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The QueueAug 21, 2016 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: A whole new world

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 Whole-Body Shrinka’ is probably one of my favorite toys in the game, mostly because it forces you to look at the world from an entirely different perspective. Shrinking yourself in tall grass is the best…but staring up at the boots of your comrades and hoping they don’t step on you comes a close second.


Item Q: Was the S.E.L.F.I.E. camera a limited-time offer? I got the follower mission for it on my paladin and my priest, who were my first two characters to 100. Since then, not a single other character (six other 100s) has even seen the mission.

The mission is still out there, to my knowledge — it’s just a rare mission is all. There is a follow-up mission that rewards a permanent version of the camera as a toy for your Toybox, though, making it kind of redundant to complete the mission on multiple characters.


Looking for confirmation. I’ve been using the invasions to level my second paladin. If I would like him to have access to the Argent Charger (the paladin-only mount from the Argent Tournament), I would have to buy it again on him, even though my 100 paladin already has it, right?

Yep — for some reason, the Argent Charger is still bound only to one character. If you have multiple paladins, you’ll have to grind out the seals on each character. It’s only 100 seals, so it shouldn’t take you too long.


Well… I never knew just how deep the lake in Hyjal was and was genuinely stunned at how deep it actually is!

I know this wasn’t a question, but you’re right — that lake is really deep! Fun story, I used to be in a PVP guild back in vanilla, one that also raided smaller content like ZG and AQ-20. It was very casual raiding, so to facilitate days when tanks didn’t show up, we had a few members that shared account info. That way, even if the tank didn’t show, one of our other members could log on his character and get the tanking done. Yes, it was against the rules, and no, I do not recommend doing this.

Long story short, whenever our tanks would take extended vacations, they would inevitably return to find their character stripped naked and abandoned in some unknown area with no hearthstone. The best of these instances was when one enterprising individual managed to sneak into Hyjal and leave the poor guy at the bottom of that lake with nothing but a single water-breathing potion in the last of his bags. He did not locate the potion.

His reaction on vent was so worth it, though. And don’t worry, he got back at the prankster not more than a week later.


When I vendor a drop that is still tradeable, do I keep the appearance, or do I have to equip it, confirm I can’t trade it anymore and then vendor it?

If it’s a soulbound item like a raid or dungeon drop, you’ll keep the appearance even if you vendor. Personally, I like equipping the things before I vendor, as a just-in-case precaution. If you purchase an item and then return it, you’ll lose the appearance for that item.


Can you still get Heirloom Trinkets after Legion by running Mythic WoD dungeons?

Nope — those are being removed with Legion’s launch on August 30. Until then, you can still farm for them. I believe this also includes the heirloom trinket obtained via Garrison missions as well.


Is Dalaran/Kirin Tor actually neutral?  Dalaran was solidly in Team Alliance during Wars 2 and 3, and my understanding is the Legion stance is a second go around on the, “we’ll let the Horde in because yadda yadda common foe” ride.

Technically Dalaran was always neutral — although the definition of that neutrality changed over the years. Originally, Dalaran was part of the Alliance of Lordaeron, as one of the seven kingdoms. However, Dalaran was very careful not to get involved in any political dealings. They helped fight the enemy that was threatening the world — at the time, that was the Old Horde — but it wasn’t a matter of being part of the Alliance so much as it was defending the world. When Rhonin led the Kirin Tor, reconstructing Dalaran and relocating the city to Northrend, it was decided that the Horde would be allowed into the city, largely due to the efforts of Aethas Sunreaver.

That’s when Dalaran officially “declared” itself a neutral city, siding with neither Alliance nor Horde. The same rules applied in Wrath as they did in the other wars. Dalaran helped fight the enemy that was threatening the world — this time, the Lich King. And once again, they took no place in politics at all. In Tides of War, the Kirin Tor were reluctant to step in and fight the Horde at Theramore largely because of this — it could be perceived as taking a side in a political conflict. They did, however, agree that the Horde were a danger. So they sent a contingent to shield the city from Horde attacks and keep it defended, rather than engaging in open combat.

Between the destruction of Theramore, Rhonin’s death, Jaina’s promotion to leader and the events of Mists, Dalaran and the Kirin Tor sided with the Alliance. Even after Garrosh’s trial, Jaina refused to allow the Horde back into the Kirin Tor, unwilling to trust any of them — and for good reason. I mean, they betrayed her more than once. Dalaran’s alliance with Silvermoon was over 2,000 years old. The mages of Silvermoon were the ones who taught Humans magic in the first place. Jaina’s purge of Dalaran effectively ended that alliance — probably one of the oldest in Human history.

Khadgar is very determined to allow the Horde mages back into the Kirin Tor because it’s a matter of that old edict coming into play again — the world is in danger. This isn’t about Horde vs. Alliance, it’s about Azeroth vs. the Burning Legion, and all hands are needed. Once again, Dalaran has a part to play, and Khadgar wants Dalaran to do what Dalaran does best — fight the enemy that is threatening the world.

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