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The QueueDec 13, 2021 12:00 pm CT

The Queue: We meet again

I swear I swore off fighting this guy back in Legion. Oh well, here we go again.

While I get beat up by a demon lord, it’s time for — The Queue.


Q4Cory: Have you attempted the new Mage Tower? Did you find it easier, harder, or same as Legion’s version?

I have fought Highlord Kruul.

But only a few times, I’ve had a busy week so I basically just did it in between answering Queue questions so I don’t have a ton of insight here beyond it’s hard but it feels doable.

I definitely don’t think it’s easier than it was before, if anything I would say it’s a little harder. Lacking some of the Legion legendary powers like the Luffa Wraps range + Balance affinity to be able to keep Thrash spamming the Inquisitor in P1, and just lacking the extra oomph of the Artifact “Super Bear” button feels bad. But there are additional tricks now, like Unbridled Fury potions apparently being some big damage and cheating with using my Legion artifact weapon so that I could use two Shadowcore Oils.

With more time under my belt and a proper plan, I’m sure that I’ll be one Fel Infused Werebear in no time. Thankfully they’ve extended the Mage Tower out until January 4th 2022, so there’s plenty of time to get it done over the next few weeks.


Q4tQ: what are your thoughts on level scaling in games? Are there places where it should or shouldn’t be applied?

Asking because I hit max level in The Ruined King and I’m going back to pick up a bunch of secrets that I missed, and for some reason, the enemies are scaled up nearly to my level. This was a level 10-15 sort of area before, and now everything there is at least level 25. I’m not amused, because I was hoping to just run through the place with ease – low-level enemies usually run away from you. Which I know because apparently not every place scales to your level.

It’s a tough call. I’m generally in favor of it because it keeps the game more interesting as time goes on. I just remember doing all of the side content in Dragon Age: Inquisition and then getting massively overpowered and not having any challenge by the time I actually got around to doing the main story content. But on the flip side, I remember doing a bunch of random nonsense in Skyrim and then getting tore up by random cave Draugr who were much more combat-oriented than me that time around.

So I guess I’m in favor all the way up until I’m not. Maybe every game with levels should just include a toggle switch that scales things to your level. So that when you want to go back and have your easy secret hunting, monster stomping good times you can. While still giving players who want that challenge the option for it.


Q4tQ: Blizzard has said that when it comes to Arthas, they are going to be very careful when it comes to including him in the narrative of Shadowlands, to avoid disappointing his fans. However, aren’t they equally at risk of disappointing tons of people if we finish the expansion and his only inclusion was in other character’s flashbacks?

That’s the problem with storytelling in general! You can’t please everyone all the time.

Speaking just to Arthas, if the flashbacks are really cool maybe that’ll be enough? But even as I typed that I’d much rather see some Arthas in the now, just to get his reaction to everything. For how much he’s tied to the Shadowlands with Frostmourne and the Helm of Domination it’s almost getting weird that we haven’t seen him up until now. I can see a certain amount of hesitancy on their part since he could easily overshadow the story if used too much. But even just having him show up at some point in the Sanctum of Domination while Zovaal twirls his mustache and talks about future plans might’ve been nice.

I think something is better than nothing, especially with some of the other major figures not getting much of a spotlight this time around. Like is Varian kicking around somewhere? I feel like getting to hang with him might’ve been cool. Or Baine and Cairne! Let Baine see his dad!


Folks, it happened. I’ve finally experienced it too.

On our 44th or so Sylvanas heroic pull, I ran off a bridge and squealed so loudly in shock, my guildies asked if I was ok for real over voice comms, LOL!

Hi, I’m a feral.

My hobbies include purring and jumping to my death.

Good thing cats always land on their feet! Of course, there has to be actual ground there and not a vague cosmic nothingness, so maybe you’ll land on your feet… eventually.


Q4LW: what if instead of World of Warcraft it was World of Wrestlecraft? Like say every year or so the Allaince and Horde just settled their differences at Azerothamaina. I mean all the main faction leaders already have flashy outfits, all they need is some catchy walk in music. Think about Garrosh and Thralls Mak Gora would have been 10x better if it was a wrestling match. Or better yet Sylvanas vs Tyrande and then comes Jaina with the steel chair! What would be your ideal WoW wrestling match?

Well first off Garrosh is the one with the steel chair, as Heroes of the Storm has shown with their Nexomania events.

I want to see a royal rumble, that only features Azeroth royalty. Winner takes Stormwind.

There’s enough of them to make for a pretty interesting match. Especially when you start looking at all of the Allied races that have been added. All of the player-controlled races who have royalty would put up a good fight, but there can be only one winner and that’s of course Queen Azshara.

It’s good to be the King Queen.


Hmm, doing the Secret in the Box Quest… Only managed to find 1 of the three keys so far…

What’s in the box?

What’s in the box SJHawk, what’s in the box?!?!


Today’s Anna Earworm™: Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked

The holidays are fast approaching, have you done all of your Xmas shopping, are you ready for 2022? I’m not!

Still, we must press on, have a great week everyone — don’t forget to leave lots of questions for Anna tomorrow!

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