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The Queue: Portalclysm 2, the Portalening


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

There has been a lot of news about portals recently. First, I finished Portal 2. Second, Blizzard has added portals back to Dalaran and Shattrath to each faction's respective capital. Finally, I can set my hearth back home in Shattrath, the best capital hub city ever. Hate all you want, haters, but my Scryer buddies and I have a lot to catch up on.

Kar On E asked:

Now then, a question: given the changes to Children's Week, do you suspect to see any other holidays undergoing changes (outside of just adjusting level) for Cataclysm? If so, which ones and how? Show all work.

Hallow's End is likely to change dramatically, with potential new story elements involving the Forsaken and the Gilneans. Personally, I hope for some really excellent Greymane and Sylvanas lore, moving the Gilnean story forward, and finding out what is going on with the former humans of Lordaeron. Hallow's End is the best place for that type of content, because it sets the perfect mood.

On a side note, I loved the new lore moments in Children's Week this year. I'm glad that Blizzard is pushing the story forward with these events, and I'm still very skeptical about Sylvanas' answers to the orcish orphan. It would be very nice to get some more information on that side of the story, but we may have to wait for more leader short stories.

Ilmyrn asked:

Question: Why do the servers reset on Tuesday? It seems like Sunday or Monday would make more sense, being the beginning of the calendar and work week, respectively.

I believe maintenance happens on Tuesdays because it is when the least amount of activity is happening in game. People just aren't logging in on Tuesdays the way they would on, say, the weekend or after work. So maintenance is done when a majority of people are at work and on a day that historically is not very trafficked.

Andostre asked:

Dear The Queue,

I still have not done any 80+ Cataclysm content. The expansion came out shortly before my son was born (he's adorable, thanks for asking), and I've been having a blast with my limited playtime levelling in the revamped vanilla content. Now, I'm hearing about about how patch 4.2 is going to change Hyjal, but I also hear that Hyjal is heavy with the phasing mechanic.

So, I'm wondering if 4.2 change Hyjal to the point where current quests are lost, or if 4.2 will just add another layer of phased quests. My question is, should I dust off a level 80 to go do the quests in Hyjal before patch 4.2 permanently changes things?

I am fairly certain that you will not be able to do the new Hyjal stuff until you reach a certain part in the zone, namely securing the Regrowth area of the zone. They have to keep the zone the same for the level 80s traipsing through, so it will be more or less the same for you. The new daily content in the Molten Front and the Regrowth are for level 85 characters.

Kolonus asked:

I'm a veteran DPS player working on some healing and tanking alts in this new, much friendlier Cataclysm era of accessibility. Even though I'm very familiar with Tank Spot, Elitist Jerks, and other sources of guides and strategies, is it strange that the Dungeon Journal Boss Descriptions are giving me a great amount of peace of mind in my future tanking career?

Not at all. The aim of the dungeon journal is to make explaining the fights easier and not have the oft-reviled experience of "Did you watch the video?" or "Did you read the strat?" The whole point of the journal is to facilitate easier tanking, healing, and DPS in PuGs because of the sheer amount of information that key group members aren't necessarily responsible for sharing. Now, everyone has that information in front of them. Good tanks can still do some explanation, but linking abilities and showing people things will be vastly easier and exactly what the system is designed for.

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