Plate Transmog: Tyrannical Gladiator’s Dreadplate (Alliance Death Knight)

platetransmog-tyrannicaldread-displayHead: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Brilliant Titansteel Helm
Shoulders: Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Dreadplate Shoulders (Alliance Death Knight)
Back: Vendor - Gold Shroud of Cooperation (Alliance)
Chest:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops  Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Overlord’s Chestplate
Hands:  Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Dreadplate Gauntlets (Alliance Death Knight)
Waist:  Quest Reward Cagebreaker’s Heavy Girdle (Alliance)
Legs:  Vendor - Honor Points Tyrannical Gladiator’s Dreadplate Legguards (Alliance Death Knight)
Feet: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Warboots of Alacrity

Main-Hand:  Quest Reward Quel’Delar, Might of the Faithful
Off-Hand: N/A

Here’s the full set on Wowhead.

Transmog Models By Race: Draenei, Dwarf, GnomeHumanNight ElfWorgen

Happy birthday to me! That’s right, it’s my birthday today, and what better way is there to celebrate than to release a set meant for a class I never play.

That isn’t 100% true. I do have an Alliance death knight (you might remember Mortuary from Death Knight posts of yore), but it’s a class that’s never really clicked with me. Which is weird, because I love death, and infecting people with horrible plagues is up there with knitting and long walks on the beach so far as my hobbies are concerned.

Maybe I should take her out for a birthday spin…

Mail Transmog: Mantle of the Sea Wolf

Mail Transmog - Mantle of the Sea Wolf - DraeneiHead: N/A
Shoulders: Vendor - Gold Mantle of the Sea Wolf 

Back: N/A
Chest:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops  Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Steadfast Breastplate
Hands:   Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Crystalhide Handwraps
Waist:    World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Steadfast Girdle
Legs:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Kilt of Elemental Mending
Feet: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Abyssal Mail Greaves 

Main-Hand:  Quest Reward Ironfeather Longbow
Off-Hand: N/A

Here’s the full set on Wowhead.

Transmog Models By Race: Blood Elf, Draenei, Dwarf, Gnome, GoblinHuman, Night Elf, Orc, Pandaren, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Worgen

Okay, so I normally try to be funny (note that I don’t generally succeed), but there’s not much to say about this outfit. It does have the benefit of letting hunters and shamans alike have access to the Shaman Tier 2 shoulder model, though, which for Horde players has the added bonus of dredging up feelings of resentment re: wolves and lightning and quest-related combinations of the same while lagging heavily in Frostfire Ridge.

As for the gear, Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Crystalhide Handwraps  is a tough one to explain. It’s the result of one of Burning Crusade’s more obscure mechanics: first, grind 50 Apexis Shards from mobs in Blade’s Edge Mountains and score a copy of not-apparently-BoE Depleted Mail Gauntlets. Similarly, Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Abyssal Mail Greaves has its own story to tell — it’s a potential drop from a rare lurking around Shadowmoon Valley, making it a theoretically easier grind from its fellow world drops.

Oh yeah, and World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Kilt of Elemental Mending? Not a kilt. So there’s that.

Highmaul raid opens today!

It’s Tuesday, and as WoW’s weekly maintenance ends endgame players are gearing up for the first major raid of the expansion: Highmaul.

Or so I’m assuming. As it turns out, a “What’s this over here? Oh look, it’s a tree.” questing mentality and seeming addiction to garrison follower quests are not conducive to increasing a girl’s iLevel.

But for everyone else, the release of Highmaul offers shiny trinkets and, more importantly, a first shot at the Tier 17 transmog models that will define this stage of the expansion. Note that there’s no actual tier gear on offer here; that’s all in Blackrock Foundry this time around, or so it looks. Instead, lookalikes abound and, if it’s the look you want, that’s just as good.

I’ve talked a little about Tier 17 in the past (and probably will again in the future — watch this space), so this time round I want to highlight a few weapons that caught my eye. As followers of this website have probably worked out, my personal style is pretty, not gritty, but even in this age of crudely carved stonework there’s stuff in here for me.

So here we go.

The Bladefist: Fist Weapon, Agility (Normal Mode)

Weapon Transmog - Highmaul - The Bladefist - Fist Weapon

There’s are a couple of trends in the weapons coming out of Highmaul, but none is more visible than this one: size. Seriously, the weapons this raid are comically large, and nowhere is that more visible than The Bladefist. But here, unlike Gor’gah, High Blade of the Gorians, which is frankly a little silly, the size works. Duel-wielding The Bladefist makes a heck of an impression, largely on your enemies’ skulls.

Earthwarped Bladestaff: Staff, Agility (Normal Mode)

Earthwarped Bladestaff - weapons transmog

I have a bit of a dubious relationship with living weapons. While World of Warcraft has a long history of clockwork mechanics and animated particle effects, organic movement has been largely in the form of tentacles and creepy, darting eyes that make me feel vaguely unclean. If you want an example, check out fellow Highmaul drop Spire of Tectus and let it haunt your dreams. This time out, however, the Earthwarped Bladestaff bends and twists on its own accord. The effect is subtle and, for once, not completely terrifying.

Staff of the Grand Imperator: Staff, Intellect (Normal Mode)

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This staff is probably the most classically attractive of Highmaul’s offerings, but, despite the use of gold and its genuinely beautiful swirling particle effects, it maintains the harsh, chiselled stone and decorative animal horns that characterize the rest of the set. It feels heavier and less polished than what your average mage or priest might instinctively reach for, but it’s definitely going to have a place in my void storage for years to come.

You will also note I’ve had to rely on MMO Champion’s preview tool for this one, because Wowhead can’t attractively render particle effects to save its life.

Crystalline Branch of the Brackenspore: Bow, Agility (Normal Mode)

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Okay, so this bow isn’t exactly breaking new ground. The whole ‘spiky gems have been stuck haphazardly into the bow for the sake of, presumably, making it needlessly heavy and dangerous to carry around’ motif has been done before and more than once. But here, the effect works. It has a certain wild beauty to it — in its natural Normal green, it’s reminiscent of crystalline leaves, a good choice for a hunter looking to get back to his or her prey-stalking, wilderness-roaming roots.

That’s just a small sample of what Highmaul has on offer. If you want to dig into the complete loot table, head on over to MMO Champion. They’ve pulled together a complete list.

Leather Transmog: Thunderlord Chestguard (Monks & Druids)

Cloth Transmog - Thunderlord Chestguard - Draenei

Exhibit A: Boobs.

Head: N/A
Shoulders: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Shoulders of the Roiling InfernoMantle of the Shattered Vale (Druid Only)
Back: N/A
Chest: Garrison Reward Thunderlord Chestguard

Shirt: N/A
Hands: Quest Reward Marshseeker Gloves
Waist: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Dragonmaw Emergency Strap
Legs:  Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal  Warchief Kilt
Feet: Vendor - Gold Sandstalker Ankleguards

Main-Hand:Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Kil’ruk’s Furious Blade
Off-Hand: N/A

Transmog Models By Race: Blood Elf (Green / Orange), Draenei (Green / Orange), Dwarf (Green / Orange), Gnome (Green / Orange), Goblin (Green / Orange), Human (Green / Orange), Night Elf (Green / Orange), Orc (Green / Orange), Pandaren (Green / Orange), Tauren (Green / Orange),Troll (Green / Orange), Undead (Green / Orange), Worgen (Green / Orange)

Here’s the full set on Wowhead. And here it is again, this time in green.

Okay, this set has to begin with a whole bunch of apologies. Despite still being theoretically available because it’s BoE and may surface on the auction house (heck, I’m pretty sure I have one lying around somewhere), as of Mists of Pandaria the  Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Warchief Kilt is no longer available as a dungeon drop. The closest you’d get to an alternative is Vendor - Gold Jinxed Hoodoo Kilt; a green dungeon drop that can let you build a green version of this transmog set that’s also pretty great.

Cloth Transmog - Thunderlord Chestguard - Human

Exhibit B: Moobs.

And here’s another head-scratcher — Wowhead is displaying all sets of Shoulders of the Roiling Inferno and Dragonmaw Emergency Strap as being no longer available in game, this despite the fact they’re a drop from MoP raids that obviously still exist. I have no idea why this is. If anyone has an answer on this, let me know.

(Sadly, available or not, Shoulders of the Roiling Inferno is an intellect item, so only classes with an intellect-spec can win it based on MoP’s loot rules. Rogues need not apply.)

Oh yeah, and this outfit is super sexy — amazingly, not just on women, but on men as well. How the orcs survive wearing such little clothing, I have no idea.

Cloth Transmog: Soulcloth Vest

Cloth Transmog - Soulcloth Vest - TaurenHead: N/A
Shoulders:  Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Mantle of the Locusts

Back: N/A
Chest:  Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Soulcloth Vest
Hands: World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Cloudscorcher Handwraps
Waist:   Vendor - Honor Points Ruthless Gladiator’s Cord of Cruelty 
Legs: Vendor - Gold Pontiff’s Pantaloons of Prophecy
Feet:  Vendor - Honor Points Wrathful Gladiator’s Treads of Dominance

Main-Hand: Burning Crusade Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Staff of Infinite Mysteries
Off-Hand: N/A

Here’s the full set on Wowhead.

Transmog Models By Race: Blood Elf, Draenei, Dwarf, Gnome, Goblin, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Pandaren, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Worgen

Building a cloth transmog set that doesn’t lean heavily on robes can be tough. There are a number of reasons for this, the first among them that, until recently, cloth pants came in one of two flavours — dishwater dull and eye-scorchingly horrific.

Cloth Transmog - Lifegiver Britches - Hideous

Fashion.

When you think about it, lazily reusing textures intended for skirts and robes makes a lot of sense. I mean, the results are almost universally hideous, but cloth-wearers wear robes, right? Who’s even going to see them?

The answer is me. I am going to see them. I am going to see them and despair, because in this glorious age of transmog there are some beautiful cloth shirts out there and very little to pair them with.

So needless to say, when I find a pair of pants I actually like, it’s Christmas in July. Or, in this case, November. Late November. Whatever.

What I’m trying to say is in a world whereVendor - Gold Lifegiver Britches in all of their transcendent hideousness exists, I’m glad to find a gem like  Vendor - Gold Pontiff’s Pantaloons of Prophecy in the Burning Crusade back catalogue.

Cloth TransmogSure, they’re a little hokey, but the swirling blue motif is a little skiing in the Alps, you know, a little Nordic snowflake sweater, for me. But that’s appropriate attire for the winter season, right?

So, all you mages, warlocks, and priests out their, slogging your way through Frostfire Ridge, give this transmog a try. Sure, it won’t stop you from freezing to death, but at least you’ll look good doing it.