Please, people. I beg you all, hold off on the mount questions for awhile. We have told you everything we know. Really. Ask us about anything else. Our lives have become naught but drakes, turtles and seahorses.
"I haven't seen much (if anything!) about Cataclysm changes in Winterspring. Should I assume this is just a work in progress?"
Yep! The Cataclysm beta forums have a thread in which Blizzard poster Motive keeps track of zone status in the beta. Winterspring is currently marked as not ready for testing. It's also not marked as "in progress" either, so it will go hand in hand with Silithus as the final zones to receive any Cataclysm love.
"The WoW.com staff seems to really like the new Silverpine Forest in Cataclysm. Why is that?"
Silverpine Forest continues what Wrath tried to start with the Forsaken at the Wrathgate. It shows that they're still a real force and a real threat. Sylvanas doesn't just sit around in her throne room. She directs the Forsaken's war on Gilneas personally. You see her out and about throughout the zone. Heck, Sylvanas escorts you from the top of the zone down to Sepulcher, telling you the history of the Forsaken, since you're still considered freshly risen. The zone really shows how cruel Sylvanas has become (and has been) and how she thinks the Forsaken should wage war. Combine that with a fantastic game of cat and mouse between the Forsaken and the Gilnean Rebels led by Lord Darius Crowley and a wide assortment of just plain fun quests ... it makes for a very engrossing zone. I did not feel level 15 while questing through Silverpine. I felt like a badass and an important part of what was happening.
As I've said again and again, the only downside to this zone is that the Alliance doesn't get to experience it. The Alliance should be able to see Crowley's wonderful exploits here, but they don't. It's unfortunate.
"Is cooking implemented into the beta yet? What are the recipes like? Anything unique?"
Cooking is in but not complete, much like most things in the beta! There are actually a fun variety of things you can make in Cataclysm. The usual fish and meats, but also cookies, tea, espresso and fortune cookies that you need to work with a scribe to make. We don't do this very often in The Queue, but I'll just point you toward Kaliope's WoW Crafting Blog. All of the information is there, along with screenshots. Just make sure you come back to WoW.com when you're done there!
And that'll do it for The Queue today! This is what happens when you guys ask us about nothing but mounts. Also, it makes puppies cry. You wouldn't want to make Sylvanas cry, would you?
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