One of the things about being friends with folks like Rades and Narci is that they have a lot of transmogrification gear. Like, a LOT a lot. More than you would think possible to have and still play a character as a raiding main.
“Oh, it’s so cute, you keep crafting mats on your main.”
The problem, of course, is that it’s hard to quantify just how bad someone’s mog space problem is. Some people look at it as a problem if they can’t have crafting gear, others need toys, others are engineers and need a bag space just for gadgets and teleports. Everyone’s got a different situation.
So I’d like to propose an objective measurement of how bad your transmog problem is: your Mogging Density Level.
The Mogging Density Level (MDL) is how much of your total storage space is taken up by transmogrification gear. This provides a fair metric for understanding just how bad your transmog problem is. To determine your MDL, take the number of transmog slots over the total number of possible slots, so you will end up with a percentage.
Technically there are two MDL scores: relative and absolute. Relative MDL is the amount of transmog gear over how much bag space you have right now. Absolute MDL is mog gear over the maximum amount of gear possible. When we talk about MDL we are normally talking about Absolute Mog Density, not Relative.
In Mists of Pandaria, Absolute MDL uses full Royal Satchels and Void Storage. That’s 16 slots in the backpack, 28 in the bank, 11 satchels at 28 each, and 80 slots of void storage, or 432 slots.
The rule of thumb is that you count items that are eligible for transmogrification that are stored on a given character. That means the following items count:
- Bind to Account heirloom gear.
- Gear in your void storage.
- Offspec gear.
- PvP gear.
- Armor types which you don’t normally wear.
- Weapon types which you could equip or use under any condition. (2H axes for Felguards, melee weapons for Hunters count.)
- Cloaks, Helms, Bracers all count, even if they cannot be seen.
And the following items do not count:
- Toys, trinkets, special effect items, teleports, holiday items.
- White-quality gear, soul bound or not.
- Holiday gear that cannot be mogged.
- Trinkets, rings, and necklaces in your bags.
- Tabards and shirts.
- Fish. Sadly.
- Any other gear that is ineligible for transmogrification.
- Gear that you, or your pets or controlled units, cannot equip or use in any manner.
- Items which transform your entire appearance into something else.
- BoE or BoA gear stored on other characters or guild banks.
- The gear actively being worn by your character is also not counted.
Basically, if you can mog it and it takes up space on a toon, it counts towards that toon. If you can’t, it doesn’t. The key to MDL is measuring how much space you have dedicated to transmogrification, not just fashion. (A fashion index would include shirts, tabards, and possibly even toys that transform the users.)
My personal goal is to keep my MDL down below 40%. Cynwise is floating right around there, and I’d like to keep her with enough space to pick up new things but not hold on to everything. But she has a problem with cloaks, and a knife collection that’s a little out of control.
There’s always room for improvement. Good luck managing your closet.