As I look at more and more outfits with an eye towards transmogrification, the more tweaks I find I would make to make the World of Warcraft more fashionable. Here are some of the suggestions I’ve come up with – would love to hear your feedback in the comments! (Once we have a good list going, let’s get it onto the official forums.
Here we go.
1) Extend the ability to hide certain slots of gear.
In order of preference, allow us to hide:
Belts are the single most problematic piece of gear to match in an outfit. In some ways it’s the mark of a serious outfit – having taken the time to find a belt that really works with a look shows attention to detail. But many looks – cloth, especially – have no visually matching belts, or the options that exist really mar the look of the outfit. NPCs can get around this by not wearing belts; PCs can’t.
Shoulders might be controversial to hide. They are part of the Warcraft “look,” they help denote progression (the better your gear, the bigger your shoulders), but they also ruin the look of many dresses, robes, and otherwise great chest pieces.
Bracers and Gloves would be nice to turn off, but not anywhere as helpful as belts. They just can sometimes detract from an otherwise clean look.
I debated putting Tabards on this list at all. Part of the appeal of tabards is that you are actively championing a faction when you wear them, and therefore you damn well better be willing to put up with wearing the colors. The other part of me recoils in horror when I see how those colors look. (This is why outfit macros are your friend!)
There’s a secondary issue with hiding belts and tabards due to how many tabards are designed. If you hide the belt, some tabards will have a gap where the belt should go. This gap is there in the artwork and going back to fix them doesn’t make a lot of sense. That said, I would still rather be able to hide the belt and deal with this gap on a case by case basis.
Belts are rather a big deal.
2) Allow use of white-quality gear in transmogrification.
There is so much great artwork in this game, and so many white quality clothes, that it’s really a pity that we can’t use them to mog. The starting area outfits are really well designed – they’re supposed to be, they exist to draw us into a character concept! Many of these outfits capture the look and feel of a race and/or class, and would be fantastic to use past the first 10 levels. Not only is the art great, there’s something to be said for being able to level in clothing that makes you look like a novice.
There are also several low level gear sets which are a mix of greens and whites which are pretty much unusable because of this rule. It’s a pity, they’re nice looking sets, but often they lack shoulders or pants or something silly because of this.
Mostly, I have just found so many great white items at vendors throughout the game that would be great to use, and have to set them aside because they can’t be mogged.
If there are concerns about specific pieces being used, omit those items but let the others through. 🙂
3) Allow heirlooms which cross armor types (Leather to Mail, Mail to Plate) to be mogged by either armor type.
This is a real irritant when leveling any plate wearer or hunter/shaman for the first 40 levels with heirloom chests/shoulders – you can’t mog them to match the leveling gear you’re picking up. The heirlooms are a different armor class than your character can currently equip, so you can’t assemble a complete set of leveling gear and create a uniform look.
- Hunters and Shaman from 1-40 can only equip leather armor. Their heirloom pieces are classified as Mail but can be equipped through some kind of heirloom magic, which is great. When they hit 40, they can start getting an entire set of Mail to match and mog. Before 40, though, they can’t equip any Mail armor, so they can’t mog their chest piece or shoulder. At best, they can save the Mail items they get from questing < 40 and mog them later.
- Warriors and Paladins have it even worse, because they can’t even choose Plate rewards to use later on. There’s no Plate armor before level 40, meaning that their outfits will always be uncoordinated and they’ll never be able to really return to the look of their youth. Maybe that’s for the best – I don’t want to go back to the ’80s, for example – but it would be nice to level in coordinated outfits.
This is one of those little things that bugs me a lot on my lowbie alts. Making it so you could mog Mail -> Plate heirlooms and Leather -> Mail heirlooms would make me a happy altoholic.
4) Lower the cost of mogging heirloom helms and cloaks.
You could make the argument that mogging is too expensive, that it needs to be more accessible to players of different income levels. I’m not really in agreement with that, because I do see it as a luxury gold sink, but at the same time I think that if prices were dropped a bit it would be better for the game overall.
The one part I do feel strongly enough on to make this list, though, is the cost of mogging heirloom helms and cloaks. These are the most expensive items to mog in the game, by a lot – 375g – and they are the ones I would actually like to mog the most as I level. Pick up a sweet helm in Gnomer? Huh, haven’t generated enough income on this alt to justify using it. Got a matching cape to that nice leveling outfit I just put together? Huh, well, I guess I can hide my cloak for a while longer.
Reducing the prices on these two item types would just make mogging one’s whole outfit while leveling less of a burden.
Okay, those are my top three items. What would you like to see? Let me know in the comments!