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It’s obvious why I need a Highmountain Tauren, right?


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The only question is, “What Class?” It seemed sensible to assume that they’ll have the four classes that Tauren had available in Classic WoW — Warrior, Hunter, Shaman, Druid — which they will, plus Monk. A bit odd that they don’t have Priests or Paladins, though, considering that they obviously worship An’she more strongly than the Kalimdor Tauren do — but eh, whatever. I’m initially leaning toward Hunter or Shaman, but if it comes out in the beta that the Druids have unique shapeshift forms, I might want a Druid instead.

I wasn’t sure that I really needed alts of any of the other five Allied Races.

Earlier this week, though, Wowhead linked to an article from BlizzPlanet about updates to Stormwind & Orgrimmar in the Battle for Azeroth demo at Blizzcon. It was mildly spoilery, of course, and dealt with the introduction of the recruitment of the Allied Races. From what I read in the article, it seems like the Void Elves are probably the closest Blizz will ever get to letting us play Alliance High Elves… so, I’m going to need to roll one.


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Hopefully, Void Elves will have at least one skin tone option that is pinkish instead of bluish or purplish or grayish, so that I can make my Void Elf Mage look as much like a normal High Elf as possible. Even though I didn’t use those options, I certainly appreciate that there are the options to make a Demon Hunter look almost completely normal, with no horns and no tattoos.

I quickly had the thought that maybe the Void Elf could become Kaelinda’s Alliance doppelganger, Kaylynda, and my Human Mage could go back to being ash-blonde, freckled Kinevra… It’s way too early to commit to making that change, though.

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For, uh, FOR KALIMDOR!

Part of me is all a-squee with excitement at some of the new things that will happen in the game and the beauty of the new environments shown in the various screenshots. More of me, however, is feeling not particularly excited about the Battle for Azeroth (Blizzard Watch report; Wowhead report) — even less excited than I was about Warlords of Draenor following its initial announcement, truth be told.

Although I’d been a bit spoiled on what the new expansion was probably going to be about by having read the prologue chapter from the upcoming Christie Golden book that was posted on Wowhead earlier this week, I still had a sinking feeling of “oh no, not this faction crud again” when I read the beginnings of the new expansion announcement in the Blizzard Watch liveblog of the opening ceremonies.

I guess I can kind-of get behind the Horde making an effort to fully claim Kalimdor — though I do feel rather uncomfortable about displacing the Night Elves, who have held their lands in Kalimdor since antiquity. And I guess I can kind-of get behind the Alliance making an effort to reclaim their territory in northern Eastern Kingdoms — though what will happen to the Blood Elves in Eversong Woods? But the dissolution of the Order Hall-centered, faction-ignoring class-congeniality of Legion still makes me sad. Update from the Q&A: Blood Elves will retain Silvermoon and Draenei will retain the Exodar; there will be story quests in place to explain this.

I am much more interested in Kul Tiras than in Zandalar. I’m already sad that I will never, ever be able to use any of those gorgeous locations in Kul Tiras as a backdrop for a Transmogrification photoshoot with one of my Horde characters. Kaylynda the Human Mage will definitely have to get leveled to 110 now — and go see Anduin’s development in the Divine Bell questline from Mists, which I still haven’t yet managed to do — so that she can go explore Kul Tiras and meet Jaina’s mom. Doing so will still be last priority after leveling the twelve classes to 110 and finishing their 7.0 Order Hall questlines, however.

I’m guessing that Red Kalimdor and Blue Eastern Kingdoms will be phases for level 120 characters, so as not to require another vast overhaul of the low-level questing on those continents. I do like the idea of bracketed level scaling in low-level/early expansion content — it might even encourage me to go do some more questing with the Minor Mages, some of whom have zones that they would like to do for the storyline but have already outleveled.

The Island Expeditions sound like fun. Don’t know if I’ll bother to do Warfronts, though. Might depend on how important they are for getting endgame stuff as a casual player.

So, will the choice to PvP be automatic in, manually toggle to opt-out, or automatic out, manually toggle to opt-in? Hopefully the latter. Probably someone will ask that for the Q&A tomorrow and we’ll find out then.

The Allied Races just make me feel exhausted. I don’t think I have it in me anymore to want to roll six (or more…) new characters, even just to see their starting experiences (I might just let Wowhead & Blizzard Watch coverage of the beta spoil me on that) — let alone to level six (or more…) new characters all the way from 20 to 110 just to get Heritage Armor for Transmogrification. Besides, with the renewed, heavy faction emphasis, I doubt that the Heritage Armor appearances will be available cross-faction — my Tauren Warrior will probably not be able to use the Dark Iron Dwarf armor; my Tauren Paladin will probably not be able to use the Lightforged Draenei armor; my Blood Elves will probably not be able to use the Void Elf armor; my Alliance Mages will probably not be able to use the Nightborne armor. Update from the Q&A panel (Blizzard Watch report; Wowhead report): Heritage armor will be specific to that character, not account-wide, partially because they know folks would want to level Allied Races alts just to get the armor for Mogging, and they don’t want that to be a burden on Mog aficionados (my interpretation of the news site paraphrases of the questions & answers on this subject).

I’ll certainly still roll and level a Highmountain Tauren, though. She’ll be either a Hunter or a Shaman, because I have fewer mail-wearing characters than any other armor type (there are three cloth-wearing classes of which I have a double of Mages; three plate-wearing classes, of which I have a double of Death Knights; and four leather-wearing classes; but only two mail-wearing classes). If she’s a Shaman, she will probably completely replace mini-Kam (whom I RP-designated as a Highmountain Tauren around the time that Legion launched). If she’s a Hunter, I’ll probably keep mini-Kam around and revert her (mini-Kam) back to being a regular Kalimdor Tauren.

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Though Kelilla had heard of the mass Gnome run from Gnomeregan to Booty Bay that had been occurring in mid-October for the past several years, she had never yet done it herself. The more she heard about it, though, the more interested she became in participating, so she spent the last year training for it. Finally, the day of the great race arrived…


I did the run twice: first with a new character created on Scarlet Crusade to join one of the official Running of the Gnomes guilds and be part of the “real thing” event, then again with Kelilla. To try to make my character stand out a bit, I gave her the “old” face and took her to the barbershop in Ironforge to get the “punky” haircut. I was rather delighted, however, to find someone else who had also chosen the “old” face!


I made this new Gnome a Priest because healing is the goal of the “real thing” event and because I thought the white and light blue robes of a Priest would look nice with the pink tabard and shirt.


Kelilla got into the spirit, too, dyeing her hair pink and changing her usual green SAFE uniform for a red equivalent.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Human Mage. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

50) Dalaran Watcher

Robes of Antiquity, High Councillor’s Sash, Zaetar’s Gloves, Replica Magister’s Boots, Helcular’s Other Rod, Kirin Tor Tabard
I tried some shoulders with this kit — I particularly liked the look of the Stiffened Corpse Shoulderpads — but in the end decided to leave them off.

49) Festival Corsair

First Mate Hat, Death Speaker Mantle*, Watcher’s Tunic, Clutch of Andros*, Nobleman’s Pantaloons, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Buccaneer’s Boots, Orange Martial Shirt, Dying Light
Although I like how black sleeves look with the rest of the design of the tunic, black shirtsleeves underneath do obscure the lacy design of the sleeves of the tunic itself.
I’d been trying to decide between these boots and plain black shoes; when I remembered that I had this hat, then these boots were the obvious choice.

48) Dalaran Mage

Researcher’s Mantle, Darkmoon Robe, Gossamer Belt, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Elementalist Boots, Whelp Keeper’s Staff
Some very simple shoulders dress this outfit up just a little bit.

47) Dalaran Apprentice

Manaweave Robe*/Chromatic Robe, Circle of Ossus, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Suspicious Slippers, Ley Staff*
This outfit is a bit of a cheat. The NPC outfit uses the leather Songbird Blouse with the skirt of the Chromatic Robe. The Chromatic Robe is common quality and thus non-Transmogrifiable. The nearest Transmogrifiable item is the Manaweave Robe — which was rewarded from a pre-Cataclysm Mage class quest chain and is no longer availabe (except perhaps for Blood Elves?).

46) Cloud Spinner

Arachnidian Robes, Belt of Arcane Storms (N), Replica Virtuous Gloves + Leywalker Bracers, Slippers of Serenity, Used Bar Rag, Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard, Staff of Athen’a
I hadn’t made an outfit with this coloration of this robe style yet, and it occurred to me that it might have the right sort of colors to coordinate nicely wtih the Cloud Serpent tabard. Well, the aquas do, anyway. I’d forgotten how green the skirt is.

45) Kirin Tor of Dalaran II

Theramore Arcanist’s Hat*, Mantle of Nimble Thought, Buccaneer’s Vest, Oracle Belt of Timeless Mystery, Khadgar’s Kilt of Abjuration, Soulcloth Gloves, Ringo’s Blizzard Boots, Drape of the Lithe, Cold Convergence, Kirin Tor Offensive Tabard
I was never really quite satisfied with the original version of this outfit (#31) because the belt wasn’t quite right (I should have just gone and farmed up this belt at the time). So here is an updated version that I like a lot better.

44) Professor of Potions

Fel-Proof Goggles, Duskhallow Mantle, Silver-Thread Robe, Ivycloth Sash, Fel-Infused Grips, Sorcerer Slippers, Warmonger’s Cloak, Green Martial Shirt, Arakkoa Divining Rod, Flask of Forest Mojo*
This is my “Severus Snape” outfit.

The combination of the sleeveless Silver-Thread Robe with a Martial Shirt produces a deeper black overall appearance than the nearly identical, sleeved Black Velvet Robe would.
The only still-available item with the same model as the Flask of Forest Mojo is the Tears of Heaven.
I didn’t include a hat in the original design because Snape doesn’t wear one. I initially thought about using a black hood to mimic Snape’s hair. Goggles are better, though. These gloves are better, too. Really, the lack of proper personal protective equipment in the Hogwarts potions labs is quite appalling…

43) Professor of Transfiguration

Wicked Witch’s Hat, Mantle of the Tribunal, Embroidered Gown of Zul’Drak, Living Mojo Belt, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Cloak of the Grassy Cline, Mahogany Wand, Ironmender
This is my “Minerva McGonagall” outfit.

Although she is the Head of Gryffindor House, whose colours are red and gold, Professor McGonagall is clearly described as wearing “emerald green” robes. In the movies, she wears a dark forest green outer robe over a black dress.
I didn’t notice until I was making this outfit how the detailing on this Pandarian cloak style looks like a folded back hood.

42) Headmistress

Elder’s Hat, Stiffened Corpse Shoulderpads, Masquerade Gown, Vestal’s Irrepressible Girdle, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Footfalls of Memories, Shadowvine Cloak of Infusion, Greater Magic Wand, Igniter Rod
This is my “Albus Dumbledore” outfit.

Alas, there are no Artifact wands in Legion; given that Kaylynda is semi-retired (for the time being), however, she can wear a wand outfit if she wants to.
The”Headmistress” title would of course be the most appropriate to wear with this outfit, but I didn’t bother to try to get it when the Key to Nar’thalas Academy was the hot new shiny from Archaeology, so the “Professor” title will have to do.

41) Spellflower

Nightvale Mantle, Spellfire Robe, Silkwood Cord, Widow’s Clutches + Goldenvine Wraps, Ruby Slippers, Giorgio’s Caduceus of Pure Moods (LFR)
This pretty tailored Burning Crusade recolor of the Priest T2 robe pairs beautifully with the Val’sharah quest set shoulders to make a lovely spring outfit.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Human Mage. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

40) Kirin Tor Frost Mage

Iceshear Mantle, Raiments of the Corrupted, Wraps of the Persecuted, Slippers of Serenity, Tower of the Mouldering Corpse
Although Magister Serena’s robe has full-length sleeves, the robe that drops only has elbow-length sleeves. A blue recolor of the Ulduar Mage Tier gloves exists, but I don’t have it yet; these Naxx gloves coordinate well enough.

39) Eye-Catching Gilded Garb

Flare-Eyed Hood, Slaughterhouse Spaulders, Eye-Catching Gilded Robe, Deckhand’s Rope Belt, Stonewarper Wraps, Inferno Breath Sandals, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Rod of the Broken Temple
Having managed to collect the entire Highmaul/Blackrock Foundry Mage Tier-lookalike set through Garrison follower missions, Kaylynda wanted to wear it.

38) A Study in Blue

Sorcerer Robe, Sage’s Gloves + Wristbands of Divine Influence, Shimmering Geta, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Divine Companion/Rod of the Broken Temple
When I picked up the Shimmering Geta while farming BWL for the Black Ash Robe, it was time to make an outfit with the Sorcerer Robe.
The robe has elbow-length sleeves, so a shirt is needed to fill in the gap. The Blue Linen Shirt is the closest color match, but its high, collared neckline interferes with the robe too much. The Cerulean Filigreed Doublet has a low neckline and the color, while not quite right if you look close, is okay. The brown Archmage/Durable version of this robe (aka the Jedi robe) has full-length sleeves. I would love to have Daros Moonlance’s pink version of this robe (and shoes)!
This turned into another “mirror mage” kit — Kaelinda and Kaylynda wearing the same thing at the same time — so that I could get a picture of the blue robe and the pink robe side-by-side. (I’d forgotten that some of the Shen’dralar librarians wear the pink version of the robe!)

37) Aegwynn’s Last Apprentice

Nightvale Cowl & Waistwrap, Destroyers’ Mantle, Sketh’lon Survivor’s Tunic, Soothsayer’s Kilt, Soulcloth Gloves, Kimbra Boots*, Lavender Mageweave Shirt, Jaina’s Staff
Given that the former Guardian lived at Theramore and advised her, Jaina Proudmoore may be officially considered Aegwynn’s last apprentice. It seems to me, however, that possessing Aluneth would also make the First Conjuror of the renewed Tirisgarde Order in a sense a last apprentice of the Magna.

36) Regal Holiday

Councillor’s Robes/Robes of the Royal Crown, Captain Sanders’ Sash/Councillor’s Sash, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Cloak of the Inciter/Drape of the Spellweaver, Fogcutter Staff/Conifer Cone Staff
This is a longtime favorite Winter Veil outfit idea of mine, but this year is the first time that I’ve actually done both color variations.

35) Erinys’ “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

Mystical Mantle, Greater Adept’s Robe, Soulguard Girdle, Soulcloth Gloves, Mountainsage Sandals, Darkmist Cape, Wand of Happiness, Suntouched Flowers
Erinys created this outfit in April 2014 for MoMaR’s “ROYGBIV” Transmogrification contest. The colors remind me of crocuses blooming above the snow in early spring.
Kaylynda still hasn’t been to the Broken Isles to establish her Order Hall and get her Artifact weapon, so she is still free to make wand-wielding outfits.

34) Primary Colours

Mirren’s Drinking Hat, Warpwood Leaf Mantle, Robe of the Dragon Slayer, Captain Sanders’ Sash, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Infernoweave Boots, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Rod of the Blazing Light
This kit is an iteration of an outfit I first created for my Draenei Mage three or four years ago. I had set out to make a kit with these robes and was pleased by the bold color combination created by pairing them with these shoulders.

33) Tinker

Chief Architect’s Monocle, Wound-Cauterizing Spaulders, Elemental Raiment, Cord of the Slain Champion, Godfrey’s Britches, Troll Handler Gloves + Elastic Wristguards, Gnomish Inventor Boots, Peacekeeper Blade, Spring Gadget
I originally designed this kit to go with these boots for my “These Boots were Made for Mogging” event three years ago. I was definitely going for a “Gnomish inventor” look with the gear detail in the belt — which fortunately also has great colors to coordinate with the boots.

32) Classic Wicked Witch

Wicked Witch’s Hat, Regal Mantle, Black Mageweave Robe, Nesingwary’s Sash, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Footfalls of Memories, Crystalfire Staff
I can’t claim any sort of originality or creativity for this kit because it’s what the NPC witches are all wearing. This outfit will never be out of style for Hallow’s End.
Once I’d put the outfit together, then I had go do the Eastern Kingdoms & Kalimdor candy bucket tour to get a broom for the screenshots. I say this every year — I really wish the devs would just make the Magic Broom a permanent mount that can only be summoned during Hallow’s End. It would have to be easier to obtain than the Headless Horseman’s horse, though…

31) Kirin Tor of Dalaran

Theramore Arcanist’s Hat*, Mantle of Nimble Thought, Buccaneer’s Vest, Replica Sorcerer’s Belt, Khadgar’s Kilt of Abjuration, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Footfalls of Memories, Kirin Tor Offensive Tabard, Staff of the Skymagi
Kaylynda needed to be appropriately dressed before she responded to King Varian’s call to arms for the assault on the Broken Shore — and with the meta-knowledge that events in Dalaran were to come (though I’d not spoilt myself on what those events would be), I decided to dress her in the kit that is the reason why I did Isle of Thunder with this character.
I borrowed the idea of wearing these crafted shoulders from the Kirin Tor Quartermaster in Wrath-Dalaran.
The tabard and the staff make this an Alliance-only kit.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Human Mage. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

30) Mountainsage Regalia

The Mountainsage set is the gear that a Mage is shown wearing on the new character selection screen. It is obtained in-game from the Warlords Garrison Salvage Yard.

29) Sleek Sprinter

Regal Armor, Serenity Belt, Shimmering Trousers, Riding Gloves* + Earthmender’s Bracer of Shattering, Sage’s Boots, Competitor’s Tabard*, Helcular’s Other Rod or Torch of Austen + Tears of Heaven
I originally designed this outfit to commemorate the Olympic Summer Games in 2012 with the Swoop-Tail Shoulders and Sage’s Trousers. I was very well-pleased by how the green on top, red in the middle, blue on the bottom pattern of colors mimicked the pattern of the colors of the rings on the tabard. I couldn’t make it in-game at the time because only Kamalia had the limited-edition Competitor’s Tabard that commemorated the 2008 Summer Games. The account-wide Appearances collection in Patch 7.0 allowed me to finally make this outfit in-game for the 2016 Summer Games. Now that we can hide shoulders, however, it seemed most appropriate to leave them off, so I shifted the green color to the trousers and the blue color to the shoes.
For the staff version, I chose a plain, straight staff to suggest a vaulting pole.
For the wand-and-off-hand version, of course she had to be running the Torch! I chose this flask off-hand to represent the water that would be carried by a distance/endurance runner.

28) Stormwind War-Mage

Sage’s Mantle, Sorcerer Drape, Serenity Belt, Royal Trousers, Black Mageweave Gloves + Fireflash Bracers, Saltarello Shoes, Brilliant Hexweave Cloak (2-655), Stormwind Tabard, Replica Lion’s Fang, Karabor Arcanist Tome
This kit was made to go with the movie tie-in weapon. It also uses the new-and-improved version of the Stormwind Tabard obtained from the Garrison Bunker.
Betcha most of the Transmogrification kits that will be made to go with this sword (and its matching shield) will be plate outfits for Paladins or Warriors. Well, Mages can wield swords, too, so here’s a Lion’s Fang kit in cloth, for a change.

27) Gorian Mysteries

Shadowmoon Shoulderguards, Robes of the Arcane Ultimatum, Hexweave Belt (2-655), Mountainsage Handwraps + Dryad’s Wrist Bindings, Cavedweller’s Climbers, Staff of Infinite Mysteries
Kaylynda got this robe from a Highmaul follower mission, and I remembered that I had thought, upon first seeing the previews for the Highmaul Mage set, that the Shadowmoon shoulders might be good alternates. This also seemed like a good use for the stage 2 Hexweave belt.
Savage Blood required: 15

26) Raven’s Apprentice

The Argent Skullcap, Shoulderwraps of the Enthralled, Necrology Robes, Sly Mojo Sash, Cloudscorcher Handwraps, Felcast Sandals, Magician Staff
I have wanted this robe for my Warlock for ages but thought I would never be able to get because it has a ridiculously low drop rate. But then one day my Alliance Mage found it on the AH, and, thanks to her Warlords Garrison gold income, she could even afford to buy it. So, naturally, she needed a kit for it right away. My Warlock will get to use this robe when the account-wide Wardrobe goes live in Legion.
Somehow this kit feels like it would be great for a Shadow Priest, or one of the Raven Priests at New Hearthglen. But Kaylynda is a Mage… and, oh, hey, these are kind of the same colors as Medivh’s robes, and he does the raven thing, too!

25) Lunarfall Arcanist


Mistscape Wizard Hat & Robe, Feline Mantle, Serenity Belt, Tempest’s Touch, Wandering Boots*, Ley Staff*
This is why I wanted — nay, needed — a level 100 Alliance Mage. I like the Horde Town Hall and Inn well enough, but for all the other structures, especially the Mage Tower, I like the Alliance architecture better.

24) Commodore of the Cavalry

Fleet Commander’s Hat, Enumerated Shoulderpads, Sorcerer Drape, Laughing Skull Waistguard, Astralaan Pants, Coldwraith Handwraps + Sorcerer Bracelets, Saltarello Shoes, Brilliant Hexweave Cloak (2-655), White Tuxedo Shirt, Tower of Theramore*
Savage Blood required: 15
I’ve been waiting to make this kit for a long time — I originally designed it about 3.25 years ago for the Equestrian event of the Mogolympics. Oddly enough, it works equally well as an equestrian or a nautical theme, probably because the competition equestrian costume has its roots in cavalry uniforms — which share aesthetics with naval uniforms.

23) 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.

22) Pyresinger


Jewel of the Firelord, Mantle of Closed Doors (N), Funeral Pyre Vestment, Sash of Mortal Desire (10), Riding Gloves* + Glowing Magical Bracelets, Kurkenstoks, Funeral Pyre
I originally imagnined this kit as an RP outfit for my Tauren Priest. As it happened, however, I was able collect all the items with my Human Mage more quickly, thanks to a series of Alliance-side Firelands runs by the OLRG.

21) Aldor at Karabor


Pauldrons & Vestments of the Aldor (T4), Bridenbrad’s Sash, Zodiac Gloves* + Dryad’s Wrist Bindings, Soul-Strider Boots, Crazy Cenarion Cloak, Blue Linen Shirt, Staff of the Faithful*
Kaylynda feels a bit awkward about calling herself “of the Aldor” because she is a Scryer… And, for that matter, the Aldor are an order of priests whereas the Scryers are an order of mages, so shouldn’t the Aldor Regalia have been a Priest set, with Scryer Regalia as the Mage set?

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Human Mage. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

20) Time Lord

Time Lord’s Mantle & Robes, Serenity Belt, Riding Gloves* + Dryad’s Wrist Bindings, Unassuming Slippers, Drape of the Sullen Goddess, Brown Linen Shirt, Karabor Arcanist Rod
Many thanks to the Old Ladies Raiding Guild for helping me to get the T10 Mage pieces! I adored that set immediately, and the shoulders and robe are really the key pieces. If only a Mage could use the matching mace or shield

19) Mirror Magi


Lightning Infused Mantle, Robe of the Magi, Wizard’s Belt/High Councillor’s Sash, Cloudscorcher Handwraps, Cushy Cenarion Walkers/Slippers of Serenity, Staff of the Arcane Path/Staff of the Royal Wizard
My Blood Elf Mage, Kaelinda, has a serious case of faction envy and would Blink over to the Alliance just as fast as she could if High Elves ever became a playable race for the Alliance. Seeing the Alliance’s Mage Tower when I finally got to Ashran with my Draenei Mage, I knew that Kaelinda would want to have that structure, not the Horde’s Spirit Lodge, in her Garrison.
Kinevra, the wide-eyed, freckle-faced teenager from Theramore with a hopeless crush on Anduin Wrynn, had no desire to continue leveling; with a change of name and face, my level 90 Human Mage is now Kaylynda, Kaelinda’s Alliance doppelganger/surrogate.

18) Wandering Manaweaver

Shadowbrim Travel Hat, Vindicator Shoulderpads, Manaweave Robe*, High Councillor’s Sash, Riding Gloves*, Kurkenstoks, Mantle of Desire, Ley Staff*
I would love to use the Rainbow Girdle with this robe, but, alas, it is plate.
I didn’t have any suitable purple gloves or boots on hand, there weren’t any on the AH, and I didn’t feel like going questing for some — so these brown ones will have to do. I like brown with purple and blue, anyway.

17) Silver Seer


Theramore Arcanist’s Hat*, Pauldrons of Sufferance, Seer’s Robe, Sage’s belt gloves & boots, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Greatstaff of Righteousness, Silver Covenant Tabard
The stripeyness of the tabard blends quite nicely with the stripeyness of this robe!
The hat may be considered optional or replaced with headpieces such as the Chief Architect’s Monocle, Moonsoul Crown, or Gaea’s Circlet.

16) Spell-Seer

Mistscape Wizard Hat, Pauldrons of Arcane Rage, Seer’s Robe, Laughing Skull Waistguard, Tempest’s Touch, Royal Boots, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Corla’s Baton, Nolkai’s Lantern
After spending all that time on Tol Barad to get the Spectral Steed, Kinevra was extremely grateful to not be one of the poor exiled mages incarcerated in “The Hole”.

15) Lavender Green (dilly-dilly)

Conjurer’s Hood, Greenweave shoulders & cloak, Pressed Felt Robe, High Councillor’s Sash, Wooly Goat Punchers, Boots of Duress, Pot Stirrer, Evergreen Branch
I love how the High Councillor’s Sash is the perfect shade of purple to blend right in with this robe. The soft green of the Crown of the Sun would coordinate beautifully with this robe, too — but I didn’t think of that until just now. 😛

14) Miss Bright Eyes

Eye of Flame, Greenweave shoulders & cloak, Bright Robe, Councillor’s Sash, Quilboar Crone Gloves, Ikeyen’s Boots, Ogre Mage Staff
Kinevra occasionally volunteers to help chaperone Miss Danna‘s field trips.

13) Wealth and Wisdom


Eye of Flame, Lightning Infused Mantle, Robe of Solomon*, Serenity Belt, Vicious Embersilk Gloves, Slippers of Serenity, Ash Feather Cloak, Staff of the Royal Wizard
This robe was a quest reward from pre-Cataclysm Redridge Mountains. A similar look could be created with the Elegant Robe or Robes of the Battleguard plus a Cerulean Filigreed Doublet.

12) Lifeblood

Mirren’s Drinking Hat, Feline Mantle, Bloody Apron*, Crimson Silk Belt, Bloody Surgeon’s Mitts + Jessera’s Fungus Lined Cuffs, Slippers of Serenity, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Red Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Staff of the Second Orb
The Bloody Apron dropped from the original version of Shadowfang Keep. A sleeved version, the Smoldering Robe, was available as a very rare drop. Neither robe can be obtained anymore. A similar outfit could be made with the Simple Blouse and Colorful Kilt.

11) Hot Stuff!


Jewel of the Firelord, Firehawk Mantle, Death Speaker Robes, Sash of the Burning Heart/Embereye Belt, Enumerated Gloves, Extravagant Boots of Malice, Warmonger’s Cloak, Archmage’s Staff*/Funeral Pyre
When I saw the Firelands on the Old Ladies Raiding Guild schedule, I considered temporarily faction-swapping Kaelinda so that she could (hopefully) pick up the Mantle of Closed Doors. A little later, it occurred to me that if Transmogrification really will be getting upgraded (I’m guessing patch 6.1 or 6.2), it shouldn’t really matter which character collects all the spiffy-looking stuff I want to make Transmogrification kits with. So I decided to take Kinevra, who is still level 85, to OLRG instead. The very first weekend that the OLRG went to the Firelands, the Mantle of Closed Doors didn’t drop. However, the next best thing — the T12 Mage shoulder token — did, and I won it!
Of course, I had to make an outfit with it right away!

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