It should be soon, but we don't really know for sure. Our collective gut says it will open this upcoming Tuesday, but Muradin and Saurfang still say 28 days until it opens. It hasn't changed since Day 1. Blizzard will just flip the switch whenever they please, we figure.
"I recently did the epic druid flight form quest. Spoiler alert, it revolved a lot around the emerald dream. Turns out the raven lord was causing problems. At the end of the quest I killed him. Does that mean I fixed the emerald dream? Is there no possibility of the emerald expansion because of a class only quest that fixed the whole problem?"
Just because the raven lord was causing problems in the Emerald Dream does not mean the raven lord was the only one causing problems in the Emerald Dream. You just dealt with that particular issue. We really don't have any clear idea of what's going on in the Dream beyond the fact that it's bad, and it's screwing with the Green Dragonflight.
Of course, that being said, Malfurion is making his comeback to our realm in Cataclysm. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't just throw their arms up in the air and say, "Okay, the Emerald Dream is fixed now!" So I'm pretty sure Malfurion is just under the impression that what's happening on Azeroth takes precedence, leaving Ysera and Cenarius to deal with the Nightmare themselves. I'm sure you can guess where that's going for them.
"I remember reading in one of the loading screen "tips" something to the effect that "while players can make critical strikes, enemy mobs cannot." Again, over-exposed photographic memory film may be playing a huge part in my confusion, but... did I seriously misread it, or is the tip wrong? Maybe it only meant spell crits or special attack crits or something like that... don't know. Just hoping somebody else remembers that tip a bit more accurately and can de-confuse me."
Yeah, you're just misremembering the tip slightly. Mobs cannot crit with spells, but they can crit with any physical strikes. For example, a skeleton punching you in the face will land a crit now and then if you don't have the proper defense rating. A skeleton casting fireballs at you will never, ever crit, even if you're butt naked. That is, until they run out of mana and run up to you to start the whole face punching thing.
"Is T10 going to be the final tier of armour before Cataclysm? If there will be no more tier gear, how likely is it that we'll see any new armour at ilevels higher than we can currently get in ICC?Is T10 going to be the final tier of armour before Cataclysm? If there will be no more tier gear, how likely is it that we'll see any new armour at ilevels higher than we can currently get in ICC?"
I think it's too early to predict what absolutely will happen, but as far as we know, Blizzard's plan is to end with Tier 10. Not only have they pretty clearly said Icecrown will be the last major raid zone in Wrath of the Lich King, but we've seen some pretty nasty gear inflation due to the developers already needing to sneak in an extra tier of gear for how they handled hard modes. I'm pretty sure that if we were handed some Tier 11 before the end of the expansion, Azeroth would explode.
They have mentioned that we might get one or two one-shot raid bosses to herald the incoming Cataclysm just to keep us busy, similar to things like Onyxia, Gruul and Malygos. If we do get something like that, I personally expect the epics we get there will be aimed towards leveling in Cataclysm rather than elevating us to even higher ilevels.
"When did the portal area in TB (with the priest/mage/inscription trainers) become mountable? It always annoyed me that I had to run out of the cave to mount up, yet the other day I went through the portal in Dalaran on my mount and was pleasantly surprised to see myself not get dismounted on the other side. Is this some stealth change or did I just miss the announcement?"
Whoa, whoa, whoa. I think a better question is why does the Horde get to mount up by the portals in Dalaran? As a primarily Alliance player, I call BS!
Okay, not really. In all seriousness, I have no idea when this happened.
*Yes, it goes on and on, my friend. Some people started writing it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue writing it forever just because this is The Queue that doesn't end...
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