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Transmogrification and Earning It

Last week Blizzard announced some new features that will available in patch 4.3. One of the things I’m most looking forward to (besides new raid content, of course) is Transmogrification. This will allow you to change the appearance of your gear to match other gear you own.

My current gear is extremely unfortunate looking, so I’m very excited about this feature.

Jas Jas, the bark-faced girl.

It didn’t take me long to figure out how I will be transmogrifying my druid’s gear once it’s available. Thunderheart (Tier 6) has always been my favorite gear set. It’s one of the few that doesn’t include the fashionable “sticks on helm” look – it’s different, yet still manages to be very druid-y. I’ve had the set sitting in my bags for 3 years, just waiting for something like this to happen. My weapon choice was also pretty obvious to me. ZG was my first raid instance and the first set of purple pixels I really coveted was Will of Arlokk. I’ve had that little beauty in my bank for 5 and a half years, and am very excited at the prospect of carrying it around again. Druid transmogrification? Done and done.

Druid Tier 6 gear Thunderheart

Come on 4.3, I'm ready for you!

Then I came to my priest. She’s only been my Horde main since Cataclysm so I don’t have much gear in my bank to choose from. I pulled up Altas Loot and used the Dressing Room to look at every set. Tiers 5 and 6 are my favorites so I started mentally preparing myself for some old-school SSC, TK, MH and BT runs. But the more I thought about grabbing a few level 85 guildies to face-roll our way through the old raids for gear, the more it felt…wrong. Pasiphae never killed any Tier 5 or 6 bosses when they were current. Hell, Pasiphae didn’t even exist back then. The pretty gear is there, ripe for the taking, but I haven’t earned it. I feel like walking around in T5 or T6 gear would be misrepresenting myself and I don’t want to do that.

I’d have no problem going back for gear that I had once earned but had vendored or sharded (Jasyla DE’d her T5-looking flower shoulders and I might want those back), but going and getting gear I never had? From bosses I never fought as they were meant to be? No thanks. I think Pasiphae will proudly wear her T11, 12 (or 13 when available) gear when 4.3 drops because that’s the gear she’s earned. By the same token, you’ll never see Jasyla running around in Tier 2 because she never killed a single boss in BWL.

Though the the raids I never completed may have some nifty looking outfits, I want to wear gear that came from bosses I actually had to work to kill. I want to have earned it.