Mogolympics – Closing Ceremonies

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome!  On behalf of Exodar and many other nations here, thank you for joining us.  My name is Carrera, and I will be closing out the games for you tonight.   And if you whistle like that again, your backside will require amputation to remove my hoof.

To start the proceedings this evening, we have four very special awards to hand out.  After all was said and done, and the judges had cast their votes on every single outfit, they were then asked to pick one in particular -or, their Judge’s Choice.  All four had the same response: how the heck do I pick just one???  So, each approached it from the perspective of the outfits that most impressed them, but failed to make it to the podium this year.  What better time to hand out these awards than during our closing ceremonies?

“It was really difficult to pick just one outfit for Judge’s Choice.  There were over 400 outfits to choose from, many of them just amazing.  I finally decided to limit myself to my top picks for each event, as long as that top pick didn’t actually win a medal.  It was still a tough choice, but I decided on Freestyle entry 28!  (I still have no idea who created which outfit.  Darn anonymity!)  I love this outfit.  I tend to go for outfits that are brightly colored or visually dramatic in some way because I want my characters to stand out, so I love the high contrast gold and black here.  I also like the limited color palette and how all the golds match each other in color and lustre.  The way the shield seems to pick up the design from the legs is fantastic.  Oh, and the model is a female Tauren, which is about the most awesome thing ever.  I love how the black of the outfit blends into the black of her fur.  It makes me want to roll a black-furred female Tauren Paladin/Warrior just so I can recreate this look.” -Khizzara

Congratulations Sunreavers. With your selection comes a Purple Puffer loot pet!

“This was difficult and easy paradoxically. When judging the events and the multitudes of entrants, for me, I had to work to narrow it down and create a matrix to strive for fairness and balance as much as possible. But this entrant doesn’t really fit in the Olympics athletism, and she’s not shown with a cycle, or any of the extra attention to details that many contestants put forth. But, this was one of the first entrants I just thought to myself, “Yeah! If this rock-and-roll grandma were a character in a story, she is someone I would love to know!” I just dig her style. She reminds me of the grandmother in Napolean Dynamite–a strong lady who doesn’t take any gruff, and goes riding on the dunes with her much-younger boyfriend. Sexiness is a state of mind, and that is cool indeed.” –Matty

Congratulations Argent Crusade! With your selection comes a Nightsaber Cub loot pet!

“Okay, I had fainted when I read this but they finally brought me around, lol! Pick another! I have about 30 favorites! But I went back and looked closely at my perfect 10’s.  Okay, you can see I was heavily influenced by Catwynn on this one. Went back and forth between this and another contestant but, yep, human male archer number 6!” –Tome of the Ancient

Congratulations Stormpike! With your selection comes a Gregarious Grell loot pet!

“To pick one outfit out of over 450 is an insurmountable task.  You could ask me a dozen times to do this and there’s a good chance I’d have a different answer every time.  But, after looking through all the entries again I remembered something about this outfit.  When I first saw it, my jaw dropped.  The colours immediately jumped out at me.  It was an amazing blend and used a staff I wouldn’t dream of building an outfit around (it wasn’t the only one either).  I scored it a perfect ten and remember my genuine surprise when it didn’t win a medal.” -JD Kenada

Congratulations Bilgewater Cartel! With your selection comes a Sand Scarab loot pet!

Also, we have the award for the highest score of the entire Transmogolympic Games.  With a score just a half point shy of perfection, Lower City’s Fencing competitor won this award with a whopping 39.5!!!  Remember to celebrate this incredible accomplishment with your new Nightsaber Cub!

Before we hand out the medals, there’s one more award we’d like to take the time to hand out.  Organizers explained this award would be given way back when the games began.  To understand how this winner was chosen, we’re going to try to explain the formula.  Each event, points were handed out not based on score, but based on position in the standings.  So, a person who finished first received 47 points for that event and a person in forty-seventh received a single point.  We then tallied the combined points of all nine events.  It was possible to not win a medal, but finish first in this particular award.  In the end, the winner of this award was one of the Gold medal winners during the games (and a silver).  This faction only finished outside the top twenty once, and finished in the top five three times.  That defines consistency, and as such the Argent Dawn deserves to be recognized for that effort!  Congratulations!

An auspicious performance of this magnitude deserves to be rewarded, and our friends at the local pet rescue have responded in kind.  On behalf of them, I would like to present you with a Gregarious Grell, Purple Puff, Sand Scarab, and Nightsaber Cub!

*round of applause*

Of course, that brings us to our final recognition.  I need to pause for a moment just to recognize all forty seven participants we had.  Each brought amazing and unique ideas to the table.  Each outfit more stunning than the previous one, and so incredibly difficult to judge.  When the qualifying started two months ago no one really knew what to expect.  That you were only half of the original entries should give you reason to hold your heads high -completing the outfits in the span of time was not an easy task and none of you cut corners.  You all delivered.  It’s because of that, that we wanted each and every one of the athletes recognized for all to see, and to share those outfits with anyone and everyone.  So please join me in the reveal of the Transmogolympic Games official website.

…now then, there is the final matter.  With so many entries and nine events, the games were a challenge.  Several factions picked up more than one medal though.  But one not only picked up a couple of medals, they won gold twice and even added a bronze medal to ensure they stood tallest in the end.  To ensure, they owned the podium.  For that very reason, it puts a big smile on my face to congratulate Lower City as the winner of the inaugural Transmogolympic Games!

2012 Mogolympics Winner

With the victory at the games, you will receive an Owned! Loot Card where you can carry on your celebration by planting flags over fallen enemies on the battlefield, reminding them no one messes with the Transmoggers!

…well, that concludes the first ever Transmogolympic Games.  We hope you’ve enjoyed our extensive coverage this year, and we once again applaud all the participants and organizers for a great event.  See you again.  Good night.

48 thoughts on “Mogolympics – Closing Ceremonies

  1. MissusAmateur September 5, 2012 / 1:19 pm

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!

    (I’m thinking the Mister is going to pass out now…)

    Thanks so much to all the participants and a huge, ginormous, Ragnoros-sized (but significantly less burninating) hugs and thanks to the judges!

  2. khizzara September 5, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    OMG, you built a whole website to archive the outfits?! What a crazy amount of work! I haven’t had a chance to go through much of it, but what I’ve seen looks really amazing. Well done, JD!

    Wow, you can really tell the different style of each judge based on their judge’s choice. LOL Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks again to everyone who participated!

    I can hardly believe this is over…

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 1:41 pm

      Yeah, my only regret is the website isn’t finished. There’s a tonne of wowhead links I need to get up and also MogIt once it’s 5.0 compatible. Then move over a whole slew of reference stuff I have logged. I just didn’t want folks waiting any more.

  3. kamaliaetalia September 5, 2012 / 1:39 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners!

    Let’s give a big three cheers to the judges —

    Hip, hip, Hurrah!

    Hip, hip, Hurrah!

    HIP HIP HUZZAH!!!

    — for their tremendous effort in judging all of these amazing outfits and for writing up such entertaining presentations and commentary for each event! You guys were fantastic! Thank you so much for doing this!

    And a big round of applause for everyone who participated, too! It was so fun to see all the different outfits created for each event — I was awed by the marvelous creativity you all exhibited!

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks Kamalia, it’s definitely a two-way appreciation.

      Thank Illidan I have a few posts in the tank, because I’m done typing for a bit! 😀

  4. tomeoftheancient September 5, 2012 / 2:12 pm

    Congratulations to all the entrants! And OMG, I see I got two judge’s choice because another judge picked my other favorite, yay! And an official Transmogolympics headquarters! JD you have outdone yourself, that’s wonderful.

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 2:36 pm

      Thanks for the kind words…even though it’s unfinished, I feel less pressure about finishing it than I had when I was all sneaky and secretive about it.

  5. Ironyca September 5, 2012 / 2:34 pm

    So cool! Thanks for all the fun and the work you guys have put into this! Grats to all the winners, there were some seriously talented mogs competing in this competition!

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Ironyca. Now that this is done, I’ve definitely got judge’s burnout. When I recover, I’ll probably contact you about a future WoWFactor.

  6. prettyflydraenei September 5, 2012 / 3:26 pm

    This is so awesome JD! Thanks again for all your amazing work putting this contest together, you and all the judges have my appreciation! I can’t wait to check out the site. Congrats to all the winners, and all the entrants for their inspiring transmogs!

    P.S. MogIt has been updated 🙂

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 3:39 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, and kudos to you for your medals and such.

      That’s great to hear about MogIt as well! GAH! More links to do! lol

  7. Erinys September 5, 2012 / 4:07 pm

    Thankyou so very much for hosting such a wonderful and fun event. I hope we don’t have to wait another four years for the rematch 🙂

    Huge congratulations to everyone involved!

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 4:38 pm

      Gods I haven’t even begun considering the next one. LOL!

      • MissusAmateur September 5, 2012 / 5:21 pm

        Sure you have. I believe the exact response was *GLAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRREEE!!! DAGGER EYEZ!!!!!!!eleventy!!!11!!!*

  8. Tyledres September 5, 2012 / 5:05 pm

    Wow! This is just way too awesome for words. Thanks for all your hard work on this and to the other judges too.

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 5:49 pm

      Glad everyone enjoyed it. 🙂

  9. Freyana September 5, 2012 / 6:09 pm

    Thank you so, so much to the judges (and especially JD; you went above and beyond with this one!). And congratulations once again to all the winners. Given the competition, I’m still shocked and extremely happy that I received a medal.

    JD, if you’d like I can submit Wowhead/MogIt links for my outfits to you. Since I did all my outfits in MogIt those links will be a breeze, and my boyfriend wrote a script for me that pulls my MogIt data and generates a list of Wowhead links so that putting together Wowhead comparisons is relatively quick. I could probably supply those links by this weekend if you’re interested. Just let me know!

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 6:58 pm

      I had someone else do essentially the same thing for me via e-mail, and yes it’s an incredible help. I have links for some of the entries (not yours) that I just haven’t had the time to copy in just yet, but for any that weren’t submitted as such in the first place that is an incredible time saver.

      • Freyana September 6, 2012 / 6:54 am

        I had been planning to send Wowhead links with my outfits, but ran out of time to pull that together along with my screenshots. But I will definitely have those to you as soon as I can 🙂

  10. corhi September 5, 2012 / 7:14 pm

    Wow, everyone’s outfits all in one place like that make me feel inadequate (both as a ‘mogger and as a blogger/webkin!) Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all the judges for your time and consideration.

    And three cheers to JD for setting everything up–and getting it finished! ;p

    (Note: I saw my scores and I’m quite content with where I placed comparatively. 🙂 )

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 7:27 pm

      You’re too kind and you shouldn’t feel inadequate in the slightest! I think my track record of insanity speaks for itself at this stage…only stands to reason I’d come up with a special website too, lol.

  11. Andrew (Elune) September 5, 2012 / 7:33 pm

    O.O ZOMNaaru, Granny got an award! Thank you so much, Matty, I’m glad you liked my cyclist as much as I loved finding her. I think she was the only toon I put as much effort into finding the right face and hair as I put into the clothes.

    And JD: wow. This is so above and beyond the call of duty…all I can say is, “thank you.” For hosting, for judging, for judge and contestant wrangling, I’m sure, and now for this beautiful archive. No one can run a contest like you.

    And to all the other contestants, thank you for all the great outfits to look at and compete against (and now steal from, bwahahaha!). And thank you, judges, this new website makes it all to clear just how massive a commitment this was for all of you to push through to the end and make this such an awesome competition. Now I’ll know what I need to do to push on ahead in the *next* competition! 😛

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 7:58 pm

      Colour me humbled by your incredibly kind words.

  12. dragonray September 5, 2012 / 8:29 pm

    This was a perfect way to close the event JD 🙂 I had hoped like a mad woman you would be doing a website for all the contestants to be stored in one place. If you need a hand at all, set me up as an author if you like and I can help post up the pictures and stuff – the offer is there anyway!

    You guys did a fantastic job – I am amazed at the patience and talent that is out there for all of this to even happen!!

    We should do more…para-olympics perhaps???? LOL Want to be judges again…you know you do :p

    Thanks so much for letting me a part of this massive community event. I enjoyed every post, every outfit, every commentary and every video! 🙂

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 8:35 pm

      I did as much as I could in secrecy and silence. I may open it up to a few folks just to get the wowhead (and subsequent) MogIt links on it.

      …and clearly you’re familiar enough with my insanity that you even remotely thought there might be a website coming. Heh.

  13. Cymre September 5, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    So THIS is what you had planned! A Mogolympics site to house everything. From what I’ve seen it’s a great idea. At least for my entries you already had the WoWHead sets 🙂

    Congrats all round to all the judges, JD and all the participants. This would not have been the same if even one of your were not a part of it.

    • JD Kenada September 5, 2012 / 10:03 pm

      Yeah, I was all sneaky sneak.

      You were among a few people who sent me the outfits with wowhead links and I’m incredibly thankful for it. In a case such as yours, I just haven’t copied those links over. After a slight “refreshening” away from my laptop for a day or two, I’ll be back at it.

  14. Karegina September 6, 2012 / 12:47 am

    That Sunreaver’s outfit was my husband’s. He’s very pleased that you liked it 😀

    I’m going to have a round up of my thoughts on being a participant as well. Plus my own outfits 😛

    • khizzara September 6, 2012 / 10:59 am

      Yay! I’m glad that he’s pleased! 😀

  15. Banesidhe September 6, 2012 / 1:51 am

    Reblogged this on The Transmogative Works: Mogs by Banesidhe and commented:
    The Closing Ceremonies for the 2012 Mogolympics. A fighting tribute, I think, and more importantly, a show of just how much hard work and dedication went into this event, I think. I know JD probably doesn’t even want to THINK about doing another one soon, but I hope this becomes an annual sort of event.

    I was really excited also to see that he put together a website of the outfits, including scores, so I can see how well I did (relatively) I and the Argent Dawn also won another award, the “Preciscion Instrument” award, which was given out for consistently ranking high in each event (see the blog entry for a better explanation! 🙂 )

    My companion pet addiction is getting some serious love soon, oh yes it is!

    And now to start seriously considering if I want to do this myself for Halloween. >.>

  16. Navimie September 6, 2012 / 2:29 am

    Oh what a great conclusion! And a new website to show all our sets! That’s amazing and fantastic and A HELL OF A LOT OF WORK OMG WHEN IS IT YOUR TURN TO DO THE DISHES…

    😀

    I’ve said what I wanted to say in one of your other posts but I have these things to say to the judges:
    Ancient – I can see Catwynn’s influence there 🙂
    Matty – I saw that entry and thought it was very original, I liked it a lot, I want to be a cool granny like that 😀
    Khizz – of the three, your choice was my favourite. Tauren females FTW and gold makes it even better!

    ❤ you all!

    • JD Kenada September 6, 2012 / 6:49 am

      Oh what? My choice means nothing? lol

  17. euphyley September 6, 2012 / 3:19 pm

    Congrats to all the winners! Seeing all the amazing entries has certainly given me some fun new transmog ideas. 🙂

    To JD, and all the judges. WELL DONE! Seriously you guys are amazing. The amount of effort and time you put into everything really shows. I think you all need to put your feet up and grab a drink now. 😉

    • JD Kenada September 6, 2012 / 3:42 pm

      …I actually haven’t had one since posting the closing ceremonies. BY GAWD YOU ARE SO RIGHT.

      Perhaps all the judges will log on together drinks in hand and just fall asleep. lol.

      Glad you enjoyed it and I’m DEFINITELY going to slow down for a bit. 🙂

  18. satsuri September 6, 2012 / 7:17 pm

    This was so fun to do! Mogging is such a fun thing for me to do so I loved having an opportunity to show it off 😛

    Thanks again to JD and all the judges!

    • JD Kenada September 6, 2012 / 9:52 pm

      You’re quite welcome. Very glad you enjoyed it.

  19. Magik September 7, 2012 / 5:46 am

    Amazing job bud! As always you hit it out of the park..

    • JD Kenada September 7, 2012 / 8:20 am

      Hey buddy, thanks for the kind words!

  20. Chatmay September 7, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    You and all the judges are so awesome for putting on this contest! Especially as a WOW blogger, it really helps to have something creative and different to do as part of the game.

    • JD Kenada September 7, 2012 / 1:17 pm

      I’m glad you feel that way. I’d have to go back and listen to my Twisted Nether interview, but I’m pretty sure I said something to the effect of hoping people ended up as excited about it as I was.

  21. Ninevi September 8, 2012 / 10:51 am

    Eep, been busy all this week and finally have had time to sit down to catch up on all the Mogolympics excitement!

    Just wanted to thank you so much again, JD, for putting this all together! The amount of work that you and the other judges have put into the commentary, compilations of outfits, and overall contagious enthusiasm is just AMAZING. Thanks so much for making my first time participating in a large community transmog event so much fun!!! 😀

    • JD Kenada September 8, 2012 / 12:48 pm

      In fairness, I honestly had no idea it was going to BE a large community event. 🙂

      Thank you for taking part and so very glad you enjoyed it.

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