The Queue: What do you mean there's an octopus on my face?

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

Yesterday was mostly comments on Adam's treatise, so there wasn't a lot of Queue-worthy material in there. Sorry.

The quest giver told me he had put something on my head to show to L'ghorek, but I didn't notice anything different. And speaking of Vashj'ir ...

Shulkman asked:

I read in a blue post about six months ago that there was supposed to be a special "underwater food" for questing in Vashj'ir. (Also, something special for the mages, food wise.) Whatever happened to that?
Blizzard took the far, far superior route of letting you eat or drink whatever you want in Vashj'ir, as long you're not swimming. You can consume nutriment at your leisure while sitting on the ocean floor or any horizontal surface.

Kay asked:

What is the acceptable "par" DPS at the moment for heroics? I'd personally say about 8-9k per DPS to be able to comfortably kill everything that needs killing, but perhaps my numbers are off.

I've found that the 8-9k DPS range is about "average" right now in heroics. It lets us do what we need to do, when we need to do it.

Michael asked:

Are shaman in
Cataclysm becoming what paladins were in Wrath? Paladins had a strong place in the Argent Crusade in Wrath that seems to have fizzled in Cataclysm.

Shaman definitely play a big role in Cataclysm. The Earthen Ring is back in a big way -- and in two 80+ zones, too! I'm happy to see so many totem jockey NPCs running around the new zones. Like a big totemic family reunion.

On the paladin side of things, though, Tirion's boys are doing just fine too. WPL is almost completely cleansed and EPL is in process. Some day, Lordaeron will be beautiful again.

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