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The Queue: Failure is an option


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.

I'm so glad that I was able to come back from the holiday weekend with a Queue that wasn't filled with everyone's best brat and hamburger stories.

Revnah asked:

What if we failed?

Wild speculation encouraged. What if we fail to stop the Iron Horde? What would it be like to have an Orcish Horde invading which does have their senses together and isn't tainted by demon blood? What if we had failed to stop Garrosh in SoO? What would have happened to Voljin, Thrall, the Alliance - the world (of warcraft)? What if we'd failed to kill Deathwing? Well, I guess that one's easy, the world would have burned. What if we'd failed to kill the Lich King?

I love questions like this, because it forces us to look beyond just the one-track story that modern fiction has become. What if we weren't successful? There's been some times in Warcraft where we see this; namely in the Caverns of Time instances, and those instances are some of the best content WoW offers I think.

That being said, I'd love to see an entire expansion dedicated to trying to fix a huge error by either the Alliance and/or Horde. I'd love to see something like the aftermath of Battlestar Galatica, where all of Azeroth has to fight for its very survival. Maybe the Burning Legion pulls a Cylon and is able to destroy much of Azeroth? That'd be one helluva expansion and present a great storyline; one that could almost start Azeroth anew.

Now that being said, all this is just speculative thinking, and there's little to no evidence anything like this would happen. Modern fiction is based around feeling good about your characters, it's about escaping the rather awful reality we have and doing something grand in a virtual space. It's said that during times of war and strife people want to dive into stories that present a peaceful atmosphere; and during peace people are willing to explore the darker side of conflict. Given the perpetual negatives in modern global society, I don't think we'll see a dark story from WoW anytime soon.

Laffable asked:

Do you think we should expect to build new Garrisons with each new xpac? It seems like too big of a feature to simply do away with after one year of content. How do you think Blizz will develop and utilize garrisons in the future?

No -- Garrisons seem to be a one time thing. They always could be something more in future expansions, and we could certainly make more on other planets and what not. But there's no indication this is going to be utilized beyond WoD.

Rustin asked:

Will WoD bring back more class specific obstacles? I love the feeling of either searching for someone who fits the bill, or Ben being the perfect class for something.

Blizzarrd has been pretty insistent for a while now that they don't want to go back to the era when one class was required over another for general gameplay. Of course for the truly hard core people, this still exists, but in general it's something that's been avoided for a couple expansions, and is working well.

They've also said we're not getting any class specific quests at release -- so don't get your expectations up.

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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