Cloth Transmog: Felheart Horns (Warlock)

Cloth Transmog - Female Goblin - Felheart Horns

I swear that staff doesn’t always look like a gnarled, mutated flamingo.

Head: Vanilla Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Felheart Horns
Shoulders: Crafted ItemAuction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Felweave Amice (Warlock Only)
Back: N/A
Chest:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific DropsAuction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Highborne Padded Armor
Hands: Burning Crusade Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Handguards of Defiled Worlds 
Waist:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific DropsAuction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Triple-Loop Belt
Legs:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific DropsAuction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Gaarn’s Leggings of Infestation 
Feet: Cataclysm Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Treads of Liquid Ice

Main-Hand:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific DropsAuction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Swarming Sting-Staff
Off-Hand: N/A

Transmog Models By Race: Blood ElfDwarf, GnomeGoblinHumanOrcTrollUndeadWorgen

Here’s the full set on Wowhead.

Sometimes, you’ve just got to slap a couple of horns on your head and call it a day.

It’s worth mentioning that World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific DropsAuction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Gaarn’s Leggings of Infestation is actually a drop from a Mists of Pandaria world rare.

Cloth Transmog: Cowl of Tirisfal (Horde Mage)

Cloth Transmog - Cowl of Tirisfal - Female Blood ElfHead: Burning Crusade Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Cowl of Tirisfal (Mage Only)
Shoulders: Vendor - Justice Points Pauldrons of Catastrophic Emanation (Horde Only)
Back: Vendor - Gold Cape of the Black Baron
Chest: Crafted ItemAuction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Robes of Creation
Hands: Vendor - Justice Points Emperor’s Riding Gloves
Waist:  Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Furious Gladiator’s Cord of Dominance
Legs: N/A
Feet: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Sorcerer Slippers 

Main-Hand: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop The Soulblade
Off-Hand: Vendor - Gold Eerie Stable Lantern

Transmog Models By Race: Blood ElfGoblin, Orc, Pandaren (preview currently broken), TrollUndead

Here’s the full set on Wowhead.

There’s just something romantic about hoods. This set actually began as part of an aborted attempt to create something beautiful for draenei mages, but those shoulders, man. Don’t blame me. Blame Blizzard. And write to your congressman — it won’t help, but at least you can impress your friends while mingling over cocktails later with the fact you’re “active in local politics.”

Or, uh, something.

Plate Transmog: Chestplate of Titanic Fury (Horde Warrior)

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Head: Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Plate Helm (Horde, Warrior Only)
Shoulders: Vendor - Honor Points Merciless Gladiator’s Plate Shoulders (Warrior Only)

Back: N/A
Chest: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Chestplate of Titanic Fury
Hands: Vendor - Honor Points Merciless Gladiator’s Plate Gauntlets (Warrior Only)
Waist: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Starfall Girdle
Legs: Vendor - Honor Points Merciless Gladiator’s Plate Legguards (Warrior Only)
Feet: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Greaves of Iron Intensity 

Main-Hand: N/A
Off-Hand: N/A

Here’s the full set on Wowhead.

World of Warcraft has a lot of different races with a lot of different body types but, for whatever reason most of the time fan-made transmog sets are designed for use on blood elves, night elves, humans and (female) draenei.

(I know, I know, it’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma.)

But, in any event, when somebody posted on MMO Champion looking for ideas for his male pandaren warrior, I was stumped. My existing sets were all built with a female blood elf base; on a male pandaren, the proportions were all wrong.

So I sat down and came up with this. Unfortunately, the helm (which is a big part of what makes the set so great) is only available to Horde toons. It also isn’t hugely original; as you can see, it’s just two existing sets stitched together.

I will say, in my opinion, this doesn’t work on the taller races. The belt seam is a lot more visible (if anyone’s got ideas re: belt substitutions, I’m all ears), for one thing, and the proportions are distorted. But on a pandaren (especially the female pandaren, they’re so cute), they look pretty darn snazzy.

Uh, in an, “I’ll tear out your jugular with my teeth” sort of way.

The Worst of Tier 16

Patch 5.4 is finally here, bringing with it old-school rep grinds, sparkling treasure chests and Huolon dead on the ground because you zoned in seconds too late and that’s happened four times okay four times goddamnit Blizzard, uh, I mean new tier gear.

Thundering Onyx Cloud Serpent

Pictured: A mount I am learning to despise.

Blizzard has been hit-or-miss with its tier sets this expansion, but 5.4 is a step beyond. Compared to the season’s solid, surprisingly thematically consistent PVP gear, Tier 16 feels like the results of a Project Runway episode. There are a handful of dazzling successes, considerably more best described as “mediocre but inoffensive,” and then there are the bad ones.

And believe me when I tell you that the bad ones this tier are bad.

So which classes lucked out and which classes are getting a verbal smack to the head from Nina Garcia? Let’s find out.

3. Mages: Chronomancer regalia

Mage Tier 16 - Chronomancer Regalia

Don’t mind me, just chillin’ in my time-hoodie.

This one’s probably contentious, but I’m sticking to my guns.

See, my problem with the Chronomancer set isn’t just about its looks (though, frankly, I think the silver and blue version looks like a pair of hooded pyjamas). It’s symptomatic of a larger problem.

Blizzard, learn to edit. Please.

We’ve all seen the improvement in the quality of WoW’s artwork in recent years, but I’ve long felt that Blizzard’s gear conflates “more intricate” with “better” to its detriment. I mean, look at this:

Mage Tier 16 - Chronomancer Regalia

With my sincerest apologies to your retinas.

There’s so much going on here.

Cut away the steampunk goggles-and-hood (in theory, a fine idea — in practice, eh) and those pointlessly spiky shoulders and you’re left with the robe. And the robe is bananas.

The robe is chains and spikes and little turquoise blue lights and swirls and bands and armored panels and browns and golds and whites and reds and it just doesn’t work. I appreciate the craftsmanship, but there’s hardly an inch of fabric that doesn’t have an ornate gold swirl embroidered on it and it’s making my eyes hurt.

Don’t get me wrong, the colours are beautiful — the golds and the reds and those perfect turquoise blues are gorgeous and delicate and could have been used to create something stunning. But there needs to be less going on. Otherwise, all your beautiful detail work will be lost in the noise.

Edit.

(Oh, and, uh, can I just say that the “boob shelf” you’ve managed to create with the high neckline on female toons could use work too.)

2. Hunters: Battlegear of the Unblinking Vigil

Hunter Tier 16 - Battlegear of the Unblinking Vigil

I’m suddenly craving a banana.

This is what happens when you don’t have Tim Gunn on standby to pull you back from the brink.

Honestly, I’m not sure where this design came from. The Warlock set was obviously a nod to the mogu (more on that later, believe me), but this… I can’t see the relevance. Not to hunters or hunting or even current lore.

But, frankly, even if there is a reason, there isn’t an excuse. The helm is a steampunk take on a personality core from Portal 2 and there’s a dirty brown sheet tucked into what looks like underwear (that, of course, is being worn atop a pair of dark scale leggings — as one does).

The belt is, like every belt this expansion, needlessly huge. I mean, the buckle is almost as large as her head.

Hunter Tier 16 - Battlegear of the Unblinking Vigil

The belt is hiding the underwear right now, but take it off and you’ll see what I mean.

It’s a hot mess, but what frustrates me more than anything is that there are hints, here and there, that it could have been great. I love the copper, brown and light blue-green patina together. They’re gorgeous, they’re different, and they give the helm and armour an almost crafted feeling — like jewellery, made with care.

And then Blizzard throws in the green and the red and, buddy, it’s September. I’m not ready for Christmas.

I will say the shoulders are okay. The asymmetry’s interesting and the bauble on the left is a nice touch.

But, overall, I’m not impressed. It’d be the worst of the bunch, if it wasn’t for one thing…

1. Warlocks: Horned Nightmare Regalia

Warlock Tier 16 - Horned Nightmare Regalia

There are so many points of light that, and I’m serious about this, it actually strains my eyes.

This set makes me so mad, you guys.

It’s hideous. In fact, it’s so hideous its almost unredeemable. I mean, I know I’ve taken issue with the usual warlock aesthetic in the past, but what is this and more importantly how did it make it into the game.

Warlock Tier 16 - Horned Nightmare Regalia

Somehow, this article went to press without this image. Please forgive me a) for the oversight and b) for rectifying the same.

Unlike the Hunter set I talked about earlier, the Horned Nightmare Regalia at least finds its roots in Mists of Pandaria. The robe is reminiscent of existing in-game gear (at first, I thought it was a recolour) and the helm is an obvious nod to the mogu. So, the helm’s ugly, but at least it’s ugly for a reason.

Problem is, its particular brand of ugly doesn’t work with the rest of the set.

If you want grotesque for the sake of grotesque, you can’t compromise. You can’t throw a helm like that on a strapless mustard-and-purple dress with a mess of orange scales down the front and expect to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies. The alternative — a more elegant form of terror, where a dress like that (just not that one, as it’s awful) is appropriate — means scrapping the helm altogether.

If I was somehow granted an almost Godlike control over Blizzard’s art department, I’d lose the helm in favour of a mess of twisted horns growing out of the warlock’s scalp. For the shoulders, I kind of like the effect of horns bolted in place by silver, but the existing shoulder model has to go.

Why?

Warlock Tier 16 - Horned Nightmare Regalia - From Behind

Generic blue and gold pauldrons! The perfect complement to the bucket on my head.

This is why.

And then I’d completely rework the colour scheme and remove the LED lights that have been forcibly installed everywhere because Blizzard does that now.

And then I’d hurl that belt into the sea.

Dishonorable Mentions

Rogues. At last, the steampunk Hannibal Lector facemask I’ve always wanted.

Next up: Less ranting, more praise. The best of Tier 16 is still to come.

Mail Transmog: Imperfect Specimens

Mail Transmog - "Imperfect Specimens" Set - Male and Female Goblin

Check out the previews. The animation for these shoulders is fantastic.

Head: N/A
Shoulders: Cataclysm Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Imperfect Specimens 27 and 28
Back: N/A
Chest:  Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Rough Bronze Cuirass
Hands: Quest Reward Murkblood Oven Mitts
Waist:   Vendor - Honor Points  Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Links of Cruelty
Legs:World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Mail Combat Leggings
Feet:  Quest Reward  Stone Cairne Boots (Alliance) / Heedless Treads (Horde)

Main-Hand: Vanilla Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Striker’s Mark
Off-Hand: N/A

Transmog Models By Race: Blood ElfDraeneiDwarfGoblinHuman, Night ElfOrcPandarenTaurenTrollUndead, Worgen

Here’s the full set on Wowhead.

Way back when, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, Rachel made a request:

Would love some goblin hunter transmogs! My blood elf DK alt has as many transmog outfits as I have time to farm but I can’t find more than a couple for my goblin main.

I answered the first half of that request with my Demon Stalker (Hunter) set, but spoke of a second set to come — something sexy and impractical, yet somehow still kind of boring. Ladies and gentlemen, this is that set.

Most of the time, I work from a pretty wide selection of sources, everything from the easiest Vanilla quest to end-game Mists of Pandaria progression raiding. This time, I’m taking it easy on you. Your greatest enemy here is server size; there are more than 200 World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Mail Combat Leggings on Auction Houses across Azeroth, so if it’s available, consider yourself blessed. If it’s not, and you’re looking at the unfortunate prospect of grinding it yourself, you have a long, hard slog ahead of you.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen the Cataclysm Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Imperfect Specimens 27 and 28 animation, check it out on Wowhead. It’s very cool.