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Well, here I am at the Argent Tournament yet again.

This week’s discussion of mount collecting reminded me that I am still missing some of the Argent Tournament mounts. I decided that I should just go get them, even if I’m not terribly excited about them, so that I can tick them off the list of relatively easy mounts to obtain and get my mount barn that much closer to qualifying for the Jade Pandaren Kite. My characters who have already maximized their ability to earn Champion’s Seals declined to take up this tedious chore, saying they had better things to do with their time. Thus, the task has fallen to Kinevra, my only Alliance character who is high enough level to participate in the Tournament.

At least she can still get XP from it. Furthermore, after the various outfits I’ve made with the Sunreaver tabard, it will be fun finally have a character with the beautiful Silver Covenant tabard.

Meanwhile, my golden, azure, jade, and onyx cloud serpents have been feeling like their clutch is incomplete without a crimson cloud serpent. Because I haven’t been doing any dungeon running with the sort of regular, coherent group that could work on heroic dungeon achievements, I’m not going to be getting the regular crimson cloud serpent. Someone was going to have to farm Mogu in the Vale for Skyshards to bring down Alani and get the thundering crimson cloud serpent. A bit surprisingly, mini-Kam decided that she wanted to be the one to do it. Even more surprisingly, beating up the Mogu with an Enhancement Shaman is more fun than doing it with any of other characters who’ve previously done Golden Lotus rep.

This also meant that mini-Kam was going to have to start working on some Pandarian faction reps, specifically Order of the Cloud Serpents and August Celestials.

I will probably start doing the Shado-Pan with her, too, when the August Celestial dailies are at Niuzao. And it’s tempting to do the Tillers, as well, so that I can grow cabbages for the Shado-Pan and striped melons for the August Celestials…

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After my Warrior came home from the Dread Wastes wearing a quest reward set that was dark blue with purple accents, my Death Knight insisted that she must have this plate, too!


And lo, now I have five 90s.

Now Ketura is clamoring to get to 90. Being a Hunter, she always does each continent’s Nesingwary questline, so she’ll start there. After that, probably Kun-Lai Summit — and then the Isle of Giants!

She’s going to have to wait a little while longer, though, because I’m starting to feel a bit overwhelmed just by my other level 90 alts’ goals. I could make a handwritten list of all these objectives and show you a photograph of it, as the Godmother is so fond of doing — but I prefer to keep the list only in my head. In the past, when ideas for a particular hobby project have piled up enough that I’ve thought maybe I should actually write down the list of things I want to do so that I don’t forget anything, the very act of putting the list on paper has been enough to turn a fun project into a series of chores — and then the project never gets finished.

Anyhow, I’m going to make Ketura’s push to 90 wait until after Kregga has gotten her farm completely expanded. Kamalia made Best Friends with all ten of the Tillers, but the others are focusing on just four of them: Gina, for the mailbox; Tina, for the furniture; Old Hillpaw, for the Straw Hat; and Jogu, for the free crop predictions. Perhaps I will even drop Jogu, though. I haven’t been paying much attention to crop predictions recently, because I’ve been growing mostly specific vegetables for Work Orders (or other culinary needs) or special crops to supply my crafting professions.

Kamalia tends her farm every day, she runs LFR one or two nights a week, and then she’s done. She doesn’t really do dailies anymore; she stopped after she reached exalted with the Sunreavers for the second time. Of my level 90 alts, Katewatha and Kregga have various reputation-based goals for cosmetic or professional reasons. Only Keija the Warrior is interested in LFR or needs valor points enough to do the Battlefield:Barrens. Well, maybe Keija and Kregga will try to farm up the 500 Kor’kron Lumber for Griftah’s Amazing Troll Shoes — but if they don’t get it done before 5.4 drops, I won’t be too fussed.

My Druid, Kerisa, would also like to get to level 90 sometime before the next expansion. I am bound and determined to get some experience with Druid healing, though, so I intend to complete her journey to 90 in LFD. Alas, my struggles with mana management when I’ve run dungeons with my Mistweaver Monk have left me feeling rather reluctant to queue for LFD as a Tree….

Meanwhile, mini-Kam has been stubbornly ignoring The Art of War. I transferred her to a PvE server, and there are certain quest rewards in Pandaria that I would like to acquire for Transmogrification (stuff I wish Kam1.0 had kept), and she still doesn’t want to go to Pandaria. Yet. Instead, she spent some time in Gundrak trying to find a Gundrak Hatchling. Becoming bored of that pursuit after only a few sessions, she then headed back to Outland to finish farming up the aqua Elements recolor and the black Earthfury recolor sets. After that, she went to Northrend again, returning to the Argent Tournament to work on becoming exalted with the Sunreavers there — she wants the tabard for a Transmogrification kit. At this rate, she may not make it to Pandaria until after patch 6.0 drops!

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As I’ve noted before, I leveled mini-Kam from 85 to 86 on cooking and fishing dailies. Then, using AH purchases to boost her ilevel as needed, I leveled her from 86 onward in LFD. Since the XP nerf went through, I’ve been chaining dungeons with her, running three to five in a sitting. Late last night, Kamaliya became my second 90 without ever having set foot in un-instanced, open-world Pandaria.

Yes, now I have two level 90 Tauren main-spec Resto Shaman.

I originally created mini-Kam to be my social contact with my guild on Lightninghoof before I transferred all my other Tauren characters to Bloodhoof in late Cataclysm. I did Tier 14 LFR with those guildies with Kamalia via the wonders of CRZ-grouping, however, and mini-Kam felt less needed. In late January, the guild lost both of its main tanks simultaneously, and it didn’t manage to recover. Furthermore, all the people whose company I liked so much when I first joined the guild have either moved to other guilds or stopped playing entirely by now.

Not too long ago, I decided that mini-Kam should also be the Shaman I’d use to experiment with the Enhancement specialization. I’ve very much enjoyed to not having to be always looking over my shoulder for Reavers, though, and the dailies areas on Bloodhoof are still busy enough with Horde and Alliance alike that I /cower at the thought of trying to do Pandaria dailies on a PvP server.

So, sometime soon, mini-Kam will be joining the Underpowered Death Knight on Thunderhorn. I’m contemplating bringing the rest of my Tauren class doubles over there, too.

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I had some anxiousness to get my previous post up before the patch because I knew that as soon as the patch came, I would be doing this:

Five Thunders

Replica Five Thunders set with Spell Axe of the Speaker and Zulian Swirling Shield
What more appropriately named garb could a Shaman possibly wear to take on Lei Shen and the desperate Zandalari?

Furious Elements

Pauldrons of the Furious Elements, Hauberk of the Furious Elements, Frostscale Belt, Natural Life Leggings, Grips of Nature’s Wrath, Spell Axe of the Speaker, Zulian Ward
The opening of a new Troll raid — what a perfect opportunity for Kamalia to don her set of the level 70 badge gear introduced with the Gods of Zul’Aman!

Voodoo Hunter

Defiler’s Mail Pauldrons, Dragonkiller Tunic, Warmonger’s Belt, Shifting Camouflage Pants, Gauntlets of Sniping, Ravager’s Sandals, Voodoo Hunting Bow
When I went looking for items to use with the level 85 T11-recolor Dragonkiller Tunic, the teal tones of the agility versions of the level 70 Zul’Aman mail coordinated excellently. The copper tones of the belt and boots provide a nice burst of complementary color and also tie in the bindings of the bow.

Sun, Moon, and Stars

Raven-Heart Headdress, Mantle of Autumn, Starry Robes of the Crescent, Moonrage Girdle, Stormrider’s Gloves (T11 Normal), Glaive of the Pit
One of the most exciting things about Patch 5.2 was the expansion of Transmogrification to allow all weapons that use the same animations to be cross-Transmogrified. I’ve long thought that the Glaive of the Pit coordinates with the Starry Robes of the Crescent very beautifully, but as a Balance Druid who will never legitimately equip a polearm because there are no +Int polearms, I couldn’t use this combination in a proper Transmogrification kit — until now!

So that’s what I did yesterday. I also went fishing with all of my alts currently in Pandaria, funneling their catches to my Monk, who is at the NEED MOAR CARPS stage of Sungshin Ironpaw‘s cooking training. But I didn’t go to the Isle of Thunder — I want to finish the Dominance Offensive storyline first, and at the rate I’ve been doing those dailies lately, it’ll probably be another few weeks before I do. I didn’t take over the farm — having finally capped out her 5.0 reps, Kam herself doesn’t need the work orders. And I didn’t even pick up a Mantid Sonic Locator to start digging up some new things — though I should do that sometime soon. The Transmogrifications were too exciting :P

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Tauren Resto/Elemental Shaman and my Tauren Resto/Enhancement Shaman. I will update it whenever I change my in-game outfit. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

Dancing With Fire


Jewel of the Firelord, Rocket-Chief Pauldrons, Engraved set, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Cerulean Filigreed Shirt, Carapace Breaker
I originally designed this set to go with the Crown of Destruction from Ragnaros 1.0 or the Crown of Flame from Ragnaros 2.0, but it works just as well with his Jewel.

Harmony of the Titans

Headcover of the Speaker, Shoulderguards of Dark Meditations (LFR), Impenetrable Breastplate, Nerubian Belt, Earthmover Kilt, Ordon Legend-Keeper Gauntlets, The Emperor’s New Cape, Suen-Wo, Spire of the Falling Sun
This outfit started off with inspiration from this dulled-silver set by Rithe of Tichondrius, though it quickly diverged given the pieces I had readily available.
As long as Kamalia’s Resto set uses the Legendary cloak, her Elemental set will have to have a cloak also. Taking a cue from the clever contestants in Mog the World, she acquired the invisible Emperor’s New Cloak.
I chose these gloves based on their looks from the outside. I didn’t notice that the red inside bindings coordinated so nicely with the red in the staff until I took the screenshots!

Warcaster’s Scaled Links

Willow Spaulders, Oversized Ogre Hauberk, Lord’s Girdle, Warcaster’s Scaled Leggings, Sha’tari Marksman’s Gloves, Venn’ren’s Boots, Chagan’s Cheery Chopper
One of the more complete sets of Outland quest rewards. I have previously used two other colorations of these pants — bronze and purple — in outfits for mini-Kam.

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.

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 “Scarlet Wrath” 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 they make such a difference that I’ve chosen to post the new version by itself rather than simply adding new pictures to the previous listing.

Hope’s Bright Flame


Helm of Affinity, Champion’s Pauldrons, Impenetrable Breastplate, Bloodspattered Sash, Patroller’s War-Kilt, Seer’s Linked Gauntlets, War Mace of Unrequited Love, Norushen’s Enigmatic Barrier (LFR), Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji
The name of this outfit is inspired by the proc effect of Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji, which reminds me of a lyric from one of my favorite hymns, Press Forward, Saints.

Celestial Harmony

Headcover of the Speaker, Shoulderguards of Dark Meditations, Tunic of Celestial Harmony (T16-LFR), Belt of the Iron Prison, Frost Witch’s Handguards (T10-10s)
Although I hadn’t yet acquired the T16 gloves, I wanted to wear the T16 items I had already obtained. Fortunately, the T10 gloves coordinate very nicely. The T10-N sets also coordinate well with the T13-LFR set, so at some point in the future I’d like to try to make an outfit using items from all three of the T10, T13, and T16 sets.

Frost Storm

Helmet of Ten Storms, Cyclone Shoulderpads (T4), Formidable chestpiece & leggings, Sundered belt gloves & boots, Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark
After I made the deliberately clashing “Ow Mon, Me Eyes!” set, I wanted to make something a little more harmonious and soothing using the same chestpiece.

Netherfury

Yak Herder Monnion/Faded Forest Chain shoulders, Darkmoon Chain Shirt, Netherfury Belt/Faded Forest Chain belt, Netherfury Leggings, Yak Herder Gauntlets/Faded Forest Chain gloves, Netherfury Boots, Breeching Comet, Lord’s Crest/Revenant Deflector
Thankfully, the crafted Netherfury items no longer require the appropriate Leatherworking specialization — or even the Leatherworking profession itself — just to wear. The profession is still required for the set bonus to be active, however.
I originally designed this outfit to use the purchasable Faded Forest Chain items. As I was questing through Kun-Lai Summit, I discovered that I liked the more savage look of the Yak Herder quest reward items better for the Enhancement version of the set.

Loregeek


Steamworker’s Goggles, Replica Pauldrons of Elements, Nexus-Strider chestpiece leggings & gloves, Imbued Infantry Belt, Tsunami Boots, Knight’s War Hammer, Dungeoneering Guide, Loremaster’s Colors
The base elements of this outfit are meant to suggest the stereotypical college history professor in tweed jacket or navy blazer, jeans, and loafers. Part of being a loregeek is enthusiasm for the lore of one’s favorite class, thus the iconic Shaman shoulders. Xarantaur‘s Lorehammer is identical to the 2H Commanding Mallet; the Knight’s War Hammer is a sufficiently similar 1H mace. Finally, the style, colors, and name of the Dungeoneering Guide recall the design of the source manuals for that famously geeky pasttime, Dungeons & Dragons.

Zandalari Witch Doctor

Crown of Flame, Witch Doctor shoulders chestpiece & gloves, Stormleather Sash, Molten Earth Kilt, Amun-Thoth, Sul’s Spiritrending Talons, Tortos’ Discarded Shell
Wait, what is this thing that dropped for me in T15 LFR? A fist weapon with intellect on it? Nowai!
I pulled out the Stormleather Sash to coordinate with the orange sphere, and I’d been planning to use that belt and that kilt together in a set for ages. Then, I had a long streak of bad luck in Throne of Thunder LFR and didn’t get my T15 shoulders until just barely before the Siege of Orgrimmar began. I’m not really all that keen on this tier set, though, so I don’t think I’ll be keeping it.

Shado-Pan Spiritwalker

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!

Glimmering Sunreaver Firecaller

Helm of Affinity, Glimmering Mail shoulders chestpiece belt & boots, Bloodmail Legguards*, Gauntlets of Divinity*, Firescribe Dagger, Bloodforged Guard, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Sunreaver tabard
I always intended to do a Sunreaver counterpart to my Silver Covenant sets, using the black and red “Blood Knight” version of the phoenix-crest shield. When Kamaleia reached level 90, I determined that it would be less painful for her to get the Sunreaver tabard by returning to the Argent Tournament than by conquering the Isle of Thunder — so back to Icecrown she went. She remained at the Tournament for some time after achieving exalted reputation with the Sunreavers 1.0 collecting Champion’s Seals to get the Sunreaver mounts. Although I hadn’t bothered to do that with any previous characters, it recently occurred to me that this would be the quickest way to acquire the Silver Covenant versions of the mounts for my Alliance characters, via the magic of account-wide conversions.

Battleforged Sunreaver Firecaller

Helm of Affinity, Magnificent shoulders, Battleforge chestpiece belt gloves & boots, Bloodmail Legguards*, Wodin’s Mantid Shanker, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Sunreaver tabard
Although I am quite aware that Enhancement Shamans prefer slow axes and maces to fast daggers, the mantid-styled dagger coordinates so wonderfully with the Sunreaver tabard that I couldn’t pass up the idea. Besides, weapon speed doesn’t really matter when a level 90 Stormstrike one-shots just about everything in Icecrown.

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!

Stormbreaker of the Silver Covenant (or the Blue Flight)


Skyshatter Shoulderpads (T6), Stormbreaker Chestguard, Tol’Vir Hereditary Girdle, Infection Resistant Legguards, Replica Gauntlets of Elements, Carapace Breaker, Spellbreaker’s Buckler, Common Gray Shirt
When mini-Kam dinged 90, it occurred to me that this crafted T14(N)-lookalike chestpiece would go very nicely with the T6-recolor kilt she already owned. The rest of the outfit fell together very quickly once I decided to make it another take on the “Silver Covenant Shaman” concept.
I debated for awhile between the Thunder Bluff Doublet and the grey shirt. From the front, I wasn’t sure which I liked better. When I looked at the outfit from the back, however, the grey shirt was the clear winner because it made the chestpiece so similar to the kilt.

Lightning Orbs


Steamworker’s Goggles, Cyclone Shoulderpads (T4), Icy Scale Chestguard, Renegade Belt, Heroes’ Earthshatter Kilt (T7-10s), Spiritwalker’s Handwraps (T13), Guiding Star/Torall, Rod of the Shattered Throne, Orb of Arcing Lightning
I love the little wings animation on this off-hand item — Look, Ma, I caught the Golden Snitch!
I couldn’t resist pairing it with Thorim‘s baby rattle at first; then I got the more closely matching mace from Lei Shen.

Winddrift


Ornate Pauldrons, Mindsliced Chestguard, Naturalist’s Preserving Cinch, Arness’s Scaled Leggings, Lord’s gloves & boots, Don Carlos’ Drifting Shield, Common Grey Shirt
I leveled mini-Kam from 85 to 86 on cooking & fishing dailies, then kitted her out with Mists greens from the AH to get into Mists LFD. When I reached level 87, I wondered why I was still getting only Temple of the Jade Serpent and Stormstout Brewery, even though Shado-Pan Monastery and Mogu’shan Palace were supposedly now available. I discovered that her average ilevel was too low. Hoping to remedy this, I looked for reasonably priced Mists blues. I found these pants for 500 gold, which I thought was a pretty decent price, considering that the next-lowest-priced copy of them was about 1K. So I bought them. I’d been thinking it was time to change mini-Kam’s transmogrification kit anyway.
I like the complimentary colors of the blues in the chestpiece and belt with the coppery tones of the shield and the side panels of the pants. I also tried the Tol’Vir Hereditary Girdle, which matches the chestpiece, but I liked how the blue in this belt aligns with the color in the pants better.

Healing Rain



Sanctified Frost Witch’s Spaulders & Tunic (T10), Nerubian Belt, Earthmover Kilt, Stormscale Gloves, Used Bar Rag, Spiritsage’s Shield
I like the muted colors of this kilt, but I wasn’t so fond of the rest of the set. Fortunately, the soft blue-grey shades of the Shaman T10 items coordinate nicely. The cloak brightens the outfit with a splash of more vibrant versions of the same colors.
I’ve been wanting to fit this shield into a Transmogrification kit. Although the brass-toned trim and rust-colored inside face of the shield contrast with the rest of the outfit, the other colors of the outer face design match well enough.

Dressed to Kill II

Stylin’ Adventure Hat, Ornate Pauldrons, Double Link Tunic, Ebonhold Belt, Bloodmail Legguards*, Lord’s gloves & boots, Cloak of the Darkcaster
This outfit takes its name from the stylish apparel provided by Blingtron 4000. See version I on the Hunter page.

Furious Elements

Pauldrons of the Furious Elements, Hauberk of the Furious Elements, Frostscale Belt, Natural Life Leggings, Grips of Nature’s Wrath, Spell Axe of the Speaker, Zulian Ward
Patch 5.2 heralded the opening of a new Troll raid — what a perfect opportunity for Kamalia to don her set of the level 70 badge gear introduced with the Gods of Zul’Aman!

Five Thunders

Replica Five Thunders set with Spell Axe of the Speaker and Zulian Swirling Shield
What more appropriately named garb could a Shaman possibly wear to take on Lei Shen and the desperate Zandalari?

Centaur Stalker

Warmonger’s Pauldrons, Rough Bronze Cuirass, Replica Cord of Five Thunders, Battle Scarred Leggings, Fortified Gauntlets, Talhide Lined-Boots, Spell Axe of the Speaker, Big Black Mace, Thunder Bluff Doublet
I’d enjoyed playing my low-level Orc Shaman as Enhancement, so I decided to change mini-Kam’s questing offspec to Enhancement. This outfit combines ideas from the Element-Tamer outfit I designed for Mog Madness and the Mog Busting outfits I designed for Cymre’s Orc Huntress, Tallys.

Dawnrise





Brigade pauldrons gloves & boots, Engraved chestpiece & girdle, Triumphant Legplates, Lightning Dagger/Ancient Scepter of Sue-Min, Shield of the Wayward Footman, Jeweled Fishing Pole
Love is in the Air seemed like an appropriate time to debut this pink-toned outfit designed to coordinate with the Ashes of Al’ar and partially inspired by Euphyley’s beautiful Sunset Mail set (the cloth, leather, and plate designs in the rest of the series are gorgeous, too!).
A Pink Mageweave Shirt finally showed up on my AH on the very last day of Love is in the Air. That day, there was also an Ancient Scepter of Sue-Min for the absolute steal of a price of ~1.2K gold.

Vestments of the Firebird

Vestments of the Firebird (T14) (LFR), Thunder Bluff Doublet, Kri’tak, Imperial Scepter of the Swarm, Fan of Firey Winds
The blue regular mode and orange heroic mode versions of the Shaman T14 gear are very pretty, but Kamalia is content with the green LFR version.

Earthshattering Nexus-Strider


Grunt’s Pauldrons, Nexus-Strider breastplate & gloves, Renegade Belt, Heroes’ Earthshatter Kilt (T7), Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark, August Celestials Tabard
Recently, WoW Insider’s “Around Azeroth” screenshot column published a picture that was cute, though not particularly amusing, but something about it caught my eye and made me come back for a second look. What captured my attention was Elixr of Mal’Ganis‘s wonderful Transmogrification kit. Even better, I quickly realized that I already had most of the key items to replicate the look in my inventory! Naturally, therefore, I had to do it….
When I reached Exalted with the August Celestials a few weeks later, I was delighted with how well that faction’s tabard coordinated with what I was already wearing.

Kamalia of the Earthen Ring

Headcover of the Speaker, Mystical Pauldrons of Elements, Skyshatter Chestguard (T6)/Nexus-Strider Breastplate + Frozen Forest Kilt, Renegade Belt, Spiritwalker’s Handwraps (T13), Tabard of the Earthen Ring, Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark
While I was working on my FFW gift for Dahakha, I concluded that it was high time that I had an official “of the Earthen Ring” Transmogrification kit for Kamalia. The shaman of the Earthen Ring who appear at the Temple of Earth in Deepholm and in various other Cataclysm sites wear a variety of outfits, some Tier or PvP sets and some mix-and-match, so I think this ensemble would fit right in.

Green Iron Mail

Green Iron set with Captain’s Waistguard, Emerald Shield
This classy crafted set is most famous as the costume of Oxhorn’s best buddy Staghorn.

Scarlet, Green, and Gold

Magnificent shoulders, Green Iron Hauberk & Leggings, Scarlet Belt*, Gauntlets of Divinity*, Glimmering Mail boots, Lightning Dagger, Aegis of the Scarlet Commander*/Bloodforged Shield
A Winter Veil outfit.
The Voidscale Belt is a good alternative to the Scarlet Belt, and the Glimmering Mail gloves are a good alternative to the Gauntlets of Divinity.
This set would also look great with the Scout’s Tabard.

Competitor’s Legacy


Princess Poobah’s Tiara, Crusader’s Pauldrons, Lambent Scale (gold) or Steadfast (purple) chestpiece & leggings, Myrmidon’s belt, Marauder’s gloves & boots, War Mace of Unrequited Love, Aldori Legacy Defender, Competitor’s Tabard
This summer, I posted a set of outfits designed to coordinate with the Competitor’s Tabard. This limited edition item was only available during the 2008 Summer Olympics and was obtained by participating in a battleground, any battleground, win or lose.
After watching the AH for several weeks, I was able to create the outfit more or less as I’d imagined it, though I did decide that the Marauder’s gloves & boots worked better than the ones I’d originally chosen.
Because the purple tones of the Steadfast chestpiece and pants coordinate nicely with the shield I wanted to use, I kept watching the AH a little longer. The purple version of the set is what I actually used in-game.
The Burnished, Lambent Scale/Glimmering, Embossed Plate, High Chief’s, Templar, or “of the Protectorate” shields, or perhaps even the Drillborer Disk or Force Reactive Disk, would all work nicely with the all-gold version of the set.

Swirling Elements


Replica/Mystical Elements set with Zulian Swirling Shield
Somehow, this set just seems to want a Trollish sort of shield. Luckily, I found a Zulian Swirling Shield on the AH for relatively cheap shortly before Patch 5.0.

Jade Witch & Patinaed Serpent

Left: Jade Witch set with Huangtze Scale Helm
Right: Contender’s Scale set

I liked this set of quest rewards from the very first zone of Pandaria so much that I Transmogrified it over the higher level quest rewards and kept wearing it until I’d collected all the pieces for the second set.
I got most of the second set by running dungeons and only had to craft the shoulders. The barrel rolling from the Greenstone Village scenario and Stormstout Brewery dungeons would be a great addition to the Brewfest activities!
I probably won’t keep either of these sets in the long run, however. I simply haven’t got enough bank space.

Dancing Queen

Brigade Pauldrons, Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate, Merciless Belt, Bloodmail Legguards*, Scarlet Gauntlets*, Netherstorm Greaves, Cloak of Azure Lights, Ebon Filigreed Doublet or Red Martial Shirt
During October 2012, JD Kenada invited us to join him in observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by putting together our best pink Transmogrification Template Kits. Although I already thought of Kamaliya’s Scarlet Wrath set as her “pink” set, I’d been wanting to do something with the near-matching shades of the magenta Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate and fuschia Netherstorm Greaves for some time. The Firemane Leggings are brilliant pink, and they were even available on my AH for a reasonable price… but I don’t like the style of them much. I decided to accent the pink with black and pulled out my Bloodmail Legguards. Then I needed a black shirt. I like how well the Red Martial Shirt coordinates with the Merciless Belt and Scarlet Gauntlets, and its black sleeves match the Bloodmail Legguards very nicely. I think it looks a little silly with the Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate over the top, however, so I prefer the effect with the Ebon Filigreed Doublet even though the blacks don’t match quite as well.
The Merciless gloves would be suitable alternates for the Scarlet Gauntlets, and the Merciless or Firemane Leggings would be good choices instead of the Bloodmail Legguards — though the overall effect wouldn’t be the same, and the all-pink outfit wouldn’t want a shirt.

Hurricane

Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes, Cyclone (T4) chest & gloves, Imbued Infantry Belt, Vagaries of Time (Normal), Timepiece of the Bronze Flight (Raid Finder)
I was on another character when the pattern for these shoulders dropped. Fortunately, the pattern itself isn’t BoP! I was all set to fire up MogIt to create a new outfit to go with these shoulders, but after I saw how nicely they coordinated with the Cyclone set I was already wearing, I didn’t bother.

Cyclone

Cyclone (T4) shoulders chest & gloves, Imbued Infantry Belt, Vagaries of Time (Normal), Timepiece of the Bronze Flight (Raid Finder)
I have a great sentimental fondness for the Cyclone set because Karazhan was my first raiding experience. It helps that it’s a fantastic looking set of gear, too!
Until I obtained the Timepiece, I used Zom’s Crackling Bulwark with this set.

Volcano

Crown of Flame (Normal), Erupting Volcanic (T12) shoulders chest & gloves, Stormleather Sash, Incineratus, Pulsing Spellshield
I was wearing T12 at the time Transmogrification debuted, and I liked it so much that I continued to use it for my Resto set TTK for some time. Later, after I went back to the Cyclone gear for my Resto set, I decided to use T12 for my Elemental set — it somehow seems very appropriate for that spec!

Netherstrike

Bog Epaulets, Netherstrike Breastplate & Belt, Leggings of Beast Mastery, Talhide gloves & boots, Extinct Turtle Shell
I originally wanted to make this set for my Hunter, Ketura, but the Netherstrike items are BoP to the crafter, so I had to make it for Kamalia instead.

Scarlet Wrath

Helm of Affinity, Seaspeaker Mantle, Wrathfin chestpiece & pants, Brigade belt gloves & boots, Lightning Dagger, Aegis of the Scarlet Commander*, Sawbones Shirt*
The Shield of the Wayward Footman is perhaps an even better shield to use with this pink and silver set.

Stormcaller of the Silver Covenant or the Blue Flight

Skyshatter (T6) Shoulderpads, Blue Dragonscale chest & leggings, Doc’s Belt, Sundered gloves & boots, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Devout Aurastone Hammer, Spellbreaker’s Buckler
I made a more extensive writeup of this outfit previously.

The Shamadin

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Captain’s chestpiece belt gloves & boots, Triumphant Legplates, Restorative Mace, Emerald Shield, Green Linen Shirt
Almost as soon as I saw the Emerald Shield, I thought what a great RP outfit it would make for a Paladin in combination with the Captain’s mail set. Then Transmogrification came along, and I realized that if I wanted to execute the concept in PvE, I’d have to do it with a Shaman. Thus, I’ve always thought of this as my “Shamadin” outfit.
Before I use this set as a TTK again, I plan to replace the Triumphant Legplates with the Spare Part Leggings.

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When she went to Shattrath at level 60, mini-Kam was severely disappointed that Old Man Barlo wouldn’t give her any fishing quests, even though her fishing skill was already well into Grand Master (Wrath) levels. By the time she reached level 70 and he would, Marcia Chase would also give her fishing quests. So she kept her hearth in Thunder Bluff until she could go to Dalaran, because the Kalimdor/EK and Dalaran fishing bags have the chance to award the Jeweled Fishing Pole, whereas the Shattrath ones do not. Because she had not gotten her fishing pole yet, she kept her hearth in Dalaran after she reached level 80. Presently, I realized that whereas the Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, and Undercity fishing dailies are mutually exclusive, the Old World, Shattrath, and Dalaran fishing dailies are not. So I started doing both the Dalaran and Orgrimmar fishing dailies.

On Monday, mini-Kam dinged 84 from doing the tour of the Midsummer bonfires, and she also got that Jeweled Fishing Pole from her Dalaran fishing bag.

wait, what’s that she’s wearing?

oh, no — oh no no mini-Kam, no! /facepalm

Then on Tuesday, Kamalia finally won the Timepiece of the Bronze Flight in her LFR run.

And today, mini-Kam became my fifth 85.

Sooo… now what? Well, faffing, most likely. I probably won’t bother with gearing Kamaliya up for LFR; she’ll want to be raid-ready in Mists, but she doesn’t need to be now. Instead of spending the money to gem, enchant, reforge, and Transmogrify multiple items as she moves up through the ilevels, I think I’d rather spend some time herbing and lay in a decent supply of cash to afford such things later. Besides which, Kam2.0 wants to farm Scholomance for the Sawbones Shirt and Bloodmail Legguards, and there’s Outland dungeons to be run for other Transmogrification set items.

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Upon reaching level 80…

…and becoming a Champion of Thunder Bluff…

…Kamaliya decided that it was time for a New Look.

She’d won the Skyshatter Shoulderpads (T6) during a recent Laid Back Loot Raid, so she decided to combine them with her Blue Dragonscale chestpiece and leggings to make a (mostly) blue and silver Transmogrification Template Kit. I’ve concluded that Doc’s Belt is THE best belt to use with this chestpiece and leggings because of its gold buckle. I’ve been wanting to use the Spellbreaker’s Buckler on some character, any character, for quite awhile now, and its colors do coordinate rather nicely with the rest of the pieces I wanted to use. (I’ll make a plate TTK to go with that shield when one or the other of my Paladins gets leveled up enough to acquire it.) I used the Devout Aurastone Hammer to Transmogrify her mace because I already had it and it looked decent. Because Kamaliya still has some more LFD leveling to do, she’s using the blue Phantasmal Headdress to Transmogrify the red Preened Tribal War Feathers; the gold accents on the headdress and the gold accents on the chestpiece, leggings, and belt complement each other nicely. The Sundered gloves & boots and Mylune’s Cloak of Cheerful Flowers complete the set.

It’s a little Silver Covenant…

…and a lottle Blue Dragonflight.

The Silvermoon War-Mace is the exact style match for the Spellbreaker’s Buckler and would heighten the association with the Silver Covenant. Kael’thas’ Cudgel of Consecration would be another good Silver Covenant weapon.

Malygos’s Ice Spire Scepter or the Starlight Dagger and the Mazthoril Honor Shield or the Lost Pavise of the Blue Flight would be great choices for playing up the association with the Blue Dragonflight.

Timeslicer would be an excellent weapon choice for either association of the set.

For Shaman who are already level 85, or not using Heirlooms, I like the look of the Ornate Circlet/Pillager’s Crown, the Storm Master’s Helmet, the Steamworker’s Goggles, and the Corroded Helmet.

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Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Captain’s chestpiece belt gloves and boots, Triumphant Legplates, Restorative Mace, Emerald Shield, Green Linen Shirt

The first time I saw the Emerald Shield over a year ago, I knew that I just had to use it with the Captain’s armor in an RP set for a Paladin someday. Then Transmogrification came along, and I realized that because the Captain’s armor is mail, if I wanted to use that concept in PvE, I’d have to do it with a Shaman. I therefore think of this ensemble as my “Shamadin” Transmogrification Template Kit.

Kamaliya (aka “mini-Kam”) has been wearing this outfit in LFD ever since she got leveled up enough to use all of the items in it. (Her full TTK also uses the green Tracker’s Headband to Transmogrify the red Preened Tribal War Feathers.) Although no-one has ever whispered Kamaliya about it, I’ve wondered if her random party members have ever been caught off-guard by her outfit when they first zone in and found themselves momentarily confused — “Hey wait just a second, is this healer a Shaman or a Paladin?”

Although the Emerald Shield is the key piece of my original concept, the Crystal Pulse Shield looks equally impressive with the Captain’s mail — especially with Light’s Justice as the coordinating weapon.

This completely golden set creates an even more Paladin-like appearance.

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Dreamwalker Armor, Sparkleshell Belt, Triumphant Legplates, Radiant gloves and boots, Restorative Mace, Highlord’s Favor

The Spare Part Leggings (H)/Irongoat Legguards (A) are the exact style match for the Dreamwalker Armor. The quests they are rewarded from are rather deep into the Stonetalon Mountains quest chain, however, so Kamaliya is content to re-use her Triumphant Legplates for the time being. If The WoW Factor ever comes to Lightninghoof, I might make the effort to go pick up the Spare Part Leggings to make the outfit just a little more polished for the competition!

Silver and gold together evoke memories of the distinctive Lawbringer Armor, though the brightness of these sets is more subdued.

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Mail Combat Armor, Sparkleshell Belt, Electrostatic Legguards, Radiant gloves and boots, Devout Aurastone Hammer, Highlord’s Favor


Lead Surveyor’s Mantle, Pythas’ Vest, Myrmidon’s Girdle, Electrostatic Legguards, Mail Combat gloves and boots

A blue and gold look is especially appropriate for Alliance Shamadins, who may wish to use the Commander’s Crest instead of the Highlord’s Favor.

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Breastplate of the Lost Paladin (A)/Kingslayer’s Breastplate (H), Sparkleshell Belt, Thaelrid’s Greaves (A)/Scales of Aku’mai (H), Sundered gloves, Radiant boots, Devout Aurastone Hammer, Highlord’s Favor


Blue Dragonscale chestpiece and leggings with Doc’s Belt and shoulders gloves and boots from the Sweet-Tempered Mail set

I have re-used some items several times in Kamaliya’s versions of these outfits. This set of peripheral items coordinates well enough with all of the core chestpiece + leggings combinations, and I like gold, so I’m happy to save the inventory space.

I used the Seaspeaker Mantle with some items from the pink Bloodscale plate set as a Love is in the Air RP outfit for my Death Knight in 2011, but I had to come up with something different — something Transmogrification-friendly! — for Kregga to wear this year. Kregga will probably be DEing her Seaspeaker Mantle now that Kamaliya can wear this lovely ensemble:

Seaspeaker Mantle, Wrathfin chestpiece, Brigade Girdle, Wrathfin leggings, Brigade gloves and boots

Kamaliya doesn’t have any suitable weapons to match with this set yet, so here are some suggestions:

Left: Hammer of Judgement and Aegis of the Vindicator
Right: Seaspeaker Mantle, Demon-Forged Hauberk, Wrathfin legguards, Scarlet belt gloves and boots, Dire Maul, Shield of the Wayward Footman (Overlord’s Shield and Malistar’s Defender would also be good choices)

This outfit would look absolutely stunning with a Sawbones Shirt… oh bother, I’m going to have to go farm Scholomance again, aren’t I?

The last color of the Captain’s chestpiece style is the Dark Iron Mail. If you are so fortunate as to be able to find a Blacksmith who can craft it for you, you can make this dramatic black and white TTK.

Krom’gar Champion’s Chain Pauldrons (Horde-only) or Ornate Pauldrons, Dark Iron Mail, Bonelink belt, Bloodmail Legguards, Impenetrable gloves and boots, Formidable Cape

With a Tuxedo Shirt or Stylish Black Shirt, this ensemble would be appropriate for any elegant or formal occasion!

There is also one more color of the Dreamwalker Armor style, the Breastplate of the Terrible Price. This is the only variation of these two chestpiece styles that I think is completely unsuitable for a Shamadin; its gray-green coloration is too evocative of a Hunter stalking silently through the shadows of a forest (it would, however, be fine for an Enhancement Shaman). In the interest of providing TTKs for all of the colorations of this style, though, here are some outfits that make use of it.

Left: Bog Epaulets, Breastplate of the Terrible Price, Nerubian Belt, Green Dragonscale leggings and gloves, Windreaver Greaves, Drape of Smoldering Dreams
Right: Spaulders of the Protectorate, Breastplate of the Terrible Price, Nerubian Belt, Obsidian Scaled Leggings, Ancient gloves and boots, Drape of Smoldering Dreams

I leave the completion of the other side of the Shamadin equation as a challenge to my readers — can you design a Transmogrification Template Kit that will allow a Paladin to be temporarily confused with a Shaman?

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Last night, mini-Kam dinged 77 in LFD.

Today, I took her up to the Argent Tournament and started her on the path to becoming “Kamaliya of Thunder Bluff”.

“[Subject Name Here] of [Subject Home Town Here]” is one of my favorite titles because it signifies that a character is loyal and proud of her heritage — plus, it’s one of the easiest titles in the game to acquire. I intend to have each of my characters become a Champion for her home city at the Argent Tournament when she arrives at the appropriate level to do so. I suppose that makes becoming a Champion at the Argent Tournament something of a rite of passage for my characters.

Going through the Dark Portal for the first time is another rite of passage, because the character is very obviously entering a new phase of life. Because one can level from 60 to 70 without absolutely needing to choose Aldor or Scryer anymore, I consider doing Khadgar’s “Crash Course in Shattrath History” quest and making that faction choice a rite of passage for my characters, too — and I do think carefully about which faction is most appropriate for each individual character. (Kaelinda has been feeling very conflicted about that choice. As a Sin’Dorei Mage, it seemed most natural and appropriate for her to choose Scryer. She’s so fascinated by the Draenei, however, that she’s been seriously considering switching to Aldor.)

Other rites of passage for my characters are acquiring Lunar Festival (and other holiday) finery and getting five professions skilled up enough to do the Darkmoon Faire profession quests. Doing these things means I’ve invested a certain amount of time and care into a character, and they make her less susceptible to sudden arbitrary deletion.

What activities are “rites of passage” for your characters?

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I love this term “faffing” that the Godmother uses. It’s so perfectly evocative doing a little bit of this, a little bit of that on a bunch of different characters. I think it’s my new favorite word for how I spend my time in-game!

Lately, I’ve…

…leveled mini-Kam to 70. My goal for the rest of the month of June is to get mini-Kam to 85.

…dinged my Tauren alt guild.

…gotten my Hunter to Exalted with Therazane and done the Zandalari, Elemental Bonds, and opening the Molten Front questlines with her. Now she needs to run some Heroics and rescue her Lashtail Hatchling before Mists comes along!

…found the last Common and Rare-Rare Archaeology artifacts with Kam — now all she has left are the last few Epic-Rares — the Sword What Don’t Exist, the Extinct Turtle Shell, the Staff of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan, the Staff of Ammunae, the Scimitar of the Sirocco, and the Scepter of Azj’Aqir.

…leveled an F2P minion Troll Druid to 10 on Lightninghoof, used it to make a raid so Kamalia could go to Karazhan, and scored the T4 glove token off of Curator to finally complete her 4pc T4 Transmogrification set (I’m using the T2/Onyxia hat with it).

…fished to 75 skill to be able to do the Darkmoon Faire fishing quest with eight (8) characters who either had very low Fishing or didn’t have Fishing at all.

…cooked to 75 skill to be able to do the Darkmoon Faire cooking quest with one character who had low Cooking.

…taken two characters who had no second Primary Profession yet and one character whose second Primary Profession needed to be changed and leveled their new second Primary Professions to 75 to do the Darkmoon Faire profession quests.

…done two Primary Profession and the Cooking, Fishing, and First Aid Darkmoon Faire profession dailies with twenty-four (24) characters.

I’m not on Twitter myself, but I noticed on my stats page that Twitter was one of the top sources of referrals on the day that my Well-Dressed Warlock post was getting lots of hits — thanks for the RTs, guys! :D

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