The Queue: Gee wiz

Michael Sacco
M. Sacco|01.20.12

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The Queue: Gee wiz
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.

I'm on the fence about some of the Diablo III system changes announced yesterday, but at least half of 'em are pretty good changes, so I'm definitely continuing to look forward to playing my wizard (best class) when the game comes out some time this year.

Erik asked:

What do you feel the odds are that Blizzard will still add the older tier content to Raid Finder? Have them on Normal modes, after the nerfs it should be possible for 25 random people to handle these days. I ask because if there really is no more content patches left, that is a long time to go until Mists.

Couldn't say. Blizzard devs have expressed a desire to hook up the Raid Finder to older raids, but with cross-realm raiding, you don't really need the Raid Finder at all for really old raids. For stuff like Firelands or BoT or BWD, I'd imagine there are some issues with figuring out how many people you'd need for a "full" group -- 25 is probably overkill with BoT and BWD when everyone's in 378+ gear from 4.3. And would they need to have a Raid Finder difficulty mode as well? Would you just play them on normal mode? That would defeat the Raid Finder's purpose as raiding with training wheels on. If it did have a Raid Finder mode, what item level gear would drop? 346 would make the raids even more pointless than they already are; leaving them at 359 would mean no difference from the loot that already drops in normal mode.

Lots of considerations; no easy answers. As much as I want people to see previous tiers of raiding, I'm just not sure it's worth development time that could be spent giving us Pandaria, which will ship with all its raids hooked up to the Raid Finder.

Jerry asked:

A random person told me the other night that MoP was going to be the last WoW expansion. I've looked around on the internet and can't find any information to support it. Any truth to the rumor?

Blizzard's nowhere near the giving-up point on WoW; it just makes too much money. Keep in mind that the original EverQuest is still releasing expansions to this day, and WoW has more subscribers than EQ by an order of magnitude (or more). We'll see more expansions.

chris111803 asked:

So, I'm new to raiding and have a question on rolling for loot. After a boss is downed and the loot pops up, say I passed on all of it. I go in, during the same week, and kill the same boss that I passed on all his shiny purples. Would I be able to roll on anything that comes up?

Unfortunately, no. The way that the Raid Finder's loot system works is you only get to see loot drop off of a boss once per week, even if you don't roll on any of it. Passing doesn't give you a second (or third, or more) chance at loot.

Cbeefman asked:

have a question about "The Classifieds" weekly feature. Where is it? the last one posted was on November 2nd last year and I would very much like it to return. My guild was advertised on it last year around maybe Feb and with it came one of the GREATEST additions to our guild in a very long time. I'm hoping to repeat this as we're trying to form our second raid team.

We decided to discontinue The Classifieds, as we sometimes have to do with columns.

Brian asked:

Any word on when we might get a new WoW Archivist article? The last new one was on November 14th.

This one, on the other hand, is not canceled; it's just been back-burnered for a while since Alex took on the duties of editor-in-chief of our fair site. I'm sure it'll return, though; it was always a popular (and well-made) column.

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