, if not sooner. But unlike last week, we don't have multiple independent sources telling us when it'll be released, so really your guess is as good as mine.
It's fair to speculate that there'll be another extension of the Argent Tournament somehow. Maybe just some new rewards and a new daily quest or two. I don't think we've seen the last of the Black Knight either. It's also fair to assume that the patch will wrap up a lot of the remaining ends of the Wrath storyline.
"When will Blizzard release Cataclysm info?"
Well, first thing's first. There has been no official announcement yet that Cataclysm is related to WoW or anything. There is a TON of good speculation that it is, and I personally believe that it'll be the next expansion. But an announcement like that will only come from the opening ceremony at BlizzCon, which would be a week from Friday around 11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT. That's not an exact time, just when the opening ceremony has occurred in the past. Look for more official info on the site in the next week or so. Trust me, we're going to ram it into your heads when you'll want to be paying attention to the site for the opening announcements at BlizzCon.
"Has anyone ever leveled up from 1-80 without getting any achievements beyond the leveling ones?"
I definitely haven't heard anything about someone doing this yet. My thought is that you'd need to run instances a ton without killing the final boss, or else you'd get the quest achievements. And to that end, I'm not sure if it's possible to do when instances start to grant reputations, since you'd be running them so much that you'd be bound to run into reaching exalted with a faction, even if it's just the alliance vanguard.
It'd be interesting to see what the minimum number of achievements possible is to hit 80 though. I'm sure someone will do it eventually. Won't be me though.
"If Tauren hate technology and the Arcane so much, what makes their crazy elevators work?"
Telekinesis? Some earth based water system we don't see? Even that's technology, but at least it's minimal technology. Blizzard kind of fails in the lore continuity there, I think.
"Why can't Hunters tame Druids?"
Multiple anonymous sources close to the situation with advanced knowledge of impending virtual modifications to the source tell me privately in secret that in Cataclysm Hunters will be able to tame Worgens.