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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.

To celebrate my most recent level 80, a protection warrior, I was going to use a screenshot of it in the header of today's edition of The Queue. Unfortunately, I'm writing this on my laptop and when I play WoW on this thing the character models... well, let's just say they mutate a little bit. It's not pretty. So instead, I'm using a screenshot of one of Matt Rossi's warriors and we're all going to pretend it's a white-haired female draenei. Sound good? Great. Now let's move on.

Kar On E asked...

"If you could trade out one of the new race/class combinations coming to us in
Cataclysm for one that will not be there, which would you trade out? Which would you instead trade in? Why?"

Can I pick a worgen combination? Because if I can, I'd drop one of the worgen caster classes so we could have worgen paladins. Playing a huge badass werewolf that stands behind a bush throwing icicles at his enemies just seems wrong. While a werewolf retribution paladin pummeling his foes with an enormous axe seems so right.

I would also drop tauren paladin and take troll paladins instead. I have no good lore explanation for this, but come on. Troll paladins would be awesome.

Tim asked...

"How does the random name generator work? I know the simple answer is it give you a random name, but the main issue is many of the names are taken. You click random name, then click enter world and boom name taken. Weird right? Seems like this feature is broken. I tested it about 6-7 times. Maybe I was unlucky or something. Thoughts?"

It's not broken, it just has a very limited set of names it offers. The list isn't stored on Blizzard's servers. The random name generator pulls from a list that is in your game files. It won't know something is taken until you try to submit it. In other words, it's working as intended.

It's safe to say every single name on that list is probably taken on your server. Use it as inspiration instead if you're looking for help picking a name. Hit random until you find something that sounds neat, and tinker with it until it's unique. I don't mean just add Zs and Xs to the end, but if it recommends Spartacus then pick out what part of the name you like. If you liked the last syllable, break it off from the rest and use that syllable in a new name.

@evolsoulx asked...

"Has anyone ever attempted to seriously kill Flame Leviathan without vehicles? Any success possible ever?"

Well, Flame Leviathan on his easiest level of difficulty has 23 million health. 70 million on his highest difficulty. The Lich King has less than that. That's an incredibly long time to need to weather Flame Vents, Missile Barrage, and any melee abilities you weren't able to kite from being slow on foot. I think it might be totally impossible without finding some way to cheat it.

@Ndiayne asked...

"Do you think gnomes and goblins will ever merge engineering technologies and end up exploding Azeroth?"

The two races are doing pretty good on their own, I don't think they need to merge. Keep in mind that it was goblins that riveted metal plates to Deathwing to keep him from being torn apart under his own power. And with what's happening in Cataclysm... yeah, the goblins are basically doing it without the gnomes. No merger necessary. Blame them when Azeroth gets torn apart later this year.

Tokkar asked...

"When is the Armory going to work again?"

Grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and the armory breaks.

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