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The QueueJun 11, 2016 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: Rat naps

Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A feature for all of Blizzard’s games! Have a question for the Blizzard Watch staff? Leave it in the comments!

The Underbelly in Legion‘s Dalaran has certainly gotten a lot more…interesting. What’s with this odd little rat farm? Are they pets? Are they minions? Are they tomorrow’s special of the day at the local tavern? We just don’t know. …but I’m pretty sure I’m going to be avoiding that particular dining establishment, just in case.


If Blizzard was ever to implement a timewalking raid feature, how difficult should the raids be? The equivalent of LFR? Closer to our current Normal or Heroic difficulties? Or would it be better to bring them as close to their historic difficulty as possible?

I’d say LFR equivalent would be fine, in this case. Timewalking isn’t meant to be a really huge progression-driving feature necessarily. Timewalking dungeons right now are a bit of a challenge, but nothing out of the ordinary — they feel like doing the current dungeons, honestly. You aren’t going to get bleeding-edge gear out of a Timewalking dungeon, and I doubt they’d give you bleeding-edge progression gear out of Timewalking raid, either — which means it shouldn’t be too difficult to obtain.


Legion Question: In the new zones, what’s your favourite out of the way kind of easter egg, hidden treasure, or npc reference?

I made the most interesting series of surprised noises and laughter when I bumped into good old Marcus, infamous star of the Steamy Romance Novels. I think he’s probably my favorite so far — but I’m nowhere near finished combing through everything there is to see just yet.


Q4tQ: Are Dread Raven (Spires of Arak’s big blue birds) tamable by Hunters?

Sadly, they are not! It’s a pity, because I’d love to have one of them on my leveling stream Hunter. Maybe someday, who knows?


I always thought that when forsaken were reanimated by the val’kyr that they could stay alive, if you can call it that, and join the forsaken serving Sylvanas or they also had the option to refuse and just go back to the grave. Did I get that last bit mixed up?

If I remember correctly, when you are raised as a new Forsaken, there’s another right next to you who insists he’s going back to the grave, because he should be dead, and promptly expires. There are two ways you can look at that situation — yes, according to what you witness there, that is absolutely a choice that Forsaken can make.

Or, if you look at it from a slightly darker angle…that guy continues to wake up with every new Forsaken being created. Each time, he refuses and “dies” again, and each time, he’s raised again — a never-ending cycle of undeath.

…which is pretty grim, if you think about it.

I think that the choice they are being given isn’t exactly a choice at all. That choice is, “You can serve the Lady Sylvanas, or…do whatever you’d like. Anything at all. But hey, you’re still going to be a horrific undead monstrosity who is universally reviled, looked upon with disgust and fear, and you’ll be doomed to a friendless, loveless, purposeless eternal existence. So…you know, if you don’t want to serve Sylvanas, good luck with that. No hard feelings, right?”


QftQ: If you had a legendary named after you, what would you want the legendary to be and what would it be called?

An offhand book for casters called “Legacy of Shade.” Flavor text would read “What is this? There aren’t even any spells in here. It’s just pages upon pages upon pages of conspiracy theories.”


Q4tQ: In Overwatch, and other team-based games, are there ever times where allowing yourself to die could be strategically advantageous?

I’m not sure if you’d call it “advantageous strategy,” but dying is the fastest way back to your base so you can switch to another hero. In the case where no one on your team is playing someone that can counter a hero on the enemy team, you might as well run in and get yourself annihilated as fast as you can, so you can swap to someone that can deal with that hero and get back in action as quickly as possible.

That’s it for today’s Queue — if you have any questions you’d like to see answered, be sure to leave them in the comments below!

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