Mogolympics – Closing Ceremonies

The Closing Ceremonies for the 2012 Mogolympics. A fitting tribute, I think, and more importantly, a show of just how much hard work and dedication went into this event, I think. I know JD probably doesn’t even want to THINK about doing another one soon, but I hope this becomes an annual sort of event.

I was really excited also to see that he put together a website of the outfits, including scores, so I can see how well I did (relatively) I and the Argent Dawn also won another award, the “Preciscion Instrument” award, which was given out for consistently ranking high in each event (see the blog entry for a better explanation! 🙂 )

My companion pet addiction is getting some serious love soon, oh yes it is!

And now to start seriously considering if I want to do this myself for Halloween. >.>

Amateur Azerothian

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome!  On behalf of Exodar and many other nations here, thank you for joining us.  My name is Carrera, and I will be closing out the games for you tonight.   And if you whistle like that again, your backside will require amputation to remove my hoof.

To start the proceedings this evening, we have four very special awards to hand out.  After all was said and done, and the judges had cast their votes on every single outfit, they were then asked to pick one in particular -or, their Judge’s Choice.  All four had the same response: how the heck do I pick just one???  So, each approached it from the perspective of the outfits that most impressed them, but failed to make it to the podium this year.  What better time to hand out these awards than during our closing ceremonies?

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Mogolympics: Week Two & Three


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Well, I got a bit behind on posting these in a timely manner. In part due to my playing a lot of Guild Wars 2, watching a ridiculous amount of Tekkit minecraft videos on Yogscast Youtube channel, and then, in the last few days, discovering rather earth-shattering news about the health of one of my family members. So I’ve been a bit distracted from blogging and/or transmog. Not to mention, I am still waiting for a Mogit update for the Patch so I can get it to work properly. My idling time in Stormwind is so BORING now!

That said, the last of the event results for the Mogolympics have now been posted, which means I can show off my lovely contest entries. I am, overall, really pleased with how I did, considering there were nearly fifty competitors and not nearly enough medals to go around for all the really creative and fantastic outfits I saw being submitted. I can’t be sure, but I think I tended to come out in the top 15 or so in most events- I’ll contact JD about it later once things quiet down for all the judges.

I will also be archiving all my entries over on my Mogolympics 2012 page, including links to the event results for each one,  the item list links to, and any medal winners I had, so they’re easy to find, etc.

So without further ado, the rest of my Mogolympics event contestants, representing the Argent Dawn!

In Soviet Azeroth, Draenei wrestle YOU. The chill in the air comes from the crushing strength of centuries-old glaciers embodied in the muscular form of the Azerothian wrestler known as “The Mammoth.” He speaks little, but his glare has been known to make grown men quake, and the frosty air around his icy armor gives more than one opponent frostbite.
(While I think the wrestling look is pretty perfect without the shoulders and chestpiece, I included them for the sake of having a full matching transmog outfit, but couldn’t resist including images of them without. ) [IMG | Item List]

Like the gem seated in the center of the bow, swirling with blue-green mystery among a tangle of artfully bent wood, this outfit allows for peeks of cerulean blue amongst the branches, set in a delicate filigree of gold. Simple lines echo the straight path of an arrow from the bow, making the outfit both practical and pleasing. [IMG | Item List]

If a dwarf is going to carry around a big stick, it’s going to be one that does more then just look good. This thing slices, it dices, it pokes, it cleaves and in a pinch, it even mines out the most precious of ores. The runes on the head of the blade are matched in bold gold on the outfit, and the grey and brown accents sop up the beer stains without notice. The point of the shoulders are almost as sharp as this polearm’s tip, and even with one eye, he can hit the broad side of a barn at fifty paces. [IMG | Item List]

Our male blood elf model would like the judges to know that you don’t have to sacrifice being deadly to look dashing. With a rapier wit to match the glowing edge of his blade, he can easily dance around his opponents while dazzling them with his purple, sage and gold combo of cloth. Being a bit daring with the baring of his chest, he uses the distraction to score hit after hit on his competition – and we don’t just mean the scoring kind. Or do we? Oh, the innuendos abound. [IMG | Item List]

Freestyle is almost TOO MUCH freedom for me I think! I had about five different outfits going at once and not entirely happy with any of them, but this was the one I was the most happy with and the concept I was most excited about. It was also probably the most challenging. This is, for those unfamiliar with the fandom, a Chi Blocker from the Avatar: Legend of Korra series. Key components of the outfit include a goggled hood, and large gloves with a glowing green center near the hands to represent the key parts of the Chi Blockers outfits. WoW doesn’t have a lot that echoes the streamlined, tailored look of the animation style, but I think the slimmer boots and simply accented pants pay a nice tribute and tie in the gloves. The wand is the closest I could come to the green taser-like tool used in the series, although I think the listed off-hand makes a nice substitute as well.
Additonal, post-event comments: I had about four to five outfits I was working on for the Freestyle event. A Jedi and a Sith (overdone, I’d thought), a confederate soldier (more equestrian like, and judging by that event’s winners, apropros), and a goblin auctioneer. I went with this one, but really, I think it was probably one of my weakest outfits, just because it’s so hard to match. There were better matches in other armor types, but I had to stick to warlock-wearable ones to stay within the rules of the contest. I may have over-ambitioned myself on this one. (Is that a word, that’s not a word. I’m making it a word!) [IMG | Item List]

And then finally, to round off the competition, we had the Equestrian event, in which I won my second and last medal, a silver! It came when I desperately needed some cheering up so it was like a double whammy of yay!

Representing the heavens and Tyrael’s Charger, our human female model is a study in light and dark, appearing to have just stepped down out of the Heavens. Slimming robes bring to mind the smooth lines of the Charger’s armor, with shoulders of light echoing the wings of the heavenly mount. Like the Charger’s namesake, a hood covers the visage of this Angel, as she prepares a cup of cool justice to share.
(I tried so hard to avoid using both the Avatar Robe AND Hood, but in the end, it was a look that was just too good to pass up.) [IMG | Item List]

Now there’s just the closing ceremonies and the Mogolympics will be over! Once that’s done, I will probably do a final blog on the contest and how it all panned out. Then I’ll have to give some thought to maybe running a themed one of my own. (Yes, I’m crazy. I know.) Halloween is coming up, after all!

Patch 5.0.etc


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I took a break from what has been a fairly solid week of of Guild Wars 2 playing, mixed in with some Tekkit Minecraft (lights! Mining turtles! omg so fun)  playing and logged into WoW after the patch on Tuesday. I was on long enough for the graphical update, which I loved, and to decide that yes, I was going to server/faction change Thanion over to Alliance and Wyrmrest Accord. It was done with a pang, I have to admit, he’s one of my favorite RP characters, but he wasn’t getting played, and my RP partner for him doesn’t play WoW any longer.

Thaeda: Lover of pretty animals

So now I have Thaeda, who will be undergoing a new transmog transformation soon, more then likely, since a Draenei female can wear a lot more armor and look GOOD in it then a Blood Elf male can.

Yesterday, however, I spent more time on WoW, and took to looking into all the changes that had happened and re-doing talent trees and glyphs and such.

Out of the changes to all my characters, I’m about 95% happy. I love the changes to warriors and rage that they’ve made, and that you don’t have to be in certain stances to use certain abilities. One of the things that has always hindered me in eking out that last bit of DPS is how bad I am at stance dancing. I evidently will need to reforge and regem like Woah, however, as strength is no longer a fury warrior’s first loved stat, but I’m not sure I can be bothered right before I go and replace all that shiny purple gear with greens in a month. With no more raiding going on, I am rather enjoying not having to frantically squeeze numbers out of my gear.

I love, love, love the shapeshift form changes for druids and of course the Glyph of the Stag was the very first one I grabbed. (Although I’d advise people to be cautious and shop around, the glyph prices are still fluctuating widely. I saw that one alone go from everything from 75 gold to 1000 yesterday. The mage changes have me a bit discombobulated, and I miss my flame orb already, but I’m planning on getting some time in some dungeons in the next few weeks to see how it works out.

I found this lovely set of ‘quick start’ guides to the class changes over on MMO Melting Pot, a site I’ve always found very helpful in providing succinct info at a glance. Enough to get me started in the right direction and not feeling quite so overwhelmed, anyways.

And then, finally, there was this:

All Hail Your Stag Overlords!

The Week Before the Patch…..


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If you’re hearing the theme from Jaws in your head right now, well then we’re definitely on the same page. There is so MUCH going on WoW-wise right now, and yet I feel sort of vaguely disconnected from it all, which is very disconcerting. Maybe writing it all down will put my thoughts in order…. or just confuse the rest of you as much as I am? Who knows, but I suppose we’ll find out.

Huh. This got long. You’ve been warned!

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Mogolympics Week One


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Well the Mogolympics are finally underway, and I have been eagerly waiting to see the results of this first week’s medal events. I’ve been waxing between nervously biting my fingernails about my sure-to-fail entries and quietly gloating to myself about my oh-so-brilliant entries. Note that these entries are all the same ones, I just can’t decide if I did great or sucked mightily. There is a lot of competition with something like fifty-plus, even after eliminating those that bowed out or didn’t submit in time.

First there was the Opening Ceremonies, where everyone’s flag bearer’s were showcased- and I think it was here that I realized- there was some really serious competition involved. Now, I’ve been in some transmog contests already, and I have a few fellow transmog-obsessed guildies that we share out ideas and concepts with each other… but this is some seriously good stuff. I’ve been told I was good at this transmog stuff, but now…. I don’t know! Still, I had some pretty definite ideas about where I thought the competition was going to go. Some of those ideas got shattered pretty quickly though.

Disclaimer: Any critiques/criticisms here are my own opinion, and don’t/shouldn’t reflect badly on the event, the judges, or my fellow competitors. This isn’t sour grapes at all, I think all you people are fabulous, I just tend to over-analyze these things because well, transmog is my obsession. I have issues, clearly. 😉 

First up was the Cycling event, where there was one gold medal winner, three silver and… no bronze, evidently? Possibly because of the three-way tie for silver.  I’ll be honest, I was sort of disillusioned on this event, because I understood it that the outfits had to match one of the two bike mounts in the game, which pretty much limited your choices to red/gold and blue/gold, and yet,…. That’s not what a majority of the submissions seemed to be. There was lot more of the badass biker in black/grey/etc. A concept I would have loved to explore, but thought I was limited to a particular color range. Still, I loved the idea I DID submit, and the winners certainly WERE great-looking transmogs, so onto the next!

The Hammer Throw event is next, and I loved the way the commentary was put together on this one, and how it sort of let you get an overall look on all the competition at once. The scores were nice too, especially if they’re actually indicative of the judging, because it at least gave you an idea of how “close” you were. Even in the Olympics, 5th place instead of 50th is something to feel good about, right? Right? This wasn’t a submission that I felt was as strong as I would have liked, but I felt good about the overall effect and had really loved using the hammer that I did. There was some really fierce competition. I think some of my favorites were the submissions from the Aldor, Undercity (Who won the gold, and deservedly so!), Silverwing Sentinels, Keepers of Time and the Argent Crusade. And it looks like I came CLOSE to a medal, but still, no cigar! Oh well, there’s more to come!

The Discus event is still to come for this week, and that was another one that I rather liked once it was all put together, but it wasn’t what I considered one of my favorites that I submitted, so we’ll see how it goes!

Finally, still on the subject of Transmog, I want to direct people’s attention towards ironyca’s post about her experiences in helping to run and judge the WoW Factor’s events: 29 Thing I have Learned from doing In-Game Server Events

I saw a lot of these myself on the WoW Factor events I have attended (three in total, one on my home server that I competed in and two that I’ve gone just to watch and take screenshots during), and I have to say, kudos to her and the others who run those events, because I am pretty sure I would have given up long ago with the amount of nonsense and spam and entitlement issues they get bombarded with.