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The Queue: Couch potato


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. The more you click on my name, the more I like you.

I am starving. Not, you know, literally starving, but I've spent the last few weeks changing my diet a bit and have been eating less. There is a crucial point in changing the way you eat, sleep, exercise, all that fun stuff, where your body just sort of accepts the new world as long as you don't go back to the way things were and slip up. Well, today, I'm starving, and I don't know why. There is nothing I want more today than a burger and fries.

You know what the worst part about watching a show with another person is? You are at their whim when they want to watch new episodes and it sucks. I want to watch more Breaking Bad. Ugh. There is so much to watch.

Charlie asked:

Didn't we know more about wrath going into Blizzcon around this time then we do about the next expansion? Better security this time around maybe?

I think people very much underestimate how large of a leak the friends and family alpha information bonanza was with Cataclysm. After MMO-Champion posted what amounted to the whole shebang, Blizzard lost a lot of valuable Cataclysm wind-up time before shipping the final product. It was announced, sure, but the amount of information that we knew about the various transformations to the world was somewhat light. Information drips, teasing features -- all that was pointless after we knew everything there was to know about the game during the friends and family alpha stage. Beta was right around the corner, but still -- security got real tight after the Cataclysm leak, which is why we do not know much about the next expansion at this point. We may learn more (and I suspect we will) closer to BlizzCon, but the big reveal will happen there.

Daedalus said:

When you put it that way, Vanessa's behavior actually sounds like par for the course for a teenager.

Kind of makes me feel bad (actually, worse) for killing her....

She had it coming.

That one Joey asked:

Q4TQ: How likely is it that enhancement will be a shaman tank spec in the next expansion? They already have most of the tools neccessary. (They can wear a shield, frost shock is "high threat", rockbiter is "high threat" and they have a pseudo taunt I believe.) They also have a toughness talent. All blizz would need to do is make a talent that converts agility to mitigation stats.

Zero. You won't see a shaman tank spec. The shaman as a tank was a gameplay weirdness that existed back in the original vanilla game when "tanking" was more on par with the EverQuest version, where the occasional taunt and survivability was paramount over threat and mitigation. In a pinch, in lower-level dungeons, a shaman could use the shield and a high-threat ability to make it so your healer or whoever didn't die immediately. It never panned out, and it won't in the future.

The shaman is set in stone as per his abilities. Shaman "tanking" tools in game right now are merely utility spells that could potentially be useful somewhere, like "taunting" on Chimaeron or something. The possibilities are also a huge balance problem. You know how awful druids are to balance for four specs when they only have three talent trees -- it's a giant pain. Do not expect tanking on shaman any time soon.

Helston asked:

Is there any way to cast a spell that targets a spot on the ground or an area without >clicking the mouse< to place the green targeting? For spells like Blizzard, Heroic Leap, healing circles, etc.

No, and this is by design. For these spells, they want you to have to click somewhere on screen and not have the game decide where to place the spell for you.

yous95 asked:

Question for the Queue:

In the next expansion, do you think that Blizzard will raise the level cap to 90 for sure? Do you think raising the cap by 5 levels every expansion will become the norm?

I would hope that the level cap is raised significantly higher this time, at least back to BC and Wrath norms of adding 10 levels to the game. One of the criticisms of Cataclysm that Mike Morhaime and the rest discussed in their earnings calls was the fact that people went through and completed Cataclysm content too quickly. There wasn't enough leveling content for the majority of players who are not hardcore raiders and not hardcore daily farmers.

With the next expansion, I think you are going to see a focus on more content, period. Blizzard doesn't have to worry about rebuilding the entire world this time, and hopefully that translates into more content for everyone and a whole new continent to explore, just like Northrend.

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