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The Queue: What am I going to do with all these Green Proto-Drakes?


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.

I am practically swimming in Green Proto-Drakes. I don't even know what to do with them any more! Satchel of Exotic Mysteries, please give me mounts that I don't already have. Worthless bags.

Edit: Because so many people are asking, the bad addon I am using is AdiBags.

Tfish92 asked:

How is it fair that a hunter could switch from a gun to a bow because they like the way the bow looks but want the guns racial bonus but any other class that has a weapon type bonus can't do the same? What if I want to keep my 2h sword for the bonus but I want to use an axe?

It's the same concept and I don't think one type should be the exception.

I see that you do not play a hunter. That statement is not meant to be mean or belittling in any way, but as the commenters have made note of, it is not about the look of the weapon per se but the sound each makes. Guns in WoW have a very audible sound that cannot be turned off without lowering the sound effects volume (which lowers all sound effects) or using an addon to suppress the gun firing noise. Guns are loud; bows are not. Each time you use an ability -- boom. Each Auto-Shot -- boom. It gets annoying quickly. That is why guns to bows and bows to guns is the exception to the rule.

Karcharos asked:

Do you think Blizz will add the option to scale raid groups down in DPS/heals/health pools to something close to the intended level of old raids?

That way, instead of facerolling your way through old content, you could at your option scale your group to L60-62/70-72/80-82 power levels. So you could run AQ40 with a bunch of 85s who have been throttled down to a L 60-62 power level.

You could even call the (de)buff "Nostalgia".

I do not think you will ever see this happen. There really isn't any reason for it. Old content is old. It's meant to be breezed through so that you get to experience it long after it is relevant. If you want to make a retro raiding guild or something and stop experience gain at 60, you can still do that and only get the armor and weapons available to you at that level. I do not believe Blizzard is interested in devoting resources to making old raids relevant again just for nostalgia's sake -- across the board, at least. Naxxramas, Deadmines, Shadowfang, and the two Zul heroics are the remade exceptions, of course.

With transmogrification, Blizzard is giving players a good enough reason to go back and do old stuff. Old content is by design, for the most part, meant to be easily accessibly and facerolled, not present a current challenge when there are already current challenges available to players in the form of new content. Plus, so many people will be going back and doing this content for old tier gear that you're bound to run into some fun problems along the way that will challenge you.

amoskeland asked:

Do we know that Blizzard reads different blogs about wow? I read the "kill the tank/kill the pure dps class" analysis and I wondered if Blizzard sees those thoughts?

Blizzard reads many blogs about WoW all over the internet, including yours truly. Blizzard people could be reading this right now.

@shadesogrey asked on Twitter:

What do you think is the rarest possible obtainable item in-game?

As of Cataclysm, a lot of the items that I would have said would be the rarest are long gone. Right now, though, I would imagine the rarest possible item to get that is available via trading or whatever is probably the non-soulbound Thistle Tea recipe from pre-patch 1.3 or the Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops recipe. There are probably rare recipes and items and such out there, but these two recipes are really rare these days and for collectors only.

But, really, the answer is Teebu's Blazing Longsword, because that never dropped, ever. EVER.

@Blackapodd asked on Twitter:

What are your thoughts on Firelands hardmode?

While I like the added challenge of hard mode content, I vastly prefer the Sarth 3D model to the binary button you press to swap the encounter to a harder version. Firelands heroics so far have been fun, especially Rhyolith and Shannox, since those are the only two I've completed. We've gotten pretty close on Alysrazor, though, and I hear Majordomo is sort of a pushover.

All in all, I like challenge and I like wiping to and learning new content. However, the binary nature of hard modes is something that I wish would change. It might be me just changing as a player, but I am cool with having beaten Ragnaros on regular. Would I like to see him die on heroic? Sure. Will I lose sleep over it? Nah.

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