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Last week’s LFR was really quite successful: I picked up Kamalia’s last four Secrets of the First Empire in just two wings of Throne of Thunder, and Keija went to Mogu’shan Vaults and nobody called her out for having horrible DPS (I still haven’t gotten around to reinstalling a meter) and Starshatter dropped!

Kamalia dutifully trotted over to the Tavern in the Mists to meet with Wrathion, then went to the Isle of Thunder. The first stages of the Thunder Forge scenario were pretty easy. I was delighted that the Shado-Pan NPCs showed up on my Grid as soon as they appeared, so that I could heal them just as if they were players. Then that final boss appeared and I just couldn’t do it. I could keep the Celestial Defender alive, but it barely tickled the boss. If I tried to damage and heal, I ran myself OOM very quickly. After three or four deaths in Resto — with the Spirit Healer resurrecting me while the Celestial Defender was still fighting the boss — I tried switching to Elemental as soon as I rezzed. Now I could do more damage, but it was harder to stay alive (especially during that accursed Meteor Swarm phase) and I wasn’t doing enough damage to keep ahead of the anvil clock. I don’t think I got that boss down to even 50%, on my best attempt. I only use my Elemental spec for doing dailies, so I haven’t at all mastered its CD usage nuances. I died and I died and I died and I died. Finally I gave up and started the scenario over from the beginning, this time in Elemental from the start. That was even worse — the first stages were more difficult, and I failed in the penultimate stage because I let the Celestial Blacksmith die.

I guess I should go see if I can find some Shaman-specific strategies for the Thunder Forge scenario. Ideally, one for Resto, because my Resto gear and skills are always in better condition than my Elemental gear and skills.

For awhile, I thought perhaps the 6K valor points would be the stage of the Legendary questline that stalled me. Then, for a little bit, I was having such terrible luck with Secrets of the Empire drops in LFR that I thought that might be the stage that stopped me. This Thunder Forge scenario, though… it just might be the thing that really washes me out of the program…

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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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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….


Grunt’s Pauldrons, Nexus-Strider breastplate & gloves, Renegade Belt, Heroes’ Earthshatter Kilt, Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark
The kilt is a Shaman T7 item, but a very similar effect could be made by substituting the T6-lookalike Frozen Forest Kilt.
(the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat is not actually part of the set, just a prop for the picture)

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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.


Headcover of the Speaker, Mystical Pauldrons of Elements, Skyshatter Chestguard, Renegade Belt, Spiritwalker’s Handwraps, Tabard of the Earthen Ring, Carapace Breaker, Zom’s Crackling Bulwark

Winter Veil having ended, my alts queued up at the Ethereals to exchange their festive Transmogrification kits for more everyday apparel. Some of them just went back to what they had been wearing before. Others made relatively small modifications to convert their holiday outfits into regular wear. And a few decided they needed something new.

La Tortuguera

Turtle Scale hat leggings & gloves, Bog Epaulets, Tortoise Armor, Unyielding Waistband, Moccasins of Verdurous Glooms, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Taut Driftwood Bow
All other items that match the Tortoise Armor style are leather. Prior to Cataclysm, there were a few leather items that also matched it in coloration. Thus, this chestpiece is unique among mail items and posed an interesting challenge for making a coordinating Transmogrification kit.
An Elemental or Resto Shaman should use one of the turtle shell shields with this set.

Merciless Magistrix

Crown of Endless Knowledge, Merciless Gladiator’s Silk Amice & Raiment, Gossamer Belt, Brightcloth Gloves, Cushy Cenarion Walkers, Invincible Stave, Stylish Red Shirt
During a recent Horde-side LBR excursion to Tempest Keep, Kaelinda was lucky enough to pick up the T5 shoulder and chestpiece tokens. I decided to turn them in at Quel’Danas for the PvP items because I’ve always liked the rich, jewel-like colors of the Merciless Gladiator’s Silk set.

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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 (*).

Suncrown Cricket

Bog Pauldrons, Suncrown Hauberk, Myrmidon’s Girdle, Cenarion Reservist’s Legguards*/Green Iron Leggings, Green Iron Gauntlets, Tsunami Boots, Light’s Justice, Purehearted Cricket Cage, Xing-Ho, Breath of Yu’lon
One of my goals during Mists of Pandaria was to heal in LFR with a character of every healing class. I achieved that goal, with a healer of each class who completed at least Terrace of Endless Spring from T14, all of Throne of Thunder, and Siege of Orgrimmar through the Sha of Pride. The very charming Purehearted Cricket Cage drops from the second boss in the Vale of Eternal Sorrows opening wing of the Siege of Orgrimmar.
So, yeah, I decided to get the Legendary Cloak for Kamalia’s DPS spec. Hopefully, it’ll make at least the first few levels of 90 to 100 a little easier, considering that I don’t (and won’t) have a Garrosh Heirloom weapon.

Spiritwalker’s Grace

Pauldrons of the Deafening Gale, Spiritwalker’s Tunic & Handwraps, Marauder’s Belt, Giorgio’s Caduceus of Pure Moods
I had meant to make an outfit combining elements of the T10, T13, and T16 Shaman sets, but it didn’t come together in quite the way that I’d thought it would, so I made this instead. The T13 items look more like leather than like mail, so in combination with the feathered staff, the whole outfit has a fun sort of double-take is that a Druid or is that a Shaman? appearance.

Thunder King, Lightning QUEEN

Skyshatter Shoulderpads, An’telas Scale Shirt, Doc’s Belt, Tranquillien Scale Leggings, Edgemaster’s Handguards, Tsunami Boots, Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts (LFR)
Insisting that she must have this supremely elegant fist weapon, mini-Kam butted into the LFR queue, signing up in Resto spec but with her loot spec set to Enhancement, before either Kerisa or Koralyra managed to get herself ready. Fortunately, she won both copies of the Bladed Fan on the same trip to Pinnacle of Storms — one from the regular loot roll, and one from the bonus roll.

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 the healing Legendary Cloak, 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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Were you lucky (or just persistent) enough to get an Alanna’s Embrace before the patch?

Fortunately, my two characters who most wanted this gorgeous gown were both capable of farming it for themselves.


Princess Alanna (Draenei): Aurora Mantle, Dawnspire Cord, Jumanza Grips, Featherskin Cape, Pink Mageweave Shirt
Magistrix Alanna (Blood Elf): Hood of the Arcane Path/Royal Wizard, Orchid Amice, Magister’s Belt, Jumanza Grips, Shimmering Boots, Formal White Shirt, Pilfered Ethereal Blade

I also like the appearance of these outfits with the Sleeveless T-Shirt or the Lavender Mageweave Shirt.
The Orchid Amice was awarded from a quest that disappeared in the Shattering. The Mystical Mantle would be a suitable alternate.

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The Aldori Legacy Defender (which I always mis-remember as dropping from Magtheridon when it really drops from Gruul) is a classic Draenei Warrior/Paladin tanking shield. Kamalia picked one up in a fun run some months ago, and the other night while I was talking to Vidyala about Shaman fashion, it occurred to me that it might be fun to try to make her a “wannabe Draenei” Shaman set to go with this shield.

Of course, the true test of whether or not my set successfully pulls off the “wannabe Draenei” concept is to actually put it on a Draenei and see if it still looks good. Draynee is the expert on that, but I hope she’ll agree that this set is, indeed, pretty fly.


Headdress of the Tides, Hateful Gladiator’s Ringmail Spaulders, Steadfast Breastplate, Stillwater Girdle, Scaled Greaves of Patience, Skettis gloves & boots, Scepter of Power, Aldori Legacy Defender

But will I actually ever make this set for Kamalia? I don’t know. I’m working on assembling for her one of the Competitor’s Tabard sets I designed a couple weeks ago, and I think that set, minus the tabard, might also work well with this shield — it would play off the gold and glowing parts of its appearance, rather than the purple. I’m not having much luck with the AH, though, so perhaps the Competitor’s Tabard and the Aldori Legacy Defender both will simply continue to gather dust in Kamalia’s bank.

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BBB’s recent post on just going out and DOING the things that might seem impossible or like too much work reminded me that as long as I was just faffing around anyway, I ought to take Kamalia back to Dalaran to see about finding the last few books she needed for Higher Learning.

She found one of them as soon as she got back to the city in the sky. After a week or so of popping on with Kam to check the remaining sites whenever I’d first logged in or was about to log out for the day (or just whenever I remembered), I’d found another. With one book remaining, I decided that it was time to actually start camping, and in a day or two –

Archmage Vargoth was glad to have a visitor to chat with for awhile.



That’s one more thing I can tick off the list of things I’ve been wanting to do in WoW, and I’m glad that with pets going account-wide in Mists, I won’t have to do it again with the other characters who’ve expressed an interest in having a Kirin Tor Familiar — but I might end up doing it again if one of them decides she wants to visit Archmage Vargoth.



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I love the look of the BoP-to-the-crafter mail and plate shoulders from the patterns that drop in Black Temple, so when the Pattern: Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes dropped during a recent Laid Back Raid and I saw that the pattern itself wasn’t BoP (I was on mini-Kam for that run), I snapped it — and the two Heart of Darkness it required — up pronto. Then, it was just a matter of taking the time to farm up the rest of the materials.

After completing her Higher Learning certificate, that’s exactly what Kamalia did.

I was all set to fire up MogIt and start working on a new Transmogrification Template Kit to go with the Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes, but when I tried them on in the Dressing Room, I was so pleased with how well they went with the Cyclone (T4) set that Kamalia was already wearing that I decided not to bother with MogIt after all. :P


Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes, Cyclone chest and gloves, Imbued Infantry Belt, Vagaries of Time (Normal), Timepiece of the Bronze Flight (Raid Finder)

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