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The QueueOct 2, 2016 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: This was unexpected

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 feel like I should point out just as an FYI: If you’re in any of Blizzard’s story scenarios this expansion, make it a point to look around. In some cases, there are fun references to be found. In others, there are small quest chains that you really don’t want to miss out on. They’re never obvious, and they’re just out of the way enough that you wouldn’t really see them unless you took a moment or two to poke around and check your minimap for telltale yellow exclamation points. Since you’re only in there for a short period of time, it’s easy to miss them if you’re just blazing through the scenario without paying attention to your surroundings. So keep your eyes peeled, because you never know what — or who — you’re going to find while you’re out there.


Q4TQ: Did Blizz give a rationale for why they removed the “Core Abilities” tab from the spell-book? It was handy for learning a new class without having to go to Icy-veins to look at a sometimes unnecessarily expansive guide.

They didn’t, and I’m kind of bummed about it too! The spec window does list all the core spells you’ll supposedly need, but it doesn’t really go into detail like the old abilities tab did. I miss that tab. I’d like that tab back. Particularly for those alts I haven’t played since I don’t know, Wrath of the Lich King (Paladin, I am looking at you. And I am frowning.).


Q4tQ: Now that we’re a few weeks in, how do we feel about the companion app? I have 3 level 110s, but I’m finding that I just don’t have the order resources to bother with missions on my alts, so it’s useless for 2/3 of my characters. It’s convenient for my main but he now has 5 ilvl850 companions at epic quality so I only really run the occasional mission now.

I’m still having fun with the app, although I’m not quite as vigorous in using it as I was the first week. Since missions don’t give Order Hall Resources, using the app drains my supply pretty quickly.

I do find the filter tool for world quests pretty handy, but it’s also kind of annoying, in a way. I love that I can filter for which ones offer what rewards. I can’t stand that I cannot actually do this in-game as well. Since you can’t log onto the app and the game at the same time, it means my in-game map is just a glut of different locations that I have to mouse over in the vain hope I can find the ones I’m looking for. Either that, or I have to log out of the game, log into the app, do the filter search, then try and remember where those quests are while I log out of the app and back into the game.

Basically the app has some marvelously convenient features, but they don’t play as well with the game as I’d like them to. If we could log into both app and game at the same time, that would solve my problem. Or, you know, better idea, give us the app quest filter feature in game so I don’t have to do a mad scramble dance while I figure out what the heck I’m going to be doing on any given day.

…and it would be cool if using the app would slowly feed you resources or something. I mean, doesn’t have to be a lot of resources. But a little perk would be nice.


OK, I got to ask, what does “Bozo’d” mean under BW’s site controls?

It’s a hidden ban. As far as the person hit with the bozo is concerned, they can still post, and their comments show up — but nobody sees their comments other than themselves. Sort of like when one of us goes on and on for five minutes in the live stream before realizing we had the mute button pressed on our mic and nobody actually heard anything we were saying — talking into the void, as it were.


So from a canon point of view, how do you see our characters in Azeroth? By that I mean – do you imagine there are 12 larger than life heroes, one of each class, and they are responsible for all the mighty deeds done? Or are there 36 heroes running around, one of each spec? Are there hundreds of heroes saving Azeroth and petting puppies? Or is it a treadmill, with new heroes coming and going, where even a commoner can take up arms or spells, become a hero, die to a raid boss, and be forgotten and ne’er mourned?

I think I approach this differently than most, because I’m a roleplayer — none of my characters are heroes. They aren’t the big names going in and killing big bosses or whatever. The closest was my Rogue, who’s a mercenary for hire and will happily help out in big fights as long as it’s interesting. If it isn’t interesting, she doesn’t care. But that’s roleplaying, and I think you’ll find that a lot of roleplayers take that tactic.

As far as canon game lore goes, usually when discussing the fall of one thing or another, it’s references as whatever major lore NPC happened to be there at the time, and “a band of heroes” or “a band of adventurers” — the heroes are never, ever mentioned by name. It’s crafted that way so that everyone playing the game can essentially be a self-insert. Tirion Fordring was definitely there when the Lich King fell, and he was accompanied by an army of remarkable heroes. You can easily look at that description and assume that one of those heroes was your character — and everyone else who plays the game, raided Icecrown Citadel and took down the Lich King can say the same.


I had a mission the other day for a toy, and the bonus was 900+ gold. I was able to get a 200% chance on the mission, meaning guaranteed bonus. Is there anything higher than that? Does it just automatically cap out at 200%, or if I had even another bonus, could I have seen a higher percent chance?

I think it caps at 200% — 100% success for the mission, and 100% success for the bonus should the mission successfully complete. I can’t imagine why there would even be a need for it to go any higher than that, honestly.


Do you think the next expansion we would be able to transmog our artifacts on other weapons? I do want a look which is locked behind pvp, and suddenly I felt a little upset that I may not be able to use such cool look ever again but the same happens with the other artifacts. I just love how Talonclaw looks but my hunter is BM. I also like the looks of the feral daggers, and the base look of the warlock staff is really nice.  :)

I feel like that’s probably the route they’re going to take. We aren’t going to keep carting our Artifact weapons around after the expansion is over. Simply adding the appearances we’ve managed to unlock to our Wardrobes after Legion is done seems like it would be easy enough. I do think that they’ll probably disable the ability to unlock rare or special appearance options after the expansion is over with — sort of like how they shut down legendary quest chains at the end of an expansion. If you want the super pretty rare special thing, you’re supposed to get the super pretty rare special thing while the content is current, and all that.

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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