The Queue: Deconstructed

Alex Ziebart
A. Ziebart|09.01.09

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The Queue: Deconstructed

Welcome back to The Queue,'s daily Q&A column where the team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

For a brief moment, I considered embedding 10 Minutes of In The Mountains in place of the XT-002 remix, but come on. That joke is already dying a slow death, and I don't want to be the guy that puts the last nail in Thorim's coffin. I'll leave that to the guy that made the video. No, today is an XT-002 day. It helps that the Deconstructor remix is actually good.

eevul asked...

"Do you think the faction transfer will allow us to carry over heirloom items in order to help level our Worgen/Goblins?"

Do I think so? Yes, I do think so. I'm not sure why they wouldn't let you carry over something you rightfully earned, especially in an expansion that seems to want to encourage you to roll alts and see the world all over again. Saying something like, "No, you cannot take your heirlooms with you" seems pretty discouraging, rather than encouraging.

That being said, what I think Blizzard should do and what Blizzard thinks Blizzard should do could be two completely different things. They might decide to not let heirlooms carry over via faction transfers, or they might even do something weird like temporarily disabling heirlooms for awhile after Cataclysm to make sure people see the content at the proper speed. That would be awkward as hell though, so I figure they'll just let you use 'em.

bryterside asked...

"While playing a Tauren, why does it seem like they move slower than the rest of the races?"

It's a scale thing. Every race moves at the same pace, so if you're incredibly large it feels like you're just lumbering around really slowly. In comparison, if you're playing a little race like a Gnome, it feels like you're zipping around faster than should really be possible on foot. Tauren and Gnomes move the same speed, but Tauren have a larger stride than the Gnome. So they feel very different, even if they aren't at all.

str1fe asked...

"What are the zones that look to be less affected by the Cataclysm? We know of The Barrens, etc, but what remains stagnant?"

I imagine very little will remain completely stagnant. Places like Westfall and the Ghostlands and Bloodmyst probably won't be rent asunder like the Barrens, but I have no doubt that they'll be seeing some changes. The storylines in those places have come and gone, so putting a new spin on the Westfall Defias or the Ghostlands Scourge might be a good idea to keep them relevant.

Whenever the Cataclysm beta rolls around, the team will wash over Azeroth like locusts looking at how the world has changed, and we'll bring you as much information as possible... probably in the return of Ask a Beta Tester.

bgman123 asked...

"Are the Battlegrounds that are based on the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor going to change once the Cataclysm happens?"

They might advance the story of them, but I personally doubt they would redo the entire battleground or scrap them in any way. Why toss out what works? Would there be any gain in getting rid of Warsong Gulch or altering the terrain? Not really. I think it's far more likely that the world will just put more importance on those battles. Warsong Gulch was sort of a stalemate for awhile... but can the Alliance afford to screw it up there anymore? With the Horde taking Ashenvale, that might be the last foothold the Alliance has in the region. The Silverwing Sentinels might be the last Night Elves standing in Ashenvale, and it's up to us to keep them standing. Who knows?

Of course, this is Cataclysm. Blizzard is redoing quite a bit. They just might toss out Warsong Gulch and give us a new Capture the Flag battleground in its place. We won't know until they tell us or show us.

danielspeaks asked...

"Hey, just wondering what your favorite in game lore event is, that's not the Wrath Gate or Battle for Undercity."

I loved the Scourge Plague event that was held before the launch of Wrath of the Lich King. It was the most fun I've had in WoW in an extremely long time. It had some flaws (such as Shattrath's Sanctuary buff protecting the undead) but overall, I loved it. It shook up the gameplay and put you in situations you would almost never be in normally. I also play on an RP server, in a guild that has an abundance of Paladins that do raid content. So what did we do? Naturally, we gathered up all of our Black Temple/Sunwell geared Paladins, specced Retribution, and dedicated hours and hours of our day to clearing the Plague out of Stormwind. Even people in the guild that don't normally roleplay came out to do it and felt really immersed in it. As the plague got worse and worse as the event went on, watching people who don't normally roleplay have their characters start to doubt themselves, wonder if what they're doing is futile, and all of that? Incredible.

Also incredible: Seven Retribution Paladins popping Avenging Wrath while charging into a ghoul-infested Cathedral of Light and clearing the entire place out before the wings faded.

Kikirowr asked...

"How is babby formed?"
taufmonster asked...

"What happened to "Patches of Yesteryear." I think that's what it was called."

It hasn't died, but it's one of those things where Adam and I are two of the site's editors so if we hit a busy period, we're two of the first to drop off on posting because we get bogged down with a lot of behind-the-scenes work. It will come back when things slow down a bit. You've probably also noticed that The Queue has been pretty infrequent lately. Same with The Daily Quest. Same reason for all of those. Things are crazy busy behind the scenes, so the usual stuff that Adam and I do slip a few notches down on our list of priorities. For example, going through hundreds of Warlock columnist applications was pretty high on our priority list this week and took up a large chunk of time. This busy period won't last forever though (I hope), and all of the things that the two of us do around here will come back. Promise.
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