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As usual, I’ve been participating in Thel’s ROYGBiV Transmogrification contest solely for the fun of playing. Because I wasn’t hoping to win anything anyway, I set myself an additional challenge of using a different color of a certain relatively plain striped robe style for each of my entries. I was therefore quite delighted to discover that Thel had chosen my entry as one of three winners for May! I didn’t have a Blossoming Ancient yet — what a cute addition to my battle pet menagerie!

Thank you, Thel! :D

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This is all PlaidElf’s fault. Her ROYGBiV-Green set got me thinking about bare chests and how the green LFR version of the T16 Druid belt looks so very much like the proverbial fig leaf, and this happened:

Shoulders of the Roiling Inferno, Sandrene’s Invisible Vest, Dragonmaw Emergency Strap, Ceremonial Leather Loincloth, Cenarion Gloves, Darkbrand Boots
Of course, Sandrene’s Invisible Vest isn’t actually moggable for the very good reason that if it was, no leather wearers would use any other chestpiece (to be a bit hyperbolic).
Something like this would still make a pretty good “Garden of Eden” outfit –

Grizzly Jerkin, Marshseeker Gloves, Cenarion Spaulders, Staff of the Verdant Circle
— and now my Feral Druid is begging to be boosted so she can do it >.<

My Balance/Resto Druid would prefer to be a little more well-clothed –

Wall-Breaker Legguards; Nimbletoe Chestguard, Harness of Carnal Instinct, Shy Breastplate, Vest of Welcome
— though she will probably end up just wearing the Ymirjar Physician’s Robe that she already owns:

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I’ll admit, I’m not that great of a healer, and really, I probably never was. Kamalia scraped through Proving Grounds Silver by the skin of her teeth and still hasn’t gone back for Gold (let alone Endless/Proven!).

I made the Paladin get her own Proving Grounds Silver — it took several attempts — before I started taking her to LFR. I plan to do the same with the Priest, the Druid, and the Monk before I take them to LFR. This is not a new objective, sparked by the news that a Proving Grounds Silver will be required to random-queue for Heroic Dungeons in Warlords; rather, it is something I have planned to do with my healers ever since the Proving Grounds first came out and Ghostcrawler commented that in the future (i.e., next expansion) a Proving Grounds Silver might be required to queue for LFR.

Because Shaman have so few instant-cast heals — only Riptide and Nature’s Swiftness + [heal] when I first began raiding — I learned to be a turret. I never properly learned how to use Spiritwalker’s Grace; I’m always forgetting about it and realizing only later, “oh, that bit of the fight would have been a good time to use SWG”. I don’t always remember, the next time I do the fight, to use SWG at that particular point, either.

With my Paladin, running LFR, I forget to use Avenging Wrath, Guardian of Ancient Kings, and especially “Raidwall”, because I never can remember what the real name of that spell is. But I have learned to use my instant-cast heals on the move, tossing out Holy Shocks, Eternal Flames, and Lights of Dawn as I run out of the fire. When Patch 6.0 comes, I will have to unlearn that behavior.

Blizz is backtracking on the “smart heals”; I seem to remember that when they were first introduced they bounced randomly, and only later were changed to prefer the most-damaged player within range. The notion that ground effect and other AOE type heals should be most mana-effective when two or more players are within them, well, isn’t that how it should have been working all along? Even if I was not very good at actually choosing my targeting/placement? So, whatever. Maybe I’ll actually learn to be a better healer again in Warlords after the decay I’ve suffered since quitting regular guild-based raiding and becoming an LFR Tourist-and-Transmog raider.

To me, it seems like the most difficult part of the healing changes will be getting the DPS mindset to accept that it’s OKAY to be at less than 100% health some or even most of the time and not be continually whining for heals and blaming the healers for every wipe.

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Shado-Pan Ninja (Monk)



Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Puncture-Binding Spaulder, Pozzik’s Vest, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Nice Shorts, Bard’s gloves & boots, Stylish Black Shirt, Monk’s Staff
This outfit is adapted from Draynee’s Black Ninja Monk kit.

Shado-Pan Domain Keeper (Monk/Druid)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Shizzle’s Muzzle Cover, Leather Tunic of Eminent Domain, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Honorary Combat Engineer’s Leather Trousers, Loramus’ Gloves, Prospector’s Boots, Spear of Xuen
The brick red and black colors of these Rogue T9-lookalike items awarded early in the Jade Forest questline just begged to be part of a Shado-Pan set. Due to the factional dimorphism of the T9 sets, this outfit is Horde-only. The Prospector’s chestpiece and leggings or the chestpiece and leggings from the same set as the shoulders & gloves could be used for a similar look.
Other leather-wearers might want to use the Burning Blade Devotee’s Cinch.

Shado-Pan Smoke Knight (Monk)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Righteous shoulders pants & gloves, Scouting tunic & boots, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
I originally designed this kit to go with the Ironpaw cooking accessories. Serendipitously, it also looks great with the Shado-Pan helmet!

Shado-Pan Spiritwalker (Shaman)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Pauldrons of Wild Magic, Salvager’s Hauberk, Bloodspattered Sash, Heroes’ Earthshatter Kilt (T7-10s), Seer’s Linked Gauntlets, Suen-Wo, Spire of the Falling Sun
Umlaut Paradots‘ mail contribution to These Boots Were Made For Mogging reminded me of the Salvager’s Hauberk. As I thought about what kind of set I might like to make using this chestpiece, it occurred to me that the stripe detail, especially in the back, is somewhat similar to the stripe detail on the Shado-Pan NPC uniforms. Kamalia already had plenty of dark blue in her wardrobe, but she did not have much red in her wardrobe before I created this outfit for her!

Shado-Pan Beastmaster (Hunter)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Ravager’s Mantle, Warmonger’s Chestpiece, Bloodspattered Sash, Bloodmail* Legguards gloves & boots, Cloak of Beasts, Master Builder’s Shirt, Bronze Blaster
This is something of an “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” kit. Although I only really wanted the Bloodmail Legguards, I’d collected all the rest of the set by the time the pants finally dropped. I decided to keep the whole set, “just in case”, and dumped it into Void Storage. Now I’m glad that I did!
I borrowed the combination of the Shado-Pan Helmet with the Warmonger’s chestpiece from WoW Roleplay Gear.

Shado-Pan Runeblade (Death Knight)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Blood-Soaked Saronite Plated Spaulders, Warlord’s/Warmaul chestpiece belt gloves & boots, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Acherus Knight’s Shroud, Runed Soulblade
I didn’t want to just plop the Shado-Pan Helmet atop one of the black-and-red outfits I’d already made for Kregga — though it would certainly work well with either of them. The red-plum-blue tones of the Warlord’s/Warmaul set evoke the palette of the navy-and-brick-red version of the Shado-Pan NPC uniforms, and I’d been wanting to use those items in a DK set for some time. The DK shoulders added just the right amount of menace to the overall appearance.

Shado-Pan Lightbearer (Paladin)


Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Runic Plate Shoulders, Alabaster Breastplate, Thorium Belt, Greaves of the Martyr, Bloodforged Gauntlets, Lavawalker Greaves, Redpine Cloak, Firestorm Hackblade, Bloodforged Guard, Stylish Black Shirt
This outfit is adapted from a striking black, white, and red ensemble originally designed by Honeypants of Mogoholic.

Shado-Pan Bulwark (Paladin/Warrior)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Shoulderguards of Empty Memory, Glory of the Defender, Ogre Beater’s Belt, Legguards of the Fallen Crusader, Grips of Arcane Imprisonment, Deathseed Crushers, Rescuer’s Cloak, Stylish Black Shirt, Firestorm Hackblade, Shield of the Void
As long as Mists remains the current expansion, items containing both red and black will always immediately suggest that they be used in a Shado-Pan Helmet kit. Mists was already well enough along when I leveled my Paladin that I saved these Cataclysm quest reward items for future use in a Shado-Pan kit. Although her first Shado-Pan kit didn’t need them, they came in handy to coordinate with this chestpiece, which dropped while I was farming the Hyjal raid for something else.

Shado-Pan Blademaster (Warrior)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Expedition Mantle, The Exarch’s Protector, Darkcrest Belt, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Inferno Tempered gloves & boots, Gilded Thorium Cloak, Red Martial Shirt, Sturdy Yaungol Spear
Keija tried really hard to talk me into letting her use Hellreaver for her Shado-Pan set, even though I think it’s just about as overused a weapon as Judgement is a gear set (especially since Demonology Warlocks got that glyph that lets their Felguards dual-wield the things). Then, as soon as she’d actually tested how it would look, she capitulated and agreed to use the spear that matches the NPC weapon. I’ll just have to come up with some other set for her to use Hellreaver with.

Shado-Pan Wildshaper (Druid)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Thunderheart Shoulder Pads, Robes of Summer Flame, Vicious Leather Belt, Gilt-Edged Leather Gauntlets, Tian Monastic Staff
I decided pretty much immediately that I wanted to use this robe for my Druid’s Shado-Pan kit. Figuring out all the rest of the pieces, though, took quite a bit of iteration.
I don’t remember if I was offered the +Agi staff as a reward option from that Tian Monastery quest or if I had to switch my loot spec to see it. Whatever happened, I thought that the +Agi staff would have better Transmogrification potential with the rest of my Druid’s wardrobe than any of the +Int options — and I’d surely get a better weapon from some other quest later. So I took it, and now I am quite glad that I did.

Shado-Pan Mystic (Priest)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Consortium Mantle, Amaranthine Robe, Silver-Thread Sash, Black Mageweave Gloves, Arakkoa Divining Rod, Inscribed Fan, Stylish Black Shirt
This outfit is largely inspired by the Shado-Pan Helmet set designed by WoW Roleplay Gear.

Shado-Pan Arcanist (Mage)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Nether Guards, Sparklight Robes, Girdle of Glowing Light, Black Mageweave Gloves, Unassuming Slippers, Rod of the Blazing Light
When I was originally designing this outfit in MogIt, I was struck by how well the T15-Normal Priest-lookalike Quet’zal’s Crackling Cord matched this robe. That item was well out of my solo-player reach, however, so I chose something else. Later, the rep requirements for many Shado-Pan Assault items were lowered, allowing me to gain the required reputation (Friendly) to buy the Valor Points version of the belt from a single clear of the first wing of Throne of Thunder LFR. Huzzah!

Shado-Pan Assassin (Rogue)

Replica Shado-Pan Helment, Shoulderpads of the Silvermoon Retainer, Scouting tunic & gloves, Belt of One-Hundred Deaths, Nightslayer Pants, Defiler’s Lizardhide Boots, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Malchazeen
The shirt is an essential component of this outfit because it fills in a gap between the sleeves and the gloves. I would have preferred to use gloves that cover the whole hand — assassins should not leave fingerprints — but I couldn’t find any that coordinated suitably well with the rest of the set.

Shado-Pan Summoner (Warlock)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Merciless Gladiator’s Felweave Amice, Simple Blouse, Silver-Thread Sash, Coven Britches, Black Mageweave Gloves + Wraps of the San’layn, Oilfoot Slippers, Zhar’doom, Greatstaff of the Devourer
More decadent Warlocks may prefer to use the Cournith Waterstrider’s Silken Finery.

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The tauren priesthood is fundamentally a divergent sect of tauren druidism. Perhaps they might best be understood as Balance druids who have gone past the balance point and out to the other extreme in an attempt to balance tauren society as a whole. Whereas many druids draw their power primarily from the moon, Mu’sha (Elune), and Balance druids attempt to maintain an equilibrium between the power they draw from the moon and that which they draw from the sun, tauren priests, or Seers, are essentially druids who draw their power primarily from the sun, An’she.

The color scheme and the names of key items in this ensemble for the eleventh Batinna’s Dress Up theme reflect the druidic roots of a tauren priest’s power.

Dreamseeker

Greenweave Mantle, Mistyreed Tunic, Councillor’s Sash, Elunarian Sarong, Hewing Gloves, Rejuvenating Scepter, Dreamseeker Dandelion, Green Linen Shirt

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Laeleiweyn of World of Lae has kicked off a series of Alt Appreciation weeks to “celebrate all the classes!”

This week, it’s the Druids‘ turn in the spotlight.

As a Balance/Restoration Druid using Glyph of the Treant and Incarnation, Kerisa has access to the full array of shapeshifts.

My secondary Druid, Kaiuna, is Feral. She loves her cat form so much that she uses Glyph of the Cheetah for her travel form.

When she reaches level 50 and gets a second minor glyph sloth, though, she’ll be taking Glyph of the Orca and saying buh-bye to that silly seal form.

That Druid shapeshift forms can /dance has always been one of the fun things about being a Druid. When the new stag travel form was introduced, I was glad to see that the devs had taken care to give it its own special dance, too.
Sadly, Aquatic and Flight forms cannot /dance. What sort of dances could or should they have?

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With a Tillers Commendation in-hand, fully expanding Sunsong Ranch takes about a week. Thus, at the end of last week, my Hunter’s farm was complete. I’d run a few dungeons with my Druid already, bringing her up to level 89, and she was raring to finish leveling. On Friday night, therefore, I parked Kerisa at the Darkmoon Faire carousel and chain-queued for dungeons. After a few, I was definitely starting to feel like I’m getting the basics of Druid healing — setting up a PowerAura to show the time remaining on Harmony in big pink numbers helped a lot — though I’m sure there are lots of subtleties that, having only healed Normal 5s, I haven’t learned. A few hours later — just in time for Cymre’s Ulduar run — Kerisa dinged 90.

Now I have the same number of level 90s as I had level 85s at the end of Cataclysm, about a year ago.

That milestone accomplished, the Paladin and the Priest and the Blood Elf Mage are all jonesing to be next. I’m leaning toward pushing the Priest. She’s the furthest behind, level-wise, but I don’t have a clothie in Pandaria yet and I am reluctant to shell out for big bags on the AH despite being in rather desperate need of more inventory space. Nevertheless, this weekend it was the Blood Elf Mage who won.

Despite having reached level 70 well over a year ago, Kaelinda had been lingering in Outland, and she was starting to get quite upset at the number of other alts who have waltzed through Outland, passing her by. It’s her own fault, really. At first, she said it was because she wanted to do all the Scryer-associated questlines. Then she started to wibble over her Shattrath faction choice. She originally chose to be a Scryer because she is a Sin’dorei Mage and they are the paragons of Sin’dorei Mages in Outland. But she’s quite fond of the Draenei, and the Aldor have the Anchorite’s Robes and the Flameheart Vest tailoring pattern. She just couldn’t decide — and she already had enough Scryer rep that I didn’t want to do the faction-switching grind. Somehow, between holidays and the Darkmoon Faire and miscellaneous other questing that I’ve forgotten, she reached level 74. A few weeks ago, therefore, I sent her to Shadowmoon Valley to pick up the Jaina-lookalike tunic and kilt. I took her to Dalaran for a photoshoot with the new outfit…

…then made her set her hearth to the Legerdemain Lounge so that she would be less tempted to go back to Outland. Having done that, it occurred to me that part of my reluctance to take Kaelinda to Northrend has been that I don’t particularly want to quest with her in Northrend. There aren’t very many quest rewards that she wants, and there isn’t much that I particularly want her to do for story/RP purposes, either. On Saturday evening I loaded her up with all the heirlooms I have available on her server and ran a couple of dungeons. I plan to LFD with her until she reaches level 77 and can head up to the Argent Tournament, and then she can idle there while I work on the Priest and the Paladin.

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Bluebird of Happiness

Raven-Heart Headdress, Hide of Chromaggus, Polar Vest & Boots, Clefthoof belt, Stormrider’s leggings & gloves (N), Cloak of Cheerful Flowers
Kerisa longed for the Druid T11 shoulders from the first moment she saw them in early Cataclysm. I was too slow in getting her leveled and geared to raid, however, and she only saw the T11 shoulder token drop once before Firelands debuted. At that time, she passed on the token in deference to the Resto Druid leader of my guild’s alt run, saying that the raid leader deserved it more. Later, I selfishly wished I’d rolled on it normally. During Cataclysm, the BoE lookalike shoulders occasionally showed up on the AH, but I never felt like I could afford them. After Mists began, it was several months before I saw the BoE shoulders on the AH again — at which point I snapped them up just as fast as I could. Now, Kerisa is jumping for joy to finally, finally have these gorgeous shoulders.

Gossamer Moonlight

Gossamer Headpiece & shoulders, Mooncloth Robe, Sage’s belt & gloves, Dryad’s Wrist Bindings, Durak’s Wand, Dreamseeker Dandelion, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt
Kaohana was quite excited to finally have reached the appropriate character and Tailoring skill levels to craft and wear this beautiful robe.

Ow Mon, Me Eyes!


Crown of Flame (Normal), Skom Spaulders, Formidable chestpiece, Stormleather Sash, Felstone Leggings, Sundered gauntlets & boots, Amun-Thoth, Sul’s Spiritrending Talons (LFR), Eye of the Ancient Spirit (LFR)
This kit went through a few iterations before reaching its present eye-dazzling perfection. The first used the shield with Carapace Breaker in an outfit featuring just cyan and magenta tones. The second used the fist weapon with the Enamelled Disc of Mojo/Loa-Binder Disc and just cyan and orange tones. Presently, I thought to pair the Throne of Thunder fist weapon with the Mogu’shan Vaults shield and voila! The cyan, magenta, and orange are quite the blinding combination!

Dark Sunreaver Juggernaut

Great General’s Crown, Shoulderguards of Empty Memory, Druidic Guardian Plate, Goblin Girdle, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Embercrusher Grips, Deathseed Crushers, Greatsword of the Sin’dorei, Sunreaver Onslaught Tabard, Red Workman’s Shirt
As Keija was questing through Hyjal, it occurred to me that the set she was collecting would coordinate rather nicely with the Sunreaver tabard. So I hung onto it, and, indeed, it did, mostly. The quest reward belt didn’t work very well with the tabard, but the Goblin Girdle which did go with the tabard didn’t go with the rest of the quest reward set. So I switched out the pants, too, and I think the result looks great with the tabard and decent without it.
This outfit is the “Dark” Sunreaver Juggernaut because I have a “Bright” Sunreaver Juggernaut planned for later.

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A couple of pictures that I drew around the beginning of Cataclysm.


The clothes these shaman are wearing are modeled after the apparel of the Shaman trainers in each of the starting zones. Once, each of the women in this picture was a character on my roster. Aside from Kamalia, only the dwarf and the orc remain — and the orc’s existence is somewhat tenuous.


Hey, look, it’s the curly-haired tauren! The night elf used to be on my roster, too, but, like most of the shamans, she didn’t survive the pruning I did last summer.

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I figured I ought to get this posted while the Faire was still going ;)

For Navimie and Akabeko.


4… 3… 2… 1… shift. In unison, the two druids shifted from stealthed cat form to bear form and pushed with all their might. With their heads partially underneath Dubenko, shifting into their more powerful bear avatars was just enough to get them the leverage to try and force Akabeko’s nemesis into a vulnerable and humiliating position…. Time seemed to pass slowly, almost comically, as Dubenko was tipped onto his back and he rocked in the dirt helplessly, his limbs, head and tail pinioning wildly as he bellowed his outrage.

Navimie-kitty and Navimie-bear are kind of hard to see behind Akabeko-kitty and Akabeko-bear, so I’ve made some supplementary images with the layers pulled apart. (more…)

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