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The Queue: Necessary measures

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.

Well, this morning was exciting. In my quest to dispose of a citronella candle that had been turned into an ant colony without my prior approval, I discovered a mountain of maggots absorbing my outdoor garbage bin.

I had to take extreme measures to resolve the situation. It won't be a problem anymore.

grpcaro asked:

if the pandaren will leave the wandering island at level 10, and then they will start going trough the Cataclysm zones, what does that mean?? according to lore they were already with us soon after the cataclysm?? or is another Outland/Northrend thing??

It's an Outland/Northrend thing. The World of Warcraft timeline never jibes like it should; the only content that fits the timeline is the content released with the most recent expansion. The rest of it is out of order, and you need to turn your brain off a little and not worry about the progression of time in Azeroth.

The timeline of a pandaren in Mists of Pandaria would progress like so: Explore the Wandering Isle, leave to join the Horde or the Alliance, have nonspecific and undefined Azerothian adventures that you shouldn't think about too much and are probably handled via a training montage, then go to Pandaria with your chosen faction.

pattycakesbeau asked:

In the Pandaria beta, has anyone checked the fairy circle in the Whispering Forest in Tirisfal? It's been about a year since the article you did on that area, and I'm wondering if any changes have taken place there.

They've added wild pets there for pet battles, but the fairies don't do anything different than they do right now on live realms. That may change down the road, but it hasn't yet.

Tharktan asked:

Do You think there will be Blizzcon next year? Maybe with the announcement of the new WoW expansion (with SC2 and D3 new expansions too)? Thx :)

I'm expecting a BlizzCon next year, yes. I can't guarantee that it will happen, but it does seem likely. It will have been a year since Mists of Pandaria, which is how they've timed previous expansion announcements. Diablo III will also be timed for an expansion announcement, even if it's nowhere near complete -- the Diablo III timetables have been bizarre. StarCraft II is a more difficult one, as Heart of the Swarm is already being previewed heavily and we've known what the next StarCraft II expansion is in advance: Legacy of the Void. Major StarCraft II announcements/previews seem to be timed around major e-sports events rather than BlizzCon -- or maybe they've been timed that way only because of no BlizzCon this year. Who knows?

@Omegahty asked:

how does the WoW Insider team decide who does the next day's queue?

Our standard schedule looks like this:

  • Sunday Michael Sacco
  • Monday Alex Ziebart
  • Tuesday Adam Holisky
  • Wednesday Alex Ziebart
  • Thursday Adam Holisky
  • Friday Michael Sacco
  • Saturday Michael Sacco
If we're unavailable (or extraordinarily busy) on our scheduled day(s), we'll ping either Anne Stickney or Matthew Rossi to fill in. If neither of them are available, we go shopping amongst the rest of the staff.

@k8ybug22 asked:

I know it's probably been discussed a million times but, do you think we will get gnome hunters in MoP?

That most definitely has not been asked a million times. No, there will be no gnome hunters in Mists of Pandaria. There are no new race/class combos beyond the addition of the pandaren and the monk.

@saandstorm asked:

Will all companion pets be battle pets? Or can they just remain loyal companions?

All pets except for balloons, small children, and middle-aged men who've made poor life choices will be battle pets. However, you can still use them as companions doomed to chase you across the skies of Pandaria forever and ever.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW Insider crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column. Leave your questions in the comments, and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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