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I confess. I am a ninja. Pretty much all the time now. If I get Yaarrr I'll just eat more buff food.

Why, you ask? Sure it's fun to hop into some tight black leather, especially after wearing delicate robes all day long. But there's a more important reason.

Blizzard's outfit designs are more miss than hit. Here are some of the robes I've had the "pleasure" of wearing, and one that is inevitably in my future. I’ll neither explain nor defend my design-level assessment, so don’t try to haggle me on my numbers.

I find Umbral Brute to be particularly hideous. And many cloaks are just plain rotten, but hiding the cloak looks just plain weird. And the T9 shoulders? Halp!!

So to ninja I go, nearly every raid now, all the time. I just despise looking at my toon. And the ninja costume is really really good. So it no longer matters to me what sort of crap designs we get in the future. I've always got a good one to cover it up.

There was a solid stretch of designy goodness, when I was wearing mostly T8, and my priest looked badass in the best, most priesty way. But that was a blip on the design radar; mostly my guy looks like he got dressed by some overeager 19-year old artiste with no sense of restraint, color-matching, or style. Yes, I do really hate Umbral Brute. Looks fine on a lock, just not on a discipline priest.


It does give me great pleasure to choose the correct pet to go with my ninja, reflecting both my mood and the encounter. Ninja + errandboy, ninja + arcane elemental, ninja + Chuck, etc. He's an oddball ninja, my priest. But he's not gonna take off his leather for just any old dress.

Postscript: An ulterior motive

I like to heal pug heroics half-naked. Just for the challenge of it. Wearing a ninja suit covers up my prank, so unless I'm inspected, it will go unnoticed, and I’ll be the only one to know that I kept up a noob tank with so much skin exposed. The fact that I often sport Anathema with my leather, however, and that doesn't get mentioned, is more than a bit unnerving.

(6) Comments

  1. 8/20/2009 12:15 PM Amber / Obsidian Dragon

    Digested Silken and all its ilk are much better on female draenei. >.>

    Just sayin'.

    8/20/2009 12:24 PM Paolo

    -- averts eyes --

    I mean, *anything* looks good on those polygons :)

    8/20/2009 5:50 PM Wikwocket

    It's very simple. Blizzard's art team designs all Priest gear based on how it looks on Night Elf females. If it looks okay on other races, or (heaven forbid) looks decent on a male, that's an unintended bonus.

    As a male dwarf, I learned this long long ago, and resigned myself to a wearing a long series of badly-fitting purple dresses.

    8/24/2009 1:41 AM Unknown

    I have to admit, more than once I would gasp looking at previews of a priest set, because said preview was on a male human. Once I saw the same robes on my Undead, it wasn't so bad at all. I do agree about T9 though - really bad-looking set. We had a good streak in BC: T4 was ok, T5 was awesome (still the best looking set, imho) and T6 was good'

    Oh, and the Primal Mooncloth Robe was T4-equivalent, not T5. The fact that people wore them in T6 content was another matter entirely ;-P

    8/28/2009 8:36 AM Critfur

    Im curious, which items do you not use when healing those pug heroics? it'd be something i would love to try, since you said it's a challenge and i love a good challenge

    8/28/2009 10:47 AM Paolo

    Just take off as many items as you dare! Robe, shoulders, weapon, neck... Depends on your confidence, of course, not to mention that you still need enough spellpower to get through. I will sometimes heal without a robe or shirt, chest proudly exposed, and without my ninja cover-up. If people question me I'll tell them that they must have the "naked" buff, and that indeed I'm fully clothed. Ah, to be overgeared and a prankster...


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