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The Queue: Virtual Insanity


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.

Oh yeah what we're living in (let me tell ya)
It' a wonder man can eat at all
When things are big
That should be small
Who can tell what magic spells we'll be doing for us.

I liked this song back in the '90s -- I thought it was very post-modern and had a good beat. Today, however, I look at it and just sit and appreciate for a moment how prophetic it is. Many of us are never disconnected these days -- my email is always at my side wherever I go, and WoW on my laptop with my tethered connection is just a few clicks away. It is virtual insanity, especially for the eleven and a half million people playing this game after five years.

Also, at 0:45 Jamiroquai shifts into druid flight form. He is the prophet.

Lakami asked...

"What brand of gin does Ghostcrawler prefer?"

I'll ask him at BlizzCon in October. This will be my first (and possibly only) question. I'm serious too -- whatever he and the other devs have to say about the game they're going to say through other interviews and through the panels. They won't be able to tell us some big secret we want to talk about. And even though we can keep a steady stream of questions on them about class balance and game mechanics, they're too smart for any of our traps and will deflect and potentially "dramatic" questions. So why not find out something else cool, like what kind of gin they drink?

I'm guessing it's Bombay Sapphire.

And if I get two questions? Next one is about boosting up warrior AoE tanking through decreasing paladin and death knight AoE abilities when coupled with an overall increase in the need for crowd control in 5-man and 10-man instances. BAM! Can you tell I'm already thinking of what I want to ask if I get the chance?

Ben asked...

"I haven't been around for previous expansions. When Cataclysm comes out, would it be a good idea to just chain-run new instances, since the world will have too many people in it, or is it possible to solo level without having every single quest mob stolen for the first month?"

The leveling in Cataclysm isn't going to be terrible, so take your time and do whatever makes you happy. Yes, there's going to be a metric ton of people leveling at the same time as you, but respawn rates increase during those times and you rarely find yourself waiting for mobs. Instances are going to be pretty darn fast for everyone, tanks and healers (I'd guess) will likely get insta-queued, and DPS will have a shorter wait than the average now (about 15 minutes these days, I'd guess it'd drop to around 5 or so the first several months of Cataclysm).

Dashifen asked...

"Where in the achievement's interface can you find your progress toward the new pugging achievements?"

It's in the Dungeons & Raids section (the main one, not a subsection).

Zayd asked...

"Using the LFG tool do you get the same about of badges from running a normal level 80 dungeon as you do from completing a heroic?"

No. Normal dungeons do not drop badges unless they are the normal Icecrown Citadel dungeons. Those drop badges.

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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