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Over at the Godmother’s flat, there’s been a discussion going about dungeon running do’s and don’ts that evolved into a bit of a debate about whether or not it is appropriate to expect folks to use flasks in Heroics. The Godmother sez:

If you respect other people, be the best you can regardless of the situation. Show your group that you aren’t just here to leech off their goodwill. Buy a flask, use it, and make others aspire to do their best.

which, in the context of the previous post’s assertion that proper dungeon etiquette is to

Come prepared with a flask and a food buff, and use them both.

is getting interpreted, rightly or wrongly, as you ought to be as prepared to run a Heroic as you would be to run a raid.

I actually mostly agree with the Godmother. I agree with the general notion that it’s inconsiderate of other players for one to arrive in a Heroic completely lacking in any kind of consumable-based buff (food, flasks/elixirs, augment runes, are there any others that I’m forgetting?). My memory for everyday things I did in WoW is even worse than my memory for everyday things I did IRL, but in previous expansions, I probably did have a flask or elixir buff running when I went to run Heroics, and even though I probably wouldn’t have had a food buff running from a personal stack of best-stat food, I probably would have gotten a lesser food buff from a friendly person having dropped a Feast at the entrance of the dungeon.

In this expansion, though, when I actually was running Heroics, back when I was doing all the first-time versions of the quests from the Inn, I often went into them with just one consumable-based buff running: Oralius’s Whispering Crystal. I discovered pretty quickly that the Whispering Crystal buff was mutually exclusive with a flask — if I tried to use a flask when I had the Whispering Crystal buff already running, I’d get the “a more powerful spell is already active” error message. I therefore considered using the Whispering Crystal to be equivalent to using a flask, even though as an all-stats buff, it didn’t buff my primary combat stat as much as a flask would. Sometimes I did use food, too — but only until I ran out of the stack I’d cooked up while leveling my Cooking skill. As a healer, making sure I had a stack of mana soup on hand was more important to me than having buff food. When I had Augment Runes in my bags, I usually forgot to use them. And when a fight was tough, I never felt like it was my stats that were the problem. It was my klutziness with movement mechanics that would cause me to lose a DPS or to have to panic-heal the tank — when my cast timing was too late because I was moving in the wrong direction relative to the other players, another 100 points or whatever of Int wouldn’t have helped me to save that DPS or to not scare that tank.

So I also agree with the sentiments of those who have responded to the Godmother saying that while as many consumable-based buffs as possible are necessary and desirable at the beginning of an expansion when everyone is newly-dinged, in crummy gear, and lacking mastery of the mechanics, by the time we get to this stage of an expansion, when gear levels and general knowledge of mechanics have improved, full consumable-based buffs of the best possible quality aren’t really necessary anymore to ensure the success of the group in an ordinary Heroic. For Mythic or Challenge modes, sure. But for an ordinary Heroic? Not so much. Any one of the consumable-based buffs — food OR flask/Whispering Crystal OR augment rune — will probably be sufficient.

I’m also feeling contrary about the Godmother’s assertion that one ought to have BOTH food and flask to be properly prepared for Heroics because that feeling that I ought to be socially responsible when I participate in group content, that I maybe ought to have some buff food as well as the Whispering Crystal, that I ought to actually equip into my healing kit all that shiny new stuff I’ve gotten from Tanaan and from the Hellfire Citadel raid chests that my followers have brought me… and then gem the pieces that have sockets, and enchant the pieces that can be enchanted… not to mention visiting the Mog guy so that my appearance isn’t a total mess… that feeling of social responsibility is one of the reasons why I’m playing WoW as a solo-player game these days. Even with Reforging gone and the number of gems and enchants reduced, getting “properly prepared” to participate in group content is SO MUCH WORK! Right now, I’m feeling entirely too lazy to actually do all that work, and so even though sometimes I think maybe I’d like to participate in group content again, my sense of social responsibility inhibits me. And so I go do things I can do as a not-min-maxed solo player instead.

You see, when I wasn’t LFRing and wasn’t running Heroics or anything, I began to wonder why I was stockpiling jewelcrafting and enchanting mats and flasks and Augment Runes and such, and eventually I sent all that stuff off to the AH. I like to be self-reliant when it comes to consumables, so rather than just buying all that stuff back from the AH, I’d prefer to have my alts craft it… which amounts to a lot of errand running between them. I realize that I’d really only have to spend about one evening every couple of weeks doing nothing but errand running with alts to make stuff for Kam to use while dungeon running… but I’d rather spend my playtime doing other sorts of things. The combination of limited playtime, laziness, and the YOU ARE NOT PREPARED sense of social responsibility has become a barrier to entry for me running Heroics (or Timewalking). Sometimes, I wish I could just ignore that feeling of social responsibility and just queue up and GO.

And what does the level 3 Storehouse have to do with it? Well, back in the day, I didn’t build my Storehouse all the way up to level 3 because I thought I didn’t really need to have a Mog guy right there in my Garrison. Ashran was only a portal (or a flight) away, and I’d heard that the Mog guy in the Storehouse was too fidgety. Well, then Blizz cured the Storehouse Mog guy’s itchy feet, but Ashran was still not that far away, right? Given my reluctance to actually equip any of my shiny new gear because then I’d have to go re-do my Mog, though, maybe Ashran is too far away for my current lazybones self. So maybe I’d better upgrade my Storehouse to level 3 after all, so that I can change my clothes in the comfort of my Garrison. Then having to re-do my Mog when I get a new piece of gear would be one less thing getting in the way of me participating in group content again.

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Umlaut Paradots recently mentioned that he’s working on a project to create fel-tinged/Demon Hunter-themed kits for each of the four armor classes. It didn’t take long for that idea to worm its way around inside my brain until I decided to try my hand at it, too.

For cloth, if you look like a Warlock, you’re pretty much good. This particular kit started with these shoulders, a recolor of the Warlock T6 shoulders which had that nifty Metamorphosis-precursor stretching demon wings animation. I owe the robe+belt combo to Dragonray, I believe — either one of the outfits that she made for MoMar’s ROYGBV compeition or something that someone submitted for her Mog the World competition.

Shadowmoon Cowl/Mag’hari Ritualist’s Horns (Horde only), Hatefury Mantle, Elder’s Robe, Cord of Cacophonous Cawing (LFR), Black Mageweave Leggings, Anger-Spark Gloves, Greenweave Sandals, Shard of Azzinoth, Sundial of Eternal Dusk

This leather kit is more or less just the pseudo-Demon Hunter kit I recently designed for my Monk.

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Supple Shoulderguards (1-640), Raiment of Silent Stars, Cord of Sha Savagery, Blazewing’s Furious Kilt, Gloves of the Blind Stalker, Sandstalker Ankle Guards, Shard of Azzinoth x2

In mail, I immediately knew that I wanted the kit to use these shoulders. Elves can’t be Shamans, but races who can should use Maimgor’s Bite with this kit.

Helmet of the Inner Sanctum, Wayfaring Shoulderguards (1-640), Moonhee’s Mean Vest, Lifecycle Waistguard (N), Conduit-Breaker Chain Leggings (H), Fel Iron Chain Gloves, Frostlink Greaves, Black Bow of the Betrayer

The plate kit started with this sword. The helm makes it a little silly, perhaps, but I just couldn’t resist the coordination between that glowing green grin and the glowing green sword…

The Horseman’s Horrific Hood, Pauldrons of the Broken Blade (LFR), Ghoul Commander’s Cuirass (H), Veteran’s Scaled Belt, Articulated Legplates (LFR), Doomplate Gauntlets, Chrono Boots, Apolyon, the Soul Render

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Not “Back to School” in theme — just in time of year.

Captain’s Ringmail

Captain’s Hat, Crusader’s Pauldrons, Felstalker Breastplate, Veteran’s Ringmail Girdle, Wasteland Ringmail Leggings, Talhide Lined-Gloves, Railwalker’s Ratcheted Boots, Steelforged Dagger (1-630), Sharptusk Shield
Alas, the most perfect shield to go with this hat is an Alliance-specific quest reward!
And while I am willing to do there-and-back-again faction-switching shenanigans with my other characters, I won’t do that with Kamalia. sigh…
I guess I’ll just have to make do with this Draenor shield, which looks vaguely nautical — kinda-sorta like a broken porthole cover.
Savage Blood required: 0


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.

Somehow, I always seem to end up changing several characters’ Transmogrification kits at about the same time. The rest of the current batch of new kits are behind the cut — (more…)

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Well, the Q&A this morning answered my most burning question about Artifact weapons, which was “how are they going to manage dual specs?” I’m glad that I’ll be able to get the Artifact weapons for both of my specs. I didn’t want to have to choose whether my Paladin will be Prot or Holy for Legion. My Blood Elf Mage will be Fire for Felo’melorn, of course.

Early last week, shortly before the all the excitement about the new expansion, Kamalia completed her 100th naval mission and obtained the Captain’s Hat. Naturally, I set about to design a kit to go with it.

Captain’s Hat, Crusader’s Pauldrons, Felstalker Breastplate, Veteran’s Linked Girdle, Wasteland Ringmail Leggings, Talhide Lined-Gloves, Railwalker’s Ratcheted Boots, Steelforged Dagger (1-630), Wheel of the Lost Hope
Alas, the most perfect shield to go with this hat is Alliance-only!
And while I am willing to do there-and-back-again faction-switching shenanigans with my other characters, I won’t do that with Kamalia. sigh…
I guess I’ll just have to make do with the Sharptusk Shield, which kinda-sorta looks nautical — like a broken porthole cover, perhaps.

I’ve been saying that I won’t play the Shipyard with anyone but Kamalia, but this cosmetic hat… I just know that I’m going to want to get one for a character of each armor type, at least. I don’t have to play the Shipyard as seriously with my other characters as I have with Kam, though. I just have to complete 100 missions, I don’t have to succeed at them, so I can play my other characters’ Shipyards in ships-are-expendable mode, instead of in the min-max mode I’ve been playing it with Kam.

I don’t mind Demon Hunters being restricted to the elven races — Sin’dorei are my second-favorite race, after all — because even if all races could be Demon Hunters, I’m not sure I’d want to play a Tauren Demon Hunter. I think I could quite happily play a swashbuckling Tauren Combat Rogue, or a Tauren Frost/Fire Mage (as an outgrowth of Shamanism, similar to the way that Tauren Priests are an outgrowth of Druidism), but I don’t think I could be a Tauren Warlock or Demon Hunter. It would just feel too wrong (but then, I thought that about Death Knights, too, and now I have two of them). Nevertheless, that Demon Hunters will now be a player character thing instead of just an NPC thing is making me want to start running my Monk through Black Temple to swipe Illidan’s blindfold. She may not want to be a Demon Hunter, but she can play at looking like one.

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Supple Shoulderguards (1-640), Raiment of Silent Stars, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Blazewing’s Furious Kilt, Gloves of the Blind Stalker, Terokk’s Shadowstaff
The most difficult piece of this kit to acquire will be the chestpiece — it requires Friendly reputation with the Shado-Pan Assault, and Kate is only at Neutral. I’ll need some buddies to help me clear the first LFR wing of Throne of Thunder to get the rep.

Having resigned myself to the idea that there probably won’t be any new race/class combinations in the next expansion, let alone Tauren Mages (given that the Grimtotem casters who used Mage spells in pre-Cataclysm days now use only Shaman or Druid spells), I thought that the next-best thing would be to level up my Gnome Mage and run her with the Orb of Deception active on cooldown. After acquiring an Orb of Deception, however, I found to my disappointment that instead of changing my Gnome to look like a Tauren wearing the same clothes as my Gnome, it generates a fixed disguise. Well, I thought, perhaps it might be fun to play with the Orb of Disguise concept by making a Transmogrification kit to make one of my leather-wearing characters look like an Orb-of-Disguised Gnome.

Big Voodoo Mask, Wild Growth Spaulders, Living Breastplate, Tracker’s Belt, Jinxed Hoodoo Kilt, Gauntlets of Southwind, Bright Yellow Shirt
Alas, the Living Breastplate pattern is no longer obtainable, and Kamalia doesn’t have it because I didn’t think I’d ever want to make it. The best substitute, I think, is probably the Thick Draenic Vest, which is the same style in a tan color that would coordinate reasonably well with the rest of the kit.

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After a few months of sparring with Kura Thunderhoof whenever she showed up in Kamalia’s Garrison and paying frequent visits to Stone Cold Trixxy, Lydia Accoste, and Blood Knight Antari with alts, I’ve managed to level enough pets to 25 that I could attempt the Celestial Tournament — if I thought I had the right assortment of level 25 pets, which I’m pretty sure that I don’t. The Sign of the Critter therefore encouraged me to try my luck against the continental trainers I hadn’t beaten yet — although despite the XP bonus from the Sign, I didn’t care about actually getting XP for lower level pets, just about winning the battles. I did most of the battles with all level 25 pets, only using lower level pets when I didn’t have enough level 25 pets of the correct family to counter the trainer I was facing. I went through a lot of battle pet bandages…

By the time I got to Pandaria, I had to beat only two more tamers to get my Safari Hat — the Pet Battling reward I’ve wanted all along. Would I want to continue and attempt the rest of the Pandaria trainers after I’d beaten the first two? Hmm… Yes — unlocking the Pandaria tamer dailies would give my secondary Monk something else to do besides just tending Sunsong Ranch and visiting the Peak of Serenity — battling Farmer Nishi. It only took me two attempts to defeat Aki the Chosen, but after all that pet battling, I was tired!

I visited the Draenor trainers with Kamalia just to finish filling out the “Master Pet Tamers” page in my Note-Book of Faffing — but actually battling them could wait for another day.

The main reason why I’ve wanted the Safari Hat all along, though, is to give my Bankers more options for looking stylish…

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Well, not everybody-everybody, but all my level 90+ characters who are currently on Draenor, at any rate. As I was going through my wardrobe pages the other day, it was clear that it had been far too long since I’d updated — several of the pages were still showing my end-of-Mists outfits, while the characters themselves were loafing around their Garrisons in sloppy, mismatched combinations of Frostfire Ridge quest reward gear and Tormented token gear that their followers had brought them. Even if nobody will see them in-game but me, it was high time for some new Transmogrification kits.

Scorched Earth

Pauldrons of the Deafening Gale, Warsong Wraps, Netherstrike Belt, Valorous Earthshatter Legguards (T7), Grips of Nature’s Wrath, Thunder Bluff Doublet, Gutgore Ripper, Viryx’s Indomitable Bulwark (H)
This High Arakkoa shield design is pretty cool, but I don’t know if I’ll keep it beyond the end of this expansion. So I figured I’d better make a kit with it for running around in Tanaan. The dagger was an obvious match, but Kamalia didn’t really have much else that was orange in her wardrobe. Poking around in MogIt, I found this combination of chestpiece and kilt, which is so nice that I feel like I’ve seen it somewhere else before… but where or when, I can’t recall. I had this kilt during Wrath, but I sold it at the end of the expansion to free up some bag space, so I had to re-collect it.

In order of seniority… (more…)

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wardrobe woes

Kamalia’s bags — a full set of Royal Satchels — became much closer to completely full than I was comfortable with after my first few days in Tanaan, until I converted all those Baleful tokens and vendored the extra pieces. One bag is stuffed with whatchamacallits and doodads and oojimies — some of which are favorite thingamabobs from past expansions and some of which are knicknacks from the 6.0 Garrison Campaign that I’ve never used again and which I dearly wish were Toys instead. I went to her bank recently to clear out some bag space by putting away the journals from the 6.1 Treasure Contracts, and doing so nigh well filled up the last remaining space in her bank — she only has a few open bank slots left. Her Void Storage — both tabs — is also rapidly approaching completely full. I sure hope that 7.0, whatever it turns out to be, does something significant about these inventory troubles. What I’m really hoping for, of course, is some sort of Diablo III-like Transmogrification interface, where any item you have soulbound gets added to your looks library and you no longer have to keep the actual item itself around.

Meanwhile, every time I look at my “Things my Characters Wear” pages lately, I’m bothered by outfit pictures that have the character too small, or are badly lighted, or are poses that are fun but obscure the outfit too much. I thought to myself, perhaps I should go through and make clean MogIt mockups to accompany every outfit. That would be a whale of a job, though.

I’ve posted 87 plate kits — 25 Paladin, 28 Warrior, and 34 Death Knight.
I’ve posted 84 mail kits — 48 Shaman and 26 Hunter.
I’ve posted 63 leather kits — 24 Druid, 28 Monk, and 11 Rogue.
I’ve posted 136 cloth kits — 39 Priest, 13 Warlock, and 84 Mage — 20 Human, 16 Sin’dorei, 14 Draenei, 7 Gnome, 4 each Kaldorei, Forsaken, Goblin, Orc, and Troll, 3 Worgen, and 2 each Dwarf and Pandaren.

(These numbers show that I leave my non-Tauren characters lying around in the same smelly kits for much longer than I do my Tauren characters — and of course my poor neglected minor Mages don’t get played enough to get any new clothes to make new kits with.)

So… maybe I’ll just do MogIt mockups for the outfits that have the worst pictures… or maybe I’ll just put those kits on again and go take some better pictures… if I can find the stuff in my inventory…

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