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Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

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BlindWorg asked:

So, when the next tier of raiding is launched, how it affects what gear we can by with justice/valor points? Will it be like Wrath that we can buy the the items that cost valor points now with justice points when it happens or how does it happen?

In 4.1:

  • JP items from 4.0 will still cost JP.
  • VP items from 4.0 will cost JP instead.
  • Items new to 4.1 will cost VP.

Caallis asked:

Any word on a new Caverns of Time instance?

We're getting a CoT: War of the Ancients raid, we're just not sure when. Looks like 4.2 or later.

Puffcake asked:

Question: What is the deal with spellpower? I thought it was going away with Cataclysm, but I still see it on gear, so I'm a bit confused. Is this something that should be pursued instead of intellect for damage-dealing casters? Is it worth stacking? Or, at the very least, could someone direct me to a decent explanation of what's what? Thanks!

Spellpower as a stat is gone on every item except weapons, trinkets, and some low-level "of the _____" items. It was kept on weapons to help give casters that same kind of boost that melee players get when they get a new weapon. You won't really need to look for it or stack it, since you get all of your other spellpower from intellect on your gear anyway. It's just a nice boost when you get a new weapon or trinket.

Sulwyn asked:

Why hasn't Blizzard posted the winners of the 2010 Holiday Card and Holiday Dessert Contests yet? Shouldn't they have announced them before the holidays?

Also, whatever happened to that writing contest they announced back in June of last year? Will we ever see the outcome of that?

Is it due to the: a.) absurd amount of entries they get for these contests; b.) more important things to work on; c.) lack of adequate judging staff; d.) having a hard time contacting the actual winners to confirm addresses, etc.; or e.) none of the above?

I haven't heard anything about the holiday contests, but the writing contest had its winners announced pre-BlizzCon. They're not available to read yet, but at least the winners were announced. As for the reasons why contest announcements can take a while, well, I imagine it's a combination of all the things you said, but I'm not on the Blizzard community team, so I couldn't tell you.

I'm definitely looking forward to reading the winning entries for the writing contest, though -- I know the first-place winner, and I can't even read his story until Blizzard publishes it on the site!

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