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The Queue: Zul'Drak owns

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.

I decided today that Zul'Drak is my favorite Wrath zone. The beginning can lag a little bit, but once you get to the second level of the kingdom, it really heats up. It feels like it really was a kingdom once -- not a castle or a village, but a real kingdom where trolls lived and died. The whole place feels foreboding and formidable -- even the trees look mean. And when you get there, it's completely screwed. You travel up the tiers fighting Scourge, and then suddenly: holy crap! The trolls won! But how did they...oh. Well that's not very good.

The atmosphere is nearly unmatched in the rest of the game. It's bleak for so many reasons. The bottom is bleak because the Scourge gained too much of a foothold. The middle tier is bleak because you understand what the trolls did to win. And the top tier is bleak because you realize no matter what, the Drakkari are doomed. The enemy is dead, but the empire is dead ... and the gods are dead.

HmmmHmmm asked:

If they make a Bard class will it wear Int/ Mail since there are so many others fighting for plate and leather gear?

It would make sense from a gameplay perspective, though maybe not necessarily from a flavor one. Bards tend to be lightly armored, and mail is the second-heaviest armor. Then again, WoW doesn't have any bards, so there's nothing in the canon to base their armor class on!

Corey3 asked:

What are the odds that they will "hybridize" the pure DPS classes in the next xpac?

Hunter tanks (BM)
Warlock tanks (demonology) or healers (affliction)
Rogue tanks (subtlety?)
Mage healers (arcane?)

I love most of those classes in principle, but hate DPS roles... Obviously creates a spate of class/spec balancing problems, but could see them doing it as a way to shake things up and boost player engagement.

Blizzard has talked a lot about trying to reduce the rollercoaster feeling of playing a character in new expansions/patches, and honestly what you're describing above is really counter to that philosophy. Current specs are unlikely to have huge overhauls for new roles. Maybe someday we'll see new specs that feature these roles, of course.

Traxe asked:

With Garrosh becoming a boss in 5.4.. what happens to the For The Alliance achievement? Will defeating the 5.4 Garrosh boss count towards that achievement? Will it be made into a Feat of Strength?

We have no way of knowing, but it's likely Garrosh will soon be replaced by Whoever The Heck The New Warchief Is in that achievement.

Drindaar Lightkeeper asked:

Sylvanas has a lot going on. I feel as if there is a huge storm brewing when it comes to her recent deeds. When do you think we will see a major story focus on her? Next expansion? Do you think we could see her do something as crazy as allying with the legion? How long before the alliance and the rest of the horde are fed up with Sylvanas' ways? I am worried we will see a repeat of the Garrosh storyline with Sylvanas.

Sylvanas is still pretty loopy post-Wrath and I doubt her faculties are going to improve. There's tension between her and pretty much every other Horde leader -- even Lor'themar. I'm sure her story is going somewhere, but where is difficult to say right now.

Sidenote: The forsaken are and have always been comically evil, Saturday morning cartoon-level villains. It shouldn't be a shock to anyone that the leader is evil, and that we'll have to kill her eventually.

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