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The Queue: Cosmetics

Alex Ziebart

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.

Nearly 9,000 people voted that anchovies were gross in the last edition of The Queue. I wholeheartedly disagree! However, I know when I'm beat, so consider today's picture an apology. If you think this picture is gross and don't have some sort of allergy that has caused you to form that opinion, well... I can't help you anymore. You are broken. May whatever deity (or non-deity) you believe in have mercy on your soul (or whatever your belief system keeps inside of your squishy bits).

Zayd asked...

"How long before Blizz let you change your characters race? If we can soon change faction then this seems the next logical step, it's just a cosmetic change when you get down to it..."

The problem with race changes is that it isn't just cosmetic, actually. You underestimate how much weight some people put on racials. When it comes to min/maxing, there are tons of players out there who will take their racials into consideration as well. You don't want hundreds/thousands of arena players to pay $25 to switch to the new Flavor of the Month race because of the racial. You don't want every Horde Warrior just spending $25 to turn into a Tauren for the Stamina bonus. If they want to completely reroll for that bonus, then they can do that. But allowing race changes basically means they would be spending real money to get an edge in whatever aspect of the game they play. And unless it's a one time only deal, you can bet players will be switching back and forth. $25 to be a Human in Season 75, $25 to be a Dwarf in Season 76 since it's the new sexy, $25 to go back to a Human because Dwarves got nerfed in Season 81.

That's not to say they won't ever allow it, but the reason they don't yet is because it's not just cosmetic. It would essentially be accepting money to let players perform better. Recustomization is purely cosmetic. Changing factions isn't purely cosmetic, but if you can convince your entire raid/arena team to hop factions so you can have better racials... that's pretty impressive, and you should be a politician.

xckarbear asked...

"Our guild isn't a raiding guild. We're a group of friends who formed a guild.

But recently we wanted to tackle heroics for the rep. Needless to say, our rag tag team in blues and greens couldn't even get to the giant in Nexus. Our warrior tank isn't specced for tanking, and my balance/resto druid is the only level 80 healer.

Aside from getting our Warrior dual specced - where do we start to get gear to be able to do heroics? We're all not real familiar with what we need to do in order to be successful."

I'll keep my answer short and sweet, because the comments sections yesterday pretty much summed it all up. I recommend going back and reading that.

Reputation gear, craftable gear, stuff from the Argent Tournament, all good options. If Heroics are rocking your face, you should also step back and do some normal mode dungeons. Utgarde Pinnacle, Halls of Lightning, those are both good instances to run non-Heroic. They're at/near the level cap, and provide good drops to get you started.

Rekkla asked...

"I have a question: Why would Blizz elect to release Koralon's room in Vault, without him in it?

It left a very lazy impression upon me. I work in newspapers, and I couldn't exactly print a blank page and expect to keep my job. Anyone with me here?"

If you printed a blank page for a paper that's not meant to be published for at least 2 weeks yet, probably more, nobody would give a lick except for maybe the guy that needs to put the blank paper back in the printer. Koralon isn't in his room because he's the boss to coincide with Season 7, like Emalon was for Season 6 and Archavon was for Season 5. When Season 7 starts, he'll be there. When it's time to publish your paper, that blank page will have writing on it.

bspauldin asked...

"My son referred his brother using recruit a friend. He hasn't reached 60 yet, but with the mount changes, shouldn't he receive his Zhevra mount at 40? He's 52 now and was disappointed he didn't receive it."

You get your mount when the person you referred has paid for two months of the game themselves. It's not level dependent at all. If you referred someone when your main was level 1, and you stopped playing WoW but the person you referred continued playing and paid for two months, your level 1 would get that zhevra. They don't pay, you don't get.

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