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You are now leaving Shadowlands

You are now leaving Shadowlands

Farewell to the necrolords of Maldraxxus, the military arm of the Shadowlands. This was, by far, my favorite expansion to date. I truly loved the player agency in the choice of covenant, completely bypassing the traditional path generally expected of priests and paladins. No more tiresome speeches about duty and devotion, no weird temples in outer space, and absolutely no angel wings foisted as acceptable rewards. I thrived as a butcher and a plague doctor, traversing the realms with delightful abominations and a jelly cat in tow.

Guillotine, Sabrina, and Naxx, you’ll be missed.

Baroness Draka, it was an absolute honor.

See you in the next adventure.

My PVP gear that I affectionally nicknamed “Thunderdome” and the Meat Wagon mount.

These were my primary transmogs for the Shadowland expansion:

“The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.”
“Two men enter. One man leaves.”

Credit: Transmog images created with the Narcissus addon. (Even better, see more examples of the addon at Reddit’s transmogrification subreddit!)

Dwarven Wardrobe: Cloth Protective Gear

Dwarven Wardrobe: Cloth Protective Gear

Special guest appearance by Toxic Wasteling.

Saw a request on the WoW forum to make Vile Fumigator’s Mask transmoggable, which inspired me to look through my appearance tab and see if I could create something in a similar fashion. Was tickled to build a transmog around the Goblin Rocket Helm, which I had admittedly forgotten about. (I’m a goblin engineer.)

There were several belt choices for this ensemble, but I really liked the glow that radiated from the Firestrike Cord belt (along with the staff) when it got dark. (The helm is just super neon green, that’s all.)

Head: Goblin Rocket Helm (Requires Engineering)
Chest: Warpthread Vest
Shoulders: Astralaan Shoulderpads
Waist: Firestrike Cord
Hands: Pious Handwraps (Priest only)
Legs: Silver-Thread Pants
Feet: Buccaneer’s Boots
Back: Crimsonwood Drape
2H Staff: Lever of the Megantholithic Apparatus (LFR version)

The Hyena and the Wolf

The Hyena and the Wolf

This is a super rare non-dwarf post, but bear with me!

In patch 8.1.5, the Two Sides to Every Tale achievement was added to the game. One of the mount rewards is the Ironclad Frostclaw, a wolf from Alterac Valley decked out in Alliance armor. A mount from a dwarven battleground? Yeeeeeeessss. Of course I wanted it!

That meant I needed to play catch up on my horde priest to unlock this. I looked over the Zandalar quests I had fallen behind on and deflated a bit at the timesink ahead of me, but that Alterac Valley wolf was howling my name!

Got started on Vol’dun, cleared out the necessary quests and was about to complete my last one when I got too close to a couple of mobs. I briefly considered just outrunning them, but screw it, slightly faster to nuke them down. That’s when I looted an unexpected surprise: Captured Dune Scavenger. I was just stunned.

“Wait. Is this the one that Beli can ride? IT IS!!”

My horde alter ego with the Dune Scavenger in Vol’dun. The snake is so jelly.

It was one of those mounts I wanted for my dwarf, but “maybe someday,” you know? It was basically a dog from the desert (I grew up in a desert!) with a beautiful brown color (my favorite!). This really made my whole day. Totally blog worthy!

I love that my goblin is effectively smuggling over two different mounts for my dwarf. The hyena has been named Murdock. I’ll think of something for the wolf.

Dwarven Wardrobe: Wonder Woman

Dwarven Wardrobe: Wonder Woman

I was able to acquire one of the “Wonder Woman” tiaras before their respective loot tables were removed from the game. (If you weren’t able to get one, I really feel for ya. It wasn’t easy for me either.) Next to Speedy Racer Goggles, this tiara is one of my most prized items in the game.

Wonder Woman eagle emblem and Speedy Racer goggles. This guy has everything he will ever need.

There is also a chestpiece (part of the Phoenix armor set), clearly inspired by Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman costume, but it’s never been available to players. You can see it on various NPCs, such as Dungar Longdrink. I was always disappointed (still am!) that I couldn’t wear this as well.

However, once I acquired the tiara, there really didn’t seem to be a lot of good transmog choices in the cloth bracket at the onset. I felt that the leather/mail/plate transmogs had better visuals, especially for the parts that were metal such as the golden bracelets and belt. So the star tiara collected dust in my virtual closet until a couple things happened.

One, Wonder Woman’s outfit was updated to better reflect her warrior background for the 2017 movie, moving away from the cheesecake swimsuit look, a change I definitely appreciated. (Don’t get me wrong, I do dig the iconic look, but it just wasn’t practical and really needed to evolve for modern times.) I especially liked that several of my transmog pieces were obtained via PvPing, which was befitting for an Amazon.

Two, in-game graphics got more polished over time, especially with the current Battle for Azeroth gear. Cloth pieces started to have metal incorporated into their armor (spiky shoulders, hip plates, metallic belts, and so on to name a few), which allowed me to put together a satisfying warrior transmog as a cloth wearer.

Here’s my current iteration of a cloth-based Wonder Woman cosplay. I’m hoping this look will continue to evolve over the years as more items get added to the game.

“Never let your guard down. You expect the battle to be fair.” — General Antiope

Head: Holy Diadem or Starfire Tiara
Chest: Aboriginal Vest
Shirt: Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing
Waist: Tyrannical Gladiator’s Cord of Meditation
Wrist: Zandalar Confessor’s Wraps
Hands: Fen Spirit Handwraps
Legs: Sinister Gladiator’s Silk Trousers
Feet: Furious Gladiator’s Slippers of Salvation