|Who says we can't raid?!|
So, seems fashion and appearance is on Blizzards list of things to fiddle and improve! With an Official Blizzard Transmogrification Announcement from above, a preview of the features due in the upcoming patch (4.3) have been laid out. Of course, as always, subject to change, but nonetheless:
You’ve been asking for it, and we were listening. In patch 4.3 you’ll be able to customise the appearance of your weapons and armor like never before.
|So that's the meaning..|
Further explained, you can take the appearance of one item and use it's model, while keeping the stats on the receiving piece. For example you could choose to wear a level 85 piece of raid gear, have it 'Transmogrified' from a source model of tier 1, while retaining the stats and all the benefits that it holds. Not all item pairings are compatible with Transmogrification. From what has been officially released and stated upon, here is what I have gathered:
- You must be able to wear both items
- Only items that have stats can be used in the transmogrification process
- Of which you may have had to 'own' the source model at some point (Not confirmed)
- They won’t allow you to change weapon and/or class specific/material armor types. So no pretending to wear that Death Knights plate gear (I'm looking at you Mages!) or equipping some librams for you warrior-want-to-be-shamans out there!
- Though the exception are Bows/Guns/Crossbows. (Which, I am unsure why they are exempt to this rule, unlike Maces/Axes/Swords and so on)
- Item tooltips for items, which have been Transmogrified, will show that they are under the effects.
- This will be a reversible process.
- NO LEGENDARIES!
Blizzard have said they are looking into a way of obtaining gear, which has become unavailable over time, in an alternative manner. Any ideas? Time Machine?
|Just.. Where.. To put it all?!|
As has been quoted: "Transmogrification encourages players to hold onto items with sentimental or aesthetic value."
But will the community sacrifice there, level 85 equivilent, 'status symbols'. I'm one of those to build a sentimental value around particular items and, more so, armor sets. Mean, why not? Some look brilliant! This leaves some open, and great, opportunities and doorways for many characters. Such as Role players or those looking to look a part different from there allies (even enemies). I see this being a big step into creating a more in-depth character view. More diversity. Seeing and actually taking in what your fellow players are choosing to wear and such. I feel this move will benefit the growth of WoW.
Lets take a look at a small handful of the older/outdated armor sets and items, which for some players, I am sure, can't wait to jump back into:
|Various Hunter sets|
|Paladin Tier 2|
|Warrior Tier 3|
|Various Priest Sets|
|Rogue High Warlord Set|
|Mage Tier 5|
|Shaman Gladiator Set|
|Warlock Tier 3|
|Druid Tier 3|
|Death Knight Tier 10|
Etherals can see this causing an increase in the demand for space. So that is when 'Void Storage Service', will come into play. Using clever pocket dimensions to create 80 more slots for particular items (More than likely armor/weapons). Anything stored there will lose all gems and enchantments, and even name of the player who crafted the item.
NOW TELL ME, WHAT DO YOU THINK? I'D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY? GOOD OR BAD!
Before we finish up. Here are other 4.3 points of interest, to say the least:
- Deathwing raid (to be the last of the expansion). With some cool unique features apparently added to the fight. Seems a little soon right?
- 3 new 5-man instances will be added with the patch.
- Raid Finder also being added.
- Darkmoon Faire island?!
Thanks for reading,
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