There has been a lot of exciting news lately – from transmogrification, to void storage, to tank threat changes. Although there has been plenty of dissent from those that seem just generally unhappy with the game (or aren’t even playing WOW anymore), most of us appear excited.
The collector in me is squealing with glee at the thought of my assortment of old gear that is stuffed in my bank finally being useful. I love having a reason to do old content! Now’s the time to begin forming our gear wish lists, and farming pieces from all areas of Azeroth (and Outlands).
I’ve decided that to get myself posting a bit more, I’m going to write about gear sets and pieces that I find interesting. Blizzard has put some tentative restrictions on transmogrification that will obviously shape my choices – gear must be the same armor or weapon type, must have stats, and can’t be legendary.
The first set that comes to mind is the no longer accessible Dungeon Set 1 (and 2). Blizzard is looking at ways to put the sets back into the game (possibly as new gear in 4.3) which I’m thrilled about. If they don’t get them in, or it’s just not dropping for you, there are alternatives.
There have been many set look-alikes throughout WOW’s history, and the Elements set is no exception. Featuring a wolf hat and strange shoulders with sticks portruding out of them, it’s not a set that is universally liked. I’ve always found it appealing, as weird as it may be. I’ve listed items below that are mostly from the “teal” look-alike set in Burning Crusade, but there are a few other re-colored pieces thrown in if you’re desperate. The mail spellpower heirloom items also are re-skinned from the Dungeon set.
It’s not a complete set as the boots and wrists are nowhere to be found, but I’m sure you can pull together something that still looks nice (who really looks at wrists and feet anyways?). If you’re a hoarder like me, you may have some of the original set pieces in the bank. I discovered the gloves, wrist, and belt hiding behind piles of other saved gear.
The hat is my particular favorite, and will likely be a part of other outfits that I choose as well. The teal set is almost more attractive than the original – the colors are more harmonious.
If you don’t play a shaman, check out Wowpedia’s compilation of look-alikes for your own Dungeon set.
Mystical Coif of Elements - heirloom version
Mask of the Howling Storm – Mana Tombs (Normal), Nexus-Prince Shaffar
Headdress of Inner Rage – Burning Crusade Dungeon Drop (BOE)*
Big Bad Wolf’s Head – Karazhan, The Big Bad Wolf
Headdress of the First Shaman – Archaeology, Orc
There are also other similar looking wolf-head models such as the Helm of Lupine Grace. It’s not the exact same model, but still captures the general feel of the outfit.
Lightning-Rod Pauldrons – Teal Set, Mana Tombs (Normal), Tavarok
Vest of Living Lightning – Teal Set, The Slave Pens (Normal), Mennu the Betrayer
Mystical Vest of Elements - heirloom version
Stormfront Gauntlets – Teal Set, Caverns of Time: Escape from Durnholde Keep, Captain Skarloc
Girdle of the Gale Storm – Teal Set, The Blood Furnace (Normal), The Maker
Kilt of Rolling Thunders –Teal Set, Hellfire Ramparts (Normal), Nazan and Vazruden (from Reinforced Fel Iron Chest)
No re-coloring found
No re-coloring found
Weapons were not part of the dungeon set, but will be an important part of your outfit! There are a vast number of options available, but my recommendation for this set would be a tribal-looking mace and shield.
For the mace, choose something like the Runic Hammer (Blacksmithing). Since stats are meaningless, it doesn’t matter that this weapon wasn’t built for shaman. The red coloring would look stunning against the teal look-alike set!
Or if you’re looking for something a little more simple, the Fist of Stone (Maraudon) is a nice choice.
Stay tuned for more “Shaman Style” posts – from tier sets to little-known mail sets, to fun or wacky outfits!
*Check the auction house for these BOE’s, or make a note to sell them to other collectors for lots of gold