From Sacco, for whom I'm covering The Queue today:
Enough with these music shenanigans, Sacco. It's on to shameless plugs and cross-branding. If you haven't seen the Legendary show on Gamebreaker.tv, you should check it out because I like Legendary and totally got to cohost this week's episode. So, as loyal Mat McCurley fans, you should check it out.
Here's our last weekend music recommendation. I saw Warpaint at the Hollywood Bowl with the Smith Westerns, Panda Bear, Arctic Monkeys, and TV on the Radio a week or two ago. Undertow's bassist is sister to Shannyn Sossamon, who you may remember from such films as A Knight's Tale. Shannyn also used to be in the band!
Have they announced what raids will be available through the Raid Finder? Also, will the amount of trash in some raids be reduced to speed things up for the average pug?
Only the Dragon Soul raid will be available in the Raid Finder at launch, with the prospect of more dungeons being added. Since Raid Finder is a totally new difficulty level than normal or heroic, the raid sort of has to be back-tuned or the mechanics of some fights even completely changed in order to facilitate easy groupage. Blizzard has said that over time more could be added but that it wants to keep the Raid Finder featuring current content.
Have we heard any indication of whether or not Firelands will still award VP when Dragon Soul releases? Current trends would point towards yes, but it's a new "feature"
Firelands bosses will probably still award VP, much like how the tier 11 bosses still award VPs in decreased amounts. Firelands will likely undergo the same set of changes.
I enjoyed the cataclysm zone post mortem articles, are you planning on finishing the series?
Yes. Uldum's post-mortem article got delayed because of a lot of work we all had to do. It hit the back burner. Uldum will go live (most likely) this week, however, and Twilight Highlands shortly thereafter.
Do you think they will ever make the raid finder include normal and heroic difficulty? Or do you think they plan to keep it as a pre-normal part of the tier?
No. The Raid Finder was created specifically to give players a new way to enjoy content that, historically, a very small set of people got to experience. Raid Finder raids are meant to be their own difficulty, have their own rules and lockouts, and provide a place for non-serious raiders, alts, casual players, and everything in between, to have a positive experience raiding without committing to hefty raid schedules.
Has there been any word yet on a black Friday sale, like they did last year? I finally got my wife playing , and would love to buy Wrath at the discounted price.
Blizzard has historically put WoW and its subsequent expansions on sale during the holidays for greatly discounted prices, and it is becoming somewhat of a tradition. I wouldn't be surprised if they do it again this year. One of the best ways to get your WoW accounts up to speed is to wait for these sales because they are great, price-wise.
Also, to get a little tin-foil hatty, I think we're going to see a new retail box at BlizzCon this year that includes everything up to Cataclysm for one price, and whatever the new expansion is. Barrier to entry is still a problem with expansions like this, so Blizzard is going to have to streamline that process.
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