Leather Transmog: Omenai Vest (Alliance Druid)

Leather Transmog - Omenai Vest - Male Night Elf PreviewHead: N/A
Shoulders:  Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Shoulderwraps of the Shattered Vale
Back: N/A
Chest:  Quest Reward Omenai Vest (Alliance)
Hands: Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Gloves of the Silver Assassin (Alliance)
Waist: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Cord of Black Dreams

Legs:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Clefthoof Britches
Feet:  Wrath of the Lich King Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Acidmaw Boots (Alliance)

Main-Hand: Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop Torall, Rod of the Shattered Throne
Off-Hand: Crafted Item Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal  Mystic Tome

 Transmog Models By Race: Night Elf, Worgen. Yeah, that’s it.

View the whole set on Wowhead.

This blog gets a lot of druids.

It’s true. The increasing frequency of encrypted searches means the vast majority of search keywords these days are locked away, hidden in the infuriatingly useless “Unknown Search Terms” section, but a few always slip through.

And, yeah, druids.

I mean, it confuses me a little. Don’t get me wrong, I love transmog, but 90% of druids spend their lives as cats and bears and large, apparently sentient, trees. If you’re an enormous horned bird flushed with mystical lunar energy, does it really matter what your tier gear looks like beneath your feathers?

Still, druids, I love you guys. So this one’s for you, assuming you’re a night elf or a worgen because, uh, it’s possible Omenai Vest is a weird Alliance-only quest reward from Hellfire Peninsula.

Warlords of Draenor Alpha Build: PVP Season 16

The upcoming Warlords of Draenor alpha build included a couple of PVP sets that didn’t make it into my initial review, so… uh, enjoy!

Thanks, MMO Champion, for posting the thing!

Rogue Season 16

Warlords of Draenor Alpha - Rogue PVP Season 16

Oh man,  that’s not good.

Part of the problem here may be using the male human as the display model. Other race/gender combinations shift the proportions around; on a female draenei or blood elf, those enormous pauldrons will probably be a more manageable size and the overall effect less… eyesore-esque.

Pros: The two daggers on the belt look fantastic. The striped trousers have an almost pirate charm, especially from the back.
Con: I’m so done with putrid green. The shoulders make me sad.

Check out the full preview on MMO Champion.

Paladin Season 16

Warlords of Draenor Alpha - Paladin PVP Season 16

Holy crap, that’s a paladin?

You know, I like this. There’s a lot of grey-black, to the point where you lose some of the feeling of depth, especially when you look at the set straight on. But the overall effect, and it’s actually enhanced by that face-covering helm this time, is one of strength and raw power. The chest and shoulders of this set scream “I am an unstoppable killing machine and will crush you like a tiny insect, mortal.”

Note that he appears to be missing a belt. Hopefully that will be worked in later.

Pros: Paladins get to look terrifying for once. I like the leather buckles on the gloves.
Cons: The pointless scraps of blue fabric detract from how hard the whole set feels. The boots look like they’re the wrong colour.

Check out the full preview on MMO Champion.

What’d I miss? Think my crusade against toxic green has to stop? Let me know in the comments.

WoD Alpha Build 18443: Tier 17 and Mythic Armor Preview

A new alpha build for Warlords of Draenor is on the way and that can only mean one thing: making catty comments about the recently released Tier 17 and Mythic Armor previews. Now, this is all still in alpha, so there’s a chance things might change before WoD is finally released, uh, whenever its release date is.

(I am so not up on that sort of thing. I’m here for the clothes, people.)

Still, might as well get an early start, right?

Hunter Tier 17

WoD Alpha - Hunter Tier 17  hunter1

Would you like some bland with that bland?

Sorry, hunters.

I know I shouldn’t be so quick to judge, but, while this surpasses the shockingly low bar set by Tier 16, it looks this tier isn’t going to restore hunters to their former glory. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with it, really. This isn’t a cyclopean laser helmet or weird orbs stuck to your shoulders. It’s just… boring.

I mean, the shoulders have to have a cool animation or something, right?

WoD Alpha - Tier 17 Hunter

Um, I’m going to assume that’s not working as intended.

EDIT: Ohhh, okay. This makes a lot more sense.

WoD Alpha Build - Hunter Tier 17

In this version from MMO Champion, you can see the shoulder animation (badass), the belt (also badass, but a little big), and the gloves. The overall effect is better than Wowhead’s version and definitely elevates the set from snoozefest to pretty cool. Still not impressed by the helm or boots, but I’m sold.

Pros: The shoulder sculpts are awesome. The belt is awesome, but probably too big for a lot of transmog sets.
Cons: Wowhead’s renders suck sometimes, you know?

See for yourself on Wowhead: Link 1, Link 2.

Check out the male human on MMO Champion.

Warlock Mythic

brownskull

Okay, I kind of like this one. The helm is awful, but they almost always are. The rest of the set, though muted in palette, has enough to hold my interest. The robe is subdued, but unlike the Hunter Tier 17 the metalwork around around the waist looks like it has some craftsmanship to it.

Mythic Warlock

Swag.

And that belt.

Blizzard, the next time you’re drawing up a massive, face-covering helm adorned with ridiculously large horns, I want you to stop, look at yourself in the mirror, and whisper, “Why.”

EDIT: MMO Champion has a version that includes the spectacularly large shoulders. They’re worth talking about.

Warlords of Draenor Alpha - Warlock Mythic

Here they are from the front in all their pointy glory. From this angle, they’re kind of cool but not all that impressive. I have  to say, I’m 100% done with toxic green smears and particle effects on Warlock gear. We get it, you’re evil, move on.

Warlords of Draenor Alpha - Warlock Mythic

But just check out the back! I am loving, loving, those horns. You can actually see where they’ve been severed and fixed onto the back.

Now if only I could give that green paint a scrub.

Pros: The belt is awesome.
Cons: The helm makes me cry, sure, but it still sucks less than Tier 16.

See it for yourself on Wowhead.

Alternately, check out the male human on MMO Champion.

Druid Mythic

WoD Alpha - Druid Mythic

Welp, you know, I actually kind of like this. The helm is a little much (well, unless your guildmates need a coat rack), but I like the colours and I can see the individual parts having second lives in other sets.

Even if the overall effect is a little more Madame Hydra circa Secret Warriors than any druid I’ve ever met.

Madame Hydra

I wonder how many runs it took for that staff to drop.

But while the set may be all business in the front, there’s most definitely a party in the back. Seriously, check this out.

partyintheback

Those wings are something special. They flutter, they move. Sure, they’re attached to pauldrons that frankly aren’t that great — workable, but the bug aesthetic makes them hardly everyday wear — but with those wings you just don’t care.

Heck, they’re almost enough to get me leveling my druid again. Wait, do I have a level 90 druid? I can’t remember.

I have too many alts.

Pros: Solid colour scheme, coherent design, ~wings~
Cons: The coat rack head is a bad thing, right?

View the set for yourself on Wowhead.

Priest Tier 17

  purple-green

The more I look at this, the more familiar it feels. Okay, so a priest in red and gold is hardly breaking new ground and variations on those teal blue inserts cropped up repeatedly in Tier 16, but I’m willing to forgive if it feels a little samey-samey. The robes aren’t over-designed or needlessly busy. It’s a testament to the extent Blizzard’s art has improved over the years that from some angles it looks like it fits well, instead of just clinging to the model’s body like a second skin.

Well, in the chest area, anyway. The skin stretched across skirt mesh remains a hot mess. I’m not even 100% if the distortion in the first orb is intentional.

But not all is mild ambivalence because check out those shoulders, you guys. Okay, so they’re not wings, but the gasping faces mounted on the priest tier 17’s shoulders are fantastic. 

priest_t17_shoulders

Honestly, this shot doesn’t do them justice. The ghostly faces move in a way that perfectly evokes dark spectral forces trapped beneath cloth. The light show — the beams of blue light pouring from their mouths — is also on 24/7, so there’s no standing around, waiting for your special effects to proc. I even like the turquoise sigils carved into the gold of the shoulders. I like to pretend they’re for containment.

EDIT: Via MMO Champion, here’s another look at how the light effects might appear.

WoD Alpha - Priest Tier 17

A+ shoulders, friend. A+.

Though, honestly, I’m looking forward to the holy and discipline priests explaining to their friends why there are dark forces trapped writhing in their pauldrons. “Oh yes, oh yes, the light and, uh, all that. But they’re cool.

Pros: Those shoulders rock my world. The colour choices aren’t bad. The bandaged hand gloves are neat-o.
Cons: I like the veil effect but the shape of the helm makes it look like a bottle opener. What’s with that belt? Did the art department just get bored?

EDIT: The belt mystery has been solved. Still not to hot on the “lumpy strip of fabric motif,” but that skull!

WoD Alpha - Priest Tier 17

See the set for yourself on Wowhead: Link 1, Link 2.

Alternately, check out the male human on MMO Champion.

What do you guys think? Am I on the mark? Are those insect wings the actual coolest, or what?

Let me know in the comments.

 

 

Mail Transmog: Armor of the Single Cloud (Shaman)

mailtransmog-cloudshaman-preview

Head: N/A
Shoulders:  Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Shoulderguards of Dark Meditations (Shaman)
Back: N/A
Chest:  Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Armor of the Single Cloud (Shaman)
Hands: Quest Reward  Fastfuse Gloves
Waist:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Girdle of Gale Force
Legs:  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Lord’s Legguards
Feet:  Quest Reward Treads of Youth

Main-Hand: Vendor - Honor Points Ruthless Gladiator’s Battle Staff

Off-Hand: N/A

Transmog Models By Race: DraeneiDwarfGoblinOrcPandaren, TaurenTroll

View the whole set on Wowhead.

Okay, I’d be lying if I said  Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Armor of the Single Cloud wasn’t the sole inspiration for the creation of my female Draenei shaman. It’s beautiful, it’s blue, and it manages to look skimpy on both genders, a rare feat given Blizzard’s usual fashion double-standards. It also looks great with  Mists of Pandaria Raid Drop - Boss Loot or Raid Trash Drop  Shoulderguards of Dark Meditations, one of the few pieces to come out of Tier 16 that I actually like.

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for your sexy male shaman to show some skin, your good luck ends there: for reasons known only to Blizzard’s art department,  World Drop - Includes Zone-Specific Drops Auction House - Click Here For Undermine Journal Lord’s Legguards is less revealing on male toons.

Don’t like it? Write to your congressman!

AFK Fashion: Three Worgen Moon Custom Halter Top

Three Worgen Moon Custom Halter Top

Okay, I’m loving this. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jinx’s official World of Warcraft merchandise, but 90% of the women’s stuff seems to suffer from the same design problem: the t-shirt’s neck is high and unflattering, but the graphic placement is so high it’s tough to customize.

But this custom halter top is the best of both worlds and, if you’re crafty, probably not too difficult to recreate.

Waaaaaant.