mogging along

Lately I’ve been working on a handful of sets of themed Transmogrification kits. Some of them are still no more than ideas in my brain, and all of them are at the mercy of Lady RNG in my weekly old raid farming for various items that I want to make them. In the meantime, here are some kits I’ve made that don’t fit into any of my current theme projects.

Serpent Trainer

Wildguard Helm, Jade Epaulets, Iceguard Breastplate & Leggings, Rainbow Girdle, Gauntlets of Purification, Boots of Avoidance, Slavemaster Axe, Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard
I think this tabard is rather pretty, and I’d been wanting to make an outfit to go with it for some time. Somewhat surprisingly, it’s plate armor that has a couple of sets with just the right pastel colors.

Bronze Thunder

Doomed Crown of Lei Shen (LFR), Contender’s Revenant shoulders breastplate & leggings, Truesteel belt gloves & boots (1-640), Tidebreaker Trident
This hat is so ridculously silly that I can’t resist putting it atop any armor that is the right shade of bronze to match it.
I originally designed this kit with Gorehowl as the weapon, but after having spent months farming Karazhan for the dang thing, when it came time to actually make the kit, I decided that I liked the look of this trident better. I also decided that the overall effect looked better with one weapon instead of two, so Keija has switched to Arms for the time being.

Voodoo Incense

Nayeli Hood, Mantle of the Exorcist (LFR), Orunai Robe, Hexweave Belt (1-640), Blubber-Stained Grips, Sen’jin Doublet, Voodoo Hex-Staff
So I thought to myself, as long as I’m still on Draenor, I might as well go ahead and try to make kits for all three colors of this Draenor robe. I’m not all that fond of the style, so I’ll doubt that I’ll use it again once Warlords is over. As I was looking for items already in my inventory to wear with it, these similarly colored items appealed to me. Despite the overall appearance being an odd conglomeration of Pandaren and Troll influences, I rather like it. I’ll grant, though, that it does look a little less silly without the hat.


Yeah, yeah, I know that Shado-Pan hats are so last expansion. The fact remains, though, that “What My Characters are Wearing with their Shado-Pan Helmets” consistently continues to be one of my top hit-generating posts. I’ll keep getting Shado-Pan hats with my alts as they reach level 90, and each new character that gets a Shado-Pan hat will also get a unique outfit to wear with it.

Shado-Pan Archmage

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Mantle of the Elven Kings, Red Mageweave Vest, Sash of the Burning Heart, Legs of Ringing Echoes, Gloves of Tirisfal, Saltarello Shoes, Cloak of Passion, Dark Silk Shirt, Archmage’s Staff*
This kit resulted from the notion of using these specific pants in a Shado-Pan helmet outfit. I chose this tunic because it makes the red band at the top of the pants looks like an extension of the tunic rather than part of the pants themselves.
This staff came from the limited-time pre-Mists-launch version of the Theramore’s Fall scenario. There are several other staves that would look good with this kit, though.

Shado-Pan Dark Disciple

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Runic Plate Shoulders, Slavebreaker Chestguard, Thorium Belt, Hollowheart Legguards, Zaxxis Gloves, Bloodforged Sabatons, Cloak of the Dark Disciple, Rustic Workman’s Shirt, Rage Reaver
I could have just plopped the Shado-Pan Helmet atop the black-and-red “Blood Runes” outfit I’d previously made for the Underpowered Death Knight. It would have looked great, but I wanted to make a new outfit. As I looked through her available gear, I discovered that I really liked the way the browns of the quest reward items from the first part of the Tanaan Invasion questline looked with the dark brown wooden brim of the hat.

So, there was this screencap from Blizzcon that clearly showed a spectral moose mount.

I wondered how this mount would be obtained and hoped that the method of obtaining it wouldn’t involve PvP. I thought perhaps it might be a rep reward from one of the Broken Isles factions.

Well, the datamining from the Legion information has revealed the answer, and it is — behind the cut, to avoid inadvertently spoiling folks as whom don’t want to be spoilt: Continue Reading »

So… how ’bout those Gnome Hunters, eh?

Even though I don’t play Gnomes, as a Transmogrification fanatic, this news makes me very happy for people who do play Gnomes. Ever since Cataclysm gave Humans and Undead a mail-wearing class with Hunters and Tauren a cloth-wearing class with Priests and Mists gave Draenei a leather-wearing class with Monks, Gnomes have remained the only race that doesn’t have access to all four armor types. I’ve thought that Gnomes should get Hunters for that reason alone for some time.

Thematically, I think the idea of a Marksmanship Hunter fits the Gnome mythos quite well. And wasn’t the Beastmaster Artifact weapon designed by Mimiron, the creator of the Gnomes? As technological whizzes, Gnome NPCs have been using guns of one kind or another for ages. It’s about time that player Gnomes can use them as a main weapon, too (Prot Warriors using a gun to pull doesn’t quite count).

Now the question is, if Gnomes are getting a new race/class combination in Legion, will any of the other races also get new race/class combinations? After Draenor introduced us to the Rangari, will Draenei get to be Rogues, or are “our” Draenei too lawful for that kind of nonsense? (edit: Actually, no, “our” Draenei are not too lawful. There’s been NPC precedent for Draenei Rogues since Outland, in the *ahem* outlaw Wyrmcult in Blade’s Edge Mountains.) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that the presence of Tauren among the various pirate groups on Azeroth gives precedent for a Tauren Outlaw Rogue, and I could easily see Tauren as Mages as an outgrowth of Shamanism in a similar fashion to how Tauren as Priests & Paladins is an outgrowth of Druidism.

What do you think about Gnome Hunters, and what race/class combinations would you really love to play?

Why do I play alts?

To experience the different races & starting zones — though my menagerie of Mages that represent my “one of each race” set of alts stalled out in the 30s a couple of years back and I doubt that I’ll ever seriously play with any of them again. I keep them around, though, just in case I want to do a MogIt mock-up of a Transmogrification kit idea using a model of a particular race.

To experience the Alliance perspective of the world, given that I mostly play Horde — though this proceeds only in fits and starts, too.

To play all the different classes — though there are some classes that I enjoy more than others, and some classes that have a class fantasy that I have trouble getting into.

To play all the different specs of the classes that I enjoy the most — I have two Tauren of each of the classes that Tauren can play because for most of those classes, I wanted to try out all three specs. So I have a “primary” character with two of the specs, and a “secondary” character with the third (or third & fourth in the case of Druid).

To ease wardrobe overflow — by having two characters of each class, I can spread out my Transmogrification ideas for those classes/armor types over more characters and potentially reduce inventory crowding somewhat. This hasn’t entirely worked out in practice, as there are some items that I like so much that every active character of the appropriate armor type has to have them.

When Legion comes, will I still “need” all my alts?

With the account-wide Wardrobe and the tease of tri-spec (I’ll believe that when it shows up in the beta), Legion seems poised to negate the last two reasons listed above for why I play alts… the reasons why my Tauren class-double alts exist. I began to ponder if I’ll want to keep them around, once their original reasons for existing have been nullified. After I’d thought about it for a bit, I realized that the account-wide Wardrobe might even increase my desire to play some of my currently lower-level alts, and that tri-spec (if it really happens) would only affect a few of my doubles.

For a few classes, I’ve kept the different specs separated cleanly enough that I think I’d still want both characters of that class.
My secondary Shaman is my Enhancement Shaman; it would feel wierd to play that spec with my primary Shaman.
My secondary Monk is my Brewmaster Monk; it would feel wierd to play that spec with my primary Monk.
My secondary Druid is my melee Druid; it would feel wierd to play the melee specs with my primary Druid who has been a dedicated caster.

I could easily go tri-spec and rotate between the three specs with my primary Mage (the Blood Elf, despite the fact that the Human is currently higher in level), or with my primary Hunter, or with my primary Warrior, or with my primary Paladin.
My secondary Mage is safe because she is my Alliance character.
My secondary Hunter is probably safe because she has the RP role of being the mother of Kamalia & her sisters.
My secondary Warrior and my secondary Paladin are potentially expendable.

Of the classes for which I’m not interested in playing all of the specs, my secondary DK is safe because I want a blue-and-white Tauren.
My secondary Priest is in jeopardy; although the notion of a Tauren Shadow Priest seems to me to be pretty antithetical to who the Tauren are philosophically, I thought that shadow orbs (or ravens) looked kind of cool and I could imagine a Tauren Shadow Priest who was a Grimtotem (the first iteration of that character) or a Yaungol deliberately walking in the Shadow to better understand and defend her people against the Sha (the second iteration of that character). With the way that the class fantasy of Shadow was described at BlizzCon, though — that idea of becoming more shadowy and growing void tendrils and eventually morphing into a void creature — I can’t see myself playing a Tauren Shadow Priest anymore.

Whether the secondary Warrior and the secondary Priest get deleted will ultimately depend on whether only Transmogrifiable quest rewards are added to the Wardrobe, or if all quest rewards are added to the Wardrobe. Specifically, I originally rolled the secondary Monk, Warrior, and Priest (the three characters with the “Yaungol” RP description on my Characters page) as Pandaren, then race-changed them to Tauren after reaching Orgrimmar, so that I could have Tauren with the Wandering Isle clothes for RP-wear.

As for Rogue, Warlock, and Demon Hunter… I could potentially get back into Rouge because the “Outlaw” rework of the Combat spec sounds intriguing and those Artifact rapiers sure look cool. I’m not sure I could get into the new description of the class fantasy for Destruction, even thinking of it as a (very) corrupted Fire Mage. I don’t really dig the Demon Hunter class fantasy, but I’ll probably roll one eventually and play her through the starting experience just for the story of it and to scratch the collector itch of wanting to have my “one of each class” set of alts be complete again.

TRANSMOGRIFICATION WARDROBE!!! This is huge. I’ll only have to farm something once. Stuff that my Alliance characters have picked up can be worn by my Horde characters, and vice versa (not sure if faction specific quest rewards will be faction restricted, though). Hopefully, stuff that various characters have picked up that is no longer available in-game (such as Alanna’s Embrace and the Bloodmail Legguards) will be available in the Wardrobe to all characters of the appropriate armor class, too.

Thoughts on the systems panel (Blizzard Watch and Wowhead transcripts):

Once the Wowhead community has figured out which quests need to be done to unlock which specific Artifact weapon appearances, I will probably do just the ones that unlock the Artifact appearances that I like best.

I’m not surprised that there will be a “Death Gate”-like teleport to the Class Hall; I would have been more astonished if there wasn’t such an ability.

The new Professions system sounds like it could be quite engaging, if the concept that they discussed gets implemented well. It sounds like an extension of the quests to get the blueprints for the Professions huts in Warlords, which I quite enjoyed.

As for the secondary professions, I’m curious to see how the Archaeology journey and the “what strange Fishing story will I have to tell after today?” concepts will play out. It’s fun to see Nomi all grown up, but I almost didn’t recognize him in the screenshot without his fancy brocade coat. As for First Aid… Kamalia is the only one of my characters who levels First Aid anymore, and she does it just to have all the professions capped. It’ll be quite the thing if they can manage to actually make it more interesting.

Oh, wait, is that a spectral moose mount in that screenshot? TELL ME HOW TO GET IT! (I hope it doesn’t involve PvP…)

Thoughts on the Q&A panel (Blizzard Watch and Wowhead transcripts):
I’m intrigued to see how meeting Alleria and Turalyon will ‘change the way we think about WoW’ (to paraphrase the paraphrases in the transcripts.

It would be lovely to be able to play as a Taunka or a Yaungol or a Highmountain Tauren, and I’m glad they’re thinking about it, but I won’t be truly excited about it until we see it on the PTR.

Ditto for things like tri-spec and updates to move the Old World story forward from Cataclysm

So Karazhan will be relevant for Legion? Hmm, that could be interesting. I hope that the mutterings aobut Kara as a 5-man wouldn’t erase the original 10-man raid version from existence, because that would be incredibly sad.

Ha! I thought that the most likely place for Wrathion to show up in Legion would be Highmountain, given that the Lair of the Earthwarder is there.

Highmountain! You know that I love my Tauren, right? I’m keen to learn some new Tauren lore and the new buildings and so forth look amazing.

High resolution moonkin form! (but no thanks, high resolution seal form, I’ll keep on using Glyph of the Orca)

Flexible leveling! Being able to go through the leveling zones in any order I please will make leveling multiple alts more engaging and entertaining.

Flexible level 110 activities!… though with the way things have been going this semester, I’m concerned that I’ll miss out on some of the activities with the shortest availability windows, especially if Legion doesn’t launch until mid-September — a month after my Fall Semester begins. I sure hope it comes out in late spring or early summer!

Artifact weapons! For the most part, the appearances of the Artifact weapons won’t be affecting my choices of class/spec combinations of alts to to level. Some of them are keen and others I’ll be Mogging over pretty quickly. The rapiers for the Combat Outlaw Rogue look pretty sweet, though — I’d decided to retire my Rogue, but now I’m being tempted to reactivate her. I’m intrigued that the Elemental Shaman weapon is going to be a fist weapon… if I’d known that this was coming, I’d have tried to get Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts for Kamalia back in the Throne of Thunder day.

Decorated with dozens of glowing carved pumpkin lanterns — imported at great expense from Azeroth — the Garrison looked very cheery.

Kamalia’s Garrison is more decorated than my IRL house this year. This is about as far as I go with Hallowe’en decorations at home —

— and I didn’t even get that much done this year. Although I thought about pulling my few decorations out from time to time during the month, I never quite managed to get around to actually doing it.

I’m not much of a Hallowe’en person; I prefer the “autumn celebration” aspects of the holiday to the “facing our fears of death and mutilation” aspects. I like the dressing up part, too — though cosplay allows one to do that all year round, if one so desires.

I’ve done the Draenor/Garrison Hallow’s End dailies three times. Once to get the “Ghostly Glow” package for Kamalia’s Garrison, once to get a Seer’s Invitation, and once to get a second Ghostly Glow package to send to my DK for her Garrison. I sent the Seer’s Invitation to my Druid (she’s fascinated by the Arakkoa), but when she used it in her Level 2 Garrison, nothing happened. So my DK will hang onto the pumpkin package until she reaches level 100 and can upgrade her Garrison to level 3.

I will be doing the Winter Veil Draenor/Garrison dailies more often, though, because I want almost all of those decoration packages and may want to send some to alts, too.


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