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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)

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

Dwarven Wardrobe: Dire Brew Illusion (Dark Iron)

Dwarven Wardrobe: Dire Brew Illusion (Dark Iron)

Speaking to the Dark Iron Brewer in the Grim Guzzler bar, located in Blackrock Depths, will yield a lootable Dire Brew mug (once he passes out, that is). Illusions vary based on armor types. Below is the cloth version of the illusion and a list of transmogs to recreate the look.

Left: Dire Brew Illusion. Right: Transmogrification.

Head: Bloody Bandanna or Red Mageweave Headband
Shoulders: Geomancer’s Spaulders
Chest: Robe of Kelris
Belt: Sash of the Burning Heart
Boots: (any brown shoes will suffice, I used Harvester Boots)
Gloves (optional, not part of the illusion): Ebony Flame Gloves

The individual armor pieces are all low level, meaning this transmog is immediately available for a brand new Dark Iron cloth-wearing character, once the allied race is unlocked.

Breathtaking view of Blackrock Mountain, where Blackrock Depths resides.
Dwarven Wardrobe: Stormpike Emissary

Dwarven Wardrobe: Stormpike Emissary

To don the colors of Ironforge in cloth armor, look no further than the Stormpike Emissary for inspiration!

The emissaries used to appear in the Alliance capital cities to recruit soldiers for their ongoing battle against the Frostwolf Clan in the Alterac Valley battleground, but they were removed from the game in 2014 when the random battleground feature was implemented.

Call to Arms: Stormpike Emissaries
Stormpike Emissaries no longer appear in-game to promote the Alterac Valley battleground as the “Call to Arms” twice-weekly event was removed during Warlords of Draenor. The emissaries were the only Stormpike dwarves known to wear cloth armor, while their mail and plate-wearing counterparts can still be found at their training base in Hillsbrad Foothills. (Image credit: Wowhead)

It’s not possible to get the exact robe as above as the two known sources (High Robe of the Adjudicator and Enchanted Gold Bloodrobe) were removed from the game, but the Cindercloth Robe and Bloodwoven Wraps come pretty close and are easily obtainable. Pair it with a Stylish Red Shirt. Any generic brown gloves and boots will suffice. (The belt graphic is leather only, alas.)

Here’s my version with a few tweaks to the retro outfit:

Beli displaying her personal Stormpike Emissary transmog.
Dressing old school.

Shoulders: Resilient Mantle
Chest: Cindercloth Robe
Shirt: Stylish Red Shirt
Belt: Veteran’s Silk Belt
Bracer: Earthmender’s Bracer of Shattering
Gloves: Manawracker Gloves
Boots: Sandals of Tainted Blood
Weapon: Crackling Staff (an Alterac Valley weapon)

For Khaz Modan!