The Queue: Excellent, excellent, excellent, FIGHT

Matthew Rossi
M. Rossi|01.16.15

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The Queue: Excellent, excellent, excellent, FIGHT
The Queue: Excellent, excellent, excellent, FIGHT
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.

That's right. Ten hours of the Mortal Kombat theme. Why? Because Mortal Kombat. Let's do this.

valencemagi asks:
Q4tQ: is there any way to rename Lt. Thorn to something else? Like, I dunno, Lt Harshwhinny? Asking for a friend.

No, and I think your friend is mean. Lt. Thorn's a lovely person once you get to know her.


RobertDwightBrown6 asks:
Since, the dungeon finder came out, I've only really done LFD and LFR as a tank or a healer. I was going to boost my DK to 90 (which I haven't touched since WotLK), but have been having so much fun experiencing all those old dungeons that I've gotten to 80 in no time. My question for the Queue is, how does a Tank/Healer get used to being only DPS. I was thinking of boosting a Warlock, but the thought of queues longer than 5 minutes, makes me want to jump back on my tank or healer.

If the question is 'how do I get used to crazy long DPS queues' the answer is, you never will. They'll always bug you, even if you use the Proving Grounds trick to get up get a sandwich. It will always feel annoying and unfair.

If the question is 'how do I get used to performing as DPS in a dungeon or raid' well, I think I can help. I've gone back and forth between tank and DPS a few times. So here's some advice.
  1. Threat is the tank's job. Yours is DPS. Do not let worrying about pulling DPS throttle you. You'll be tempted to hold back, but outside of the early part of a pull when the tank is still cementing threat, you must ignore that voice. You know the one I'm talking about. Do not let yourself get sucked into coasting or trying to give the tank a break - just play your class to its utmost and wring every last drop of damage you can out of your character.
  2. If you do pull threat, don't be a jerk. Don't run away from the tank, use any threat drops you might have, maybe stop attacking for a second or two.
  3. If you're used to being able to stand in things because you'll get healed through it, that's a terrible habit for a tank, but it's downright lethal for DPS. Don't do that. Stuff on the ground and it's not friendly? Get out.
  4. Tanks and healers are more rarefied in groups - there's only one tank and one healer in a five man, and in raids, there are rarely more than 2 tanks and 4 or 5 healers. So, as DPS, you're part of a crowd. Get used to this, embrace it.
  5. I'm sure the readers have more advice, so I'll turn this over to them now.
Scorpion. Sub-Zero. MORTAL KOMBAT

mcnurley asks:
I'm an ex-wow junkie who hasn't played WoD. Out of curiosity, what seems to be the feedback? Is it as popular as WotLK and BC or is it beginning to lose its luster and dying down?

Near as I can tell, it's ludicrously popular. It got a big sub boost when it came out, peopel clambered to play it, to the point where there were massive queues. Whether or not that'll be the case in a few months, I have no idea, but the Garrison seems to have hooked a lot of people.

Chrth asks:
Q4TQ: Is it just me, or is "grizzled old dwarf with a ponytail" the most bada$$ appearance you can make for a toon in this game?

Personally, I don't agree, but I doubt it's just you - dwarves seem to have a loyal fan base among WoW players. For instance, every time I post a picture of myself to the site, someone tells me I look like a dwarf. Check out this Queue from last month.
At this point I've just accepted it - I look like a WoW dwarf. So, since I look like that IRL, why would I want to play it in game? That'd why dwarves don't work for me.

jorn86 asks:
Will the Blackrock Foundry raid use Warforged Seal for extra loot roll just like Highmaul, or will we get a new kind of token? In other words, should I spend some gold and resources on the tokens just so I'll have some saved up when Blackrock Foundry releases?

This was answered in the comments but I figured other people might like to know. So I'll answer it here. Yes, it uses the same token.


Scott Leyes asks:

Speaking of the War Mill/Dwarven Bunker,

Is there ANY advantage to leveling this building to Level 3. other than increased number of work orders? I think the transmog gear sucks, and I already have a level 3 bunker on another toon, so I'm thinking that it makes (financial) sense to leave it at level 2.

Extra seal for rolling when a boss dies and doesn't drop what you wanted, and an extra work order. I think that's about it.

And there was a huge discussion about the WoW Veteran access that's coming, we covered exactly how that's going to work here. To quote Liz Harper's post on the subject -

We've gotten an official announcement from Blizzard saying that Veteran Edition is coming with patch 6.1 as a way for players who have ever had a subscription to log on, chat (with restrictions) and play (also with restrictions) even after their subscription has lapsed. This version of the game will have all of the restrictions the Starter Edition has, but let you check in with the game (and your friends) without paying for subscription time.

You will also be able to join a guild if you already have a character in that guild.

So that's The Queue for today. I'll see you all next week. Go hit the proving grounds while listening to the theme and scream Test Your Might over and over again. Trust me, it's a lot of fun.

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