I hope all of you are doing well, and that the weather in your area has been kind. I just came off of a mini-vacation where the sun decided to teach me a lesson on who’s the boss when it comes to AoE. To say that I’ve been sunburned is an understatement and I can now honestly sympathize with how bacon feels when it has been cooked. Owie! Aloe skin lotion ftw!
Today, I’ve been honored to have Blutt, (@blutt_wow) join me in reviewing some warlock transmogrifications. I’m very excited to have her take part with her tmog comments and recommends, and I’d like to personally take the time to tell her “Thank You”. It’s always nice to consort with other warlocks especially when it comes down to the important things like looking good at being bad. And if you’re not following Blutt on twitter you should consider it because she’s funny, and she’s always up for talking warlocky stuff /em bows and salutes Blutt!
Now before I get to looking at some good and bad Tmog with Blutt, I’d first like to
complain and r ant discuss some warlock stuff and then touch on some of the latest news for just a bit…
Too much utility? Really?
While there still hasn’t been no official announcement date for the 5.4 patch release date, I’m really enjoying the time to play catch-up both IRL and in gearing up my alts. And while most of the warlock changes on the PTR have slowed down a bit, the only really big warlock topic that has created an uproar in the past few weeks (besides the changes to KJC) was the article over at WoWInsider written by Sara Pine called, Do warlocks bring too much utility to a raid? It’s a simple question that was sparked from one of Ghostcrawler’s tweets when he mentioned that warlocks might bring too much utility to a raid.
Without getting into too much of a heated discussion about this top, fwiw I’d like to offer my take on answering this question. Ghostcrawler’s tweet was cryptic in the fact that he didn’t specifically mention how much utility was too much, or did it point to what specific abilities were over-the-top or over-powered in his view. Was Ghostcrawler referring to our dps output combined with our raid utility? Or was he referring to our personal survival skills combined with our raid utility? If you read the article, and if you read Ghostcrawler’s tweet the discussion is about raid utility.
Do we bring too much?
I’ve tried to consider what specific categories of raid utilities Ghostcrawler might have been referring to and so I’ve tried to take a step back and consider the question of “Do warlocks bring too much raid utility?” from the view of a player who runs 2 hunters, 2 warlocks and 2 shaman. So here is a short list I came up with for your consideration:
Single Target Damage – I personally don’t view dps as a raid utility because I like to keep the conversation from being diluted, (apples and oranges) but I’m throwing it out there because it appears on some of the lists that people complain about in regards to warlocks lately. Rarely in LFRs do I see warlocks at the tops of the charts unless they’re over geared for the encounter. I can tell you right now, as I’m gearing up my healers, I’m seeing Rogues, Mages, DKs and Hunters sharing in the single target dps spotlight, not warlocks.
AoE Damage – Should we consider AoE damage as a raid utility? IMO, I don’t think so, but again it’s a major complaint I’m seeing people toss around as being too high with warlocks. Maybe some of these complainers view trash clearing as a raid utility? Like single target dps, I’m not seeing the AoE of warlocks topping the charts unless a particular toon is over geared and they’re slumming LFR farming valor. For high AoE damage atm, all I’m seeing is Elemental Shaman and Hunters topping the charts. In particular, those two classes stand out for me because when it comes to AoE I’ve often been shocked to see some of the numbers Recount is recording on them. If spamming Chain Lightning doesn’t get nerfed I’d be very surprised.
Raid Stamina Buff – Another raid utility we offer via a warlock’s Dark Intent spell. Maybe I’m crazy, but wasn’t this changed to give a balance again for groups because some raid compositions might not be able to get the stamina buff? Okay, what-evs!
Healthstones – (a.k.a., our warlock cookies( The complainers see them as free health pots. Big whoop. Okay, so now we give them in stacks of three. Geez louise, go back to making it 1 again. Fine. Does anyone see them as a game changer utility? I don’t and maybe that’s just me? This one really surprises me because one of the longest running jokes I’ve hear from warlocks and non-warlocks players alike is when after a wipe we still hear people say, “Oh yeah, I forgot to use my cookie”. Even my own raid team that I hound every Tuesday night still forgets to use them sometimes even when I constantly remind them!
Battle Rez / Soulstone – These little gems used to only work for us, or on a person we decided to place it on. Of course common sense (and our raid leaders) often dictated that it was always placed on a healer, and a healer who could Brez always took first priority. Wasn’t the reason Blizzard gave the Brez ability to our Soulstones was there might be some raid compositions that would be without a Brez? Wasn’t the Brez ability for warlocks to help add a balance for raids? Okay, fine. Take away the Brez portion of our Soulstone and go back to how it was before and I have no problems. I rarely die to standing in bad stuff so this is not a concern for me. Sadly, newer tanks in LFR might not like that kind change. I know because I’ve battle rezzed a lot of them with both of my warlocks when I’m farming for valor and gear.
Raid Mobility / Demonic Gateway – If this was a discussion about PvP we could probably have quite a discussion about the changes to our gateways, but instead we’re talking about Ghostcrawler’s tweet about warlocks having too much utility in raids. When it comes to raids, rarely do I see our gateways used. Even when they are utilized I don’t see them being tools that would make them game changers. Can anyone name a fight where a demonic gateway was a key factor in downing a particular boss? Is there any fight I might be missing where a team had to bring a warlock in order to win using this niche spell? Maybe there is one and I’m just not sharp enough to see it. If you can think of any where a DG makes that huge of a difference in the outcome please let me know.
Crowd Control and CC – Other than questing, scenarios and 5 man dungeons, do any warlocks use their crowd control in raids? I haven’t needed to use mine very much and it’s because of a very good reason. For raiding, our CC is rarely needed because every trash group is just a tank pull and an AoE grind fest to follow. The only raid fight in MoP that I’ve seen that truly needed crowd control IMHO was for Wind Lord Mal’jarak’s adds, but when Blizzard gives anyone in the raid the ability to use Impaling Spear then who cares about using any of the usual CC?
Out of all of these abilities of what many would consider as a raid utility the only one I could see as being a little too much, or might be seen as over-the-top might be our Soulstone’s ability to battle-rez. Ha! I kid. I mean a hunter pet can brez and no one complains, but give it to a warlock and it’s OP. As for me, the only time I get to use my Soulstone’s Brez ability in a 10 man raid is when our resto Druid Teammate drops (which is very rare) or when I’m in an LFR and all of the other classes that can provide never use it. I guess the next time I have to battle-rez a newer tank in LFR because 2 of the other classes (that usually have 6 to 8 players represented as compared to maybe me and one other warlock) and they can’t use their battle-rez spells I’m going to screen shot it and send it to Mr. Ghostcrawler with a note explaining:
Dear Mr. Ghostcrawler,
It’s not that warlocks have too much utility, it’s the fact we’re the only ones who care to use them. Please see pic included…” <failedbrezzers.jpg>
(PS – I do love your snarkiness)”
Okay, I’ve done enough ranting about too much warlock utility, but I’d love to hear your take on it. Do you think warlocks provide too much? I really am curious…
OMG! An in-game store and the end of the world
So there’s been data mining that shows Blizzard is playing around with micro-purchases available at an in-game store. *Yawns* Yes, some think the end is nigh because of this information. Believe me, everyone has been covering this news and from my PoV as long as you don’t need to purchase anything to give you an advantage to defeat a boss or give you an edge over others in battles or in raids, then I think it’s fair game. If it gets to the point where it’s a “pay to win” then the days for me and WoW will be probably end. We’re not even close to that point yet and I don’t think Blizzard is dumb enough to jump the shark for something like that. I know I for one would wish that some of the elusive TCG look could be considered for micro-transactions. Can you say Feldrake? I’m not saying I’d buy them all, but there are a few where I know I’d be willing to spend my money.
We can even carry this discussion over about micro-transactions as it leads to what everyone has probably now seen available for digital purchase over at the Blizzard Store. Transmog items. Yep! Three unique transmog helms are available over at the Blizzard Story that are account wide and running at $15.00 each. Now, if they were offered at $5.00 each I could see that as a reasonable offer especially since they’re account bound, but at $15.00 that’s too steep for my liking. I’m on the fence about seeing Tmog items available for purchase. Atm, Tmog items aren’t something I’d pay money for at least with the current offerings. If Blizzard is going to head down the path of micro-transactions then I’d much rather have them focus on things such as mounts, cool trinkets, or vanity pets.
Alright, enough with the ranting! Let’s move along to some warlock Tmog review fun with my friend Blutt.
What Not To Wear For Warlocks
Starting off with some of the good Tmogs
Blutt: This gentleman looks dark and foreboding in his Gul’Dan’s Regalia, the warlock Tier9 set (which is so much better looking for Horde than Alliance)! His belt matches and looks great with the robe.
Amijade: Everything works for me except his shoes, but maybe he was on his way to fix that? For sets like this there’s so many MH + OH and MH only weapons. Even with the blue shoes he looks imposing and threatening.
Blutt: What is better than having Illidan horns? Having Illidan horns bigger than you, that’s what! This diminutive warlock looks fantastic and must have worked hard for his Betrayer’s Regalia, rewarded from Challenge Modes.
Amijade: This is a great set won from scenario challenge modes so hats off to this little guy for putting in the effort. This set looks great for all classes except for female Undead toons. The small boney frames of those models make the horns look too big, but for everyone else it works. Just remember if you’re anything other than a human or a Belf, you really need to make sure to wear this set with the helm showing.
Blutt: A+! I am a huge fan of revealing transmogs – when done well. This warlock managed to look sexy and sinister (bonus points for avoiding the overly-trendy Black Mageweave Leggings) with pieces from the Malevolent Gladiator Felweave set and Barbaric Cloth Vest and matching loincloth.
Amijade: As many of you know, Rouge pictured above, is a role-player and she devises tons of great looks. It seems every time I bump into her on my server I have to stop and take pictures of her current tmog set. When you’re a female human, or a female Belf and you look better than your succubus then the take home message is that you’re doing it right. Rouge proves that point. Another fact I’d like to add is that if you’re a female human or Belf then showing any of your own skin is just fine. For all other classes of warlocks if you can see any skin or fur, then you’re doing it wrong.
Blutt: I personally am a huge fan of the Laughing Skull Shoulderpads. These petite black shoulders compliment a wide variety of armor sets and should be a staple in any fashion-conscious warlock’s void storage. This blood elf’s belt model, Girdle of Endemic Anger, drops in Temple of the Jade Serpent, and shares the same model of numerous other belts. This belt’s fashionable purple hue and its slim profile makes it a very versatile piece. But warlocks – do not forget to transmog your weapons! I suggest she transmog her Loshan, Terror Incarnate to Latro’s Dancing Blade from Magister’s Terrace.
Amijade: This is great set and I’d have to agree with Blutt in regards to the weapon needing a better transmog choice. It’s hard to see, but her dagger is extremely green. The weapon also doesn’t stand out other than the fact that it doesn’t compliment anything nor does it look threatening. For outfits that are more plain and simple, and that don’t have a lot of fancy special effects, a good Tmog weapon that glows, spews fire, or whatever else to add some flash would really make a difference here! It’s a great start and it gives a good reason to use MogIt to find just the right weapon to compliment the set. With enough flash and pizzazz from a good weapon, this outfit would really be considered a classic.
The not-so-good and downright
Blutt: In most cases, revealing warlock transmogs should be left to female humans and blood elves. However, I will make an exception for this decidedly un-sexy worgen female. Why? Well, if you saw this warlock running toward you in a battleground, you would likely be so shocked by the combination of exposed furry thighs and alien-esque helm that she’d global you with a Chaos Bolt before you knew what was coming. Scaring the enemy should be every warlock’s goal!
Amijade: The gnome is wearing some of the latest pvp gear and is doing a great job of covering up and
hiding looking scary behind a helm. It’s a simple, yet foreboding set and the main items such as the chest piece, shoulders and helm can all be purchases off the AH for usually under 1,500 gold. Good job little Gnome dude, I like it. He may have picked the wrong class for a warlock, but you’re making up for it with a good taste in warlock style. The Worgen’s tmog set reminds me of a mullet hair-cut. It looks like business in the front and party on the bottom. While the helm and shoulders are from the Vengeful Gladiators Dreadgear (the recolor set to the Malefic Rainment set), the bottom half appears to be lacking and takes away from the everything else. While I have to admit the Worgen’s staff is pretty cool, it really needs a good set to go with it. A simple fix to this outfit would be to complete the set from the chest down. I’m a little bit more strict as compared to Blutt because there is way too much fur showing for me, but that’s just imho.
Blutt: You sir, in the clown suit, is why transmogrification exists in the first place. For years players have equipped odds and ends from dungeons, raids, pvp sets, VP/JP purchases, and often looked as bad as, well, you. BUT NOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO! Run as fast as your little legs can take you to your bank and local AH and see if you can put together something that at least slightly matches, and stop shaming warlocks everywhere.
Amijade: Where to start? Well, maybe this little guy just hit level 90 and they been running dungeons and they haven’t had time to Tmog? We can only hope that is the case. We know he’s been doing something because he is wearing his gloves from the Sha so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and I’m going to say that he just hit cap. If this Gnome is at cap he can do dailies and since he’s been running back and forth to his farm that means he’s growing crops. Having both dailies and crops available to him means he can make gold. So he needs to do what Blutt suggests and take his gold and go redeem himself (and warlocks everywhere) by spending most of it on a good Tmog set! And for Fel’s sake please change your helm option to Show Helm!
Blutt: These two warlocks have been afflicted by the curse of the Firestrike Cord, which has been striking horror into transmog afficionodos like myself since 5.4. The belt itself is a quite attractive model, with the glowing green buckle. But since 5.3, a bug seems to be in place where the area above the belt wraps toons in a swatch of fabric from the Fire Support Robes, destroying any attempt at a nice transmog (and even slashing tabards in half, making them crop tops)! Warlocks – please take a look down and take note if your transmog is ruined by this unfortunate belt.
Amijade: First off, I love the vanity pet. Yes, it’s a cool pet, but sadly it looks more menacing than his Fel imp when they are both out at the same time. Also, even though the vanity pet is very cool it does nothing to help highlight his Transmog set. Please remember that unless you’re a human or a belf, then displaying your helm is a must. Now, I understand that it can be hard for Affliction warlocks to find a good Tmog helm because of the very annoying floating shards or verdant spheres that always get in the way. It’s one of the reasons why I think the Glyph of Subtlety should make their removal permanent and not just out of combat! I know some people love the little floating things, but all of you should know by now that I dislike them and for several good reasons. Sadly, the worst of all is that they really limit your tmog choices. I think a simple fix to make this tmog set stand out would be to find a better choice of gloves and a very imposing and shiny weapon.
Blutt: Now this just makes me sad. This warlock has a great outfit put together, with the Meteor Chaser’s Raiment and matching gloves and shoulders. It looks as if she has her pants transmogged to Kilt of Untreated Wounds. Tip: feel free to transmog your pants into a skirt model and pair with a matching vest or chest piece. However, if you then transmog your chest piece to a full length robe, the robe graphic will be cut off and your skirt underneath will show. You don’t want your petticoat peeking out! Let’s hope this warlock is on her way to Warpweaver Dushar to undo the transmog graphic of her pants.
Amijade: I agree with Blutt. The shoulders and the chest piece showing off her skin and her hair look great. However, the problems with the pants not showing the full robe is a major problem. The good news is that it’s a simple fix like Blutt suggests. You can’t see it, but she has a great looking orange and green glowing dagger that I believe comes from the Firelands raid. Once her lower half Tmog is fixed she’s on her way to dominate attention and respect.
Blutt: Not sure if trolling, or…? This warlock’s belt, robe and shoulders match. But that headpiece and gloves make her look like a sub-par Arcane Mage from Tier 11. Surely she is wearing Rittsyn’s Ruinblasters, but to my eye they just look like the bulky and unattractive reputation gloves I wore at the start of Cataclysm (that share the same model as Mage Firelord Regalia). Tread carefully here. The last thing any self-respecting fel-flinger wants is to be mistaken for a mage.
Amijade: Obviously, this is a former mage who re-rolled a warlock via an invite from recruit-a-friend request. As you can see, this person is confused in so many ways. Using a hodgepodge mix of current dungeon gear, and various colors of clashing retro pieces doesn’t work…at all. My best advice to this newer warlock is to start over and start with the basics. Grab an older pvp set, or farm for an older warlock tier set just to get a feel for what power with good looks can do for your respect factor. When you’re doing it right, people will love to hate you. When you’re doing it wrong (like this) people will love to laugh in your face. Being a warlock takes work. When your a belf warlock Looking like a force to be feared shouldn’t be difficult because they have more options than most warlocks. You’re free to show skin or not. You can even show your helm or not. There’s so many options at your disposal it’s just sad to know that this tmog what you settled on. Please, don’t ever do this again!
Ending this post with a simple tmog rule with examples
Warlock Tmog Rule: If you’re any race other than human or belf, you must always display your helm in public.
As you can see this little female gnome is wearing nothing that matches. It’s a terribad tmog outfit, but despite it’s lack of taste and coordination it still looks scary, creepy and it makes you feel uncomfortable. Why? This little gal covered everything up and left her helm showing. By covering up and displaying her helm she looks like rabid clown that most people will certainly try to avoid. Just looking at this pic gives me the chills because it makes you afraid that she might, at any moment, attack your ankles.
In this second example, this little gnome has a great warlock tmog set. She has mixed the Deathbringer Tier chest piece with a cool looking staff and some retro shoulders. What’s not to like about a warlock tmog set that is black with purple and dark blue? Everything looks great IMHO except for the fact that she’s breaking an important rule. She isn’t a human and she isn’t a belf so she should
hide her cute face cover her face with a good tmog helm too. I mean she is so close to having a great set that even when it looks this good it can still fall short by breaking such a simple rule. Her enemies wouldn’t be fearful of her at all. In fact, most would probably want to pinch her cheeks and pull on her pigtails and then laugh about how kids are so cute these days.
Using the addon Mogit, the helmet from example #1 was added to example #2 and the picture below is a great example of how wearing a helm is so important for a warlock if they’re not a human or a belf. The only thing that wasn’t used in the MogIt display window was the staff from example #2 because I couldn’t find it in the MogIt database so I improvised.