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The QueueOct 19, 2017 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: But does he know how to alphabetize

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!

Uh excuse me, miss? Miss? You know, it’s been years since I’ve done any work in a library so I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure the staff wouldn’t be too keen on just summoning animals indoors willy-nilly. I mean, I know the city’s all magical and otherworldly, but someone is going to have to clean up after that thing, and I don’t think Khadgar’s interested.


Do areas that bother you in real life bother you in game, even though there is no danger to ourselves in game?

Not exactly — I will occasionally get a little vertigo if I stand too close to the edge of something that doesn’t appear to have a bottom to it. I’m not normally afraid of heights, it’s just a disorienting sensation. Like that weird feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re on a roller coaster.

Seasonal areas tend to have a weird effect on me, though. Playing Wrath in the middle of winter felt horrible — it didn’t matter what the temperature was outside, I still felt colder than usual. The same goes for sunny spaces in the middle of summer — the Vale of Eternal Blossoms made everything seem warmer. I mean, logically speaking there was no temperature difference at all. The game had no influence on how warm or cool the room happened to be. It just felt like it.

I may, however, be a little weird.


In the Kil’jaeden boss fight he clearly uses Shadow magic in some of his attacks, as described in the fight text as well as the visual effects. If his boss Sargeras has such a hate-on for the Void (where shadow magic comes from), how would he tolerate on of his second-in-commands using it? Especially when the power is supposed to be corrupting and/or insanity inducing, it’s not something I’d want my employees using. Your thoughts please.

Sargeras isn’t opposed to creatures using the Void — I mean he’s got more than enough shadowy demons working for him in the Burning Legion. His goal isn’t to wipe out the Void, that’s kind of an impossible task. He wants to wipe out all life in the universe, so the Void has nothing left to conquer. A lifeless universe is far better in his mind than a universe corrupted by Void.

To that end, what Kil’jaeden and all those other shadowy demons are doing with the Void is working towards that cause. They’re using the shadow, the shadow isn’t using them. As long as they’re continuing that swath of destruction, Sargeras is probably just fine with it.


Knowing the Burning Legion’s penchant for hiding operatives inside factions, who would you pick as the deepest cover Burning Legion spy?

Magni Bronzebeard. I mean, people have theories (myself included) that he’s been corrupted by the Void. What if he’s been corrupted by the Legion instead? He’s got a direct line to Azeroth’s world-soul. She trusts him. Magni would probably be the worst option, too, because he’s not paying attention so much to the fighting and battles and whatnot — he’s entirely concentrated on what that world-soul is thinking and feeling. Sargeras is sort of obsessed with Azeroth, so having that kind of direct line would be devastating.

Do you think Blizz is setting the Light up to be an enemy (Void potential ally?) with the recent Xe’ra lore and the Alleria/Turalyon story?

No. The Light is a force — it’s not a sentient being, as far as we know, it’s just one of two cosmic forces that make up the universe. It doesn’t have enemies, it doesn’t “do” malevolence. It just exists. It gives us good feelings, so we assign benevolent aspects to it — but it’s our perception assigning these properties. I think if we see anything out of that, we’ll see more exploration into that concept.

Now the Naaru, the Naaru are a different story altogether. The Naaru use the Light, they radiate it, but they aren’t the Light. They’re entities that act of their own volition. I’d suggest checking out the latest audio drama for more information on that. There’s some interesting bits in there regarding the dynamic between Light and Void.


Q4TQ: does anyone else feel like Blizz are delaying Antorus to stretch out the content, thus avoiding the usual drought?

I can’t speak for everyone, but I don’t feel that way — the raid release schedules have been pretty consistent all expansion long. We’ll get a patch, then a few months down the road, we’ll get the raid. Considering the fact that they’re still testing Antorus encounters on the PTR, I’d say there’s no artificial delay going on. They’re still tuning the thing. The only thing that might be delaying the release a little is BlizzCon — and that’s less to do with wanting to delay anything, and more to do with the fact that BlizzCon is a really big deal and takes a lot of staff to make happen.

Right now, the spacing feels pretty good. We get content, we get to the point where we’ve worn out the content, and they give us more content to do. There’s a little gap in between, but it’s not a giant gap. We’ll have to wait and see how that pans out between the end of this expansion and the release of the next one, but right now, it doesn’t feel as empty, content-wise.


If the next expansion is South Seas, my theory is that we could have Kul Tiras and Kezan as starting zones a bit like Shadowmoon / Frostfire in WoD. Jaina would obviously be the Alliance figure on the Kul Tiras side but do you think they would put Gallywix centerstage for the Horde / Kezan storyline? I don’t know if I’m ready for that.

It’s as likely as anything else at this point — and they did just re-do Gallywix’s model, after all. I wouldn’t mind seeing this, mostly because a lot of Gallywix’s story was left unresolved. I mean, he’s in charge of the Goblins, but do they really want him in charge? How would they go about ushering him out?

Also, rather than Kezan — which was destroyed in Cataclysm mind you, volcano and all — I’d rather see Undermine. Flesh it out like Hearthstone’s intriguing take on Gadgetzan. Show us all the Trade Princes, give us a solid look at what Goblin society is really like with a fully fleshed out underground city, you know? I keep picturing some kind of seedy underground Goblin version of Vegas. It’d be great.

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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