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, senior editor at WoW Insider.
Anticipation, children, that's what today is. Anticipation of the next chapter in WoW, of little green men and of some non-sparkly wolf guys.
Today is also the longest Queue ever. I've gone through and answered as many questions as I could in an hour (15 of them). Enjoy!
I've heard that you must be 84 before you can train the Cataclysm levels of professions. Is this true, and if so is it true of all the professions, or only the crafting ones? I hope to be able to head to the new zones and start mining right away ...
Some you do, some you don't. This is because some of the Illustrious Grand Master recipe trainers are phased out in the Twilight Highlands. Check out Basil's Cataclysm professions post for exact information.
I have heard comments saying the fishing pools achievements don't actually need to be fished from pools. If this is correct, one could theoretically get the achievements while fishing in Orgrimmar.
Nope, you need to actually fish in pools. If it was like that for a short time, it was a bug and has been fixed.
Is the priest item, Eye of Shadow, still used in anything? Or has Cataclysm doomed it to be useless junk?
That's the quest line to make the old vanilla WoW item Benediction, an amazing staff for priests. I'm proud to say that my priest has it -- but alas, in Cataclysm, you can no longer do the chain. So it's essentially useless.
Historically, when patches or big updates come down the pipe, its breaks all our addons. Will Cataclysm launching still cause this even though we have 4.0.3a?
Nope, Cataclysm won't break your addons. Everything that worked Monday will work on Tuesday. The addons were built around patch 4.0.1/4.0.3, which has already gone live. There might be some specific updates to things like the quest database Lightheaded, though.
Is Magni dead? Should we be mourning him like we mourn Cairne, or is his condition something he could recover from?
Yes, he died when he was turned to crystal under Ironforge. This happened in The Shattering by Christie Golden.
Of course, as commenter JKWood put it, he might have just been Han Solo-ed. But from all indications, he's dead.
Am I missing something, or isn't there going to be a portal to Vash'jir and Hyjal in SW/Org that will port you there faster than flying? Or will you have to visit the place first before you can use the portals?
The first thing you should do is get the breadcrumb quests for these zones. For Vash'jir, that means eventually jumping on the boat with that musical chap. For Hyjal, I believe there will still be a portal in SW/Org that'll take you there, but only after you have the breadcrumb.
But don't take my word on it, that was in the beta, and there were a lot of portals to everywhere -- a number of those portals that were in the beta are supposedly going to be removed, too.
Is Cataclysm releasing Monday night or Tuesday night?
12:01 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday morning, Dec. 7, 2010.
How much is the new flight training gonna cost, and is the old epic flight training cost getting reduced (the 280 percent one)?
Expert Flying, with a speed increase of 150 percent, costs 200 gold.
Artisan Flying, with a speed increase of 280 percent, costs 5,000 gold.
Master Flying, with a speed increase of 310 percent, costs 5,000 gold.
Flight Master's License (flying in Azeroth) costs 250 gold.
Faction discounts apply.
Where exactly is Magni? Is there a statue of him somewhere that is of him?
He's underneath the throne room in Ironforge, in what is commonly called Old Ironforge. I have no idea if he's actually there in the game files or not. It'd be cool if there was an iced statue of him there that only those "who know how to do the thing" could see.
Hmm ... I might have to go do the thing that I know how to do, that can be done. Maybe.
So when should we be expecting to be playing on Tuesday? Will we even be playing on Tuesday due to downtime?
No Tuesday downtime, at least none that have been announced. I'd expect long queues to get into the servers, especially Tuesday night, but I don't suspect the servers will be down intentionally.
We do have the choice of going to either Hyjal or Vashj'ir, right? We can do one or the other, or both if we like, right?
Correct, you can pick to do either Hyjal or Vashj'ir. You can do both, too, if you want.
Will it still be possible to queue for Lich King heroics on the way to 85, or at 85?
Yes, you can as you're going to 85. However, when you hit 85, the Lich King heroics don't show up anymore. Of course, just because you queue for them doesn't mean you'll get a group; I suspect they'll become dead versions of the instance, much like the BC heroics are.
But that being said, guild groups will probably still run them occasionally for the achievements and getting people their Red Proto-Drakes, which are still going to be around.
What happened to the new racials? Do they hit Tuesday? Did Blizzard decide to not implement that?
There were racial tweaks, but no big new racial overhaul. Dwarves got the best of it, with their racial being replaced with one that helps them out with archaeology.
For the sake of ease, where should I park my 80 so I can get to the new zones the fastest?
Stormwind/Orgrimmar. Get the breadcrumb quest, old world flying, and then head off to the new zones.
Are there any safe 80 to 85 leveling guides?
Read the quest texts, follow the in-game map. It's very, very easy to level like that. It won't take you long at all to hit 85. There's really no need for leveling guides anymore. Everything is much more linear and story-driven from 80 to 85 than any previous expansion (which is awesome, by the way; the story is great).
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