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Patch 5.2 Changes


Patch 5.2 promises plenty of new raiding experiences, items and factions to keep us busy, but it also introduces a few significant alterations to the core rules of transmogrification. Here’s a recap of all of the patch details relevant to items, and how mogging will be affected.


Transmogrification Rules

  Two-handed axes, maces, and swords can be transmogrified to each
     other.
  One-handed axes, maces, and swords can be transmogrified to each
     other.
  Staves and polearms can be transmogrified to each other.
  A significant number of weapons that were formally Main Hand only,
     have been changed to be one-handed.

Until now, only hunters were able to transmogrify across weapon types, with bows, guns and crossbows. The above changes mean that other classes now have substantially broader options for mixing across weapon-types too. Daggers, Fist Weapons and Wands remain unchanged, and can only be transmogrified to themselves. We’ve highlighted these weapon transmog groups in the image to the right.

The alteration of many main hand weapons to being one-handed also allows for much greater variety as, for example, rogues can now dual-wield many caster weapon looks, which they could not previously transmogrify. See the bottom for Wowhead’s gallery of weapon changes.

Currency

  Valor points are not being converted with this patch.
  Conquest Points will be converted to Honor Points, up to the cap of
     4000 Honor.
  Any Honor Points above the 4000 cap will be converted to coin, at a
     rate of 35 silver per point.

New Items

  The Throne of Thunder raid instance is being released. Check out our Tier 15 Overview article
     to see the new sets.
  Season 12 ends and Season 13 will begin, with brand new armor sets: Season 13 Overview.
  Three new factions will be selling reputation based Valor Point items: Shado-Pan Assault, Kirin Tor
     Offensive and Sunreaver Onslaught. The latter two are Alliance and Horde specific respectively.
  Lookalikes of the Blacksmith-crafted Burning Crusade weapons are being introduced. These weapons
     will be BoE, unlike their predecessors.
  Many BoE uncommon items are being introduced as lookalikes of the original Zul’Gurub and
     Zul’Aman armor sets, which were removed when the two instances were revamped in Cataclysm.

Item Changes

  Malevolent Gladiator’s items can be purchased for Honor Points.
  Malevolent Gladiator’s items purchased after the patch will have a reduced item level of 476.
     Those purchased before the patch will retain their 483 item level.
  Dreadful Gladiator’s items can be crafted by relevant professions (Blacksmithing, Leatherworking,
     Tailoring).
  Item level 489 Valor point items from Patch 5.0 have had their costs reduced by 50%.
  Item level 496 Valor point items from Operation: Shieldwall and the Dominance Offensive have had
     their costs reduced by 25%.

Further Patch Info

If you’d like to read more about Patch 5.2, we’ve covered a lot of the new items in other articles which you can find on our front page.

The above covers the majority of the information from 5.2 which is in some way related to transmogrification, but there are of course many more changes and additions on their way. If you’d like to read further, we recommend you check out the following resources:

  Wowhead’s Gallery of Main-Hand Weapons Changed to One-Hand
  Wowhead’s Guide to Patch 5.2 Troll Transmog Gear
  Blizzard’s Patch 5.2 Round-Up
  Official Patch Notes
  Wowhead’s News Feed

WoW Factor US-Deathwing Horde Follow-up


The WoW Factor ends its first season of events with a grand finale on Deathwing US Horde.

After twenty-four events spanning more than six months, the WoW Factor is now going into hibernation in preparation for Mists of Pandaria, but our finale on Deathwing was certainly a great way to end our first season of transmogrification events. Attendance was booming, with numerous visitors from other realms joining the Deathwing population to turn Sunfury Spire into a hive of activity long before the event itself began.

The regular WoW Factor hosts were once more joined by Caylena as the guest judge for the week. It was her sixth outing as a guest judge, but this event seemed more relevant than ever, as Caylena is a Deathwing local player herself, and had been eager to see a WoW Factor event on the realm since we first began.

You can follow along with the commentary from Caylena and the other judges on Elvine’s TwitchTV stream, and there are plenty of pictures of participants on Facebook.

Livestream Link

Facebook Screenshot Gallery Link

Event Announcement Post

A season finale obviously needs to end with a bang, something which our sponsors undeniably delivered. The prize package, consisting of 100,000 gold, three Blizzard store mounts and one store pet, was donated by the hosts of the Thoranar TwitchTV livestream channel, Thoranar and Brilynn. Their generous sponsorship represents the largest prize fund to date, in real-currency terms, an excellent note on which to finish the first season of events.
You can follow along with Thor and Bri in their own prepration for the new expansion, by clicking the banner link below.

We’ve seen a lot over the past twenty-four WoW Factor events, dozens of realms, thousands of outfits and innumerable attempts at trolling, but Patch 5.0.4 brought us one little extra surprise for our final Cataclysm show. The addition of cross-realm zones was at first a source of confusion when scheduling the Deathwing event. We discovered that Silvermoon City on Deathwing was attached to a Pacific server and adopted that timezone for the in-game clock, whereas Deathwing realm as a whole runs on Mountain time – potentially a scheduling disaster! We did our best to forewarn of the misleading times and thankfully the eventual turnout was big, even bigger than expected infact.

As potentially puzzling as the timezone changes could be, the cross-realm zones did have a positive impact on the event, by allowing players from other realms to attend the event ‘live’. Previously, those from other realms have had to either watch the livestream or create level one characters in order to view a show, but now they can visit on their main characters. We would not actually be able to trade prizes to extra-realm visitors, which would go against the idea of providing a community event for Deathwing anyway, but it was great to see spectators from elsewhere. Who knows, perhaps one day we’ll be able to stage a true cross-realm transmog contest.

Competition Outline

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, nine characters were shortlisted to receive the top prizes. Of these nine, three were selected as runners-up and three as overall winners, receiving the top prizes of the night.

As a bonus, during the break between rounds 1 and 2, one of the sponsors awarded a prize to their favourite outfit on Deathwing, seperate from the WoW Factor team.

Top 3 & Runner-Up Gallery

Altiuin
Altiuin
Fróstbitez
Fróstbitez
Toughlove
Toughlove
Bwg
Bwg
Curse
Curse
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Top 3 & Runners-Up

Round 2: The top three outfits of the night were awarded a Blizzard store mount of their choice. Three runners-up were awarded a consolation prize of 2000 gold each (6k total):

Top 3
Altiuin (Plus 4000 from Round 1)
Fróstbitez (Plus 3000 from Round 1)
Toughlove (Plus 4000 from Round 1)

Runners-Up
Bwg (Plus 4000 from Round 1)
Curse (Plus 4000 from Round 1)
Zanh

Bonus Round – “Bri’s Choice Award”

In between Rounds 1 and 2, co-sponsor Brilynn awarded a Blizzard store pet to her favourite outfit of the night:

Svarya (Plus 3500 from Round 1)

Random Round

Round 1: Selected outfits were awarded between 1000 and 4000 gold until we had expended our total prize fund for this stage of the competition (94k total). Names are listed under prize totals below:

4,000 gold
Galvatron

3,000 gold
Clemmentyne / Crazybenny / Pandaeye / Syphira / Valandra / Voodooshock / Zolari

2,500 gold
Cozmic / Darkmiroku / Frostinips / Germadin / Gygan / Littlebear / Mattyr / Menohealyou
Safteypin / Sentra

2,000 gold
Abyron / Ànisa / ßeasty / Bitterleaf / Christaline / Flimflam / Pharmakeiá / Salvick / Sicorant
Zarieline

1,500 gold
Xayben

Final Words

That brings us to the end of the first season of the WoW Factor! Thanks to all of the participants, sponsors, guest judges and assistants for helping the project to continue providing weekly events for such a long time. A further thanks goes to Keelhaul who, whilst having stepped down four months ago, was the conceiver of the WoW Factor project, and the driving force behind the first ten events.

Be sure to keep an eye out for details of our return, but in the meantime… enjoy Mists of Pandaria!

WoW Factor Event – US-Deathwing


Get ready for the WoW Factor season finale – this coming weekend!

Destination: US-Deathwing
Faction: Horde
Date: Saturday 08 September 2012
Time: 3-6pm MDT (realm time) *
Location: Silvermoon City Sunfury Spire (Lor’themar’s Room)
Prizes: 100,000 gold in total + 3 Blizzard Store mounts + 1 Blizzard Store pet
Prize Categories (Estimate):
  • Round 1: Judges will award between 1,000 and 4,000 gold to outstanding outfits (94k total)
  • Round 2: The Top 6 – Three characters will be awarded a Blizzard store mount each as overall
    winners, three will be awarded 2k gold each as runners-up (6k total)

  • Bonus Prize “Bri’s Choice Award”: Brilynn, one of the sponsors, will award a store pet to an outfit
    of her choice

Prize Sponsor(s): Thoranar/Brilynn (Details below)
Judges (In-game names if different): Ironyca, Noelani, Elvine, Caylena
Livestream: Elvinemod @ TwitchTV (Link)
Further Details: WoW Forums (Link)


With Mists of Pandaria just over the horizon, the time has come to wrap up the first season of the WoW Factor travelling transmog event. This coming Saturday, we’ll be visiting Deathwing US Horde for our 24th event, our season finale.

Over the course of the past twenty three events, spanning more than six months, we’ve seen thousands of impressive transmogrification outfits across the North American and European realms. We’ve handed out a huge number of prizes along the way, some of which came out of the judges’ own pockets, but the success of the WoW Factor wouldn’t have been possible without the support and prize sponsorship we’ve received from many other generous transmog fans. To this date, the WoW Factor prizes have totalled up to more than 5,000,000 gold, along with 11 mounts, and dozens of pets and other items – all awarded to those with the fanciest outfits.

The finale prize package is being donated by the hosts of the Thoranar TwitchTV Channel, Thoranar and Brilynn. Not only are they sponsoring 100,000 gold in-game, but also three Blizzard Store mounts and one Store pet, an extremely generous contribution and excellent note on which to finish the first season of events.

Our guest judge for the event is none other than Caylena, a long-term friend and assistant to the WoW Factor, and Deathwing player who has been itching to get an event on her home realm since we first started!

We’re very much looking forward to seeing what Deathwing has to offer, so a big thanks is in order to Thor and Bri for making it possible.

We hope you’ll be able to join us there, but if not, keep an eye out for more transmogrification events once the MoP levelling dust has settled.


If you’ve not yet seen a WoW Factor show and would like to know what to expect, you can read more about the project on our WoW Factor page.

* Note: Cross-realm zones can change the gametime to another timezone for US players. The Deathwing venue, Silvermoon City, is one such cross-realm zone. Keep that in mind if you’re planning on attending the event!

Vicious Season 9 Sets Return!

Patch 5.0.4 was dominated by substantial changes to gameplay, but a couple of features of interest to us transmogrification fans went through without much fanfare. One such addition to have slipped through the cracks is the return of the Vicious Gladiator’s Season 9 PvP sets.

The sets are once again available for purchase in their entirity, the five core pieces of each set, as well as the matching extras. However, it’s worth noting that this only applies to the regular Season 9 items and not the elite sets, which are unlikely to ever be available again.

You can purchase the Vicious items from either of two vendors, Blazik Fireclaw in Dalaran sewers and Vixton Pinchwhistle in Gadgetzan. The total cost for the 8-piece set comes to 14450 Honor Points, broken down into 2200 each for the head, chest and legs, 1650 each for the shoulders, gloves, belt and boots, and 1250 for the wrists (although you can probably skip the latter for transmogrification purposes!).