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The Queue: How I picture fighting over pixels


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

The above video shows how I pretty much feel about fighting over pixels. In fact, I'm pretty sure people have made those very sounds over Mumble before.

Just don't be that guy. Please.

David Earp Jr. asked:

Question #1: Will there be 2v2 style Pet Battles? Question #2: Possible small "dungeon" style pet battles in the future?

I love both these ideas. The 2v2 battles (and 3v3 battles) are part of Pokemon, and it's not a stretch of the imagination that they'd appear in WoW via the next expansion. It's not a tremendously complicated system to design and program, and there's a lot of benefits to adding that extra "omg two!" feeling.

And while 2v2 battles would be nice, I do expect to see pet breeding in the next xpac. The mechanics are already there in terms of the different breeds and sexes (breeds are used, sexes are not). Blizzard has even said that the sex of the pet might be something they use in the future, so I'm guessing we'll hear more about that in a month.

Finally, the small dungeon style pet battles -- I'm not sure we're going to get that. I like the idea of the Celestial Tournament, which is essentially a small dungeon (really a scenario, but same difference). The Tournament is very challenging. As I said in a piece yesterday, the Tournament requires an absolute army of max level pets. Most people are not going to be able to do it. You're going to need to work hard and very specifically to defeat the Tournament bosses.

And while there are certainly permutations on the Tournament that could be done, the largest complaint about it is (and the complaint is quite loud in some circles) that the Tournament requires well beyond casual play, which is what pet battles were originally designed for. People have a point here too -- you need to really have all your ducks in a row if you want to win the Tournament, just like you'd need if you wanted to raid. Given this negative feedback, I could see Blizzard deciding not to implement things like this in the future.

At the end of the day, only time will tell. It'd also be very interesting to know exactly how much action the Tournament gets -- I think that not a whole lot of people will have success.

Stephan asked:

Why doenst blizz come out with mobile pet battles?? Hit or miss?

I suspect that we're going to see this at BlizzCon. In fact, I'm making a call. We're getting mobile pet battles! You can celebrate now, and hate me later.

In reality though Blizzard could capture a very very large market with this. They'd need to institute some sort of trainer system that would work on mobile, as well as some sort of traveling around Azeroth feel. That's very doable -- and they have a game that's been around for just as long as Warcraft to draw upon. Nintendo has really missed the boat by not bringing Pokemon to iOS / Android, and Blizzard could usurp hundreds of millions of dollars by doing this. It'd be a wise business decision, and one that both the US and the Asian market would go nuts for.

But maybe they feel that for the betterment of Humanity this shouldn't happen. I could see that being a reason.

Robin asked:

Why is Duck Tales so great? Duck pets, yay or nay? Go mallard!

If I had a duck pet, I'd name it Darkwing. And then life would be worth it.

Earnie asked:

How about Animaniacs (Yakko, Wakko, and Dot)? Maybe give a buff if you run all of them together in a battle! Themed pets ftw!

Great idea! And fun fact, Russell Brower, WoW's musical composer, did the Animaniacs music.

Donnie asked:

When the level cap is raised will the Monk daily go back to granting the exp. buff or continue to award a mastery buff?

I can't imagine the buff would continue after 90. That just seems to be a disaster in the making.

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