There’s lot of excited folks out there. Finally, a way to lock yourself into a favorite wardrobe! Nostalgia is uniting teams of players to go farm those lost tier sets, players with a bank full of clothes are congratulating themselves on their foresight, and fashionably dressed blogs are reaping the readers.
How can something that reminds of us of Calvin and Hobbes not be win?
Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but I’m just not that excited about the transmogrifying closet, and here’s why.
I get asked a lot why I don’t have the tree form glyph. Mainly I don’t care for it because I think being a giant treant of healing awesome is just way more fun than being a twig-boy. However, I’m also not nostalgic about tree form. I wasn’t a druid when tree form was available, so I’m not all teary-eyed about being a tree for entire fights instead of just periodically.
My main has changed over the years, but right now, my main doesn’t have any tier history. Farming up a bunch of clothes for days gone by doesn’t make any sense for me, because I don’t have those days!
2. Who Am I Wearing It For?
This is how I commonly view my characters:
Can you tell what I’m wearing? Me neither. I don’t stand around Stormwind showing off my clothes. I don’t RP. I don’t see them myself. So, who cares what I’m wearing? I think the only thing people would really notice is if I showed up to raid naked.
3. I Purged
I used to play a blood elf Paladin. She kept everything. But then came a day when I had to choose: gems or clothes? I just had to go with the fiery brilliance of a bank full of gems. If I had known that Blizzard might some day, maybe think about changing their policy about having a virtual closet, I might have fought harder to manage my bank space, perhaps even picking up an alt to store some of my dresses and things. However, practicality won out over flair, and it’s been that way for my characters ever since. After the first time, it’s real easy to go sell off entire bag loads of gear.
4. MC… again. Really?
The thing that really, honestly, horribly frustrates me about the closet system now is that like many driftless players during the Wrath expansion I had a lot of free time on my hands. I amused myself getting achievements and working on reputations.
While I’ll probably be back in old dungeon mode again one of these days, it sure as heck isn’t going to be right now. I’m still busy with new content, either new leveling toons or old toons working (slowly) on end-game content. Should I give up the shiny new stuff to go see Molten Core for the fifty-jillionth time? I’m not ready for that grind again folks.
And finally, just because I know I’m going to be doing the eye-roll a lot in the coming patch: if people can’t spell Therazane, how in the bloody world do you expect them to manage Transmogrification. The shortened names started ~2 seconds after the announcement went live: transmog, mog , trans. I’m not looking forward to this world. No sir, not I.