I say this from a very strange place in my game play life but I am really looking forward to the transmog changes. The reason I say this is from a strange place in my game play life is because I never really cared too much about transmog, and after the announcement of the changes to transmog, now I do.
I have never been much of a mog person. Sure I do it on my main, I even sought out the pieces so I could make the outfit I wanted for my main, but I only did it because it was there and I was bored at the time. I also have used that one outfit since I made it and never looked for anything else. I am content with it just as I would be probably be content with my ugly armor had blizzard never added transmog to begin with.
After seeing the announcement I have changed my mind. Yes, I am capable of changing my mind. No opinion I have ever had is truly set in stone, it is just my opinion at the time I make it and up until the blizzcon announcement my opinion on transmog was I could take it or leave it. Blizzard did just enough to it with the announced changes to make me change my mind.
What changed my mind? A few things really, but one thing really sold me. Collecting. I am a fool for collecting. I used to collect pets before pet battles were in game. Did they have a use? Nope, but I made sure to get my hands on every single one I could. I wanted to have one of each. I was a collector and I like to collect things. I am a collecting freak, what can I say.
So seeing that there will be a check list, basically, that shows me there are (for example) 480 chest pieces my hunter can mog into makes me want each and every one of them. Not to mog into them, no, I have my chest piece and it is the only one I ever use, but I want all 480 of those chest pieces because there is a list that shows me what I have and what I do not have. So I must get what I do not have. The collector inside of me will not be happy until I do.
This means that an entire new world of adventure has been opened for me. I've had lore master since I started playing. I went back and did every quest I could find as soon as I had hit max level originally. I still do every quest as soon as I find it, so the only issue I would have had was that I could not longer get those pieces. However, blizzard is going to be kind enough to scan all our quests and give us all those rewards that we vendored off in the past. Cool huh? That does not mean I have nothing to seek out, there are all those raid drops and dungeon drops and world drops, I never held on to them. I need them now, so I can go out in the world and start hunting for gear once more. It just created a wealth of content for me. Something this expansion could have really used.
I am extremely happy that blizzard is going to go through all the quests I have ever done, which is all of them, and award me not only the items I did take but the items I did not take that I would have been capable of using for transmog purposes. How freaking awesome is that? I take my fair share of shots at blizzard for the things they do wrong, but I also praise them for the things they do right and this, without a doubt, is the single biggest right thing they have done in a long time, a very long time. Normally I would have expected them to release it and then there would be months and months of people asking for quest rewards before they would have added it. Blizzard was forward thinking for once and knew that day would come and instead of having to be talked into doing the right thing they are doing the right thing from the get go and they deserve props for that. Job well done blizzard.
It almost seems like blizzard nailed everything with the announcement of the new transmog system. You have the wardrobe that shows what you have and what you need. You have sets you can create so you can switch mogs nice and easy. You can put tabards in the wardrobe, and that is something we have been asking for since, well, forever. Even better is that it is account wide so now all my hunters can dress as my main hunter who just so happens to have 4 pieces on that were removed from the game which prohibited my other hunters from wearing the same mog set as him, but not any more.
It was hit after hit after hit. And I do not even like mogging and I love this. This was the most exciting bit of information to come out of blizzcon if you ask me. Many might be surprised to hear that coming from me but none are more surprised that I am saying that than I am myself.
Who would have ever thought that an addition to the game that I threw to the side would eventually be something I consider the best new feature of an expansion. This is either a very good thing or a very bad thing. I guess depending on how you look at it. But one thing I see, is that the next time we hit a lull like we have now, with the transmog wardrobe at least I will have something to do. Add to my collection.
Who would have ever guessed the day would come where I, the grumpy elf, would be excited about transmog. It's the seventh sign, I swear.
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