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The April Fools 2014 Warlords 6.0 patch notes inlcuded the following:

HUNTERS — For safety, all Hunters must now wear bright orange vests at all times.

I chuckled, but didn’t think much more about it until WoW Insider’s “Around Azeroth” column featured a guild who’d taken that to heart — at their next raid, they made sure that all the Hunters were wearing orange shirts.
As super-stylish as it was, after a couple of months, Ketura had been feeling rather tired of her Ornate Dragonscale Transmogrification kit. Seeing this picture, an idea for a new Transmogrification kit sprang immediately to mind!

Orange Safety Vest

Replica Beastmaster’s Mantle & Belt, Engraved Breastplate & Gauntlets, Warmonger’s Leggings, Ravager’s Sandals, Amber Filigreed Shirt/Fine Cloth Shirt*, Spare Gunship Cannon
Although the outfit is more orange with the Amber Filigreed Shirt, I prefer the slightly more camouflaged look obtained with the Fine Cloth Shirt — a quest reward from pre-Cataclysm Loch Modan that Ketura obtained when a transporter malfunction turned her into a Dwarf for a couple of weeks a few years ago.

Here are a couple more orange-ish Transmogrification kits I’ve created recently: (more…)

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I first learned about Bipsi’s Bobbing Berg from Cymre at Christmastime. A few days after Cymre’s post, before Winter Veil ended, I saw a Mage standing on Bipsi’s Bobbing Berg in the Thunder Bluff fishpond, also using the Winter Veil Disguise Kit — it was really cute, I should have taken a screenshot! More recently, Vidyala discovered the Berg, and her post prompted me to get Kaelinda out to Angler’s Wharf to earn it.

It didn’t take long for Kaelinda to reach Revered with the Anglers so that she could buy the Berg. Getting her fishing skill to 525 so that she could actually use the Berg, however, was another matter. She ended up staying at Angler’s Wharf long past the time when she became Exalted with them getting her skill up a guaranteed three points per day from the quests, plus a few extra if the day’s quests included Wolf Piranha or Dojani Eel.

Cold Never Bothered Me, Anyway





Twilight Mantle, Will of Edward the Odd, Replica Virtuous Belt, Breezebinder Handwraps, Cushy Cenarion Walkers, Icy Cloak, Ethereum Life-Staff

About the time that she reached level 78, Kaprikka suddenly realized, hey, I’m going to want a Bipsi’s Bopping Berg, too! Her fishing skill was even worse than Kaelinda’s had been, so she decided to spend the rest of her time from level 78 to level 90 fishing in the Dalaran Fountain while waiting in the LFD queue.

When the revamped Darkmoon Faire first debuted a couple of years ago, I did it with all my Mages every month for several months until I realized that they had outleveled the zones I wanted them to quest in for story purposes. Now, knowing that they will all want Bipsi’s Bobbing Bergs, they have begun visiting the Darkmoon Faire again each month to catch Great Sea Herrings for Stamp Thunderhorn.

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First, the outfits I’m currently using for my Paladin’s Holy and Protection sets, respectively.

Pretty Pally Princess

Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Pauldrons of the Touched, Chestguard of Bitter Charms, Legguards of the Apostle, Bloodscale belt gloves & boots, Shroud of Akali, Scimitar of Seven Stars (LFR), Aegis of the Vindicator
I’d been farming Plague Quarter of Naxx-25 for the Girdle of Unity. These DK starting zone recolor items also drop in Plague Quarter, and I happened to pick them up along the way. Looking at their powder blue color, I was reminded of a recent OLRG conversation concerning the suitability of baby blue and pink for Warlock attire — and then I just had to make this kit!

High Chief’s Justice

Justice Bearer’s Pauldrons, High Chief’s Armor & Legguards, Bog Walker’s Belt, Life Bearer’s Gauntlets + Junior Technician 3rd Grade Bracers, Fen Strider’s Footguards, Shadowvine Cloak of Infusion, Rich Purple Silk Shirt, Encapsulated Essence of Immerseus (LFR), Adamantine Kite Shield
I farmed the purple Judgment shoulders & gloves specifically to make this kit, and they will probably be the only pieces of that set that I collect. Someday, I’d like to acquire the original red/gold/black Judgment shoulders & gloves, too — but I don’t think I’ll ever collect the entirety of either set.

Next, a few more relatively recent purple kits… (more…)

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feeling a little green?

Unholy Runes


Talonguard Helmet, Heavy Lamellar Pauldrons, Carapace of the Fallen, Joseph’s Spare Belt, Protective Engineer’s Leggings, Emerald gloves & boots, Oak Mallet
Perhaps that vacation in Zangarmarsh was a bad idea…

Radiation Therapy

Talonguard Helmet, Pauldrons of Violent Eruption (LFR), Alabaster Breastplate, Refreshing Abalone Girdle (LFR), Chitinous Plate Legguards, Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination, Emerald Sabatons, Kri’tak, Imperial Scepter of the Swarm (LFR), Ward of Despair, Grey Woolen Shirt
When Karaelia’s first venture into Throne of Thunder LFR netted her this belt, I had the idea to collect as many differently-sourced items as I could find in the color that Prinnie calls “nuclear snot green”. Perhaps Blizz is so fond of this color for the LFR versions of stuff as a way to subtly encourage people to do “real” raiding to get the better colors?

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Thunder Bluff Warrior of the Insurrection

Vicious Pyrium Shoulders, any sleeveless chestpiece, Shattered Hand belt, Imperial Plate Leggings, Jade Tiger Gauntlets, Grim Sabatons, Thunder Bluff cloak & tabard, Ymiron’s Blade
The Thunder Bluff Warriors who are occupying Razor Hill during the Siege of Orgrimmar wear neither gloves nor boots. If you have invisiboots, such as Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes or Ancient Skeletal Boots, by all means use them! Keija does not yet have any invisiboots, not having obtained any either by raiding or by grinding the necessary Kor’kron supplies during patch 5.3, but the Grim Sabatons blend in with the pants well enough to produce almost the same effect.
The NPC belt is the same style as the golden-brown Shattered Hand or blue-grey Grimscale belt, but in a warm grey color that is not available to players. I chose to use the Shattered Hand belt because I felt like the warm tones harmonized better with the tabard & cloak. The Jade Tiger gloves contain both silvery tones to coordinate with the pants and golden tones to coordinate with the belt and tabard, making them the best choice of Keija’s readily-available gloves.
The NPCs carry Ymiron’s Blade + Saltstone Shield, a brighter recolor of the Angerfang/Splinterspear/Bladestaff Hammer that is not available to players, a unique and unobtainable 2H axe, or sometimes even the giant totem that every Tauren player character dearly wishes she or he could wield.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry


Wyrmslayer Spaulders, Bloodscale chestpiece & belt, Brutish pants gloves & boots, Dire Maul, Shield of Maraudon
Oh oh oh! Oh no! I totally forgot that I had wanted to make this outfit for my secondary Warrior for Love is in the Air this year until after the holiday had come and gone. Fortunately, I had some screenshots of the holiday decor from previous years that were suitable for compositing.

Tiller with Shovel





Straw Hat, Ramshorn-Inlaid Shoulders, Armored Chestpiece of Eminient Domain, Field Plate Girdle, Antique Reinforced Legguards, Crystalvein gloves, Subservient Greatboots, Green Lumberjack Shirt, Tillers Tabard, The Shoveler
This outfit owes a great debt to Freyana’s fantastic entry for the final round of The Amazing Transmog Survivor Contest.

Tiller with Shovel and Torch

Straw Hat, Pauldrons of the Deafening Gale, Kargal’s Breastplate, Marauder’s Belt, Togrik’s Legguards, Talhide Lined-Gloves & Boots, Wikket Wrap, Yellow Lumberjack Shirt, Shovel of Mercy, Grayson’s Torch
As it happened, it was more convenient for Kamalia to collect the low-level quest rewards than to watch for the identical Veteran’s armor to appear on the AH.
Fortunately, the Pauldrons of the Deafening Gale dropped for me on my first Trial of the Champions run. The first boss encounter is incredibly, exceedingly obnoxious to solo because the NPCs get to chain stunlock with no diminishing returns.
When I “Do the Right Thing” to get the shovel, I always rescue the humans and wish I could save the whole field of them. Poor things, they will need a lifetime of therapy to overcome the PTSD from that horrific experience.
Prior to Cataclysm, Captain Grayson offered his quests to Horde as well as Alliance, and I ran multiple characters up the coast from Grom’gol to his lighthouse in Westfall to get the torch. Nowadays, alas, though he remains neutral, Captain Grayson only offers his quests to Alliance characters. Horde characters should watch the AH for the Mistyreed Torch.

Tiller with Pitchfork

Straw Hat, Murkblood shoulders & chest, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Expedition Pants, Silentleaf Gloves, Swift Cenarion Footwear, Blue Lumberjack Shirt, Nether Trident
At its core, this outfit is the same as my “Newsie” set. I’ve just switched out a few of the accessories.
Kate always wears one of her Monk class quest belts. Other characters should look for a relatively plain brown belt, such as the Belt of the Raptor.
One of the reasons why I picked this trident for Kate’s earlier Fisherman set is that it also makes a halfway-decent pitchfork for a Farmer set. The War Scythe or Grim Scythe would also be suitable weapons for a polearm-wielding class to use in a Farmer outfit.

Tiller with Staff

Straw Hat, Outlander’s Pauldrons, Blue Overalls, Willow Belt, Tangled Thread Gloves, Apprentice Boots, Red Lumberjack Shirt, Rosethorn Staff
I’ve seen several variations on the classic cloth “Farmer” look that use the Skein Woven Mantle. Indeed, I had one squirrelled away in my Transmogrification vault guild bank for Kaohana to use in a Farmer outfit. When I finally got around to making her one, however, I decided to do something a little different and use this set of shoulders that she already had soulbound, rather than adding yet another item to her overflowing wardrobe.
I thought about using a really plain “walking stick”-type staff model, such as Umbranse’s Staff, with this kit. The fancier Rosethorn Staff appealed to me more, though I’m not quite sure why it felt so appropriate for a Farmer. Warlock Farmers should of course use their Staff of the Left Hand Path/Staff of Justified Sins. WTB a Transmogrifiable Broom!

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sweets and stars

A few outfits for this year’s Love is in the Air season…

Very Berry Cream

Alabaster Plate Pauldrons, Bloodscale chest belt gloves & boots, Commander’s Leggings, War Paint Cloak, Wound Dressing, Hammer of Destiny
This outfit just wasn’t complete without this specific weapon. Fortunately, one showed up on the AH at a not-too-outrageous price just when I wanted it. I keep wanting to call it the Hammer of Density, though…

Adorable Aborigine

Forever-Lovely Rose, Feline Mantle, Aboriginal Robe, Ambermist belt & gloves, Cerulean Filigreed Shirt, Sealing Heartstaff
I wasn’t completely happy with the lower-level version of this outfit that I posted last year. This new version, with the shoulders I wanted to use then but hadn’t yet been able to acquire, is much more pleasing.
Yes, I know that the Forever-Lovely Rose is not Transmogrification-friendly. It would be awesome if it was, though — Forever-Lovely Silk Rose, Forever-Lovely Patent Leather Rose, Forever-Lovely Mithril Filigree Rose, Forever-Lovely Eternium Rose… sigh.

Falling Petals


Seaspeaker Mantle, Wrathfin chestpiece & pants, Brigade belt gloves & boots, Snowfall Shawl, Felstone Reaver
Although Kamalia Prime hasn’t managed to come up with any outfits to wear the lovely Snowfall Shawl with, I knew right away that mini-Kam would need to get it so that she could wear it with her Wrathfin & Brigade set when Love is in the Air came around again. This outfit is just that earlier set updated with the cloak and new weapons — but what a difference they make!

Fuschia Fantasy


Junior Technician 3rd Grade Goggles, Gossamer Shoulderpads, Vestments of the Shifting Sands, Arcanist Belt, Astralaan Pants, Widow’s Clutches + Silkwood Cuffs, Ruby Slippers , Cloak of Azure Lights, Formal White Shirt, Staff of Twin Worlds
After having gone to rather a great deal of effort to acquire the Ruby Slippers and matching Widow’s Clutches, Kaelinda knew exactly which robe she wanted to wear with them first. Fortunately, it only took her two resets of AQ20 to get it. This robe reads as purple to my color-sense, but I know plenty of people who consider it to be pink.
I prefer to wear a white bodysuit underneath this style of robe because I am uncomfortable with showing this much skin — feel free to leave off the shirt and use more revealing pants if you so desire.

… plus a few more recent creations that I’m rather pleased with. (more…)

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rainbow stripes

Jstmel over at MoMaR is holding a ROYGBV-themed Transmogrification contest! This contest is running on a month-long cycle, beginning with Red in February.

My first thought, when I saw the contest announcement, was, “I’ve done that already“. Those outfits wouldn’t qualify for this contest, however, because none of them include helms, cloaks, or weapons.

Then I had a better thought. Back before Cataclysm, Kinevra went to a certain amount of effort to collect all the available colors of a certain striped style of robe.


Bloody Apron*, Burning Robes#, Shimmering Silk Robes#, Death Speaker Robes, Bright Robe


Robe of Solomon*, Pressed Felt Robe, Seer’s Robe, Manaweave Robe*, Chromatic Robe#

Several of these robes are either no longer available* or non-moggable#. The Bloody Apron dropped from the old version of Shadowfang Keep. A sleeved version, the Smoldering Robe, was also available as a very rare world drop, but it is no longer obtainable, either. The Burning Robes, Shimmering Silk Robes, and Chromatic Robe are common-quality apparel and thus non-Transmogrifiable. The Robe of Solomon was awarded from a pre-Cataclysm quest chain in Redridge Mountains. The Manaweave Robe was awarded from an obsolete Mage-specific quest chain.

I’ve long intended to make Kinevra a Transmogrification kit to go with each of the moggable robes, and this contest is just the catalyst I needed! The hardest part of making these outfits suitable for the contest will be finding helms and weapons. I like to see my characters’ faces and hair, so I generally hide their helms instead of bothering to find hats that match their outfits. I will sometimes seek out weapons for Transmogrification, but more often than not, if I don’t have a weapon that matches the kit that I’m making, I just choose one of my longtime favorites and don’t care that it doesn’t coordinate perfectly.

I’ll link this post on my Transmogrification Challenges page and update it each month with the outfits that I create.
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The first week of the competition is now underway! Find the list of nations celebrating their national independence in January, and their flags, here! You may choose any of the nations on the list.

Mog the World in 80 Days Rules
1) All 12 weeks must be completed to ensure fairness in judging and finals.
2) The national independence days given on the pages for each week of the competition are based on this list, which, though it may be outdated, is the official list for this event.
3) Transmogrification kits may be submitted using Mogit, ModelViewer or in-game screenshots.
4) Transmogrification kits must be complete, including cloak, helm, and weapons.
5) Please include a list of the gear used for each outfit.
6) Each event entry must be able to use the outfit as a proper end-game Transmogrification kit (e.g. no Gnomes in mail or leather/cloth wearers carrying shields).
7) The colors/theme of each outfit must match the current flag of the country being represented.
8) Entries that do not obey rules 4 – 7 will be disqualified.
9) Entries must be submitted to Dragonray (onyxiia at gmail) by email by 6:00 pm Friday night Australian Eastern Standard Time (3:00 am Saturday Friday morning North American EST) of each week. This will allow us to collate/judge over the weekend and announce the winners of each week on the following Mon/Tues.
10) Entries for multiple weeks may be submitted at the same time, as long as it is by or before the time deadline for the earliest week included in the group. For example, a group of entries for Weeks 6, 7, and 8 must be submitted by the deadline for Week 6, or the Week 6 entry will be disqualified for being late! If submitting entries for multiple weeks, please indicate which country/week each entry represents. Consider using file names similar to [dragonray_Aust_week1.jpg].

Judging will be based on 2 criteria with a maximum of 15 points:
Theme – have you used the correct colors for the flag/country? (5 points)
Flavor – Originality/style/combo. (10 points)
Numerical scores for all contestants will be released during the final week of the event.

During the Final Round, we will select the top three outfits from the entire event.

Prizes include a Deluxe Digital Edition of Diablo III:Reaper of Souls and one of the new Iron Skyreaver mounts from the Blizzard Store. Donations for further prizes are welcome; please contact Dragonray directly if you’d like to donate a prize.

Dragonray, Cymre, Navimie, and I are so excited to see everyone’s entries!

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The beginning of an expansion is time for focus; time to focus on the character you want to be your “main” for the new content, whether that character is long-established or freshly-created; time to focus on getting that character leveled and well-reputed and well-geared.

The ending of an expansion is time for faffing; time to level alts, to catch up on things you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t quite manage to get done before, perhaps even to try some new things.

Tome reminded me that the Godmother has declared 2014 to be the Year of FAFF.

So far, mini-Kam has only done the one session of farming mogu in the Vale, looking for Skyshards. She got distracted by doing dailies for the Order of the Cloud Serpents, the August Celestials, the Shado-Pan (only when the August Celestials send her to Niuzao Temple), and yes, even the Tillers. I’ve deliberately been taking the Cloud Serpents and the Tillers slowly. I only do the full set of Cloud Serpent dailies when they’re on Windward Isle. I don’t feel like going into the hozen cave or the spider cave again, so on those days I just fish for sugar minnows and cook fish cakes. Likewise, I’m only doing the Tillers dailies that don’t go up onto the Skyrange or Springtail Crag — catching chickens, watering crops, pulling weeds, stomping marmots. Sometime around my sixth or seventh alt through the Tillers routine, I began to have an exceedingly uncomfortable feeling that the packs of small, weak Kunzen Rockflingers and Springtail Littlewhiskers are the children of their communities, and it’s hard to do those dailies without ending up killing at least one group of them.

The Pet Battling Monk found that the levels started to come a lot slower after she reached 40.

Thanks to the Lunar Festival and all that lovely XP from visiting Elders, she managed to make it to level 60 this week. Soon, she’ll head out to Shadowmoon Valley to test my lead team of level 25 Pandaren Air Spirit Ariel, level 24 Brilliant Kaliri Kiamore, and level 24 Pandaren Monk Navie Chan against Blood Knight Antari and attempt to open up the Outland pet trainer dailies.

Speaking of the Lunar Festival, the Underpowered Death Knight of course went out to visit all the Elders she could reach — though she skipped the ones in Alliance primary/secondary zones and the ones in Twilight Highlands. This tour naturally brought her to Northrend; while she was there, she convinced me to let her at least get started on the Argent Tournament.


She can do the jousting and the sword quests easily enough, but she had enough trouble with the mobs in a Borean Tundra archaeology digsite that I don’t want to let her even try the kill quests!

The very day that I posted about having captured Ghostcrawler, saying that the Hunter would be content with her thirty-six pets until she goes to Draenor, Mumper tweeted that the stable in the Garrison will allow pets to be displayed in groups of five. The Hunter began to think that perhaps she should tame four more pets to bring her total up to a nice round total of eight groups of five. That would still leave her plenty of room for creatures from Draenor. She knew right away which pet she wanted to seek out first. She’s spent the last couple of days in Sholazar Basin, patiently stalking Loque’nahak. After she catches him, her next destination will be the Molten Front because Cymre reminded me about Skarr and Karkin. The Hunter has not yet recruited the Druids of the Talon, so several days of Molten Front dailies will be a prerequisite to catching those handsome beasts.

The Paladin ran Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring LFR this week. She picked up enough T14 pieces to give her some fun Transmogrification ideas. She’s also been farming Heroic Hellfire Ramparts for the purple Judgment shoulders (I know, I know).

The Warrior, who hasn’t been to LFR in ages, queued up for Pinnacle of Storms this afternoon just so that she could pose with Lei Shen to show off her new Transmogrification kit.

Resounding Doom


Doomed Crown of Lei Shen, Pauldrons & Battleplate of Resounding Rings, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Girdle of Prowess, Legguards of Lost Hope, Taldaram’s Plated Fists, Impaling Treads, Uroe, Harbinger of Terror, Cryptmaker

She then went through a certain amount of agony concerning a set that I will probably never make for her, even though it would look simply fantastic with her LFR Starshatter.


Iceguard helm chestpiece & leggings, Imperial Plate shoulders & boots, Swordhook Slingbelt, Flash Freeze Gauntlets/World Keeper’s Gauntlets, Starshatter (LFR)

I ground the Violet Eye rep to purchase the Iceguard patterns so that I could make them for the Underpowered Death Knight. They are terribly expensive, requiring large amounts of both khorium and primals, so I don’t want to make them twice! Then there’s the problem that those gloves are either a Blackwing Descent boss drop or require Exalted rep with the Earthen Ring — and the Warrior hasn’t even been to Vashj’ir!
I suppose I can dream that someday some kind of Transmogrification Wardrobe feature will allow the Warrior to wear this set even though she will have the belt and the sword, the Underpowered Death Knight will have the helm, chestpiece, and leggings, and if anyone has the gloves, it will probably be the Paladin. :P
ETA: The Warrior decided to go to Vashj’ir anyway because how can she farm for the Whitefin Axe if she can’t even get to the dungeon entrance?

The Warrior also discovered that the Thunder Bluff cloak, which she wants for another planned Transmogrification kit, requires Exalted reputation. Alas, she is only midway through Revered. I’ve already discovered that a level 90 character wearing a city tabard will get city rep in Old Hillsbrad — I wonder if that trick will work in Northrend and Cataclysm dungeons, too? (Tried it out in normal Stonecore — Yes, it does!)

I used to think I was a “casual” WoW player. Lately, however, I’ve come to believe that it would be more accurate to describe my WoW playstyle as “faffer”.

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Dragonray is hosting an exciting new Transmogrification competition, and Navimie, Cymre, and I will be judging it!

This twelve-week-long event celebrates the nations of the world. During each week of the event, participants will create a Transmogrification kit to represent one of the countries whose independence/national pride day takes place during the corresponding month of the year.

For example, for the seventh week of the event, which corresponds to the month of July, I could use this red, white, and blue kit to represent the USA, which has its national pride celebration on July 4th.

Mog the World in 80 Days Rules
1) All 12 weeks must be completed to ensure fairness in judging and finals.
2) The national independence days given on the pages for each week of the competition are based on this list, which, though it may be outdated, is the official list for this event.
3) Transmogrification kits may be submitted using Mogit, ModelViewer or in-game screenshots.
4) Transmogrification kits must be complete, including cloak, helm, and weapons.
5) Please include a list of the gear used for each outfit.
6) Each event entry must be able to use the outfit as a proper end-game Transmogrification kit (e.g. no Gnomes in mail or leather/cloth wearers carrying shields).
7) The colors/theme of each outfit must match the current flag of the country being represented.
8) Entries that do not obey rules 4 – 7 will be disqualified.
9) Entries must be submitted to Dragonray (onyxiia at gmail) by email by 6:00 pm Friday night Australian Eastern Standard Time* of each week. For example, the deadline for Week 1 of the competition is 31 Jan at 6:00 pm AEST. This will allow us to collate/judge over the weekend and announce the winners of each week on the following Mon/Tues.
10) Entries for multiple weeks may be submitted at the same time, as long as it is by or before the time deadline for the earliest week included in the group. For example, a group of entries for Weeks 6, 7, and 8 must be submitted by the deadline for Week 6, or the Week 6 entry will be disqualified for being late! If submitting entries for multiple weeks, please indicate which country/week each entry represents. Consider using file names similar to [dragonray_Aust_week1.jpg].

Dragonray will be providing the images to Navi, Cymre, and me without contestant names attached, so we will be judging only on the style that we see, and not on what we might know or think about the person who made the outfit.

Judging will be based on 2 criteria with a maximum of 15 points:
Theme – have you used the correct colors for the flag/country? (5 points)
Flavor – Originality/style/combo. (10 points)
Numerical scores for all contestants will be released during the final week of the event.

During the Final Round, we will select the top three outfits from the entire event.

Navimie has already donated a Deluxe Digital Edition of Diablo III:Reaper of Souls as a prize. Donations for further prizes are welcome; please contact Dragonray directly if you’d like to donate a prize.

*Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is UTC+10. North American Eastern Standard Time (EST) is UTC-5. If it is 1:15 pm in Brisbane, then it is 10:15 pm in Boston and 7:15 pm in Seattle.

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