For the past seven years, I've been happily dating a wonderful girl. We became friends in high school, fell in love at college, and now find ourselves wanting to be committed eternally to one another. She's been there for me through different jobs, a fire that nearly destroyed our lives, and good times and bad. She's put up with me playing games, having heated conversations online, and fretting over minute details in articles and in staff.
Katie has always told me that proposing to her on Twitter or on the site is off limits (I also wasn't allowed to ask her at a Minnesota Twins baseball game), but she didn't say anything about saying something on the site after the fact. Technicalities, my love.
So this morning, I popped the question to her over a surprise breakfast in bed, and after a moment of wide-eyed joy, she said yes. Happiest moment of my life so far, and I'm sure she'll only bring me more. Take a minute this morning, my dear readers, and tell your loved one you love them. Be of good cheer today, and thank you all for reading the site.
Now, let's return to our regularly scheduled program ... I've tried to answer as many of your questions as I could today, so let's get down to business.
Any ideas what raid will come with patch 4.1? Speculation? Crazy conspiracy theories?
All indication points towards The Firelands being a raid in patch 4.1. There is not only the new Ragnaros model with legs that's been datamined in this early PTR build, but also what was said at BlizzCon 2010. I should note that at BlizzCon, Blizzard said the Abyssal Maw 5-man dungeon was going to be in patch 4.1, and we haven't heard about that in the patch notes yet, either (although it wouldn't surprise me if we don't see the Abyssal Maw dungeon at all in this patch, given yesterday's announcement of ZG and ZA).
I've pestered Blizzard reps about this, and they've just politely referred to already-released information. Stay tuned ... but I'd place money on Firelands being in patch 4.1.
So I see that Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman are returning as 5-man heroics. This is all well and good, except the loot will be i353 epics. Instead of getting excited (ooh, purples!), I'm dreading these two instances popping every queue, just as the ICC dungeons popped relentlessly after Patch 3.3.0.
Is there anything Blizzard is doing - or even can do - to prevent the newest patch dungeons from coming up every random? Maybe the ability to exclude up to x number of dungeons? A cooldown for specific instances? Something?
It already has. These dungeons are going to require you to have a 346 average item level, which means to get in them, you're going to have to be geared for heroics. I wager that given a random sample of players from all the random dungeon finder heroic groups, a minority of players will have an average item level of 346. Of course if you have over that, you might be getting the new dungeons a lot, but at that point, running them should just be a farm for valor points anyway (or off-set pieces, although if you've done serious farming, you likely have them all anyway).
What I'm trying to get at is this: Don't worry about it. In Wrath, I got way more Gundraks than I got of heroic Halls of Reflection.
Will they give new archaeology rewards as soon as patch 4.1?
It's possible, but we haven't seen any indication yet. Blizzard designers have stated numerous times that archaeology is an area that is relatively easy to expand, and that they intend to do a lot more with it. So I wouldn't be at all surprised to see more archaeology stuff.
With Zul'Gurub coming back, will it again be possible to grind rep for Zandalar Tribe?
Spelio replied best: "Maybe but with Blizzard making Exalted with Zandalar a Feat of Strength I wouldn't put money on it."
To heck with the lack of chain wrist items. Why has my Shaman gone all the way through Cata zones and dungeons and etc, and hasn't found a single kilt to wear? I am still wearing pants. This is unacceptable, I think.
Deathwing burned off all the kilts when he went on his rampage. Sorry.
Will they work the return of ZA into the lore of Cataclysm? There's a nifty chain with the cutest baby captor ever that sets the stage for ZG.
I have no doubt Blizzard will work it all into the lore. Matt Rossi already has a great lore piece up on patch 4.1, in which he outlines some of the questions that need answering -- and we all think we'll get the answers. Just gotta wait and see.
So with them bringing all these old raids back as 5 man content, what do you think the chances of them bringing Kara back as a 5 man or 10 man raid?
Boy, I've heard a number of people ask this. Personally I don't want to see Kara back yet, if ever. It's not inconceivable to think that Karazhan could become inhabited by new residents (which would significantly change the entire dungeon), but I also don't think it'd work as just a rehash.
The good news, or bad, depending on how you look at it, is that I've heard not a peep about Kara being redone by anyone. So right now, I'd say it's highly unlikely.
Dear The Queue:
I have a problem. I'm constantly being belittled by my father for my WoW hobby. Every chance he gets he tells me to stop with the childish games, to find a better job and to grow up. Well I'm an adult who has a decent job and a seldom used college degree and a 3 year old son. I'm not hurting finically and can afford to indulge myself in my favorite game. Every time I try and explain to him why it's such a fun, engaging game he scoffs and mutters about how childish it is. I am utterly at the end of my rope with him. How can I explain it to him rationally to get off my back about my game playing? Or should I just let the old man be? This argument has been going on for years, and I really can't stand being in his presecnce because he berates me every time. Any advice would be appreciated.
Relationships are not about appeasing the other person. They're about being honest. If your dad doesn't like WoW, then he doesn't. He's being honest with you -- which is a lot more than some people can say. Don't be concerned with seeking your dad's approval in this part of your life; instead, focus on the areas you to have in common. Your son is a great place to start. I'm sure you both love him very much, and that's an area you can build bridges to a better relationship on.
Once upon a time, I took all these psychology courses, so I'm compelled to say that if this becomes a big stressor in your life, talk to a professional about how to improve your communication and relationship. Don't rely on what you read on a gaming site.
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