This week’s WoW Factor was full of milestones and mayhem, as we visited Wyrmrest Accord US.
Upon first arriving at Silvermoon City a few hours before the WoW Factor was due to begin, we were immediately struck by the apparent high level of activity on the realm. The streets were bustling with roleplayers and a few individuals were already parking their characters in preparation for the event. This first impression was accurately reflected when it came to show time, as an enormous number descended upon Sunfury Spire to share their outfits in one of the largest turnouts to date.
Sponsorship for the day totalled 150,000 gold, put forward by Finidose, also know as Phaice. A long term associate of the WoW Factor events, Phaice has both won and guest judged at seperate WoW Factor events in the past. She also joined us as the guest judge for the Wyrmrest Accord event, her second time taking on the role. We greatly appreciate her sponsorship and support of the WoW Factor.
The generous prize donation marks two milestones for the WoW Factor events. Firstly, Phaice has become the first individual to have won, guest judged, and sponsored the WoW Factor, a particularly impressive feat that is testament to her commitment to transmogrification. Secondly, the 150k tips us over the 5 million prize gold mark! Since the beginning of our transmogrification events, we’ve now awarded 5,076,000 gold as well as dozens of mounts, pets and items.
Unfortunately, the grand celebration we had in mind for the huge crowd gathered in Silvermoon was hampered at an early stage. After our introduction, we experienced some severe sound issues before the livestream cut out. After a few more attempts at getting the audio and visual broadcasts running again, we realised that it would not be possible to operate the stream as usual. Elvine was experiencing substantial issues with his ISP, and had to depart from the event after battling with technical problems for an hour or so. We filled the vacant judging position with Honeypants, a long-term friend of the WoW Factor, and the creator of Mogoholic transmog blog.
The four judges continued with the event and worked their way around the array of impressive outfits, but sadly were unable to get the live commentary back on track. As we proceeded, we couldn’t help but be impressed by the positive and patient attitude shown by the Wyrmrest community. Even without the livestream and after the delays, over one hundred participants calmly remained within Sunfury Spire as we adjusted to the technical issues. Furthermore, once the competition was rolling, we were stunned by how many characters would yell congratulations across the hall to one another upon a prize win.
We sincerely apologise for the technical issues, and thank everybody at Wyrmrest Accord for their patience and extraordinary community spirit!
The event was divided into two rounds, the first being the so-called ‘Random Round’, where we awarded multiple prizes of various sizes. For the second round, five characters were selected as the overall winners, receiving the top prizes of the night.
Top 5 Gallery
You can also find more pictures of the event at our Facebook Gallery!
Round 2: The top five outfits of the night were awarded 10,000 gold each (50k total):
Round 1: Selected outfits were awarded between 1000 and 5000 gold until we had expended our total prize fund for this stage of the competition (100k total). Names are listed under prize totals below:
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