The Queue: What does the fox say?
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Look, I’m just going to say it: The Vulpera have basically won the title of most adorable Allied Race, or potentially most adorable playable race altogether. But if they don’t have at least one voice line in which they just randomly utter “Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow! Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow! Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!” or something along those lines, I’m going to be tremendously disappointed.
You know what isn’t disappointing? Your questions. Let’s get to those, shall we?
Q4tQ: has anyone seen the Anniversary raid? Are the bosses going to be re-tuned? IIRC, the Lich King fight was good 20 minutes by itself. I don’t see that as something that lends itself to pugging.
The Anniversary raid isn’t out yet — it won’t be until the actual anniversary, after all. This time around, we’re going to get a series of nine different bosses from several different expansions. I imagine the fights themselves will be re-tuned a bit, seeing as how they’ll all be available with the raid finder. Can you imagine doing Lich King in a complete PUG? I mean…it was nightmarish enough with a full raid team back in the day. Either way, I wouldn’t stress about it too much. It’s meant to be fun!
Q4tQ: How do you think the Auction House changes in 8.3 will affect the WoW economy?
I’m not exactly sure how it’s going to affect the economy, but I suspect people will be buying and listing a lot more items, what with the ease of searching and being able to purchase however much you actually need, without having to deal with wasted surplus. I imagine we’ll get an initial big surge of activity while everyone is checking out the new features, but it’ll settle back into normalcy in fairly short order. The biggest thing I think we might see is a reduction in the amount of undercutting — there’s really no need for the practice with the new setup. But we’ll have to wait and see on that one. If nothing else, notorious AH barons may have a little challenge getting used to the new layout and system, you know?
Q4tQ: Is there a resource somewhere that documents all the transmog and mounts available specifically from islands? Like to see the models? Starting with 8.3’s new vendor and going forward into 9.0 where islands will potentially be solo farmable, I imagine knowing one’s targeted shopping list will be worthwhile to track.
You can actually look at the models in game right now! For the weapons, all expedition weapons begin with Plundered. For the mounts, just go to your mount tab and search the word “Island” — it’ll bring up the few Darkmoon Island mounts, but it’ll also bring up every mount that you can get from Island Expeditions. The mount search feature doesn’t just sort by mount name, it’ll also sort by the location of the mount if you happen to have that info handy.
My question though, if we defeat N’Zoth, will Azshara turn back into her sexy high elf form and become our ally? You know because we broke her
curse and stuff?
It’s…not really a curse. Never was. Azshara was going to drown under the ocean — N’Zoth basically reshaped her body into its current form so she could survive, and did the same with her followers. I think it’s safe to say she’s pretty much stuck with that form now, regardless of how the situation with N’Zoth is handled. Although I suppose if she were to maybe make a deal with the Mogu, I mean…they’ve done the whole flesh-shaping thing before, so maybe they could help her out. Why they would choose to do so is a mystery to me, but it’s always a possibility!
After so many thousands of years, though, I imagine Azshara could probably re-shape herself if she wanted. She can already kind of take on the appearance of her elven form — we saw her do it in Legion. Could she potentially make a permanent alteration? I think so, given enough time. She’s ridiculously powerful.
Don’t you find it odd that there is nothing related to Ulduar or its Keepers in 8.3? You would think the Keepers would be all over this since fighting the Old Gods is what they were originally created for. I can see why Uldum would be a higher priority because it has the forge of Origination but the Vale doesn’t seem more important than Ulduar.
I’d say more, but I’m going to leave it there. However, I would suggest you listen to this week’s Lore Watch, due out Wednesday, because we spend a lot of time talking about this exact subject, along with going down a rabbit hole of speculation and coming up with some pretty crazy ideas out of the whole thing.
Q4TQ: are you planning on getting Warcraft 3 Reforged?
Nope! I am really not that great at RTS games — I made it through the original, but it was a challenging process to say the very least. I am, however, going to spend some time hunting down and watching streams of other, far more capable players than myself. Once upon a time, my introduction to Warcraft took the form of watching my roommate play WC3. The game isn’t just an RTS title — the story keeps it incredibly engaging as you go along, and it’s just as much fun to watch it being played as it is playing it. I’m looking forward to reliving that experience and watching the whole thing play out again, this time with shinier, sharper, nicer looking graphics and the story I fell in love with way back when.
Just had a weird-ass thought (not weird ass-thought)
What if Sylvanas decides to rez Arthas, to make him a puppet under her command, so that she can achieve her vengeance on him for all eternity
DUN DUN DUN
Bonus answer, just because this is an entertaining thought! However, although I do find the idea entertaining, I don’t think it’s going to come to pass. Arthas is dead-dead. His soul is hanging out in eternal darkness, the same darkness Sylvanas was stuck in, and she needed a deal with a pile of Val’kyr to get out of that place. She does still have some Val’kyr, but would she really waste those precious creatures on something like bringing Arthas back from the dead, just for pettiness sake?
I don’t think so. Sylvanas is many things, but she’s not super petty like that. She’s crafty, she’s got a military mind, and she wouldn’t pull a move like that unless the tradeoff was of actual use to her. Somehow, I don’t think snagging Arthas from the jaws of nothing is a really productive use of her abilities. She’s got way bigger fish to fry at this point, and the former Lich King and Prince of Lordaeron isn’t really involved in that equation.
Unless, of course, she wanted to get under Calia’s skin…but seeing as how her attempt with Derek didn’t really amount to anything, I don’t think she’d be up for trying the same tactic twice.
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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