The WoW Factor team revisited Earthen Ring alliance after two months away. Did the realm have anything new for us?
Friday’s show on Earthen Ring represented a milestone for the WoW Factor project, most specifically Keelhaul. The 125,000 gold prize package that Keel had to put together was enough to tip him over the 2,000,000 gold mark – two million given away at transmogrification events since 4.3 was released. It was great to see that so many characters showed up to participate in the celebratory party. Congratulations, Keel!
With Elvine away on holiday for the week, we were back down to three judges for this event. Caylena of Deathwing US, a WoW Factor show regular, was quick to organise participants in Stormwind Cathedral (Thanks, Caylena!), whilst we assisted Keelhaul in his preparation to take on the duties of the live streaming for the night. The venue filled up quickly and we promptly got to work checking out the wide array of transmogrification outfits.
As the evening progressed, one factor that really made the show stand out from others recently was the calm atmosphere. The vast majority of attendees patiently stood in ordered lines along the length of the Cathedral. There was very little in the way of shouting, obstructing the live stream camera, aoe spam and all of the other usual troll tricks we see each week. We were very impressed with how supportive members of the Earthen Ring community were towards eachother and the event as a whole.
Among the highlights of the evening were the antics of The Phantom Legion, a guild who showed up in force with transmogrification outfits matching their tabards (pictured above). Not only were their outfits excellent, they also added extra roleplay flavour to the event when standing in formation and following drill commands.
We narrowed the pool of contestants down to just three in the end. Usually we would stop at the top three or five outfits of the night, but the Earthen Ring community was particularly keen on having a top mog nominated. We opted to have an ‘overall best’ outfit with a grand prize of 20,000 gold. As expected, the decision making process was far from easy and picking a single best outfit added a lot of time onto a show that was already running long, but it was a pleasure to see the crowd eagerly edging closer and closer to the stairs upon which the top three were standing, until the moment the eventual winner was selected.
You can follow the judges commentary at Keelhaul’s TwitchTV page, and as usual, we’ve listed the winners below along with a screenshot gallery.
This week we divided the contest into four rounds, starting off with small prizes for multiple characters and ending a single large prize for the outfit that was judged to be the best of the night. In contrast to our usual rules, characters were not required to have won a prize in a preceeding round in order to be eligible for a later round. Beyond the gold prizes, Keelhaul also brought a few items to give out to deserving participants.
Read on below for a list of the winners and a screenshot gallery of the top 10 sets!
Top 10 Gallery
You can see images of many of the participants at Keelhaul’s Picasa Gallery, including screenshots of several characters not listed in our own gallery.
Intrigue was awarded the grand prize for completing an outfit unlike any we’ve previously seen at a WoW Factor event. Not only do the colours blend perfectly, but the items are from a variety of sources – by no means an obvious outfit.
Intrigue can be seen on the right side of the image above, with Elbicnivni on the left and Opreemaeldoz in the center.
Round 3: The three best outfits of the night were selected and awarded 10,000 gold each (30k total). This includes the overall winner and the two characters listed below:
Round 2: The following characters, as well as those in the above category, received 5000 gold each (50k total):
Round 1: The following characters received 1000 gold each in Round 1 (25k total):
Bonus Prizes (aka ‘Toys’)
A number of items were also awarded to characters as consolation prizes. Below is a list of the items and their recipients:
Congratulations once more to the winners and commiserations to those who didn’t receive a prize, we greatly appreciated seeing every outfit, even if we didn’t select them as finalists.
Thanks to all who attended! We’ve received some very positive feedback about the WoW Factor events on the US WoW Forums. Such kind remarks and attendance at the events are really appreciated and keep our mogging motivation going strong.
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