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The Queue: Patch 3.2 and Beyond the infinite


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

Patch 3.2 is bringing about a lot of questions. Many cannot be answered yet, however we know the general direction of things from comments left by Ghostcrawler and others. I don't think that we have heard all the surprises in Patch 3.2, and we probably won't for a little bit.

So today's Queue questions are compiled from comments left around the site. Hopefully the answers will help clear some things up.

And today's reading music has two selections. One is Johann Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz, and the other is Pink Floyd's Great Gig in The Sky. They are connected, and have to do with today's content.

Jjbrophy111 asked...

"What will happen to saved Emblems of Heroism and Valor whit patch 3.2?"

They'll still be there and you can still use them to buy stuff. You will not see them disappear, you just won't be able to get any more of them except through Conquest trade-ins. Only Emblems of Conquest will drop now in Heroics/Naxx/Ulduar.

Firliey1 asked...

"Why would Blizzard want more people doing 5 man heroics? I consistently spend an hour in the evenings walking back and forth at entrances getting spammed with no more instances can be created at this time messages. Wouldn't more 5 mans just increase the wait times for instance creation?"

That's a very valid complaint. The current errors about instances being full are due to internal mechanisms in place at the Blizzard servers to keep those who are inside instances happy – if too many instances are launched on the Blizzard servers then things become overloaded and slowed way down. There were problems with this last year, in particular in the Sunwell Plateau, and it was just terrible. I'd rather not run an instance, or be locked out temporarly, than be forced to deal with that kind of lag.

Blizzard has said they have ideas how to fix it, but it's going to take awhile to implement.

I have to wonder if they'll have this solved by the time Patch 3.2 is released, however. Since Emblems of Conquest will drop from heroics with the patch 3.2 changes, they had to know this would increase the number of heroics ran. Something tells me we'll see this problem solved by then.

Many people asked...

"When is the PTR coming?"

I'd be very surprised if it didn't come online this week. There have been no announcements that it's up, however. And just because you can copy characters over doesn't mean you should – they are likely to be wiped and you might sacrifice a character copy or two. Wait until the PTR is up to copy your characters over.

Lots of people lamented...

"My guild isn't anywhere near done with Ulduar, why is Patch 3.2 going on the PTR already?"

Blizzard has wanted to decrease the time between content releases for a while. It seems that they're achieving their goal, although we'll have to wait and see exactly how long this takes. The way to think about your progress through Ulduar is like this: when you get done, you'll have something new to go on to right away. Farming the same content can and does get old very very quickly. Don't let the fact that there will soon be new content distract you from your current goal – let it just be something more to look forward to!

Phantom aksed...

"Does the new heroic distinction apply to Naxx?"

This question has to do with the line from the patch notes that states: "New raid Normal and Heroic modes for the Crusaders' Coliseum can be toggled using the Dungeon Difficulty setting. This applies to 10 and 25-player versions. 10-player (Normal), 25-player (Normal), 10-player (Heroic) and 25-player (Heroic) all share separate raid lockout timers."

This change will only apply to new content, unless Blizzard goes back and changes things significantly. I highly doubt they'll do that.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column! Leave your questions in the comments and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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