How does the lockout for Flex work if my guild is adding in new characters during the raid, and these characters have already done some Flex bosses earlier in the week?
As far as I understand it, the last information we had indicated that
, as long as anyone in the new flex raid hasn't
killed a boss, the boss will still spawn. So if you invite 2 players to your flex raid and they've killed the first two bosses, but the other 16 players haven't killed any bosses, those two bosses will still spawn and the two players who already killed them won't be eligible for loot, just valor points.Jere asks:
Q4tQ: Do you think they'll ever allow SoH to become BoA? Kind of like what they did with the Chaos Orbs? cept in 5.4 or a possible unhinted 5.5?
I figure Spirits of Harmony may go BoA or BoE in the next pre-expansion patch. Another possibility is that the motes
will go BoE or BoA.Astalnar asks:
Sha, as we know are physical manifestations of negative emotions. They emerged when Alliance and Horde made first step on shores of Pandaria. Or so we are told. Did Sha emerge from Alliance and Horde? Or are they product of Pandaren? I mean, Pandaren were bottling up their emotions and covering them under the mask of tranquility for ten thousand years. It doesn't seem fair to just blame it on the new guys. Alliance and Horde hated, despaired, and feared long before they even knew for Pandaria. With all the vehemence imaginable, Yet Sha never bothered with them anywhere but Pandaria.
Well, to make a long story extremely short, the Sha are the result of killing an Old God. Y'shaarj, the Old God in question, was defeated by a Titan (as detailed here
) but in so doing, the seven Sha primes were released onto Pandaria, feeding on and manifesting the negative emotions of her people. Unable or unwilling to attempt to destroy the Heart of Y'shaarj, the Titans imprisoned it in a vault beneath the Vale of Eternal Blossoms watched over by Norushen
, a Titan watcher who looks to be of the same design as the original mogu. While the Heart was imprisoned, the Sha themselves as pure manifestations of negative emotion were free to spread their malign influence through the land, and did so until finally six of the seven were defeated by Emperor Shaohao
. Over the years since Shaohao's 'departure' the pandaren have developed a culture that minimizes negative emotions, so that the only group that ever really allows themselves to feel them is the Shado-Pan who use these same negative emotions to fight
the Sha, fighting fire with fire so to speak. In essence, the men and women of the Shado-Pan made sacrifices of their very hearts so that the rest of Pandaria could live in peace, free of the Sha.
With the arrival of the Horde and Alliance, the Sha were suddenly inundated with powerful unchecked emotions, so strong that they burst forth from the confinements wrought by Emperor Shaohao. Thus, while it's fair to say that the Sha are a problem that is native to Pandaria, it is
the Alliance/Horde conflict that empowered them this time around. The reason
that the Sha never appeared anywhere else is because Pandaria is where Y'shaarj died, and Pandaria is where the Sha were born. They're linked to the land.melvyl asks:
Anyone else fondly remember Wintergrasp Commendations? They were a great way to help out an Alt.
Yes, I remember them - I even told people to use them to speed up leveling for alts back at the time, because man they were really a godsend. I used to dump my honor into those things constantly
, and they made leveling up an alt even easier. I miss those things. Considering Blizzard's stance on having to play a character to progress it, I don't expect they'll ever make a comeback.WalterAnderson asks:
Q4TQ: Is Thrall secretly being controlled by the Old Gods? He is a Sha-Man, that not only listens the the elements (the same ones who are notoriously close friends with the Old Gods), but actually asks them for their personal advice on anything.
The elements aren't friendly with the Old Gods. The Old Gods know powerful magic that allows them to compel (that is, force or bind) elemental spirits to their will. The four Elemental Lords weren't all on board with the Old God's agenda in Cataclysm
, for instance - Ragnaros was because he just wanted to destroy everything in flames, and Al'akir wanted to be on the winning side, but Neptulon outright warred
with the Naga servitors of the Old Gods and Therazane wasn't at all down with Deathwing's plan or his Old God masters. The magic used by Gul'dan to raise a fel volcano in Shadowmoon Valley and call a Firelord to his service is probably a similar spell, the Cipher of Damnation
- it may also be the magic that the Dark Iron Dwarves originally used to summon Ragnaros to Azeroth.
It's pretty obvious when an elemental is being controlled by binding magic, so it's unlikely that Thrall is directly influenced by the Old Gods. That doesn't mean they couldn't indirectly
influence him, but for now, he seems far more concerned with balance and harmony than their servitors usually are.DespicableBrad asks:
I'm a bit behind the times on the 5.4 notes (largely because there's so much coming I feel a bit overwhelmed and not sure where to start), but I've heard mention there'll be 496 gear easily available. My alts are happy to hear this, as they're pretty much in level 90 profession/crafted gear at this point, with maybe one or two pieces off Galleon.
So my Q4tQ: Where will the 496 gear be available and how will we get it? Is it earned with the new coins/currency, valor/justice points, or can we buy it with gold?
Blizzard has a guide to gearing up in Patch 5.4 available right here
that explains how the Timeless Cache'
s work, but to summarize for you, you can get Timeless Cache's for completing a quest, buy them with Timeless Coins you earn by exploring, or find Timeless armor tokens by killing monsters randomly.