Recently (as in about a week ago) – I was accused of copying someone’s transmog…from a transmog I posted over a year ago. Apparently, on the basis because the gloves are “hard to get.” (?) Given that I posted the transmog, like I said, over a year ago, I’m not too fussed about it. And it was one I had set up for a long time before posting it [when my warrior was one of my mains] because I didn’t even have this blog when I started transmogging in the first place.
Also, in regards to this particular situation, other items on the item list are completely different. [The transmog in question is this one, by the way, for anyone curious, and the ‘question’ was based off of the Darkrune Gauntlets.]
So, if I’m not fussed, why discuss it? Because there are a few issues here. A primary one being that I really, really hate rude people and accusations. But the main ones are that I like transparency, and I thought I should, in fact, discuss how I come up with some of my transmogs, since the biggest accusation stemmed from how hard an item was to get. And how I come up with my transmogs has nothing to do with how hard an item is to get.
Frankly, I don’t check that at all. [Though I probably should, to make some transmogs more accessible than others.]
I use MogIt. As anyone who uses MogIt knows, MogIt does not give a care how hard an item is to get. All in-game items are (I believe?) listed, complete with different colorings, even the most rare of rare items (the majority of the time). Also, when there are multiple items with a same color scheme, they’re listed in there. When they are listed, I will typically shoot for the crafted items above rare drops – like the chest piece – because most of the time, they’re easier to get.
I spend upwards of an hour designing my transmogs sometimes. I love it. It’s my favorite part of the game, and the majority of the time, all my transmogs are my own. It’s what I spend the most time in game doing. When my transmogs aren’t my own, I do in fact give credit (example here).
That said, I do browse the MMO-Champion forums like there’s no tomorrow, and different parts of transmogs can sometimes give me ideas. I see a pretty chest + shoulder together? I like it? I’ll take those two items and create a new transmog off of them. Or even a chest and legs? Same thing.
I don’t think this is particularly uncommon. But if it does, in fact, bother people – I will be happy to give that credit where it is due. [I don’t particularly feel that two items automatically make someone owner of a transmog, though.] Even with that, I try really hard not to post another person’s transmog. I think I’ve wanted to share the love of Pretty Fly for a Draenei’s monk transmog and of course, the badass hunter mog for quite a while. Or the countless dark ranger transmogs I’ve seen because I have Googled those. (Who hasn’t, right?)
I love having this blog and posting what I do. I have such a sense of confidence in it, and it just brings me a lot of joy. That’s not going to change, and it hasn’t changed. I just wanted to make it clear I would never copy another person’s transmog without credit. It’s not who I am. I know there are some variations on sets that are so hugely popular that there are crosses between them. I understand that. I also know that quite a few of my own transmogs have ended up in various places. I don’t mind. If I didn’t want to “share the love”, so to speak, I wouldn’t post them to begin with. ;)
It’s not about me, and my own selfish joy. It’s about the whole WOW community that loves transmogging. I respect that. I love that. It’s a close-knit community, especially for the larger bloggers. <3
Take care everyone, and enjoy the incoming transmogs!