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The QueueApr 1, 2019 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: Today is no joke

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!

Look, yes, it’s the first of April and the internet is likely up to all kinds of shenanigans today, but I’d like to reassure you that no such shenanigans will be taking place here. Nope, you asked your questions, I’ll be giving you your answers, and we’ll be continuing on as usual. No shenanigans. I promise.


Question: Is there a time limit to use character services? Like, if I bought a race change or two before the sale is up can I sit on them indefinitely?

There’s no time limit restrictions for races changes as far as I’m aware — it’ll just sit there waiting for you to click the button and activate it indefinitely. However, you do have to choose which character you’re going to change. You don’t just get one to use on whoever you’d like, you have to make that decision in advance. So if you know which alt you’re likely to change, you can go ahead and pick up the race change and hold off on activating it until you’re ready to do so.


Q4tQ: What is your favorite cutscene/cinematic from BfA so far?

Absolutely without a doubt the Realm of Torment cinematic from the end of Jaina’s storyline. I’ve been waiting…oh I don’t know, it feels like forever for Jaina to finally get some kind of resolution for everything that’s happened to her. Not just Theramore, but everything with Arthas, with her father — things that have been left unresolved since the original RTS games. It was handled absolutely beautifully throughout that quest chain, and the cinematic was just gorgeous. It absolutely wrecked me the first time I saw it.


Q4TQ: Is there any kind of glyph to change my appearance while I’m resto? There used to be one that allowed you to be permanently in tree form but I couldn’t find it on the AH.

There is, it’s the Tome of the Wilds: Treant Form. It’s Bind on Pickup, which is why you won’t find it on the AH — you have to purchase it from a vendor. You can pick one up for yourself either in Moonglade from Lorelae Wintersong, or head to the Dreamgrove and grab one from Amurra Thistledew. I’m pretty sure you got the answer to this one already, but I suspect there’s a glut of new Zandalari and Kul Tiran Druids out there at the moment that will also find the info useful!


Does the system allow you to transfer allied races to a battle.net that doesn’t have them unlocked? (Just say you had two battle.nets for some reason… No, I would never do that… why are you looking at me like that?)

Hey, you asked the right day — I happen to have two account licenses kicking around, so I did some investigation for you! When you unlock an Allied Race, it appears to be a Battle.net wide process. I unlocked the Mag’har on one account, and after checking my other account, they are now unlocked over there as well. In theory, that means I should be able to transfer an Allied Race from one to the other if I wanted to, since I can go ahead and make one from scratch anyway if I felt like it.


Do you think they’ll ever remove the rep requirements for Allied Races? Sorry to beat a what may be a dead horse, but I’m admittedly still butthurt about the break in precedent of enabling access races with just the expansion key.

I mean…maybe way, way down the road? Allied Races aren’t the same as your typical expansion-release new race. You start at level 20, and you’re given a mount right off the bat with the proper skill to ride it. From a logistics perspective, the reputation requirement makes absolute sense — a new race isn’t apt to ally with the Alliance or Horde without persuasion, and that requires a good reputation. In most situations, you’ll gain the majority of that reputation while questing anyway, so it’s not exactly the toughest grind in the world.

They may, at some future point, increase the rep gains you get from questing — they did so for the Allied Races they introduced in Legion. But even if they do, I don’t expect that’s going to happen until much later on, like when the next expansion comes out.


QftQ: Looks-wise, would you prefer a bland/underwhelming set, or a clownsuit?

The clownsuit, hands down. Some people use transmog just for matched sets — I like to mix and match pieces from different sets and collections. It’s interesting, because Burning Crusade was full of almost nothing but clownsuits, nothing really matched and everyone looked ridiculous until they got to max level and got their hands on either the PVP or raid sets. In Wrath, they addressed that issue by releasing gear sets that were…plain, yes, but they all kind of went together, so your character never looked too ridiculous while they were leveling.

But this was all prior to the introduction of transmog. Now that we have transmog, that issue of looking ridiculous while leveling is no longer an issue. Leveling gear doesn’t have to match anymore. I sort of wish we’d get an expansion where all the quest rewards were just random pieces, like we got with Burning Crusade. As it is, a lot of the filler pieces I use are from that era, just because there were a lot of visually interesting choices that didn’t really need to be part of one set or another.

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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