We already know there will be lots to do in Patch 8.1: Tides of Vengeance. In this issue of the Battle for Azeroth Bulleting, I will have a look at how we will look while enjoying all the new content. Join me in an overview of the 8.1 Transmogs, or as I like to call it, “Blizzard, we need to talk”.
Siege of Dazar’alor
The new raid armor design philosophy is not one of class identity, but one of raid identity. The appearance of an armor set in Battle for Azeroth should show off the raid where the armor is from. Blizzard did an amazing job at that for Uldir, where all four armor classes showed a uniform design that matched the Titan Vault theme perfectly.
If there was any doubt about who the big bad guy in 8.1 will be, then let the 8.1 raid armor appearances make it abundantly clear. Dazar’alor is a city of golden opulence, reminiscent of native South-American cities. Giant tiered pyramids, decorated with intricate designs shining gold.
Yet, unlike the Zandalar questing and dungeon armor appearances, there is none of that in the raid armor. Skulls, bones, tattered pieces of cloth … If there’s a theme to be found here, it is that of death. More precisely, the Loa of Death: Bwonsamdi!
I’m not here to spoil the entire story line for you, just know that Bwonsamdi has dealings in Dazar’alor. A deal made with Bwonsamdi is a deal made with death itself!
If there was a Necromancer class in World of Warcraft, this would definitely be one of their class sets. Tattered cloth, bones and skulls. Not pretty, but it fits the general theme of the Battle of Dazar’alor raid. I particularly like the hood, especially on the Mythic set. The pieces of armor around the hips and thighs add some bulk. Just be careful running around with those shoulders, you might poke someone’s eye out!
Again, the helmet is the start of the set here, the plumes at the back of it add a nice touch and the Mythic version has an eerie glow. The boots look a bit too bulky to me, especially for a leather set. Then again, better than just a pair of socks. Just like the cloth set, a very nice touch with the leg armor. The shoulders just make the set complete with a nice glow effect. Not something you’d want to bump into at night.
I can see my rogue alt wearing this set. Looks good, fits the theme, two thumbs up!
Okay Morty … breathe. Yes, I’m biased, my main is a hunter. When I first saw this set, I thought it was hideous. That was before Blizzard added a regular chest option rather than the robe. The helmet looks cool, a hood with a bone crown. It reminds of the Witch King of Angmar in Lord of the Rings. The shoulders are bony, spiky and glowy, like the other armors.
The chest and legs look a bit bland in my opinion and I’m certainly not a fan of the exposed toes on the boots.
So that’s why the Direhorn population has been dwindling! Top to bottom, this set looks amazing! I can imagine Death Knights being a little bit more excited about this appearance than Paladins. It’s bulky, it’s mean, it’s awesome! The Mythic shoulders look absolutely stunning, although, running around with those for too long could cause scoliosis, so be careful!
Not much else to say about this appearance, for me, this is the best looking out of the four armor appearances from the Battle of Dazar’alor!
Battle for Darkshore Warfront
8.1 brings a new raid, but also a new Warfront! This time, we travel back to Darkshore, still shaking after the Burning of Teldrassil. The Night Elves have regrouped, and are ready to retake their homeland from the Undead.
The Battle for Stromgarde took us back to the good old “Orcs vs. Humans” of the classic Warcraft RTS games and the armor showed that.
This time, it’s Undead vs. Night Elves and again, the armors are a reflection of that conflict.
The four Alliance armors are all Night Elf themed. If you wanted some Night Elf Heritage Armor, this is as close as you’re going to get until Blizzard introduces the actual thing. The general theme seems to be feather, moons and purple. As a whole, these appearances look pretty good, with the plate set again being the most intricate and detailed.
Although I can see a lot of cloth users swooning over the whole Priestess of the Moon look, I’m less excited for the leather and mail armors. Don’t get me wrong, they don’t look bad, they just don’t blow me away like the other armors do.
The bulk of the Horde forces in Darkshore are Undead. Those who are worried that these armors would be too similar to the Dazar’alor armors can rest easy. These Undead themed armors are nothing like the bony, spiky armors of the Dazar’alor raid. Okay, there’s spikes, but not the same kind. The color theme is a lot darker and just like the Alliance armors, these are as close as Undead Heritage Armor as you’re going to get until the real official thing is introduced.
I expected the mail armor to be a bit more reminiscent of Sylvanas’ Dark Rangers, but the mail armor is pretty damn cool as is. The leather and plate armors are well made, well detailed and the brown and purple colors reflect the Undead theme perfectly.
The star of the show here is the cloth armor. What else than a plague doctor for the Undead Warfront. The helmet looks amazing. Hanging from the shoulders and belt we see vials of a purple alchemical concoction, no doubt as vile and deadly as it is smelly.
Patch 8.1: Tides of Vengeance comes ever closer. As you can see, we have some pretty unique armors to look forward to. I’m still on the fence if I’m going to be using any of them on my Hunter. Especially since the Mythic Uldir mail set is a sold 11/10. I think I will be sticking to that transmog for most of this expansion.
I wish you all the best in your transmog hunting and until next time, for another issue of the Battle for Azeroth Bulletin!