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

22) Illidari Matron

Illidari Shoulders & Boots, Prospector’s Chestpiece, Waistclasp of Unethical Power (LFR), Gloomtalon’s Spare Kilt, Fuzzy Gloves + Flame Juggler’s Armbands, Blade of Savagery
Because of this sword, I wanted to do a “Shivarra Matron” outfit for my Demon Hunter. The NPC outfit is quite unique, however — only the sword and shoulders are available as drops for players, and the shoulders are plate — so my PC outfit is a series of approximations at best.
I’ve had this outfit planned for quite awhile, but I had to wait until she was level 110 to make it because of the belt.

21) Illidari Warp-Storm

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Bladefang Spaulders, Shroud of Nature’s Harmony, Shifting Sash of Midnight, Cinderweb Leggings (N), Fuzzy Gloves + Bracers of Shattered Stalactites, Zierhut’s Lost Treads, Green Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Warp-Storm Warblade
Certain Legion structures bear a remarkable resemblance to this Burning Crusade dungeon-drop weapon…

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

43) Serendipitous Seraph

Warmongering Gladiator’s Mantle of Cruelty, Robes of the Guardian Saint, Astralaan Pants, Pyrotex Ignition Cloth + Cuffs of Unrelenting Anguish, Ringo’s Blizzard Boots
I’d made outfits for Kaelinda with the other three colors of this robe style, but I hadn’t used this color yet because I wanted to use The Stars’ Design, the Hidden appearance for Felo’melorn, with it. I’d been hoping that it would just drop for me in the course of ordinary Suramar zone and World questing, without having to “go back” to farm for it after I’d completed the zone storyline (including the 7.1 Insurrection story) — and lo and behold, it dropped.

42) Fire Witch

Jewel of the Firelord, Mantle of Closed Doors (N), Watcher’s Tunic, Braided Manastring Cinch, Vileweave Leggings, Black Mageweave Gloves + Elastic Wristguards, Saltarello Shoes, Amber Filigreed Doublet, Teebu’s Blazing Longsword, Igniter Rod
I kept the Flame Orbs of Felo’melorn toggled off for most of Legion — but for this outfit, they were just what was needed to amp it up to eleven.

41) Magistrix of the Kirin Tor II

Arcanist Crown, Elder Wizard’s Mantle, Sketh’lon Survivor’s Tunic, Magister’s Belt, Soothsayer’s Kilt, Jumanza Grips, Marshfang Boots, Lavender Mageweave Shirt, Ward of the Violet Citadel, Tabard of the Kirin Tor
An upgraded version of Kaelinda’s earlier Kirin Tor kit, worn while finishing the Legion Mage Order Hall Campaign.
It was hard to get a good clear shot of the off-hand because of how badly it clips into the skirt in the idle standing pose.

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

52) Storm Light

Warmongering Gladiator’s Ironskin Helm & Legguards, Poison Protocol Pauldrons (N), Spell Fencer’s Jacket, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Frostwolf Mitts, Warmongering Gladiator’s Boots of Victory, Sonic Spear
I got this new chestpiece and thought it would look great with these white pants. It looks rather different on my Monk than it does on my Demon Hunter, who was the one who actually acquired it, though. If I tried the same combo of chestpiece, pants, and hat with my Demon Hunter, the rest of the items in the ensemble would probably end up being entirely different.

51) The Good Earth

Straw Hat, Reporter’s Shoulderguards, Shaladrassil Tunic, Belt of Cheapened Lives, Overgrowth Cutter Breeches, Gloves of the Afterlife, Boots of the Flowering Earth, Garden Pitchfork, Yellow Lumberjack Shirt, Tillers Tabard
This is at least the third “farmer” kit I’ve made for Kate, but I hadn’t made one that used the Tillers tabard yet.

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

64) Dalaran Nurse

Replica Devout Mantle, Noble’s Robe, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Communal Stave
This robe, now a drop from the Stockades, was once a reward from a low-level Blood Elf Priest class quest. The “Dalaran Nurse’s Gown” sold by Angelique Butler looks like this robe, but it is not Transmogrifiable.

63) A Cleansing Fire

Mantle of the Cleansing Flame (N), Watcher’s Tunic, Sash of the Burning Heart, Embersilk Leggings, Black Mageweave Gloves + Supplicant’s Discarded Bracer, Sorcerer Slippers, Red Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Kyparitic Staff
Oh, hey, I found a use for these shoulders — the only piece from the Firelands Priest set that I actually like.

62) Heavenly & Venerable

Warmongering Gladiator’s Mantle of Cruelty, Anacondra’s Robe, Nethershard Girdle, Regal Gloves, Permafrost Cape, August Celestials Tabard, Clear Crystal Rod*
The Twilight Mantle is a perfect color match for this robe, but that style is uncomfortably large on Tauren. Besides, wings are so much more awesome.

61) Pandaren Homespun

Cyno’s Mantle of Sin, Cat Lover’s Vest, Belt of the Night Sky, Leggings of the Night Sky, Shadowmoon Grips, Footfalls of Memories, Epoch-Mender
These pants are similar to the Homespun Leggings, a quest reward from the Wandering Isle. These NPCs are wearing the robes from that outfit style, which I wish were obtainable in Transmogrification-friendly versions.

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

52) Finder of Unseen Paths


Gorrog’s Serene Gaze, Stormforged Shoulders, Trailseeker Vest & Greaves, Replica Beaststalker’s Belt & Pants, Talhide Lined-Gloves
I love the pretty gilded edging on this hood.
I wanted to use a long green cloak with this kit, but it clipped too badly with the quiver — as in, it almost completely covered it!

51) Reaver of the Infinites

Malefactor’s Eyepatch, Rancorbite Spaulders, Scale Brand Breastplate, Battlebound Girdle, Wildwood Wrangler Leggings, Gatesmashing Gauntlets, Treads of the Valiant Struggle, Reaver of the Infinites
I’d been wanting to use this 2H axe. Thinking about hunting the black-scaled Infinite Dragonflight, I chose this tunic, and then the rest of the kit developed from there.

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