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The Queue: I can't believe it's not beta

Michael Sacco

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

Wait, no, I can believe it is beta!

Cutaia asked:

"NDA is over Sacco. I wanna know what this was all about.

Spill it!


Sure! Since Zul'Gurub currently exists in the game world and takes up a large portion of Northern Stranglethorn (now its own zone), there's a Cataclysm quest line that has you entering the instance and defeating several of Hakkar's priests -- all by yourself! The bosses and mob levels are scaled down to make the place soloable. The raid instance still exists, though, so you should be okay when it comes to mount farming.

Will other instances get the same treatment? We're not sure. But this is a pretty good sign.

Moar Heroisms asked:

"Why do we refer to level 60 content as "vanilla"?"

Vanilla is a term long used to refer to the original version or iteration of something. The original Law & Order, for example, is often called "vanilla Law & Order" because of its many spinoffs. The use of the term appears to be due to vanilla's use as a stock "original" or "mild" flavor.

Lauyia asked:

"Recently I got my mage to Northrend and I happened upon the Dragonblight questline where you go to the cave where Arthas took up Frostmourne. Now outside the cave are Scarlet Onslaught, who's goal is to purge the undead from the world from what I understand... Then why are there Death Knights riding undead horses in front of that cave?"

Like many Scarlet inconsistencies, you can chalk this one up to being mind-controlled by a dreadlord.

Popeguilty asked:

"With the death of the NDA, will Ask a Beta Tester, the original version of The Queue, be returning? Perhaps as a separate column for Beta-related issues, with The Queue kept on as a general questions feature?"

The Queue will function as our all-in-one Q&A feature. Ask a Beta Tester isn't slated to return.

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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