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The Queue: Thud Butt

Alex Ziebart

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

If you don't know and love Thud Butt, I'm ashamed of you.

Luotian asked:

Will Illidan come back as a good guy or a bad guy? Because, honestly, he never seemed all that BAD to me. Forced into a corner, more often than not. That corner gone, could he become one of the super cool good guys?

Illidan may not have been purely bad, but he's never been one of the good guys, either. He may have been aligned against our enemies, but Illidan was disastrously reckless and power-hungry. The enemy of my enemy is my friend most certainly does not apply -- the guy was going to shatter Azeroth right in half to get rid of the Lich King. Sure, getting rid of the Lich King is great, but holy crap, dude. Don't destroy the whole planet in the process!

Then we go to Outland. Sure, he isn't aligned with the Burning Legion. He's not Kil'jaeden's pawn anymore. The problem is ... he's building up a demonic host of his own, enslaving Draenor's native peoples, destroying what remains of the planet to do it. I wouldn't call that good.

He's very much a bad guy -- he's just a bad guy who isn't aligned with some of the other bad guys. If Blizzard brings Illidan back, I don't expect him to be a hero. Anti-hero, at best.

thedoctor2031 asked:

What good WoW jokes have you heard/made/stumbled upon?


Saikoujin asked:

Would moose (mooses?) even fit in with the style of the game? I can't imagine galloping on a moose, although secretly, it makes me giggle inside.

But mooses (moose?) aside, what are some possible new, Asian themed mounts we could see in MoP?

Would a moose mount fit the style of the game? We ride smiling turtles, polar bears with goggles, rockets decorated with pink hearts, and Disney camels. That's my answer.

As for Asian-themed mounts, I expect we'll see many of the same animals we already have but stylized and equipped differently. China has horses, camels, bears, and all of those things we already have in the game. Now mounts might be yaks or the ibex. The talbuks from Outland are pretty ibexy, though. Maybe we'll get a Baiji water mount, though the chances of that are slim with no new Vashj'ir.

The Pandaren racial mount will obviously mimic Thud Butt from Hook.

Gourd asked:

Will WoW Insider be doing any other meetups throughout the year? I never get to go to BlizzCon but the parties look great.

Let me put a big ol' disclaimer here: Anything discussed here regarding meetups has not been confirmed, I'm just jamming on ideas. Nothing has been decided or scheduled, so don't make any travel plans or hold us to any of this.

We have two meetup ideas right now that are purely in the "let's bring it up from time to time over instant messages" phase. Neither of them are anywhere near the scale of our BlizzCon party, because that's something we can only pull off once a year and there is no other major event during the year that could support something like that.

Meetup idea numero uno is PAX East. We have a few staffers that are local to the area, and it wouldn't be too hard to find a bar (or some other venue) that is nerd-friendly during the event. I'm sure we can scrounge up a few prizes for it.

Meetup idea nummer zwei is a meet in the midwest, either in Chicago or Milwaukee. I've mentioned a midwest meet a few times before (and I'm sure those of you who are local are mighty tired of hearing me talking about it and not follow through), but some of the staff talked about it at BlizzCon and it might be something we can actually do. If we held it in Milwaukee, the staff seemed pretty geeked about holding it at the Safe House, which would be just awesome. If Chicago ... who knows?

*Ice burn.

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