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The QueueNov 4, 2019 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: Gosh, that was a lot

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!

It’s Monday. More importantly, it’s the Monday after BlizzCon, where we were promptly deluged with enough information that we’ll likely be spending the next several months entrenched in it all and trying to unravel it. I don’t know about you all but if anyone wakes me before my alarm in the next week or so I’m probably going to channel my inner banshee. But hey. I know why you’re here. You’ve got questions, and I probably have at least some answers for you. So let’s get to that, shall we?


Did Sylvanas opt not to outright kill Bolvar because without the helm she knew the scourge would run rampant and he’d be effectively trapped in the tower? Or at least kept busy until she was done doing whatever she needed to.

I mean, shouldn’t Bolvar totally de-powered now that he no longer has the helm? since thats where the lich king powers come from.

I don’t think Arthas had a chance to make him into a proper death knight either due to his current state being due to the red dragon’s fire mixed with the forsaken’s plague meaning the fire would probably keep Bolvar going even if Arthas tried to kill him to properly raise him, little bit like captain jack from Dr who/torchwood, right? Do we think we end up rescuing a stranded Bolvar from ICC as part of the shadowlands pre-event?

She didn’t kill him because he was essentially meaningless at that point. It had nothing to do with Bolvar, and everything to do with the nice hat he was wearing. Plus, he’s imbued with the flames of the Red Dragonflight — so it’s entirely possible he simply can’t die.

In that, he was the perfect choice for the next Lich King. A hero who would not bend to the Lich King’s corruption, one who was bound to life as much as the helm would bind him inevitably to death. Essentially, he was balance, sitting up there on the throne. And yes, his actions in Legion were questionable — and still are — but the short of it, the answer to your question is that once that helm was off, Bolvar ceased to matter.

Basically, he can’t really “live” — he’s too scarred for that — but he can’t really die, either. And Sylvanas needs souls to fuel the Maw. Bolvar’s soul won’t accomplish that purpose. So why bother with him at all, once she has what she needed?


Q4tQ: Are we still not supposed to understand Sylvanas’s motives? Maybe we’ll get more info in 8.3, but her actions still don’t make sense to me. She seems to have changed from the cold and calculating Forsaken leader to this raging ball of hatred for everything and everyone who may be trying to save the world. It doesn’t really add up for me.

I need to have a sit down with Nathanos to talk about what she’s thinking, because he is probably the closest thing she has to a confidant and I just don’t understand.

This has been a really, really long time coming, to be honest. It all goes back to Edge of Night, and what Sylvanas saw — and what Arthas saw when he died, for that matter. They both went to the Maw, and neither one of them cared for it. But Sylvanas was granted a reprieve from the Maw, if she bound herself to those val’kyr, and started working for the Jailer instead.

Since then, she’s been feeding souls to the Maw. I’m sure we’ll have plenty to say about this topic in Wednesday’s Lore Watch as well, so keep your eyes on the RSS feeds for the podcasts!


I know it’s early and we will eventually get answers but my question is on level squish. As an altaholic I love that I have more choice in leveling paths. But I also run legacy raids. And it sounds like all raids in all expacs will be level 50 at 9.0. That won’t be good.

I suspect that hasn’t quite been hammered out just yet. We’ve been told that if we’re max level, we’ll still be able to solo old raids as easily as we had previously. But we haven’t been told how that will affect running legacy content — or heck, even Timewalking raids, you know? The good part about all of this is that it’s something that Blizzard definitely isn’t going to ignore. There are too many people invested in those answers, and there are a lot of people out there asking the same question as you.

The bad part is that at this time, we simply don’t have an answer for you — but chin up, we will…eventually!


Q4TQ — because I can’t remember it’s been too long: In the DK starting area, we are sent into a shadowy realm which was an exact copy and overlay of the zone we were in (1:1 mapping).
What was the name of that realm?

That was also the Shadowlands — and given what little we know about the Jailer right now, I suspect he wasn’t exactly happy we were in there stealing horses to ride around on. Although honestly, it depends on what part of the Shadowlands we were in. At that point, souls were still in theory being shuttled to where they needed to go, so I don’t know if we were in the Maw, where we’d invariably grab the Jailer’s attention, or if we were in one of the other realms tied to the Shadowlands.

Either which way, I doubt anyone was particularly happy that we were stealing pretty ponies and ferreting them off to the realm of the living to ride around on, you know?


Q4tQ: Do you think Shadowlands will have a cinematic story running parallel to the expansion like the Saurfang journey did in BfA?

I absolutely would not be surprised if we did — the Saurfang arc was really, really well received, and the story being told there was pretty phenomenal. I suspect if we see one of those stories play out in Shadowlands, we may hear the tale of a once shining hero, former Regent, former commander, who was brought low by the fire of dragon’s flames, imprisoned on a throne of ice, then ripped from that prison and left to rot.

And his daughter, too. Really if we don’t get more Bolvar story here I’m going to be terribly disappointed, because I suspect that tale will move everyone to tears.


So do you guys think OW2 and Diablo 4 will get released before the end of 2020? I am not so sure since they said both games won’t be releasing any time soon.

I think I can safely say that Diablo 4 will not be, mostly based on one of the developer’s comments that it won’t be coming even Blizzard Soon™. I think next year we might get a beta announcement, if we don’t have one already before BlizzCon, but I doubt that release will happen before 2021. But man, what a game to look forward to, right?

As for Overwatch 2, I suspect we’ll see that one much sooner, given how Jeff said they are buckling down and focusing on that development for now. They didn’t say anything about a release date, but I’m hoping we’ll see that one in 4th quarter 2020, whenever that happens to be. Maybe in time for the holidays? It’d be a good time to release it, don’t you think?

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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