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The Queue: Fictional Blizzard

Matthew Rossi

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

Got a lot of questions to try and answer tonight. Let's get started.

Alex Ziebart asks:
Fictional Blizzard just canceled Warlords of Draenor. Where are we going instead?

I don't know about you, mon frere, but I will be going somewhere quiet where I can weep.

But let's play the game. Blizzard cancels Warlords of Draenor. Somehow they've had another expansion in development this whole time and put that out instead. What expansion is it? Where could we possibly go?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say 'no place we've ever heard of'. Remember, there's a lot of precedent for that - Warcraft III introduces two continents no one who played WCI or WCII had ever heard of. We could go to a new continent on Azeroth, or we could go underground, or we could go to an entirely new world we've never heard of before. And that's what I'd like to see, at this point - something entirely new. Something we have never seen before. Pandaria came close - it was an entire continent of new lore, new stories, new characters and factions. So give us something even more unknown, an entire world we've never seen or heard of before.

But I'm okay with Draenor. Frankly, it is that, more or less. We've never seen most of it. The continent we're starting on is the only one we even know a little - there's a lot more we don't know at all. There's at least one entire continent on the world map to the south we've just seen a little fragment of.

Gendou knepper asks:
Blizzard decides to suddenly add a new Class because they hate the number eleven. What class do you want to see, and why?

Runemasters. I just love the very idea of them. I know it would be a weird class to actually play, but I like the idea of dudes who charge up on magical sigils and punch things.

CatrionaShadowleaf asks:
Q4tQ: how long do you think it would take to make a Thaddius if one just happened to have an appropriate amount of, ah, fresh materials about?

And this is for posterity, so, be honest.

Thaddius first appeared in Naxxramas during its 40 player incarnation at the end of classic WoW, so June 2006 in real time, and at least four (if not five) years after the Burning Legion had been defeated and Arthas had become the Lich King. So four years seems a reasonable guess.

André M. asks:
When is the best time to come back? Before WoD? Dont have any friends who play anymore, should I wait for new content?

That's entirely up to you. If you don't want to pay for a boost and you're not at 90 on the character you intend to play, you could come back now. But if you mostly solo, I'd personally hold off. No reason to hurry back, the game will be there when you're ready to play it.

Shirtpuppies asks:
Q4TQ (or anyone else who wants to chime in): How does the 310% flight speed bonus get awarded? I finally got the Ashes to drop on my main, and now enjoy the bliss of the fastest possible flight speed on all my raid mounts. Yay. But - those same mounts on my alts are only 270%. Why? I've purchased the exact same flight training for all my crew, why is only one person bumped to 310? And, what is the easiest way to get the rest (bad pun) up to speed?

You have to buy 310% flying for each character. If you're flying at 310% speed on your main, it's because you either bought it or had a 310% speed mount before they changed the system in Cataclysm. For example, I didn't have to buy 310% flying speed on my main, because I had a couple of 310% mounts in Wrath. See this page on Wowpedia for details. Your getting the Ashes of Alar shouldn't have gotten you 310% speed without you having bought it, and none of your alts will have 310% speed unless you then buy it again on them.

Chrth asks:
Q4TQ: Should the races also have an ending zone? For example, at max level you return to one of your lowlevel zones and complete a series of quests/scenarios in order to get a unique racial item and a rare item or two? For example, gnomes could liberate Gnomeregan, Worgens could reclaim Gilneas, etc.

Frankly, the last thing we need is more content only a few people can do. Not that I'm opposed to the suggestion that the Gnomes should get to reclaim Gnomer or the worgen getting Gilneas back, but I really don't think we should be devoting development time on max level content that only a small subset of players can see.

DaringSkyMyke asks:
Am I the only feral druid that transmogs who would like to see a "caster form with ghost animal overlay" glyph?

I can't speak to that specific glyph but I'm sure you're not the only feral druid who wishes they could see their gear.

DevonGurzi asks:
What would you like to see blizzard do with Garrosh and his story?

Make him a badass antiheroic character who walks the Earth, like Caine in Kung Fu.

I kid. Seriously, I'm pretty intrigued with what they are doing with him. I want to know why he's not going to be a boss in Warlords - what happens to him? How far back does he go relative to when we show up to start wrecking the Iron Horde? Is he an old dude hanging out in Nagrand with the Warsong? Is he dead? What's the deal?

Honestly, I'd like to see Garrosh keep being Garrosh. I don't want him to repent his actions. As Kreia put it, redemption is a form of spiritual collapse... and it's not one I want for Garrosh. Let him go out the impetuous, arrogant orc he has been.

Gamaliel D. Thomas asks:
Why are ppl upset about the different armor models for LFR in WoD when transmogging exists?

It's not just different models that have people upset, and some people are upset for different reasons. I'm a little annoyed because I don't want to have to run LFR at all, but my transmog addiction means I'll likely run it for gear pieces just to transmog to them. Others are upset because they're losing a means to get their tier set bonuses, which some players who just run LFR had gotten used to being able to collect them, and some players who raid other modes were using LFR to help complete those set bonuses as quickly as possible. I personally think it's a pretty good idea, but I understand why others may not agree.

And that's the Queue for today. See you all next week.
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