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Mists of Pandaria Beta: The best model return ever

Matthew Rossi

Back in Wrath of the Lich King, I had a two-handed sword model I loved from Trial of the Crusader, a raid I didn't love. That sword was Reckoning, picked up on an alt run that I tanked because I was main spec prot back then. I used it for a while, until ICC came out and I replaced it with better. Since I had no idea they'd introduce transmogrification down the road, I figured I'd never use it again and disenchanted it for materials to enchant the ICC weapons.

Cut to now. I've been running Trial of the Crusader-10 every chance I get for a shot at replacing my lost Reckoning. I have a Justicebringer banked, but neither the Trial sword model nor the mace (which, in fact, you can't even get anymore) and I despaired of completing my Trial weapon set. The Alliance versions are so iconic in their Alliance identity that I really feel compelled to try and acquire them. And now, I can without having to talk someone else into forming a raid.

The new Horde and Alliance quests in Jade Forest now contain various reused Trial of the Crusader weapon and armor models. Above, you see my draenei using the Greatsword of Kofinna Kottr, which is an exact match for heroic Reckoning. I also picked up Captain Rogers' Polite Knocking Stick, which brings back the Catastrophe model. There are also several green plate drops I can confirm as having TotC models, like the chest and helm I have equipped in the SS (which use the DK models). I know for sure that the Horde quests give a version of the Dual-Blade Butcher if you're looking for that model, but I haven't seen their plate yet. Just on my warriors, I've seen versions of the TotC one-handed axe, sword and mace as well.

I know sometimes people don't like seeing models get reused, but for me as a transmog junkie, this is the best news ever. I don't have to run TotC anymore! Although I'm still going to until Mists comes out, just in case.

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!

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