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The Queue: Burly mountain men and Amazons

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.

Seriously, what happened to the awesome night elves of Warcraft 3? I think all the problems started when night elf males couldn't have kickin' wizard beards (a deficit found in nearly all playable non-dwarf races).

Eviljiggy asked:

I want to get the achievement "Stood in the Fire" before it goes away once someone kills Deathwing on my realm, probably in a patch or 2. However, I'm never ever in the right area he barbeques. Is there any Add-on or chat channel or anything of the sort to track what zone he's in or going to?

Unfortunately, the zone selection appears to be totally random, and there's not really enough time to get to the zone and in range of his breath to get the achievement if you're not already in the area.

d'Avitant asked:

OK, here's one I don't get (inspired by the fact that my post-cata mage has now reached 81, and I had to unlock Vash'jir long enough to get to the Earthen Ring's Quartermaster):

When you start the Vash'jir quest chain, both the Horde and Alliance talk about a major important island that's surfaced off of the coast of Stormwind, more or less on the city's metaphorical doorstep, where a lot of very fierce Horde vs Alliance fighting is taking pace. Players then take a ship out to the site and are almost there when the kraken attacks, and we all end up going for a swim.

Here's the thing: if they're talking about Tol Barad (the site of a lot of fierce Horde vs Alliance fighting), theoretically, Baradin's Wardens have been there for years and years, so there isn't any good way for it to have just surfaced. Also, there's old established villages and keeps on the island. Further, if you look at a map, Tol Barad isn't anywhere near the Stormwind Coast. It's farther north than Ironforge, actually.

Of course, Vash'jir itself is more or less off the coast of Stormwind, but there's basically no major land masses included, just a couple small island's with flight points back to the main land. Worse, there's no island or islands with major interfaction warfare taking place.

So, after all that, my question is this: what island are they talking about when they send you off on what ultimately becomes your watery adventure? I can't come up with an answer that actually makes any sense.

Here's the funny thing: You know that sandbar you see if you fly over Vashj'ir? The one that's about 200 feet from end to end? The only part of that entire region that's above sea level? That's the island you're fighting for. That's right -- the entire Vashj'ir campaign, the bloodshed and anguish, is for a piece of land roughly the size of a traffic median.

War is stupid.

xaandria asked:

So how many great trees are we up to now? We've got Teldrassil, Nordrassil which was gone and is now back, Vordrassil the Fail Tree in that frozen wasteland no one ever goes to anymore...we're growing some kind of tree in our daily quests...they're kind of a dime a dozen, aren't they? What makes Nordrassil so special, or the one we're growing for Mal?

There are three: Nordrassil, Teldrassil, and Vordrassil. There are other "great trees," but those are the only world trees. The one you're growing in Firelands isn't necessarily a world tree -- just a really cool one!

Blackdemon asked:

Do we know what's coming up next patch? If I recall, we knew about the Firelands right from the start (Blizzcon?). And last expansion, Ulduar was known about a while before it released. Do we have any knowledge of what will follow Ragnaros's demise?

The next major content patch is, so far as we know, the War of the Ancients raid. We're due for another new 5-man instance as well, but we're not sure if that'll be before, after, or with the WotA raid.

Farli asked:

What's happening with the WoW Insider weekly podcast? In the past, it's usually been released on a Tuesday, meaning I have something to look forward to while I'm at work or waiting on maintanence to finish. But for the past couple of weeks, it's been pushed back -- RL delays kicking in there, or is the new weekly wrap-up on Fridays being folded in with the general discussion?

As far as I can recall, with the exception of the most recent live show, which took place on a Tuesday, we're been pretty on-time with the show! You're right, though, in that this week's podcast was lost in a catastrophic hard drive failure. It'll be back next week, don't worry!

Slaytanic asked:

It seems most of the world is about to get their first handul of 150 Marks of the Wold Tree. What's on most peple's mind is:

Which way do we go? The Druids of the Talons or the Shadow Wardens? What's the difference?

Both sides have an "extra" quest you can get, so there's no benefit to choosing either one over the other. You just get different quests.

Gridus asked:

What are your thoughts about the location for the upcoming Deathwing raid?

All we know is that it's going to be "tough to get to." Seriously, that's all Blizzard has said about it. Wherever it is, it's going to be big. And filled with pop culture references. And loaded with powerful bosses we've never heard of or seen before.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW Insider 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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