258 comments on “Transmogolympics

  1. For one brief moment I thought I had to have 5 DIFFERENT Toons but when I reread it I realised I can use mogit YAY! OMG, how exciting and interesting! This is a fantastic mog competition JD, and I can’t wait to get started on it!

    Ok here are my questions…
    1) if you’re judging does that mean you can’t enter? Surely you can enter right, since it’s “outfit D”. Except for you of course since u will know who they all are.
    2) is it ok to use all horde or alliance? I am assuming so, unless you want some kind of “peace” to be at these games and thus we have to use both factions?

    It sounds so awesome, and this time I’m going to get to play!

    • You can mix and match Horde/Alliance, yes.

      I considered allowing judges once upon a time, and they simply wouldn’t vote on their own outfit, but I would feel kinda bad if a judge won an event. It might create skepticism and I don’t want that.

  2. Count me in. Or am I supposed to do like, a Gnomeregan Exiles flagbearer first to be included? That was the only part I was confused about. (And maybe it’s just me, worked all night and haven’t slept yet.)

  3. I’ve been anxiously waiting all week to see what this was going to be, and it sounds like tremendous fun! Your event ideas are all so clever 😀 Count me in!

    • As I mentioned in his e-mail (saw it before this), he drew the Sunreavers.

      You’re going to have to give your Druid friends of the Alliance some love (at least with the Flagbearer) as you will represent Darnassus!

  4. What an intriguing contest. Great idea JD!

    I used to have a PC game in the 70’s or 80’s called Olympic decathlon. Good times, Good times. Looks like you have a lot of interest for this. Should be interesting 🙂

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    • Thanks for signing up! The Bilgewater Cartel are offering a substantial amount of black market gold to do them proud. 🙂

  6. I have a bit of a nitpicky question about the “proper end-game transmog” requirement. You use “no Goblin Rogues in the Discus” as an example, but is what you really mean “no leather outfits for the Discus because no end-game leather-wearing classes can use shields” and “no cloth outfits for the Javelin because no end-game cloth-wearing classes can use polearms” and so forth?

    Or do the character classes of my models actually have to line up with what they’re wearing?

    For example, my Flagbearer is in leather, but his character class is Hunter, so he’d actually be wearing mail at end-game. If the Flagbearer was a medal event, would he therefore be disqualified?

    I have a few other conflicts of that type in the lineup that I’m considering for my team at the moment, so it would be good to know if I just have to match the armor types of my outfits to an appropriate possible class for my model’s race, or to the actual class of the character.

    • to an appropriate class. If your model happens to be a Rogue, but you use him as a Warrior model, that’s fine.

      I just shouldn’t see “Mage only” gear in your Discus outfit (for example).

  7. How have we gone 30+ comments without anyone mentioning that USDA-certified Grade-A modeling the shields? It’s like Magatha auditioning for Project Runway.

    • Still plenty of room! You drew the crazies, the Scarlet Crusade. They may be off their rocker, but their cheering you on!

      • Hey, when you say I can’t post my flag carrier on my blog, does that mean I can’t tell faction, or I can’t actually post my set? Also, is there a size requirement for my images, or does it matter if they are a bit pixalated>

        • I had edited the original post so that you CAN post your flagbearer, as a couple of people had done so before I included that stipulation. SO you’re ok.

          So your flagbearer can be posted and you’re more than welcome to tell your readers to root for your faction come the events!

          Picture size doesn’t matter, just understand that a decent sized (and clear) photo makes it easier to judge.

  8. Oooooooo!! This sounds like a Blast!!!! Count me in if there’s still room purty please. =D

    • Hrm, I think I’ll edit the original post to let people know there is no cap on the number of participants, nor is there a deadline. I always think I have these written out perfectly and tend to miss a couple details, lol.

      There’s something I’m forgetting on top of that…hrm…oh yeah! Sylvanas wants you representing Undercity to the death!

  9. OK I feel like I am getting in over my head, but sign me up!
    My only question is- are you going to provide the names of the shields used in your skins graphic as I have no idea what they are.

    • I’ll see what I can do about posting them in the original rules later tonight.

      In the meantime, do Gilneas proud!

    • I really need to know the name of the black skull shield towards the bottom since I am doing all of my outfits in-game. I bought the Blackskull Shield for an outrageous price and then noticed there are other shields with the same design. Please help!

      • Doing them *all* in-game?!? And I thought I was crazy! Any reason beyond the challenge of it?
        In all seriousness though, search the item on Wowhead and hit the “Same Model As” tab. (I’m on my phone at work or I’d add the link for you.)
        Best of luck!

        • I am not by any means an expert with Model Viewer, and I don’t know any editing programs. I prefer to match outfits in-game still, but this has definitely been a challenge. I might have to do my last one or two in Model Viewer just because of the gender/race thing. (I don’t play horde side)

          • You might find MogIt to be easier, simply because it will let you do things in game, including see the item and the name rather than data mining with Model Viewer.

          • I’ll second JD – if you’ve never used either, try MogIt first. Much more user-friendly. Log into WoW, click the MogIt button to open, load up the armor type/slot then browse till you see something you like. Right-click to add it to a wishlist or to Preview (which is what you’ll want to do to show off the whole set). Oh, and you’ll want to set the level filter to show 1-85 – it defaults to 1-(your current level) if I’m not mistaken.

      • I’m not 100% sure the colors are a perfect match, but check out Husk of Nerub’enkan, out of Stratholme.
        Also, if you have access to MogIt in-game, you can right-click on an item to get a list of all the items that share the same model/skin/color.
        Hope that helps! (And Banesidhe, didn’t see your reply before I posted mine, sorry!)

      • As I say, I’ll get the shield names up later today but yes there are multiple named shields with the same skin and any of them are acceptable.

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    • I want to have a go at it too! I am interested in playing with/learning the MogIt addin/program, it looks like it would be more updated than ModelViewer! 🙂 Faction me! 🙂

      • You were received, and now all the humans are cheering you on as you represent Stormwind.

        Also, for what it is worth I do have a Guide to transmog using MogIt here on the blog that you may find practical. Thanks again for reading and signing up!

        • It took me about 2 minutes to get the hang of it, and I LOVE It! I’m glad it excludes items that aren’t available anymore (phew!) Very happy with my flagbearer…have to post her tomorrow evening. She’ll be rollin’ in with style because Stormwind does it B-I-G.

          • Ha ha.

            Yeah, it’s an amazing addon for those of us who love that sort of thing.

    • It’s completely open.

      Dunno how you feel about those Death Knight folk, but the Knights of the Ebon Blade are certainly hoping you represent them well.

    • Those Hippy Elves in Zangarmarsh are cheering you on now. A few Tauren, too, I suppose.

      Best of luck to you and Cenarion Expedition!

  12. Hey 😀 I’m actually on time for this one. May I please join this competition? I have WMV and enough time (I think) to pull this one off by the deadline! Hurray! I’ll take frequent peeks back here to see your response. Thanks!! 😀

    • Really, entry is open until the day submissions are due. 🙂

      The Science of the Alliance is pulling for you. For Gnomeregan!

    • Welcome to the games.

      Play nice, I know how those Keepers of Time like to fly back and tinker with past events 😉

      • Question: Some items can’t be used for mogging (such as the fish mace, the invisible leather chest armor, etc.), can we use these items in our outfits or do all the items have to be eligible for transmogrification?

        • I actually just did a clarification post today to help with this (as you weren’t the only one to ask). It needs to be a proper endgame transmog, so the only exceptions are wrists, legs, helm and cloak (which might not be seen, or even used).

  13. Please add me to the roll. This is really intriguing. I have more than enough outfits on multiple toons. With new ideas to develop. This will give me the platform to follow through/show off. 😀 Thanks.

    • Thanks for participating! Best of luck to you as you bring home the gold for Baradin’s Wardens!

  14. Well I am completely devastated today. I reread the rules/criteria and noticed that the biker outfit has to be leather or mail. I did mine in plate. And it was awesome. Oh well.

    • Thanks for joining in!

      Those shady Ethereals are already trying to bribe the judges on behalf of you and the Consortium!

    • Great idea. All I had done thus far was my written guide to transmogging and it loosely explained MogIt!

      • One quick clarification. Do they have to be FULL sets, or can they be partial sets, though still fitting to the “able to be transmogrifiable for that armor class”.

        • If the wrists or legs are hidden, they aren’t needed. If you’re not using the helm or cloak slot, that is fine as in-game you can hide those. Events such as Archery where it is built around a weapon, you must use the weapon slot but for something like Wrestling one is not needed.

          I hope that helps clarify things.

    • Absolutely plenty of time and we’re glad you could join us! May you bring much success to Warsong!

      • 3 follow up questions:
        Are items that have been removed from the game fair game?
        Are tabards that don’t represent a faction fair game (for our non-flagbearer set)
        Do you want us providing a short description of our costumes when we send them in?

        Thanks! Looking forward to the fun!

        • Removed items are fine.

          Tabards, no. I actually never even thought of this scenario and am glad you asked. I’ll be posting about that very soon.

          Please include the items used for the outfit. If you want to add any description or explanation that is entirely up to you. It may add insight to the outfit that the judges might not have caught on their own, but it is by no means necessary.

  15. Ready to embarrass myself with terrible submissions, sir!

    (Translation: I’m nub, but this sounds like fun. Count me in.)

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  17. I would love to participate! I used to spend hours (mostly during patch day or maintenance) fiddling around with model viewer back in the day.

    • All that time training in Shattrath has paid off. Lower City is hoping for a medal or two!

    • The advice is much appreciated, as was Robin’s on the matter. I’m hoping that since there is absolutely no profit or benefit from it on our end they’ll essentially ignore it. If not, a backup plan is in place. 🙂

      • I’m finding that maining a pally has really limited my previous mogging attempts–I’m at 5 outfits, and 4 have been mail.

        I also want to, while I’m remembering, say a big thank you for putting this together. I’m having a ton of fun, I’m learning WMV and MogIt, and I wouldn’t have gotten involved in doing so if not for you. I can’t wait to see what everyone’s put together in another few weeks.

        Also you’ve inspired me to start blogging my transmog adventures: http://corhi.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/transmog-it-is/

        • Thanks so much for the kind words. Again, I prefer MogIt as there’s far less “data mining” as it were and it works fully on a trial account (if you want some privacy while you work).

          • I’ve been using MogIt to get a look I like, then transferring that to WMV to work with backgrounds and find appropriate models… it’s gotten a little involved! ;p

          • Ran across a question while digging in for the final stretch: Along the same lines as “you might want to describe the look you were going for”, are multiple screenshots going to be a help or a hindrance, or would it just make your job harder in having to choose just one of the multiple submitted?

          • Multiple shots are helpful because quite often you can’t show everything you want in a single 2D image. So by all means!

    • Winds be at your back! The Tauren patiently await the blessings you bring on behalf of the Earthmother!

  18. Count me in! This sounds like fun. Just to clarify though, does the stuff we have to use be currently available in game, or can we use past items which have been retired (but that some people may have kept in their banks)?

    • Any item that can be transmogged can be used (for example, my Death Knight has the old level 70 shoulders from Zul’Gurub, which would be allowed).

      Can you hear the Scryers chanting your name? Ok, they more or less whisper in their library, but it’s still about you!

    • Spent some time in Black Temple did we? The Illidari are confident you’ll do well!

      (and thanks so much for signing up)

  19. I would like to sign up as well. My only question is that as for those of us who don’t have many 85s to collect gear with, can we use Model Viewer for all or just the Chopper?

    • You can use Modelviewer for as much as you like (may I suggest MogIt though? Much easier to work with, I think you’ll find).

      The Shattered Sun Offensive is happy to have you! (as are all of the judges).

  20. I would like to enter! This sounds very very cool – I do it in game so why not for fun? ;D

      • LOL!! I just knew I was going to get a horde faction!

        I can still do outfits on Alliance toons even though I’m representing Orgrimmar, right?

        • Totally.

          Karegina, entered on behalf of Darnassus, truly feels your pain as well. 😉

          Though they might declare war on their own flag bearer…

          • Well I always did want Garrosh’s tiny head to explode… haha.

            More questions: When you say horse mounts, do you include Deathcharger, Tyrael’s Charger, Fiery Warhorse, Invincible and other such mounts?

            Does the Argent Lance count as a polearm (I would imagine not but I might as well ask)?

    • I apologize for whatever might be causing it. Rest assured all I did was reply to your entry the one time.

  21. If anyone is wondering about the tons of email, it’s because WOW Insider put an article up about this 5 hours ago. I am trying to figure out how to unsubscribe from comments :/

    • On mobile (and I’d assume from desktop), hit the link at the bottom “Follow Blog Via Email”, or just log into WordPress and go to Blogs I Follow. Once there, choose Comments and hit Delete on this post.

    • Sry for second comment didnt see that the first went through…and thx again this will be fun

    • Just happened to see this before I checked my e-mail. Therazane is happy to have another representative at the games!

  22. Sign me up please, this sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

    I like to think of myself as an expert of transmogrification (mostly for my hunter main), so I’d love to have a bit of a challenge, mostly designed around various items in them game that I love that I’ve never found a use for. Few questions though:

    1. For armour sets without a weapon (eg Cycling, Freestyle), can we include well fitting weapons?
    2. Can we include a description of the sets, explain what we did and why we used pieces?
    3. Can we include armour/weapons that are no longer in the game? Will try to avoid doing this, but still…
    4. As a proud horde player, I’ll be creating only horde race toons, so can I have a tabard available to the horde?

    • For questions 1-3, the answer is yes.

      For number 4 it is entirely random (I’ve had one pro-Alliance end up Horde and one pro-Horde end up Alliance). Having said that, let’s see what the random generator brings you…luck be on your side, Thrallmar has welcomed you.

      • A follow up, sort of. If the outfit for the event doesn’t specifically call for weapons, can we use novelty off hands, say, easter baskets, flowers, items that are not transmoggable, but are not part of the outfit themselves. For flavor, as it were? 🙂

        • In hindsight I should have considered that option. Unfortunately I’ve already said your outfit must be an end-game transmog (with the exception of head/cloak/pants/wrists and weapons not necessary where not required).

          Over concern of effecting people who might’ve already finished outfits without this option if it were to be changed, I’m going to have to say “no.”

          As I say, I think it’s a great idea (especially for the freestyle event) but I’ve already started receiving entries and it wouldn’t be fair, so to speak.

  23. For Fencing: Is it ok if we don’t use an off hand? (just have a 1H sword) or do we have to find an off hand? In real life fencing, the other hand is held empty. . .

    • You merely need a 1H sword. It can be in either hand (some people are left handed and others right handed after all), and no you don’t need an item in your other hand in this case.

  24. Found out about this through WoW Insider, and it sounds awesome! I’d love to get in on this!

  25. I have entered! The Kurenai are Broken no More! (please let me know if you got my submissions please!) I can’t wait to see the competition.

      • Vaniya, I apologize that I missed your comment yesterday. There’s absolutely no blogger requirement.

        Your faction is the Keepers of Time! 🙂

  26. Sorry if this has been asked, but my guildies keep asking me if there is a prize, and I told them I had no idea lol. Is there one?

  27. Final question (I hope). Since a helm is not technically required, can I put a cloth helm on a leather wearing toon just for flavor?

    • A helm is not required, but if you use one it needs to fall in line with the armor type the class uses at endgame, so as to be a proper transmog.

      **note to self** Next contest, get participant input and ideas before finalizing. Too many good ideas come AFTER you start the contest.

  28. Last question before I email you-
    Do I email you the flag-bearer pic/info with the other 9?
    Can I submit 2 photos for some outfits as it is hard to get a shot of cloak, sword, shield etc at one time?

    • Sorry for not replying sooner and welcoming you! Been a bit busy.

      The good news is, you’re in and Baradin’s Wardens are happy to have you!

  29. Hey JD, sorry to bother. I have a question with regards to this statement quoted from the “Details” above: “Your event entry must be able to use the outfit as a proper end-game transmog”

    Does this mean that every outfit entry must also have weapons? I mean other than the archery, javelin and fencing entries which revolve around one particular weapon. (Considering that at end game, any t-mogged weapons glow with true end-game enchants, making them less distinguishable anyway…)


    • In the update post I actually clarified this to say non-weapon events do not require weapons as part of the transmog. From all you awesome entrants I’ve had to update a few things (because I could not foresee all the questions and brilliant ideas others would also have.)

      Hope that helps!

    • Hey,
      Sincerest apologies for not getting back to you. There are most certainly received. Can’t wait to look at it all closely!

  30. For those who may have this post on follow, just a friendly reminder the deadline for entries is 11:59pm EST tomorrow (July 31st). A more formal reminder will be posted later today.

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