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The Queue: The future of character customization

So yesterday Mitch wrote a pretty interesting Breakfast Topic about how Blizzard could add more individual flair to characters based on race or faction, and it got me thinking. It’s an idea a few of us have bandied about before — what if there were cosmetic and tooltip changes available so that, as an example, Forsaken Warriors got an attack called Ghoul Frenzy instead of Rampage? And while the ability did the exact same thing as Rampage mechanically (because it is Rampage under the hood) it would have a different tooltip and a different animation making it look less like a series of weapon strikes and more like the Forsaken just lost their cool and decided to try and eat someone’s brain?

I’m not saying they have to go with that, but there could be all sorts of options here — Tauren Paladins could get Sunwalker’s Stride instead of Divine Steed, where they still get the 100% movement speed but they just get a holy version of Plainsrunning instead, while Gnome Monks could get Skip instead of Roll. Making these options entirely voluntary, so that you don’t have to switch them if you don’t want to but the flavor is there would make them pretty cool, I think. A Blood Elf with a Spellbreaker Strike instead of Spell Reflection that does basically the same thing but looks more like a weapon attack than a shield use would fit their general motif without being overpowered or unbalancing — you’d have the ability whether or not you chose the option with the racial flair.

Anyway, this is the Queue, I’m doing this one, let’s talk.

The Queue: I don’t know what happened

I’m gonna be completely honest with you guys: I have no idea what happened in terms of April Fool’s jokes yesterday. I spent Sunday away from home, fell asleep extra early, and then spent all of Monday doing work. So anything that transpired after Saturday is not something I’m privy to.

That said, you guys were pretty cool about asking questions, despite “Mitch having Queue duty the day after AFD [be] the most poetic form of justice,” according to PumaBackup. JOKE’S ON YOU, PUMA! I GOT PLENTY OF QUESTIONS!

With that in mind, let’s Queue.

The Queue: Today is no joke

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!

Look, yes, it’s the first of April and the internet is likely up to all kinds of shenanigans today, but I’d like to reassure you that no such shenanigans will be taking place here. Nope, you asked your questions, I’ll be giving you your answers, and we’ll be continuing on as usual. No shenanigans. I promise.

The Queue: I’ve got my eye on you

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!

Fun story: Way back when I was working on the WoW Ultimate Visual Guide, I had a helper on Blizzard’s team of historians that I could email regarding any questions. Poor Lor’themar had gone through a variety of model changes in which he did and then didn’t have his eye, despite supposedly having lost it in the Sunwell Trilogy manga. Since I was striving for complete accuracy, this led to one of the strangest emails I’ve had to write, simply titled “Lor’themar’s amazing vanishing and reappearing eyeball,” which asked for the official status of Lor’themar’s eyeball and how it went kaput.

I’m very pleased that Lor’themar now not only has a stunning new model, but there’s absolutely no doubt left that his eye is very much busted. (I was also told that this was far from the strangest question they’d ever received, which only reinforced my interest in working for that team someday.) But that’s enough about my strange question — let’s move on to yours, shall we?

The Queue: I love my Kul Tiran Warrior

Look, I got my every two months eye injections the day I’m writing this Queue and I am utterly wiped out, just not feeling great at all. So this week’s Queue is me dressing up a new Kul Tiran Warrior in this, my favorite Classic WoW clownsuit. The armor I literally used for most of BWL and AQ40 and Naxx. Yes, it looks ridiculous. That’s the magic of it.

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