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The Queue: More like Porkrend, am I right

Michael Sacco

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

That's influenza A virus subtype H1N1 up there, but I'm pretty sure you thought it was just a really blurry map of Northrend at first glance. I'm not wrong. You thought it.

Mr. Shinra asked...

Why exactly are there places where we suddenly and magically cannot mount up (I mean *aside* from combat which is obvious), such as getting killed by the trash after Ionar in Halls of Lightning and having to run all the way back. You've seen how big and expansive those halls are, I don't see a major reason why we cannot mount up to get back a bit quicker. At least in Culling of Stratholme we can ride from that house to the city proper-- so its not a consistent rule entirely either.

I'm not suggesting there aren't places where it makes a bit more sense; I can understand small areas such as the various vendors in Orgimmar and their tiny huts, where there just isn't enough room, but a lot of the times, it seems like we have to dismount because... the game said so, and nothing else. For the majority of locations where it occurs, why do we have to dismount?

The rule in place for 99% of the game is that you cannot mount indoors. There are some exceptions to the rule, such as Ironforge, but that's the basic idea.

Sicadastra asked...

Was anyone able to play a hunter in the Cataclysm demos at Blizzcon or anywhere else and experience the focus change? I haven't seen write-ups anywhere so I assume now, but no harm in asking. If so, tell us about it...

The hunter focus changes weren't yet implemented in recent playable Cataclysm demos. We'll report about them in-depth once they're implemented, be it in new demos or in the alpha/beta.

Butterbear asked...

When people say Thrall is in level 40 greens, what do they mean exactly?

Thrall's model isn't unique, and his armor has the same model as level 40 green gear available to all players. It's embarrassing. At best, he's wearing Stockade Pauldrons, which means he probably spent a lot of time farming Tyr's Hand back in the day.

Airleagan asked...

With dwarf shamans presumably coming in the new expansion, would this mean that the Wildhammer dwarf clan is finally officially becoming a part of the Alliance and thus uniting with the current Bronzebeard clan of Ironforge? Or do you think that they will become a separate faction linked towards the Alliance like the Frostborn dwarves are currently?

I've no doubt that playable dwarf shaman will be Wildhammer dwarves, at least in canon, but it's hard to say whether or not there'll be a new Wildhammer faction. Old-school players will recall that there used to be ways to get Wildhammer rep, but that was removed a long time ago. We'll just have to wait and see.

Healem asked...

Does the Cathedral of Darkness have any purpose in Icecrown?

Yep, it's involved with the Tirion's Gambit questline. A big event plays out there, but I won't spoil it for those who haven't done it. Those interested should complete the Argent Vanguard and Shadow Vault questlines in Icecrown, then head to the Skybreaker.

Mcdingo asked...

Someone told me that they are removing old world raids. Is this true? That would make sense with me for MC being that the zone is getting a remodel but I love my AQ. I'm sure there will be massive nerd rage if we loose the zone with the coolest mounts in the game, Im talking the battle tanks.

Blizzard hasn't officially said anything about removing the old 40-man raids in Cataclysm, but it'd sure make me happy if they got rid of Molten Core forever. Forever.

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