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The Queue: He's back and he's awesome


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 excited to helm today's The Queue, mostly because I get to talk about Captain Placeholder. The captain is a fun bit of lore for anyone who's been playing WoW for a long time. In a time when you couldn't rely on boats to go from one place to another, Blizzard yoinked them from the game. Instead, the captain would teleport players from continent to continent. It is therefore without further ado that I now dive into the questions.

Joker asked:

"Why has there been no talk of Captain Placeholder in Cataclysm so far?!"

Joker! How could you say such a thing? There above us is the good captain, dancing up a storm in Azshara. What's he doing there? Well, obviously, he's dancing! If you'd just returned from a hiatus, wouldn't you also cut a rug?

While Captain Placeholder is seen in the beta, it's unlikely he'll make it to the live game. After all, he's doing what he does best: being a placeholder.

There will be Cataclysm spoilers behind the cut.

Tarvos (the hopes-to-be-Insane) adroitly asked:

"Are the factions for 'Insane in the Membrane' still present in Cataclysm? i.e., can we still get hat when the expansion comes out?"

Aloix actually had the link on hand in which Ancilorn points out the achievement will still be in the game. He also says that we don't have to rush to get it done. So while there might be minor changes to the way people achieve this insanity, the achievement will still be around.

Josh asked:

"What accent do worgen have?"

Gilnean! (Credit to commenter Artificial for that one.)

No, seriously. If you imagine a Californian voice actor trying to do Michael Caine while paying homage to his German shepherd, then you're getting pretty close to the worgen. The accent actually sounds, to me, like no one so much as Badger from Firefly. Of course, that could just be that I love Badger.

Mostly, I suggest you check out their voice emotes on and decide for yourself what it sounds like.

Arizor asked:

"What's your favorite thing from the beta so far?"

Between you and me? A goblin female emote that says: "I'm a free spirit! I can't be tied down! Oh wait, you mean literally? No, I'm totally into that." I don't know why, but it made my wife and I laugh for hours. I'm really excited about goblins.

Sassy asked for confirmation:

"Is it true that the druids' tree form will be a cooldown in Cataclysm?"


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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