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The Queue: First time, be gentle


Welcome back to The Queue,'s daily Q&A column where the team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Michael Gray is your answer man today.

Howdy there, Queue-travellers. This is my first time answering The Queue, so I've gathered up questions from yesterday, earlier in the week, and even before. I'll be laying the answer-down on them. Wish me a tad bit of luck. Some of this is stuff that I always meant to get a full-time post out on, but never did manage to get a full article out of them.

Of course, it's not like there hasn't been big news lately, so it's possible everyone already has their own answers. It could happen. Take a look behind the jump and see what folks have asked

Kalaniri asked:

I want the achievement for both the Frenzyheart and Oracles reputation in Sholazar. Should I go ahead and do the Frenzyheart, and then start all over with the Oracles? Or should I wait for the drake to drop?

Get started on the Frenzyheart quests now, and get it out of the way. Once you're done, go back to the Oracles. While there's a small chance that this week is going to be your magic week when you get the Green Proto-Drake, that's only a 2% chance. You're guaranteed to get the reputation you require, and then will be able to flip flop back to the Oracles again in short order.

The real bet that you're making with yourself isn't going to be "was this my magic week?" It's more "Would I be done with the switch by now?" For all that you'll wonder whether the drake would have dropped while you're doing the rep grind, not having it drop would be a complete kick in the face.

Get it done, and move on.

Joel_robinson asked:

Do you think Blizzard will turn off the LFG tool when Cataclysm goes live?

No way. Heck, I think it might get expanded. There's been so much praise for the LFG tool that I just can't imagine them pulling the tool back. And I can't think of many significant gameplay aspects that Blizzard has actually turned off. The voice chat tool is still in game, and I've not encountered anyone who uses it.

Kal asked:

Does the Dungeon Finder check who has the best appropriate gear for the role when choosing who does what in a premade group?

This has actually come up for me, but I couldn't find any official documentation. Here's an anecdote that comes to the best answer I can provide:

I was in a pre-made random group with another death knight. I'm the guild's usual tank for raids, and he's usually a DPS role. As you might expect, my "DPS" gear is all PvP gear. (I use quotes because we all know how great PvP gear is for pure-DPS roles.) However, my tank set is pretty sweet. In contrast, my death knight buddy in the group has decent tank gear, but its not nearly as good as mine. Conversely, he's got DPS gear out the teeth. We both selected Tank and Damage as our roles, because we just usually do that out of habit.

Depsite our gear indicating I should be the tank, and he should be the DPS -- it flipped us so that he was the Tank, and I would have provided pew pew.

That's not an official proclamation about whether the Dungeon Finder chooses role according to be gear, but it definitely seems to me that it does not.

Phil asked:

Do you guys ever want to go into a rage (or nerdrage if that's your thing) when you see some of the questions asked?

This is my first time on the queue, but I will say no. We love answering these questions, and it's a lot of fun. More importantly, even if someone asks a repetitive question we've answered before . . . then chances are someone else needs to know the answer also. Every time one person needs to know something, there's ten people with the same need who just didn't ask.

We'll probably ignore trolls, of course, but most of the questions are great.

Tim asked:

Will Blizz allow us to create/change our toons from standard races to [specific iterations and version of that race]?

Boy, I wish they would -- but I'm not holding my breath. There so much modelling and work that goes into even existing races, and making sure the armor fits them attractively, that adding even more models to (essentially) the same race doesn't seem worth the time. It'd be cool to be a Taunka instead of just a Tauren, or an Iron Dwarf instead of an Alliance Dwarf . . . but I just don't see how that level of work would improve the game experience.

That's just my opinion though. We may find out one day that I'm wrong.

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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