World of Warcraft plans to add unobtainable transmog appearances in the future

Items are a big part of playing World of Warcraft. Sure, dropping ancient elves and demons and dragons to 0 health is its own reward, but half of the time they just teleport away anyhow to provide a future antagonist. It’s the stuff you loot from the experience that really matters. The latest of the game’s live Q&A sessions covered itemization, and you can either watch the whole video now or catch up with a summary. Keep in mind that the Q&A also specifically mentions not knowing when patch 7.2 is coming, so if you’re looking for that, you’re going to be disappointed.

If there are appearances in the game that you know are still unobtainable by players, rest assured that the developers are aware of it; finishing up the set transmog UI has made it clear what elements still can’t be grabbed by players and need to be added. Legendary effects that feel substantial enough for a given spec are also in place specifically so that they can serve as a “test” for adding the effect as a baseline for the spec in the future. For the time being, the developers want to keep the 6-item sets that allow for three different tier set bonuses at once, but that may be changed with time. It’s an interesting look at the game’s current item design philosophy, although we make no promises that you’ll be happy with the results.

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Valen Sinclair
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Valen Sinclair

Just more evidence proving (at least to me) that WOW has slowly been transforming itself from a game into a paid social hub full of mini-games. Previously people adventured together in the wild, traveling to dangerous places across Azeroth the battle difficult monsters and find rare items. Now people sit in hubs (a city, or garrison, or class hall) typing nonsense in chat (or on Discord), playing dress up, grinding out (insert random point system here) to get new shinies, waiting for queues to pops so they can faceroll something in hopes of getting purples colored epics that aren’t even epic because everyone has them (thus they are the equivalent of green/blue gear).

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Jokerchyld

Screw this! Give me housing so I have a place to show it off! And I don’t mean that Garrison crap (though that could have worked if I had a place to show my stuff off!)

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Doubleplusgood

Let me know when I can finally transmog the [Lord Walden’s Top Hat] that I have been saving in my bank since Cataclysm release and I might…..possibly maybe…..resub again.

Ive got a gnome warlock that would look very dapper in it!

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Alex Willis

unobtanium

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smuggler-in-a-yt

So wait. Blizzard is moving towards a model of…what? Why does that sound like, “We’re getting tired of level design, and encounter design, and all our good writers left, so, really, we’ve decided that the best way to keep people engaged is to give them, stuff.”

I finally finished the Trial of Valor quests that resulted in the transmog set from Odyn. It was spectacularly anti-climatic. As in, I ran the Trial of Valor for weeks, for…this?

#whatcouldpossiblygowrong

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Greaterdivinity

I’m still calling this the worst designed expansion overall, even if they’ve dramatically increased how much content they’re putting out. The expansion has largely sold itself on fanservice from day one, and it’s still leaning on fanservice rather than smart design to drive retention.

It’s pretty incredible to watch the game devolve to sloppy design that matches, or exceeds, the sloppy designs in the game when it first launched over a decade ago.

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Dug From The Earth

This is the first expansion that Ive quit playing BEFORE i managed to do all the content.

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wild-abyss

Same. I stayed all throughout GarrisonCraft, even. But this… I don’t like so many of the decisions and felt unwanted for the first time in WoW.

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rawhunger

I just don’t get the whole transmogging crap. Playing dress-up just aint my thing.

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Loopy

Lots of people play MMOs for the RPG part of the genre name.

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mcsleaz

YOU don’t have to get it. Millions of other players do, making you the odd man out.

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rawhunger

YOU don’t have to get defensive, bud. Just because I think it’s a waste of time shouldn’t put a cramp in your enjoyment of it. Party on, if that’s your thing. I just happen to think it’s stupid. And that’s okay. It takes all kinds to make a world and all that jazz…

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