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The Queue: Anduin Lothar, because he was Anduin Lothar

Matthew Rossi

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

Let's get it on.

Dawn Moore asks:
Who has the best beard in the warcraft universe and why?

As the title makes clear, the answer is Anduin Lothar, and the reasoning is simple. Because he was Anduin Lothar. His beard is better than Malfurion's because he was objectively better than Malfurion. I'm sorry, but the answer is Anduin Lothar and that's the end of it. I didn't write a two part love letter to Anduin Lothar because someone else had a better beard.

W.A. Spacebar ‏@Decepticonfan asks:
Are there any other well known (past and present) NPC's in WoW lore that you'd like to see in novel(s)? Also more Sasquatch.

I want a novel that covers the years Medivh, Llane Wrynn and Anduin Lothar were running around having adventures and getting into trouble before Llane became king, Medivh became the Guardian and Lothar became the Armsman of the Brotherhood of the Horse. We know they spent several years as inseparable friends and adventure-seeking young men, what were they doing?

Oh, and here's a picture of Sasquatch.

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If you meant either the Alpha Flight character or an actual cryptid, I apologize.

PatrickHamiltonPrentiss asks:

You need Queue questions? OK, time for every question I've ever had about WoW. (Disclaimer: most, but not all, of these are joke questions. Can YOU find the real ones?) Qs4tQ: Why don't people enjoy healing? Why are certain specializations or talent choices "better" than others? What is the future of healing? Does Rossi have a Posse? Does anybody else still refer to Sacco in their head as "Saccx East"? Does anybody have some money they want to send to me? Who's your favorite New Kid?

Some people like healing because it's a 'backbone' role - a good healer can display mastery and save a group from itself, while never having to put him or herself forward in the same way as a tank. Others dislike that combination of pressure and lack of limelight. When I healed on my shaman I always felt like I needed to pay attention to between 4 and 24 juggling pins kept balanced in the air at once. Some people like that, others don't.

Certain specializations or talent choices are 'better' than others depending on who's making that judgment, what criteria they're using, what they intend to do with said specialization or talent choice, etc etc. If you wanted to heal on your priest, Holy or Disc would be 'better' than Shadow. That being said, there's been a great deal of effort this expansion to balance talent choices.

The future of healing is probably along the lines we've seen since Wrath - more emphasis on triage, and each expansion will see regen start off weak and get stronger as the expansion progresses.

Yes, I have a posse. Here's two of the most prominent members.

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I can't speak for anyone else, but I refer to Sacco in my head as Sacco, or occasionally Michael. I also sometimes call him Terry McGinnis because he reminds me of the voice actor who played him.

I don't really have any money to spare that I can afford to just send off to you.

My favorite New Kid is Joey Mac.

Hopefully this answers all of your questions.

Mukat ‏@Snoobjack asks:

engine of nalak'sha and engine of the makers: do you think there's a connection?

In that I think they are basically the same kind of thing, yes, there's a connection. Both are used to make Titan constructs - one makes mogu, the other makes earthen and vrykul.

Scott Leyes ‏@ScottLeyes asks:

With Garrosh going down, will the next Xpac be all Hugs and Bunnies twixt Horde and Alliance?

If anything I wouldn't be surprised if the Alliance goes on the offensive for a while. I doubt we'll see any Cataclysm style territory grabs for the Alliance, but I definitely thing the Horde has unwittingly created an Alliance that's spoiling for a fight, and with Garrosh gone (if he does in fact go) then any new Warchief is going to have to consider that group of very irate people who the Horde just spent over a year murdering friends and loved ones while stealing their land.

Events like A Little Patience and Blood on the Snow show that the Alliance is actually getting more united right as the Horde is falling apart. With the night elves and worgen each losing territory and people to the Horde in Cataclysm, and the dwarves now united due to Zandalari aggression in Dun Morogh, the Alliance is looking ever more likely to start pushing back against the Horde.

While Vol'jin claims that he and his Shadow Hunters can sweep in and ambush the Alliance after they're weakened fighting Garrosh's Korkron, the opposite is also true - once Garrosh is toppled, the Alliance can pull back, wait to see who comes out on top, and then throw their weight directly at whoever looks the weakest. Can a disorganized, post-rebellion Horde rally fast enough to save Sylvanas if the entire Alliance rolls into Lordaeron? Or will the Alliance look for a softer target? This war might only be getting started.

Unless we end up having to go fight the Burning Legion again or something. That's it for me and this edition of the Queue. I'd drop a mic, but I'm just typing.

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