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The Queue: Proud of you, my precious egg

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!

My only regret with the end of this expansion is that eventually I’m going to run out of alts to use silly toys on during cinematic sequences. Let’s hope Battle for Azeroth is full of many more opportunities in which our characters can take their place in the annals of history as…an egg. Or a tree. Or a murloc. Or the rear end of a horse. Or, you know, whatever else you’ve got kicking around in the ol’ Toy Box.

You know what I’ve got kicking around? Questions from you guys. Let’s answer those, shall we?

The Queue: In which I may have a jaunty hat

Okay. I don’t really wear hats in game because they crop in weird ways with my hair and inevitably look stupid. (Also Gnomes are super cute and why would you want to hide that with some bulky helmet?) So, really, this is a metaphorical jaunty hat. (Just don’t ask what it’s a metaphor for, because I really have no idea.)

Got it? Good. Let’s get to the Queue.

The Queue: X goes Y

I’ve been listening to a random mix of the Punk Goes Pop albums because they take me back to teenage Mitch, pop-punk music, and crowds of goths at the Warped Tour. But something bothers me about the title… Yes, punk (or, “punk”) bands are covering pop songs, but the songs themselves are punk style. If it were punk bands doing pop versions of pop songs, or if it were punk songs made to sound pop-y, I could see the title making sense. Right now, though? It doesn’t make enough sense if you really think about it.

…But then, millennials literally screaming Taylor Swift songs is probably not meant to be thought about. Anyhow, here’s The Queue.

The Queue: Hi

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!

I’m not the writer you were expecting today. But I’m the writer you deserve. It’s the Queue. Let’s do this.

The Queue: I love Diablo 3

I just love this game sometimes. For all the flaws you might list, one thing is clear — Diablo 3 does not care if I build and spec my character entirely around simply spinning my way through every single demon I see until they’re all dead. Indeed, it welcomes this activity. It loves it. And this is why I love Diablo 3.

I mean, I try other builds. Right now one of my Barbarians is rocking a Seismic Slam build using full Immortal King for the permanent Ancients and a Fury of the Vanished Peak. I don’t quite have enough pieces of the Might of the Earth set yet to focus on that, but once I do, I’m sure Seismic Slam damage will be delightful. But still, I love my Whirlwind build.

Actually, I got so impatient that I went and farmed up the Might of the Earth pants and went full Earthquake/Seismic Slam on my recently leveled Barbarian because why not? And yes, it’s delightful. I happened to get a pair of Bracers of Destruction out of a GR, and my word it’s lovely. Things evaporate. Does this mean I’ll abandon my Whirlwind build? No, it just means I have a reason to play two different Barbarians.

Like I needed one.

The Queue: Madness takes its toll

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 been ten years. Actually, it’s been longer than that — the Avast Ye, Admiral! achievement was added to the game on October 14, 2008, but I beat down a lot of pirates and got a hat somewhere in Burning Crusade. However, I never got around to finishing off the Insane achievement, mostly because I didn’t think I had everything required for it. Last week, I finished polishing off Exalted with Ravenholdt — because I like green bars — and as I did, Insane in the Membrane popped up.

I don’t know if I’ll ever use the title, but I appreciate the sentiment regardless. Let’s get to your questions!

The Queue: A crack in the sky

I’ve been playing a lot of Fortnite lately, and outside of the general “Flavor of the Month” hype, I’m actually really enjoying the way it expands its universe. Recently, after TVs in the game had a mysterious countdown, a rocket launched into the sky in a one-time only event. After what ended up being more than just a rocket launch, an inter-dimensional (?) crack opened in the sky, and it’s been slowly expanding over the past few days, with weird anomalies appearing all over the map.

One player made a seriously amazing “cinematic” video of the event that’s, in my opinion, worth checking out even if you don’t really play. It’s a cool look at how non-WoW games can use events to tell a story and expand their world. Frankly, taking part in the event itself and trying to figure out what it all means is giving me pre-datamining WoW vibes — and damn if that isn’t a feeling I’ve missed.

Anyhow, enough Fortnite. How about we sit down for a Queue?

The Queue: Goblins, the real money auction house, and confusion in Silthus

Someone commented in the Queue last Friday that they were glad to see Diablo questions get answered. I am too. I wish that I could to any extent right now — so I’d definitely save them for Matt. Diablo is such a hot/cold game for me. Who knows what I’ll think in a few months, but right now it’s definitely on the cold streak for me.

Anyways, let us Queue.