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The Queue: Rolling into Monday

Anne Stickney

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

The cheetah scene in the above video cracks me up every single time I watch it. Also, thank you for all the responses regarding the pronunciation of pecan yesterday. Sadly, Alex handed Monday's edition of the Queue over to me, so he doesn't have to read everyone's delightful replies. On to the questions!

jpec07 asked:

Otherwise, do you think we will see an IC reason for no flying in Draenor until the next patch? I know they said they want it to feel like the legendary cloak questline, which would imply it, but we really had no such of a thing in Pandaria.

Well, we've been told we'll see the arakkoa again in Draenor, only we'll see them before they were all twisted into what we see in Outland. In other words, they'll have wings, and be able to fly. Maybe they're the ones preventing us from taking to the air? We'll have to wait and see what the official reason is, honestly.

valencemagi asked:

Q4tQ: why in the name of all things good and pure can we not invite our other toons into guilds? Bah!

Because you have to be online to accept the invitation. I don't know about you, but it's bad enough to get unwanted guild invitations while I'm purposely questing guildless on an alt -- I really don't want to log in and have to deal with requests made while I was offline.

angerfork asked:

Speculation question for you: for the free 90 we will be getting with WoD, do you feel it would be better for Blizzard to release it with the expansion or with the likely 6.0 pre-expansion patch, a month before?

It comes with the purchase of Warlords, so you won't see it in the patch before. That said, I'm not sure if we'll see a pre-expansion patch this time around. Previous expansions released early patches for two reasons: Expansion events, and more importantly, to release all the new talent tree stuff so that people could get used to the changes that were being made before the next expansion was released. We don't have a major talent tree overhaul, this time around. We don't know if we're getting a major pre-expansion event, either. I hope we are, though!

MarthaWidra asked:

Q4tQ - Do you think that a future expansion will deal with the Old Gods in some way? If it does, would you like to see the Klaxxi again? I was certainly left with the impression that the cycle is only a means to become strong enough to move beyond Pandaria.

Will it? Yes. When will it happen? I have no idea, but the Old Gods are a subject that is just far too interesting to leave alone. I don't think we'll be seeing the Klaxxi again, however -- not unless they team up with the qiraji or the nerubians. We kind of wiped out their strongest warriors by taking out the Paragons, after all. They're decimated now, and they don't have a fully-grown Empress to lead the mantid yet. But man. A full-on tribunal of all of the insectoid races of Azeroth, plus the Old Gods they follow. That would be a creepy expansion, wouldn't it?

Matthew_X59 asked:

Question for the Queue what orc clan are you the most excited to see in Warlords of Draenor?

I was ridiculously happy when Grom Hellscream made his way over the hill in the trailer they played at BlizzCon. But as for clans ... man, I don't know. I think I'm more excited about learning the histories of the various clans than I am about the clans themselves -- the bits we heard about the Bleeding Hollow and the Shattered Hand clans sounded really cool.

But to be perfectly honest, while I'm happy we're revisiting the clans of old, it's the draenei lore I'm really excited about. Burning Crusade introduced the draenei, and they promptly took a back seat for most of the expansion. I'm interested in seeing what the draenei were like in their prime.

jabrone77 asked:

QfortheQ: Why do Death Knights and Forsaken have to breath underwater? I assume that they don't need air being dead, let alone underwater. Just started a DK and noticed under water he has a bar like everyone else...

Actually, the Forsaken used to have a racial that let them breathe underwater for 10 minutes. If I remember correctly, it used to be longer than that, if not infinite, but it was changed sometime in beta or vanilla. I could be wrong, however -- it's been a long time since vanilla!

JediExcel asked:

I saw some discussion about a'dal yesterday about how he came after the Horde went to Azeroth. can someone provide info on where that comes from?

You know that ridiculously long quest you get when you first arrive in Shattrath, talk to A'dal, then get punted off to Khadgar, who summons a minion you have to follow around the city for what feels like forever? The little minion tells you that the Sha'tar came to Outland to fight the demons of the Burning Legion, after Shattrath was destroyed. They arrived on Outland, not on Draenor -- which means that they didn't arrive until after the Dark Portal was created and the orcs stormed Azeroth.

@EWOKinLA asked via Twitter:

QFTQ: Why do you think Wrathion wanted to wipe out The Horde?

Wrathion didn't want to wipe out the Horde -- Wrathion wanted a united force to face the threat of the Burning Legion he'd had visions about. In order to accomplish this, the war between Alliance and Horde had to be ended quickly, one side declared the victor and absorbing the other, thus creating one massive army that could defend against whatever the Legion has in mind. Wrathion didn't and doesn't care about the Alliance or the Horde as factions -- he simply wanted the stronger faction to win, whichever faction that happened to be. At first, he was fairly certain the Horde would come out on top, but as Garrosh continued his mad campaign, Wrathion realized the Alliance would be the victor in all of this, and decided to side with them. It wasn't really that Wrathion viewed the Horde as evil and the Alliance as good, or vice versa -- it was simply a means to an end: Ending the war between factions and creating one mega-faction capable of taking on the Burning Legion.

Only that didn't work, and now he's quite put out. But we'll forgive him his temper tantrum. He's only two, after all.

@PessByNature asked via Twitter:

Could the Draenei 'fly' either Tempest Keep or the Exodar to WoD Draenor? IE Does dimensional travel cover this scenario?

Tempest Keep, no. It was kind of wrecked by Kael'thas and crew. The Exodar -- that's a distinct possibility. Chris Metzen explained the Exodar and Tempest Keep as follows:

To be clear, we're not talking about having the Millennium Falcon cruising around the Twisting Nether. The draenei 'nether-ship' you've been hearing about is far more than it seems. It's part of a larger dimension-traveling fortress called Tempest Keep that essentially teleports through alternate realities. It doesn't bank and roll or shoot proton torpedoes (not yet, anyway).

According to that statement, the Exodar could slip between alternate realities. In the short story Prophet's Lesson, the Exodar has been repaired. So in theory yes, the draenei could travel over to alternate Draenor, if they wanted to. In theory.

@ChrisEastGBoro asked via Twitter:

Are the celestials like the Loa? If not, what the heck are they?

According to Dave Kosak, the Celestials are Pandaria's version of the Ancients. Some have theorized that the Loa of the trolls and the Ancients of night elf culture are one and the same, but that's just a theory, it's never been addressed in lore.

@Tabularoinak asked via Twitter:

Based on what we know about WoD, who do you think could more-than-plausibly show up, but you doubt will?

Seeing as how we don't know exactly where Alleria and Turalyon disappeared to, part of me really hoped they'd found some sort of portal that took them to this weird alternate Draenor. But that's not really what I would call "more than plausible" -- it's more like wishful thinking on my end!

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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