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Vanity and Yet Another Transmogrification Post

Cassandri in level 70 gear, current gear and future transmogrification set

Cassandri in level 70 gear, current gear and future transmogrification set

I must be the last player to catch the news that Blizzard intend to bring transmogrification to World of Warcraft.

While I’ve not really been playing much (cough – not at all – cough) I have kept on top of my feed reader. I’ve been reading about World of Warcraft. I’m sure I’ve skim read at least 10 posts that mention “transmogrification”. And I just kept thinking that:

I’m going to transmorg my latest pair of gloves!

actually meant

I’m going to crudely turn the blue polygons on my latest pair of gloves into a greenish snot colour instead

Hardly inspiring stuff! But that’s not what Lathere promised me at all. I popped over for some tea, cake and baby cuddles (not necessarily in that order) last Friday.

“I’m surprised you’re not mad keen on the whole transmorg thing… I thought you would be jumping at the chance to wear your Frozen Shadoweave set again. But, technically, still have your latest gear on.”

I was outraged. You can do that?! Nobody told me you could change the armor model to something else entirely!

I didn’t even wait to go home. I logged in from Lath’s place. Unfortunately I then remembered why I’ve accomplished so little in the game since reaching level 85. I don’t really know anything about the game anymore. I don’t understand what people are talking about in General chat (although I’m fairly sure that BOT doesn’t stand for Botanica anymore). And I don’t know the people in my guild.

I guess I should be grateful that I’m still in a guild! This continually surprises me – whenever I do log in the first thing I do is hit “j” to check that I am in a guild. Ok, that’s a lie. The first thing I do is hit “o” and then after a bit of confusion I hit “c” and then I remember that the Guild stuff is its own window and has its own shortcut now. That’s when I hit “j”.

I have weird stuff in my bags. I don’t know if Dragon Flank is worth keeping, selling or auctioning. And it’s a million little uncertainties like this that paralyze me. I have to think hard to determine if Eternal Earth are from Cataclysm or Wrath of the Lich King (Wrath, I determined). Frankly all my game knowledge, one expansion to the next, has kind of muddled together into a great big grey cloud that’s almost impossible to get really, useful, data out of.

I wandered around Stormwind for a little bit. I tried to seek help from a city guard but they didn’t seem to be able to point me in the right direction. I walked up to The Cathedral to say “hello” to my priestly trainers. They were very keen to scrub my mind clean but they didn’t seem to know anything about transmogrification.

Like a noob I did those Stormwind call ins on horseback… because I keep forgetting that you can fly inside a city these says. /sigh.

I didn’t really want to ask strangers (guild members or otherwise) where to go to begin the magic of transmogrification so I just skipped straight over and headed to the bank – AKA Cassandri’s Wardrobe – to try on a few outfits.

If I can wear anything, what do I want to wear?

The single most stupid decision that I have ever made in game, and I’ve made some doozies, was disenchanting my Shadow’s Embrace set in favour of extra bag space when I was level 71.

Thought process at the time: I’ll never need this again.

Stupid Cass! After finishing off The Insane at level 80 I planned to recraft the set for sentimental reasons.

But did I just think about doing it or did I actually do it? Well it turns out that I did a bit of both. Nearly all the materials were there in my bank bag – including 20 shadowcloth and 20 primal waters.

I spent Saturday night grinding some extra Primal Shadow on Void Ridge in Hellfire Pennisula. This was a job that I could comfortably do. I knew where to go. I even remembered the approximate drop rate of Mote of Shadow.

It didn’t pass my notice that I was, essentially, trying to live in the virtual past. I’m not proud of that. I should be jumping head first into Cataclysm content. At the very least I should have queued for a Cataclysm heroic while I grinded BC materials in a BC zone. Why didn’t I try and get a group to check out the Zul’Aman heroics? A part of me is interested to see if Harrison Jones still comes to open the doors and how else ZA has changed.

I didn’t even take my guild mate’s offer (since some people I knew had logged in as I was heading out of  Shattrath - and on that point I cannot remember which characters are Scryer and which are Aldor supporters – argh) to be summoned in to meet Ragnaros the New Raid Boss.

While I was grinding BC style I was confronted with the fact that I no longer know how to play Cassandri. I dithered over whether or not to Mind Sear. I remember reading something about it channeling off friendly targets. Did I also read something about it killing the mob you cast off?

My Shadowy Apparitions were bugging the hell out of me. I don’t want to think of the number of times I thought “what’s is that th?- oh that’s right”. My action keys were lighting up like a shopping center at Christmas time. Since when does a Shadow Priest proc so many other spells?! It’s quite Mage-like. Although, to be fair, perhaps it’s very Wrath Mage-like and Mages are something else altogether now.

To make a very long story short: I got my mats. I flew out to Shadowmoon Valley and crafted the last pieces of Shadowcloth (no cooldown on Shadowcloth creation now) and was soon enough in possession of all 3 pieces of Shadows Embrace. Bound to me on Equip.

Only to find out that the Transmogrification feature has only been announced by Blizzard. It’s not going to be implemented in game until some future, oh god let it be soon, patch.

Not to worry! Now I’ve got a bit of time to track down the matching belt and helm. And then I need to pick out, or find, some awesome looking staff. Because even though I’ve always preferred the dagger/mace+offhand combination, a staff certainly looks more impressive.

Would it be wrong to mix generations? Benediction (60) with Shadow’s Embrace (70)? Probably.

So… anyone for Magtheridon’s Lair? Epic cloth gloves LOCKED.

17 Responses to “Vanity and Yet Another Transmogrification Post”

  1. TyashkiNo Gravatar says

    Keep in mind, if you prefer dagger+ offhand you should find similar to transmogrify. Unfortunately you can’t transmogrify a staff into a dagger.

  2. RedbeardNo Gravatar says

    Hey, you’re back!

    I was starting to wonder if you two had faded into the twilight, you know.

    I wish I could tell you what to cast with your Shadow Priest, but I haven’t touched mine in at least 1.5 years.
    Redbeard’s last post: The Great Equalizer

    • CassandriNo Gravatar says

      Lath is highly distracted by babe but I’ve just not been keen to sit at my computer-in-a-kitchen these last few months. A whole bunch of things really collided to bring me back… although in what capacity I’m not sure yet.

      • RedbeardNo Gravatar says

        How bad is your basement? Still unlivable?
        Redbeard’s last post: Some Thursday Fun

      • CassandriNo Gravatar says

        It’s in the process of being repaired. That’s a big part of what’s brought me back to the game: the idea of having the space to sit down for long gaming sessions :)

      • JanainaNo Gravatar says

        Oh man I just had a freaky thgohut-what if Ben started dreaming like Bea did. How would she explain that!?!?!Ben: I had this wild dream with you in it last night!Bea: O.o?Ben: And you were with this older guy with blond hair and it was insane!Bea: O.O!Busted.

  3. You have my permission to mix generations, as long as it is in the pursuit of awesome.

    But might I suggest a crimson felt hat?

    • CassandriNo Gravatar says

      Well it would certainly be a nice tie towards our server name, Barthilas, if you’re thinking of the hat from Magistrate Barthilas in Stratholme. I’ll probably stick to something more grand and traditional though :D

  4. VidyalaNo Gravatar says

    Cass! It’s so good to hear from you. If you wanted to get back into the swing of WoW, I’m sure you could in no time. Honestly, the game changes so fast – I’ve felt that same way even just after missing a major patch. Ironically, the only two times I’ve gone on vacation in the past two years were right after a major patch. I’d login and have to ask, “Umm where is–? Why is–?” While my guildies had been playing post-patch for at least a week and all this fancy new stuff was old hat to them.

    As far as living in the virtual past goes, you better believe all my sets will come from BC! Still my favourite expansion for content. I think Cass looks spectacular in that set. Seeing shadow priests in that gear again is going to make me so happy! :D
    Vidyala’s last post: Hoarders

    • CassandriNo Gravatar says

      I’m sure what I’m experiencing right now has been experienced by so so many … part of why I went on and on about it in the post.

  5. WindsoarNo Gravatar says

    I just wanted to stop in and /wave! It *has* been awhile :)

    I think this kind of break is exactly why I’ve had so many main changes over the years. It’s frustrating to log into a character that you really love and has BEEN you only to discover you don’t know what the heck is going on!
    Windsoar’s last post: Random Musings: The UI, Guild Updates, Grinding & /wave

  6. MinstrelNo Gravatar says

    Nice post. I always enjoy posts where people take in the new transmogrification changes coming and meditate on what to use. I think the feature is going to be amazingly fun.

    If I may inquire, what weapon are you wielding in the “Back in the day (level 70)” image? It looks quite spectacular.

  7. CassandriNo Gravatar says

    Ha! They only look spectacular :) I think it’s my offhand that’s visible in the screenie:

    Offhand: Orb of the Soul-Eater
    Dagger: Scryer’s Blade of Focus
    Cassandri’s last post: Transmogrification: Pants are Optional

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