As a transmog enthusiast (to the point where my bank is already full), I'm looking forward to Mists of Pandaria in no small part because I want to collect more gear to transmog into. But I'm also finding myself wondering if transmogrification is also giving the game more artistic license to make weapon and armor models that are not necessarily for everyone. How many players are going to stick to their tier 2, or 6, or 10, or 13 instead of embracing Pandaria's aesthetic? And furthermore, is that a bad thing, or does it free up everyone to go hog wild with gear?
To give another example, if I got Mogu'Dar, Blade of the Thousand Slaves, I am going to transmog it. I don't care for the model at all -- but I still applaud them for making such a distinctive weapon. I like the raw freedom of being able to take the gear upgrade and then deciding whether or not I want that look without having to hurt my stats. With Mists taking gear farther into an Asian-inspired aesthetic, it's the perfect time for me to have that freedom.
Above is the Meteoric Greathelm, which looks completely different than just about any plate helm I've ever seen in the game with that basket-like faceplate. I really like it, but it's an unusual piece for World of Warcraft. Like it or hate it, it has to work for 11 races since every race can play a plate class, and so (in my opinion) transmogrification serves a purpose not only as a personal customization tool but to extend the life of these designs. If you really love that helmet or the entire Mists of Pandaria aesthetic, you can keep it alive well past this expansion. And if you hate it, you can just wear whatever you have in the bank. Behold Viking warlord pandaren.
It's open warfare between Alliance and Horde in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's next expansion. Jump into five new levels with new talents and class mechanics, try the new monk class, and create a pandaren character to ally with either Horde or Alliance. Look for expansion basics in our Mists FAQ, or dig into our spring press event coverage for more details!