Mog Madness: The Final Round!

Mog Madness Finals:

  • When: April16th – April 20th (judging results revealed April 22nd)
  • Who: Missescake, Cymre, Reluctant Raider, Kamalia, Tolbi.
  • How: Send an e-mail with your screenshot(s) to arcanewordsmith@gmail.com or post your entry on the Mog Madness page of Amateur Azerothian, Tome of the Ancients, or Effraeti’s RP.
  • Mog Requirement: For the finals, contestants must create an “Anti-Paladin of the Old God.”  To elaborate, your outfit can include anything for a Paladin or Death Knight.  You must also choose whether your entry is an Anti-Paladin for C’thun or for Yogg-Saron (Judge’s tip…avoid looking anything like Twilight Cultists).
Which Voice Do You Hear?

Best of luck to our 5 finalists…and yes, in this EXACT moment I realized the irony in the final round and the title of the contest…

Mog Madness: Round Four Results!

We apologize for not getting the results out sooner but it’s been a crazy busy few days for all of us judges.  But, we’re bunkered in and performed our duties once more in an effort to see who moves on to the finals!  Goodness knows the contestants were thrilled with Round Four and having to match up with the Tabard of the Illidari.  Having said that, let’s see how they did!

Kamalia

JD: Another impressive compilation here.  I wanted to not like the helm because of the orange “eyes” but the problem is you don’t notice them until long after the rest of the outfit.  That’s a good thing.  Great weapon choices here, and am surprisingly in love with the Chromite Legplates here.  14.2

TotA: I really like the color in the legs and how it’s echoed by the weapon choice. I think the helm works for me because of the hint of a similar glow from the cloak’s border. Overall everything works well for me, lovely. 14.3

Effy: This outfit required a temporary “Oh shiny”-like moment, as I had to see this larger.  This meant firing up WoW and MogIt and a whole 10 or so minutes of fiddling and zooming and twirling.  Because from the picture, I could tell this outfit had a lot of character, I just could not tell how much.  This is one of those outfits that grow on me, mostly because the combination of colors is at first overwhelming – which is not too surprising considering the combinations of purple, green, and yellow.  Belts must be a be a larger eye-catcher for me, because that seems to be where I find myself commenting most in this judging – but I find my eyes wanting more purple there.  I like that the outfit is purple, trimmed and accessorized with green.  I also like the Chromite pieces here, which I find surprising, but once more Kamalia makes the simple pieces the most likeable.  They just go well with the shield.  The shoulders are also still throwing me off, as they are more of the majority of the outfit, which is primarily purple.  Overall, what an exciting piece for the eyes. 13.9

Blog of the Treant

JD: I want to like “Frank” here.  I really really do, and the truth is I like what’s been put together.  The hat was a great choice…it’s all a great choice.  The problem for me is that I look at it and think Darkmoon Faire.  I can’t get past that impression and that hurts my overall score for an otherwise solid outfit. 13.4

TotA: OMG! Frank, I know an Undead Warlock lady who would love to meet you. She keeps nudging me saying “get his number” so it’s hard to pay attention. Maybe I’ll send her to gather some cloth so I can have some peace. There whew, she’s out of the way. I don’t know what to say Frank. Your lovely hat, your weapon and then showing a little skin doesn’t hurt … sorry I meant bones. I do understand what JD means by the Darkmoon Faire look but in spite of that I can’t help but be smitten. What? Yes, yes, you can put your lumberjack shirt back on now Frank. 14.0

Effy: I am actually quite fond of this outfit (and character), too, Ancient.  And for any of our readers, I suggest following the link and learning more about Frank, as it is all quite pertinent to his item choices.  I like the whole farmer by day and Warlock by night thing Frank has going – does that mean he moonlights for Illidan?  Or just that he swiped this tabard from some unwitting follower and now sports it to show off his prowess?  I feel the tabard, belt and cloak are the focus of this outfit, and the hat and shoulders complement them well.  BTW, kudos for the shoulders!  I had to pick up a pair for myself a while back, but unfortunately I have yet to find anything I really want to pair them up with.  I also like the remaining pieces for being simple, and adding to the outfit overall. 14.1

Tolbi

JD: Illidari squire!  Peasant?  I have no idea but I love it! The Darkmist Handguards are a near perfect match to that tabard, and I love the use of grey here.  Just phenomenal.  Kudos for one of my favourite shoulders in the game as well as the staff and belt to bring out the tabard’s green…to say nothing of the model choice and her eyes.  Well done. 14.2

TotA: There seems to be a story behind this entry, wonderful look. The shoulders and belt do a great job of tying the tabard into an overall look. The weapon and eyes are icing on the cake! Very nice. 14.2

Effy: I agree that the Blood Elf, especially with the dark, simple haircut, makes for a great complement to this outfit.  The shoulders and belt (and even the gem in the very simple staff) go perfect with the green in this tabard, and yes, the gloves fit well with the purple.  Even though the heaviest focus is from the belt up, the good usage of a similar shirt and pants brings the simplicity of the bottom half together with the rest.  Great composition. 14.0

Reluctant Raider

JD: Another one of these creepy ones.  At first I looked at the cloak and thought it didn’t belong, but then I saw it from the back and foolishly realized how perfect it was.  I’ve commented on the trim of the tabard being out of place before, but here it actually gets lost in the image.  As the tabard itself is still the focus (again weapon and shoulder choice help), that’s nicely done. 13.8

TotA: I love the reflection of the evil glow emanating from the weapon mirrored by the shoulders, very nice. And the skulls on the boots, shudder. I’d hate to see this group of ten coming for me. Very evil which in this case is a good thing! 13.9

Effy: I think this is my favorite this round, partly because it is along the same idea I had for an Illidari Death Knight, only a completely different take than mine.  Also, a great combination of different set pieces, with some simple and non-detracting but great matching quest drops.  Well thought out, well executed, well done. 14.8

Nightwill

JD: As a complete outfit, I’ve never ever been a fan of the purple Judgement gear.  The pieces that were used here, I’m incredibly impressed with as it relates to the whole outfit.  She means business.  Great choice of weapon to make both it and the tabard stand out.  Also, I love that you’re in the middle of a raid when you took this. 14.0

TotA: Oh, I love the action shot! This Tauren is not to be taken lightly. At first glance I didn’t think just using the green in the weapon was enough to overpower that tabard but it really does balance the outfit for me … or it might be her look. I’m not telling her it’s not working, would you? 14.0

Effy: I, on the other hand, am a big fan of the Judgment gear – especially the purple variety.  (I have a purple-skinned Draenei Paladin, what can I say?)  I think the black fur does a great job of bringing out this outfit, and the weapon reminds us that the fel-green of the tabard is a very important part of this outfit too.  However, I have to mark down, because this outfit does set off my internal alarm in regards to number of set pieces – I count four and perhaps five with the chest.  Other than that, I count this as an outfit I could see one of my toons running around in. 12.4

Cymre

JD: I’m terrified, again.  Seriously I would not want to irk this woman for fear she would turn me into much more than a newt.  Another outfit that uses the Patronizing Practicioner to enhance the tabard, but off-illuminated by the weapon choice here as well.  Nothing here feels out of place. 14.3

TotA: I’m going to have nightmares tonight. This is the scariest bunch of competitors so far. The staff seems to counterbalance the shoulders and tabard perfectly. Overall lovely, while scary outfit! 14.3

Effy: Scary lady, indeed.  I think this outfit has a lot of great elements to it – that staff for one is gorgeous with this tabard, not to mention it ties in the lesser elements of the helm.  Yes, usually I am not one for helms, but I think outfits for matching these two tabards are well complemented by attention here and giving thought to some of the great and eerie helms available to all the armor types.  The only constructive criticism I have here I that I would prefer to see this outfit with a belt matching the glow of the purple in the shoulders, despite how much I really like the belt used.  I feel the staff’s glow has enough green to carry that part of the tabard, and a purple belt would add to the movement of the eye along the outfit as a whole. 14.0

(bttf) Deb

JD: This one jumps out at me for looking evil…yet quite content about it.  Good use of the purples and greens, while the shoulders and staff just rip all innocence away.  Love the belt too.  Only drawback is the trim color of the tabard looks completely out of place on the outfit. 13.9

TotA: Oh the horror! Nothing says evil like a little Gnome with glowing green skulls! Run! This Gnome managed to put that tabard in its place. Shoulders and staff are wonderful. JD’s right about the tabard trim but I didn’t even notice until he pointed it out. I think I was hypnotized by the glowing skull eyes! 14.0

Effy: I am not distracted by the lack of tabard-border color throughout.  Honestly, I think this is great work done with a small Gnome palette – focus was placed on the pieces most visible: shoulders, staff, belt.  And kudos for shoulders that scream fel, but are not awkwardly large on a Gnome.  He looks like a powerful Warlock who I dare say enjoys his work. 13.8

Godmother

D: I like the color scheme blending closely with the tabard in this one.  In particular I’m a big fan of the helm choice, as well as the weapon, and using the Rich Purple Silk Shirt to fill in the gaps.  However, I’m not sold on the Symbolic pieces.  Not because there’s too much of it (as I know Effy will address), but I just don’t feel the symbols on it match up with the tabard all that well.  Much like a prior entry, they fit the outfit, but not the piece the round was based on. 12.9

TotA: I’m not a fan of helms but in this case it really works well. As expected this round is proving the hardest so far. I’m not as knowledgeable as Effy and JD about gear so I’ll have to proceed using the “gentlemen, my eyes are up here” approach. I love the overall look of the outfit but it’s not blending the tabard to the point that it works as a set for me. 13.0

Effy: As JD was alluding to, yes, I have a mental limit where I feel an outfit moves from created to reused from Blizzard sets, but that limit is 3 pieces and so I believe this outfit meets the criteria.  Personally, I think the Symbolic pieces go beautifully with this tabard, what I am thinking is the detracting point here is the helm and shoulders look so great with this tabard that the Symbolic pieces almost seem like too much color.  A head and shoulders shot of this toon next to the full body I think would be the perfect illustration of this.  Overall, I think this outfit did a great job of matching the tabard, but I do somewhat feel we have more than one thing going on here. 13.6

Kathleen T

JD: I like this outfit, and the overall look.  Jaina’s Staff was a great choice, while the headdress and shoulders work as well.  Unfortunately for me, the rest of the outfit just gets too busy -in both design and colors.  As a sum of all parts, the tabard doesn’t quite suit the outfit.  Parts of the outfit yes, but with the complete package I’m thinking less Illidari and more Sen’jin (in colors). 13.2

TotA: The staff is wonderful with this outfit. I have to admit I’m a great fan of busy as far as color goes, the problem I’m having is with the gloves, the shoulders are perfect, staff is great, I just wish the gloves had a touch of the green from the tabard. 13.3

Effy: I have to veer off and disagree with JD here, as I do not see this outfit as too busy.  The only part that temporarily gives me halt is the shoulders, as they have less vibrancy than the lower pieces, but I think I think this outfit works as a whole.  I mean, we have to consider the source of this tabard – the Legion, Illidan, and the Burning Crusade expansion, all of which are color saturated… and why I adore them.  I think this outfit conveys the feel of a BC outfit.  Also, I cannot help but think of what the story behind this outfit might be – a fel Druid??  Illidan converting his brother Malfurion’s disciples to loyalty to himself?  It gives a great slant to an outfit I am already pleased with.  Also, I like the use of purple Night Elf hair to complement the entirety. 14.6

Missescake

JD: This is hideous.  Before you say anything, though, I mean that in a good way.  I mean, there are SO MANY colors going on here…and yet, it actually all works!  How you managed to keep the tabard the focal point is beyond me, but I could actually see this outfit on an instance NPC.   14.5

TotA: OMG! Who is this crazy person, run for your lives! Okay I think I’ve owned up to loving a lot of color and this just so works for me. Very bold move Ms. Night Elf! 14.5

Effy: At first, I really wanted to dislike this outfit.  It is so colorful, it almost hurts.  But then, I stopped and remembered – BC, color, LOTS of color – and I realized this fits.  This is like the Illidari version of Druids of the Flame – Druids of the Fel?  Or even more “modest” on the part of our dear Illidan – Druids of the Illidari?  I think this is the one place I could ever like those Druid shoulders or helm.  I want to say this Druid belongs in Hellfire Peninsula, where she would almost blend in.  heh  Great combination of unrelated pieces and somehow making them look coherent – I still cannot put my finger on how it works, but it does. 14.4

You know, for an incredibly hideous tabard these outfits turned out amazing, didn’t they?  There’s a reason I didn’t post a “if I was in it” as I was drawing a complete blank on ideas.  As I’ve said all along, the final round was my idea.  Before we get there, though, we need to know who’s going to be taking part.  So let’s tally up the the points! Continue reading