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The Queue: Procs and more on Patch 3.1

Alex Ziebart

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

Good morning, ladies and gents! Or afternoon for some of you. Probably evening for a few others! It's morning for me, though. That's all that matters, isn't it? Indeed. Adam is out of the office today thanks to a blizzard murdering his internet connection, so I'll be covering for him even though today is technically his turn to do The Queue. Lazy such-and-such, letting weather get in his way. Grumble.

Ian R. asked...

Do you think the first couple of bosses in Ulduar can be PUG'd on easy mode? Like Sartharion and Vault of Archavon?

I would say yes, but only if you get a group of people who are comfortable doing vehicle fights. If you get a group of people that are going to throw hissy fits because they can't figure out how a vehicle works, Flame Leviathan is going to be a massive cockblock since it's the first boss of the zone. If you can get a group that can handle that, they can probably handle a number of the early fights on easy mode. You probably won't be able to clear the place, but you'll definitely get some bosses down.

Phaelan asked...

Any idea when the Wintergrasp Portal in Dalaran will be fixed?


Hollywood Ron asked...

Will the drops from Uldar 10 be upgrades from Naxx 25?

Yes, actually, but only very slightly. It's not a full 'tier' of gear higher than Naxx 25, it's about half a tier higher. Basically, the gear in 10-man Ulduar will be upgrades from 25-man Naxx, but so small that it's not really that important for you to go and pick it up.

25-man Naxx to 25-man Ulduar is a full tier higher, 25-man Naxx to 10-man Ulduar is around half of a tier higher.

Tharesar asked...

What does "proc" mean?

Well, there are a few different theories as to the etymology of the term. One of them suggests that it stands of "Programmed(or Programmable) Random Occurrence" which is something that is programmed to happen with a degree of randomness. Another theory is that it came from old MUDs, derived from "spec_proc" which was short for "special procedure." Special procedures are actions or activities assigned to players, items, or places within the MUD that triggered when something else happened. For example, you interact with an object, which triggers an effect on another object. Either way, it's shorthand/an abbreviation that sort of became a word itself.

I'm pretty sure you don't care about the etymology, though! The MMO term 'proc' pretty much stands for anything that can be triggered with some degree of randomness. Let's say you have an enchant on your weapon that has a 2% chance to proc on a melee swing. That means it has a 2% chance to trigger, and there's a somewhat random element to it.

Erinorofdarkspear asked...

Question about Heirlooms -- Wouldn't it make sense, that, if you were to be leveling multiple alts at the same time, to buy the Heirloom cloth shoulders so that all of your characters can wear them? What I am thinking of is just mailing them to each of my alts as soon as they are done resting, and when rest xp is up, sending it on to the next one. What do you think, oh fellow Alex?

If you're leveling a lot of alts all at once and don't have enough Emblems/Stone Keeper's Shards to buy multiple sets of Shoulders, yeah, just passing the Cloth shoulders around would work fine. Your gear wouldn't be optimal, but if all you're interested in is the 10% XP boost? Sure. That works. The only drawback is that you don't get great stats for all of your alts on Cloth shoulders, but that shouldn't be much of a problem at low levels.

asmus asked...

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if the woodchuck was nerfed 10% by Blizzard?

Sixty-seven point five.

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