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The Queue: Super-Soldier-sized edition

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.

Looks like Captain America is getting good reviews, so I am beyond pumped to see it. Finally, an outlet for my all-consuming man crush on Chris Evans. In honor of his bulking up for the role, I have bulked up The Queue today. Enjoy!

KrazyKorean728 asked:

As we're getting towards the time when we can complete all the Molten Front achievements, my question is about the achievement "Ready for Raiding II."

We access the Lieutenants of Flame by recruting both the Wardens, Druids & the Ancients. We get to fight against the Lieutenant as the last quest named "Strike at the Heart." Does the Lieutenant change based upon which groups quests you do (i.e. if I do the Wardens, is there one set of Lieutenants that will spawn with them versus which ones spawn with the Druids)?

There's a random lieutenant each day, and which one spawns is entirely unrelated to the dailies you choose to complete.

Lolz asked:

Why does fear still agros?, I though blizzard had made that change for all cc.

Fear isn't really a CC in the same sense as Banish or Polymorph or Hex. I think old-school EverQuest players would probably call it a "mez," right?

Interficio asked:

I just now had time to play my lowbie shammy. I raided in woltk and new the gear for the shamms, intellect main for elemental, Agility main for enhancement, and intellect/spirit for restoration. While doing dungeons and raids i never found a piece of mail with intellect without spirit. I soon found out that both elemental and resto can use spirit due to a new talen elemental got. Why did blizz decide to combine this? Was it because they are the only intellect mail, or are they just lazy?

Basically, since only two specs use mail armor with intellect on it, it made sense to let both of those specs utilize spirit in some way. This way, there's less of a chance that an item will drop that no one in the raid can use. I'm looking at you, spell plate.

Haro asked:

A couple of days ago, my friend and i were running stonecore. Right when we started, a new guildie got the lvl20 achieve. During the run he got the lvl30 achieve, and before we beat the final boss, he got the lvl40 one.
After the run, we were a bit... puzzled. So we asked him how was it possible to gain so many levels so fast. He replied that he was using the recruit-a-friend advantages, so we kinda let it go.

Today my friend reminded me about the matter, because we had agreed to check what advantages were those... and after checking, it really doesn't look like you can earn 20 levels in around 40 mins. We checked his wowarmory, and all of the achieves were got in the same day, including "can i keep him?" up to lvl40. Also he hasn't played since that day.

We fear someone might be using hacks in our guild, but we need to know first: is it possible to ding 40 in a single day? is it possible to go from 20 to 40 in less than one hour, through legit means?

A bonus feature of the Recruit-a-Friend program is the ability for the "baby" account to grant the "adult" account levels. For every two levels the baby account earns, it can grant one level to a character below its level on the adult account. A level 80 character could level a friend's level 1 character to 41, as long as the levels were gained with an RAF partner. Trust me -- it works, and it's legit. Using RAF, my elemental shaman (my current main) was leveled from 25 to 60 almost instantly.

Shabumbler asked:

After the posting of Basil's "Meet the Bloggers" post this week, the posts within the comments section were incredibly harsh IMO. Ranging from name calling to empty threats about no longer reading Basil's column, a portion of the community seemingly had just crawled out of the cesspool that is the official WoW forums just to spread on some hate.

It seems to me like a correlation could be made between what Basil (and undoubtedly many of the other bloggers) has experienced from the community and what Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street experienced not more than a few months back.

My question is this: Have you ever had a situation where one of your staff has quit/taken a hiatus from blogging due to the extremely rude comments made by the folks who frequent this website?

Negative comments are definitely only a very small portion of the comments made on this site, and in fact, the majority of comments here are positive in some way. We have a pretty active community of regular readers who appear to be nice, emotionally stable people.

But you're right in that negative comments can and sometimes do have an effect on morale, and we've had writers who weren't able to get past them. It's unfortunate, of course, but some people just have the not-unreasonable expectation of not being verbally attacked at their place of work. Me, I read every comment anyone posts on my articles. I respect that some other writers choose not to.

Ice asked:

I'm randomly getting authenticator screen when I log - and this is not after maintaince. Since it was disabled to not ask the code unless I change positions should I be worried that someone is trying to access my account from somewhere else? Or does my IP magically change when I sleep and work..

You'll be randomly prompted for your authenticator code at least once a week, though it can happen more often than that. I've been asked three times this week, and my computer hadn't been turned off or disconnected from the internet in that time. I'm actually pleasantly surprised when it happens.

koolguyry asked:

I have a question for the Queue: Why do people hate Richard Knaak so much?

There seem to be two different camps of Knaak haters. The first camp says that he's not a good writer because his prose is bad, which may or may not be correct (objectively, anyway).

The second camp doesn't like him because of perceived slights against the game's lore by him. What this group utterly fails to understand is that anything you read in the WoW novels is either directly requested or approved by Blizzard. People can get emotionally attached to WoW lore, so it's hard for them to divorce the writer from the events happening -- but these are licensed novels, people. And you know how seriously Blizzard takes its licensing, especially when it comes to lore. Don't blame a contract author for a bad new character. Blame Blizzard for either asking for it or okaying it.

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