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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.

This super-sized Queue is as filled with questions and answers as the title is with impenetrable in-jokes.

Nina Katarina asked:

The new Looking For Raid is going to be for 25-man size only. How many tanks, healers and dps slots do you think LFR will require? Most guilds run with 2 tanks, 5-8 healers, the rest dps. Will this end the reign of tank tyranny and make the healers the ones who get instaqueues?

I, for one, welcome our new spirit-stacking overlords.

Well, it's interesting, because people complained that the Raid Finder won't have a 10-man version, but what those people don't understand is that the general distribution of roles among active WoW players is pretty damn close in ratio to the distribution of roles in an ideal 25-man group: two tanks, around six healers, and then the rest DPS. Whereas a 5-man group requires one tank for every one healer and three DPS, a 25-man group requires one tank for every three to four healers and 12 DPS. It's a pretty elegant solution, I think. That said, there's still a whole lot we don't know about the Raid Finder, so it's difficult to predict the impact it'll have on the pet class/spec/role of your choice.

all8280bcc asked:

Do you think we will see new arena gear in patch 4.3 or will it be with the next xpac?

Historically, there's a new Arena season with every new raid tier.

D-back asked:

My Worgen Rogue just turned level 81 and I've slowly been replacing the Northrend gear on him but I can't que for the random daily dungeon. I keep seeing "don't meet requirements" message. Is it a matter of ilvl? I replaced the older useless heirloom items and still have about a handful of Northrend items still.

Yes, the dungeons in Cataclysm are restricted based on item level. An average item level of 226 is needed to enter Blackrock Caverns, for instance. Bear in mind that heirlooms have an item level of 0 and affect your average; however, you can counteract that by carrying any other item of that slot type in your bags. The item level counterchecks your bags.

I'd recommend a quick trip to the Auction House. Check out what your lowest ilevel pieces are and spend a few gold to get decent replacements for them, and get some quest rewards or cheap greens to counteract the helm, cloak, and trinket heirlooms.

Prelimar asked:

i haven't been paying complete attention, so forgive me if this has been answered already, but: can you transmog PvP gear onto your PvE set, and vice-versa? some of the PvP sets look awesome, and i wouldn't mind raiding in it, and some PvE sets would be nice looking in BGs.

You can definitely do that. The stats present on an item are immaterial to transmogrification so long as there are simply stats on it.

JonasB asked:

Will the Dragon Soul raid be tuned under the assumption that we have gear from Dragon Soul Looking For Raid? Or will we be ok so long as we have gear from Firelands/4.3 5mans?

This question or a variation of it is asked pretty much every time a new raid is coming out. To tackle a new raid effectively, you're expected to have an item spread consisting mostly of items at or near the item level of the previous tier's normal modes. The recommended item level to enter Firelands, for example, is 359, which is the item level of gear from Blackwing Descent and Bastion of Twilight. But you can still do it wearing some 353s!

Becca asked:

I've been away from the game, and haven't run instances in over a year. What's the current etiquette for need/greed/pass, particularly with PUGs?

If the item is an upgrade for you or has other benefits compared to what you're wearing, roll need on it. If the item is suitable as an off-spec or vanity piece for you but someone else in the group might be able to use it, ask before you roll need on it. If you don't really need the item but will take it if no one else wants it, roll greed on it. If you want to break it down into enchanting materials, roll disenchant on it. If you want to spruce it up, put a bird on it.

Matrillik asked:

Is Dawn Moore nervous about the new boss in Hour of Twilight named "Asira Dawnslayer"? I would be.

Oh please. Fox has been threatening to kill Dawn for like two years. I think she's OK.

Xues asked:

The last couple of days I have noticed in randoms I am seeing ? for the server names. Are these players from private servers? Some of them have been kind of jerks, so I was just curious as to where they came from.

Private servers have no way of connecting to the official servers. The question mark could just be a communication hiccup or UI issue.

Trippy asked:

Will it be possible to use 1 source item to transmog 2 items?
For example, will I be able to use Shadow's Edge to transmog both my Reforged Trollbane's that my warrior is dual-wielding? Or can Shadow's Edge only be used to transmog 1 Reforged Trollbane and would I need a second Shadow's Edge to transmog my 2nd Reforged Trollbane. (And yes, I know you can only possibly get 1 Shadow's Edge due to it being an item which requires a quest to obtain.)

Ostensibly, yes, this is possible.

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