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The QueueJun 12, 2016 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: Facepalming

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!

I’m pretty sure Lieutenant Sinclari just became my new favorite Legion NPC, solely for the majestic facepalm she’s pulling off. With all the ridiculous stuff that takes place in Azeroth on a daily basis, it’s nice to see at least one NPC with the presence of mind to be thoroughly exasperated with all of it.


Question for the Queue:  What is your daily go-to weapon transmogged as?  Is it transmogged?  Or … will you use the movie transmog weapons we received recently?  Perhaps (as I will), you will use the new movie weapon transmog skins well into Legion?  What say you?

It depends on the character, really — but usually I try to transmog the weapon I have to match the rest of whatever outfit I’ve chosen. Unfortunately, my main is an Assassination Rogue, so the movie transmog options don’t really fit into that decision at all — maybe if they’d had a transmog version of Taria’s dagger from the film, I would have gone with that.

…but only if it matched the rest of my outfit.


Is the reason Ner’zhul’s WoD model looks kinda younger and more robust compared to Gul’dan’s despite being older and the former master to the latter because Gul’dan became wizened and noticeably aged due to being a warlock harnessing fel energy, or just that Blizzard was kinda lazy as far as Ner’zhul’s model and just gave him a basic orc model?  Or is it because Ner’zhul was a shaman?  Do shamans sort of continue to look powerful despite age due to their kinship with the elements?  Or should Ner’zhul have looked more wizened

Gul’dan is in pretty deep with the Burning Legion by the time we encounter him in Warlords of Draenor. In the comic Gul’dan and the Stranger, you see Gul’dan mid-transformation into the green monstrosity we see in game — and it looks like he was pretty beefy before the fel magic got through corrupting his system. Ner’zhul, on the other hand, wasn’t a part of that process in Warlords. I think Ner’zhul is still older, but I think he probably looks a lot better for his age simply because he didn’t roll around in the green Koolaid like Gul’dan was so eager to do.


And one more Q4tQ: Would you consider The Queue and Blizzard Watch in general to still focus predominantly on WoW, or do they cover all Blizzard IPs evenly?

We do our best to try and pretty evenly cover all of Blizzard’s titles — if there’s news to be had about something other than WoW, we’ll cover that. Someone mentioned there isn’t a lot of StarCraft news on the site, but that’s mainly because…well, there isn’t exactly a lot of StarCraft news to be had out there at all. The same applies to the Queue — we answer the questions we’re asked to the best of our ability. The overwhelming majority of our readers are WoW players, so we tend to get a lot of WoW questions…but that doesn’t mean we won’t answer questions about other titles!


How many movies do you think should take place before they touch Warcraft 3 story lines?

That’s…kind of a subjective question, and after having seen the movie, it’s really hard to answer. I’d say we need at least one more film, possibly even two to get to where we’d even think about telling Arthas’ story. But I’d really like to see Duncan Jones’ take on that particular tale, because I have a feeling it’d be a dark, beautiful thing with a surprising amount of emotion poured into it.


Med’an just kind of dropped off the face of Azeroth, story-wise. Did I miss Blizzard writing him out somewhere?

He was very briefly mentioned in Velen: Prophet’s Lesson, in one of Velen’s visions, but we haven’t seen him since then. According to the third round of Ask a CDev, “As for the wonderfully unique Med’an, no one has seen hide, nor hair of him following Maraad’s return to the Exodar, leading some to believe that he has traveled to a new world or plane to continue his training.”

He hasn’t been written out exactly, but he’s nowhere to be found — not on Azeroth, anyway.


What other creatures of Azeroth besides the Lich King could create a Death Knight? Valkyr?

Well, Gul’dan made the very first Death Knights, and he was a warlock. He did so by taking the souls of slain warlocks from the Shadow Council and shoving them into the corpses of fallen Stormwind knights. Not exactly the most pleasant activity, but it stands to reason that a warlock with no morals and a lot of skill with necromancy could do the same thing again.

The val’kyr can raise the dead, but it doesn’t appear to be quite the same thing as creating a Death Knight Lich King-style. The Lich King’s version of Death Knights didn’t really have free will — it wasn’t until the events of the Death Knight starting zone that some were able to break free from his grasp and fight on their own. When the val’kyr raise new Forsaken, they do so with their free will intact. And they’re creating Forsaken specifically because of their pact with Sylvanas. Unless Sylvanas really wants a new generation of Death Knights, we aren’t likely to see any val’kyr mass-producing Death Knights anytime soon.

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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