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The Queue: Decisions, decisions

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.

Readers, I'm having trouble making a very tough decision today. I'm in the mood for two very specific things but can't make up my mind between them. I definitely can't have both. So before you read the rest of The Queue and pick apart its World of Warcrafty deliciousness, please, help me choose what I'm eating for dinner today.

Boz asked...

"Any word on whether School of Hard Knocks will be removed from the meta-holiday achievement, or if it will hammer Battlegrounds for another week this year?"

As far as I'm aware, Blizzard hasn't said anything about removing School of Hard Knocks. You should probably assume you'll still need to do it so you don't get your hopes up. Then if Blizzard does remove School of Hard Knocks from the meta, you can be happy about it rather than be disappointed that they didn't!

Chris asked...

"Hello, as you know talent trees will be changed a lot come Cataclysm. I was wondering if existing characters will get all of their points back to redistribute as they want, or will they just be altered to closest thing from what you had it?"

Whenever Blizzard makes substantial changes to talent trees, they do a talent point refund. It has happened for all classes for both expansions so far, and has happened for individual classes when a content patch changes how they work dramatically. Cataclysm is building up to be the most substantial reboot of talent trees we've seen yet, so we'll almost certainly see a talent point reset.

Artitian asked...

"What are some popular sites for your guild's progression rank? I used to use Wowjutsu but it looks like it hasn't been upgraded since Malygos was relevant."

Before I answer the question, I just want to say that there are no guild progress sites that are 100% accurate. They can come close, but they all track things a little differently. Wrath of the Lich King muddled that sort of thing up a little bit, considering we have 10-man and 25-man versions of each instance and now heroic modes in each. Some tracking sites count 10-man 'strict' runs, where the 10-man achievements only count if you're only wearing 10-man gear. Some don't. Most of this might not be important to you at all, but it's something to keep in mind when looking for your favored ranking site.

With all of that said, GuildOx and WoWProgress are the big two right now.

RobertHMayfire asked...

"I'm trying and failing to get my girlfriend to play WoW and stopped so she wouldn't shut herself away from it. She is a big reader and I was wondering what WoW books would be good for someone who has no knowledge of Warcraft lore. If I can't get her to play the game, maybe I can get her interested in its lore."

It would be easier to give recommendations if you told us what kind of books she reads. Each of the writers that have done Warcraft novels each have their own style. Without any additional information though, I say the strongest recommendations will always been Chris Metzen's Of Blood and Honor or Christie Golden's Rise of the Horde.

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