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The QueueJun 8, 2021 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: Now, where was I?

With the summer comes a constant state of interruptions. Between requests for snacks (which I’d intentionally put in a reachable place in the pantry) and complaints of being bored, I’m bored, I’m so booooored, even though I planned super cool activities like exploding soap and ice cream in a bag, I can’t really sit down and just write something like The Queue until everyone is in bed — and of course, one kid wants to stay up past her bed time, and the other is still in the habit of needing me at 3 am, so focusing on anything is

Sorry, I needed to get a kid a bowl of cereal. What were we talking about?

Oh, right, this is The Queue, where you ask us questions and we

Wait, where was I? And where’s my bear?


Q4TQ: How SoonTM do you expect official 9.1 news to come out?

I honestly have no idea. If it happened today, I wouldn’t be surprised. If it was next month, yep, sure, that tracks.

I’d definitely expect sooner than that, to be clear, and really hope it’s sooner, but between previous production delays, COVID, everything else, I feel like that’s not fully outside the realm of possibility.



Am I the only one that has gotten really annoyed with the wow sub reddit? Like a cool fan made thing (art, comic, cosplay, or something physically crafty) will maybe get onto the front page with triple digit up-votes, yet the same “Lets all poo poo on WoW/Blizzard/Activision” but in a different dress posts will get several thousands of up-votes. It almost seems like the mods hate WoW/Blizzard/Activision and just lets the toxicity grow (very much like the Pokemon subreddit when Sw&Sh was coming out). I’m not trying to, “start anything” I just want to know if I’m alone in this, or if maybe I’m over reacting.

The WoW subreddit isn’t the worst one I’ve been on, but it’s certainly not my favorite (that’s r/peoplefuckingdying). In general, I’ve found that once a subreddit crosses over the 100K threshold it starts morphing into a hiveminded mess — like /r/bettafish, which is a great informative resource, but heaven help you if you got your fish before knowing they need at least a 5 gallon tank (etc).

The bigger subreddits also have a chance of making its way toward the top of r/all, which means it’s all but brigaded — in the case of WoW, anytime a post gets traction it will have a higher chance of crossing the eyeballs of former players who want to gripe about how, when they were playing a decade ago, it was a much better game, which then boosts it further, etc. It’s the nature of the algorithm.

I will say that it can be a useful resource, but only if you’re capable of self-filtering past the memes and the more controversial topics designed to trigger algorithmic boosts via outrage responses. But yeah, more niche interest subgroups are where it’s at.


Q4tQ: We’ve been playing Classic TBC for almost a week now and we made it to level 64 yesterday. It’s been a lot of fun. It is going faster than I thought.

The first time we played WoW it took us 6 months to go from level 1 to 80. We had no idea what we were doing. But we were enjoying ourselves and that’s all that mattered. The first time you leveled a character from level 1 to max level how long did it take you?

It took me around 2 weeks of real time the first time around to go from 1-60. I was in a guild which was very into the whole helping-each-other-out thing, but not many people in the guild actually rolled healers. Really, it was me and one other guy. So, basically, I’d be out questing in, say, The Hinterlands, and then have to go to Gnomeregan to “help out,” when really, I was so much higher level than both the group and the dungeon I ended up doing more DPS than the others by just wanding… but you can’t go without a healer, so.

Also, we took a break at roughly level 45 to go grind a specific set of Goblins in Stranglethorn Vale that dropped a broken lantern which vendored for like, 5 or 6 silver each. That poverty horse wasn’t about to buy itself.

We were such idiots.

But yeah, WoW‘s long-term stickiness and appeal was always based around the social aspect moreso than anything else, I feel.


Q4tQ: Where do you think Grom Hellscream is in SL?

Assuming he didn’t decline the offer — which, given his redemption arc, he probably didn’t — he’s probably serving his time in Revendreth on the way toward becoming Maldraxxi. If he were already accepted in Maldraxxus, Draka would probably have something to say about it.

And in this particular case, I would venture that perhaps the Kyrian have a point about forgetting their past. Though Grom didn’t stab her himself, something tells me Draka wouldn’t be down with just casually hanging out with him.


QftQ: I read a stray comment on another site that you won’t be able to do part of the 9.1 stuff unless you have a Denathrius kill. Is that true? If so, how much of 9.1 content will you miss out on? Also, would every toon have to do it, or just one per account? I have not done any of the 9.0 raid, and don’t really want to if I can help it. So just trying to see if I have to bite the bullet and jump in a queue.


There’s some additional story that progresses in 9.1, with regard to Denathrius’ fate after the raid, but there’s no gated prerequisites. If you’re not familiar with the events of Castle Nathria it might be good to go familiarize yourself, just from a continuity standpoint, but it’s not like you need to kill him to go to Korthia.

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