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The Queue: No time for games


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

I'm pinch-hitting today's column, which means time is running a little short. While I'm not quite on an "oh my god, hurry up" level, I like to leave a little time to re-read what I wrote, and know that I wrote what I read. So, sadly, it leaves me no time for games. Thus, the above picture.

Osirus inquired:

"Do you have any staff on hand that likes Jazz?"

Quite definitely. My wife and I took dance lessons some time ago, and I enjoy cutting a rug with her immensely. It helps to take the time, dance around a bit, and just be focused on how very, very much I love her. Jazz is great for that.

Pete quite reasonably asked:

"I know that 'downranking' (or whatever it is called) is not an optimal idea for leather, mail, and plate wearers. However, what is the point of allowing them to do it? I am very tempted to grab pieces of cloth gear for my holy paladin, even though I am missing out on the armor. However, on my priest, I am unable to even think about making this armor 'downrank.' If Blizzard does not expect plate/mail/leather wearers to want downranked gear, why even give them the proficiency? Why not specify that paladins can only wear mail and plate? And druids only leather? etc."

Because wasted gear sucks. If there weren't at least a little flexibility in who can wear which form of armor, then there'd be wasted armor all over the place. There'd be a gigantic spill of wasted armor inexorably making its way toward the coast of Azeroth, with inadequate accountability or appropriate response stemming the tide of disenchanted armor. Not that I'm saying anything. I'm just saying, wasted armor sucks.

This problem will actually become a little more minimal in Cataclysm, when characters will receive a small bonus for wearing "their" appropriate type of armor.

GrumblyStuff asked:

"Has there been any more profession news? Anything on inscription and maybe putting that unused middle glyph to use? Do you think they'll stick with the "5% damage buff here, 20% cooldown reduction there" mentality or try something closer to the original description of er.. inscription?"

Well, now that you mention it, there has been some news. There's not a great deal happening for most professions, but it's funny you should mention middle glyphs. Really, though, it's a little early to say what those middle glyphs will do. They'll mostly be glyph-like.

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