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The Queue: Stadium Love

Michael Sacco

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.

And we'll complete the Metric weekend hat trick with this one. My jam!

Goah asked:

Does a boss's drops depend on when he spawns at a server reset or when you down him.
In FFXI drop rates were affected by time of day and/or day of the week. So a boss we didn't down last raid time may have different loot if we done him in the next raid slot?

A boss' loot is determined the moment the instance is created. Obviously there's some kind of algorithm used to determine the random numbers the game uses to decide which specific pieces of loot drop, but it's not as if you'd ever be able to figure it out and say, "Oh, if only we had brought another druid instead of another rogue, we'd have gotten four Conq tokens," or "Everyone plan to be here for exactly noon server time so we can get the MT his shield."

Razion asked:

Why do we have *two* ring and trinket slots? While it isn't hard to gear a toon as much as it was in say Vanilla or Burning Crusade, I still get the feeling when I'm gearing up a character that having both of those extra slots is a little excessive. If they removed both a ring and trinket slot, they would still have an even-count, and could have the UI still measure up evenly (just requires the moving of one slot over).

I don't really think you're going to find a satisfactory answer to this beyond that it's more fun to have more gearing options. Because it is! Trinkets are historically pretty dynamic, so of course you'd want more than one, and having two rings helps you fill gaps in your itemization more easily. And, lest we forget, the more slots you have to fill and the more items available for those slots, the fewer people are fighting over the same piece of gear.

Eloot asked:

Why do death knights not have a decomposed body like the forsaken? Does Blizz have a lore reason for this? Also, in the case of forsaken death knights, are they dead...again?

Forsaken characters have been buried and decomposing a while, but most death knight characters were raised immediately (or almost immediately) after being slain. Not enough time to have their jaw fall off or develop a taste for weird face strap things.

Forsaken death knights were and still are undead. This is just unfortunately the second time that it's happened to them.

Avan asked:

Who narrated the intro cutscenes for each race? I could swear I've heard them in other works, but I can't place my finger on the name or what works.

Tony Jay narrated the vanilla and BC character intros, but Earl Boen recorded all of the newer intros following Jay's death. Both are prolific voice actors that you've probably heard in a bunch of things before.

Xantenise asked:

As a player of Forsaken -- one of my characters is a diehard loyalist, but to the Horde. That is, Thrall's Horde -- not Garrosh Hellscream, and certainly not Sylvanas, but the Horde that was when it took her in when she broke away from the Scourge. (She's disgusted with what happened at the Wrathgate, actually.)

This isn't really a question, but I did want to address it. In the Arthas novel, Sylvanas straight-up admits that she was planning something similar to what Putress did; Putress just beat her to the punch. So maybe she was disgusted that somebody did it before her or that someone was scheming under her nose, but certainly not that it happened.

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