I just recently found out about the WoW Factor shows, and the Lightbringer show was my first one in attendance. Unfortunately, due to work restrictions, I had to miss out on a large chunk of the show. I was glad I made a level 1 alt prior to Friday night and parked her in Stormwind just in case! As soon as I got home I logged on and ran in, delighted to see a plethora of people still there!
I accidentally turned Pandora on first and didn't hear the first few minutes of commentary on the live webcast, but figured out what that noise was in the background soon enough! I slowly tiptoed around the room, careful to try not to block anyone while I looked at everyone's outfits. It was fantastic! I felt like a kid at a candy store, gobbling every little bit of eye candy up while I made my way around the room.
I wasn't much of a collector before mogging came out, except for a few sets (like my t6, which is from when I first started raiding, and kept because tier then was something that was not for the average player). As soon as mogging was announced, I dove headlong into shopping, hoarding, and hours of farming raids/instances for BoE's and BoP's. My guild mates often made fun of me for it! There weren't many people who seemed to have the same passion for mogging as me, and that may have hindered me a little bit. I took some time off to play SW:ToR with a few guildies. I'd been toying with the idea of making my own website, inspired by a fellow guildie who had made her own blog about her hunter, mog sets and her pets. I finally did it one day, and kind of dove headlong into it, leaving Star Wars in the dust and my guildies comparing me to some sort of transmog addict. Overall the negative/joking comments I had gotten weighed on me.
My point to the above: I'm not sure I'm going to explain it correctly, but showing up last night and seeing everyone there kind of absolved my guilt and feeling that I was focused on something that was not normal. There were a ton of people there who seemed to have spent the same crazy amount of time and thought putting their pieces together! It was such a waiting to exhale moment for me.
One of my absolute highlights to the night were not the outfits (most of which were fantastic!), it was the amount of time and thought put into judging. This wasn't your average, "oh so and so wins, game over". This was thought out, and every detail major and minor went into consideration, and all commentary was open for everyone to hear! It took quite a while for the competition (I like to think it went a little longer than normal just so I could show up late and still see what it was about!), and they had a few more finalists than normal due to a hard time deciding which one to pick, but at no point for me did it get boring or too drawn out. One of my favorite quotes from the judging that had me rolling was Keelhaul commenting on an outfit and how he thought it worked well, but wouldn't be caught dead in it! lol.
The whole thing inspired me, gave me ideas, and made me have a wonderful night! I chatted with Vrexia a little bit as well, especially after seeing she had Ashbringer, Thunderfury, dual Warglaives and some other fabulous outfits ("this is my alt!"). Lets just say I was a little bit jealous!
I'm really glad I found out about this when I did, and that I showed up. I'm going to be incredible corny and say I feel like I found my transmogging religion...in a cathedral ironically! It was a great time, and I'm going to recommend future shows to my friends and guildmates (and anyone I can!). Thank you so much for putting this all together, and for bringing everyone even remotely interested a little bit closer together in the community.
TL;DR: Go mog more, and keep an eye out for WoW Factor shows!