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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) can happily recite the entirety of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin from memory.

If all goes well, I'll be kidnapping my sister this weekend for a day free of boys and full of delightful things like brunch and Disney films. And probably making crude jokes at her farm animals, because that's just what we do. Frozen looks pretty awesome!

the_DECk asked:

QftQ: As they work on the new player models, do you think they will they show their progress on the WoD site immediately, or only wait for events to do so?

I don't know if they'll show the model progress immediately, but I imagine they'd highlight it somewhere. The community is really interested in the models and their progression, so I don't see why they wouldn't indulge our curiosity if it's feasible to do so.

slipperee asked:

Q4tQ: I know Blizz hasn't said anything about Challenge Modes in WoD, so do you think there will be new ones?

I'd be very surprised if there weren't any -- the feature went over well, people seemed to enjoy it and the developers enjoyed creating them.

willdurandblack asked:

We've seen orcs drink the blood of a pit lorde 3 times in lore. Twice this turned their skin red (roc campaign and Outland) and once it turned their skin green (1st war). Any idea why the colors are different?

Actually, the skin of Draenor orcs turned green before the Blood of Mannoroth came into play. The blood had nothing to do with the change in skin color. It was exposure to fel magic that caused the change. The orcs that became warlocks started the change first, and the rest of the orc clans began to change as well. This includes Durotan, Draka, and the Frostwolf clan -- they didn't drink the Blood of Mannoroth, but their skin changed anyway, just due to exposure to the fel magic. Basically, their skin dried and peeled and flaked off, revealing green skin beneath.

Drinking the Blood of Mannoroth threw that slow progress into fast-forward, however. Grom went from mildly-green to instant-Hulk because of it. The other big change was that the eyes of all orcs that drank the blood turned red. Now, you'll notice that later instances of orc transformations occurred after they'd already turned green. That might be what a double-dose of fel corruption does to you. The more you drink, the more demonic you become, perhaps.

JediExcel asked:

Now that we're almost at the end of MOP, I finally noticed something that doesn't make sense in Cata. 1) The worgen curse is proof against being made undead. 2) Being undead is a proof against becoming a worgen. 3) Death Knights are undead, so... 4) WTF Blizzard with Worgen Death Knights? did I miss something?

You did! The worgen curse is proof against being made undead via the Plague of Undeath. However, the worgen death knights you see weren't raised by the Plague of Undeath -- they were raised by the Lich King himself. The Lich King had way, way more power than the Plague of Undeath, he could pretty much bring back anything he wanted to. If you'd like to know more about the origin of worgen death knights, I wrote a Know Your Lore on that subject that might be worth a read.

wrathofkublakhan asked:

so.... will OQ not work tomorrow?

It might need an update, but it should still be working just fine. Blizzard hasn't said anything about disabling the functionality of the addon -- they're merely adding cross-realm functionality to the Raid Browser feature.

@DarQuijngDragon asked via Twitter:

How would you design a tank spec for shaman?

I'm probably the wrong person to ask for this, as I'm far more familiar with lore and story design than class design. From a story perspective -- call the spec Earthwarder, hailing back to Deathwing, although not using the title in exactly the same way. Design the spec around the idea that the shaman has mastered the element of earth so skillfully that they can assume the aspect of stone themselves, making them far sturdier than one would expect from a shaman.

Give them shields, since they use shields anyway in healing specs. Make them tanks based not on avoiding blows, but on absorbing them -- maybe give them a beefed up tanky version of Earth Shield that allows them to absorb damage, or mitigate a percentage of that damage absorption into a passive heal. Stick them in front of something that will hit them a lot. The shield concept would probably be a pretty good threat generator, as far as that goes.

@aaronstiengberg asked via Twitter:

do you think we'll get a "try before you buy" system for our insta 90's? I'd hate to use my boost to end up hating the class.

I very much doubt that. You'll want to choose carefully for your instant 90. I'm going with a draenei shaman myself, because I have fond memories of playing a shaman in vanilla -- memories that will likely be nothing like how the class plays today. I've played a lot of classes over the years spent playing WoW, so I've got a good idea of what I like -- I'm not much for tanking, but I do like close-quarters combat, and casters are pretty fun, too. I'd say either pick a class similar to one you already enjoy playing, or maybe even boost an alt that you enjoy, if you're really concerned about getting the best bang for the buck.

@RuzgofDi asked via Twitter:

how... Interesting... Do you think jawless undead males are going to turn out with the new character models?

Given the models we've seen so far, I'm hoping for "delightfully disturbing."

@PieterTroffaes asked via Twitter:

With Zaela turned into Garrosh' bedfellow, who is the biggest female orc in the Horde currently? No Aggra or Garona.

If you mean highest-ranking, probably Gorgonna, the new leader of Conquest Hold in Grizzly Hills. We haven't seen her since Wrath, but we left her in a pretty cushy command position. Given what we know about her, and her response to her sister Krenna, it's not likely that Gorgonna fell in line with Garrosh's new Horde. I kind of hope she remained up in Northrend for cleanup duty, and that we'll see her again some day.

@Jakeinator93 asked via Twitter:

Winter Veil Present Prediction, what do you think we will have this year?

I believe we're going to see Rotten Little Helpers, but beyond that, no idea!

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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