Most people have no idea how mechagnomes look in transmogs. They just regurgitate the tired old “diaper” line because they see some other moron regurgitate it from yet some other moron, and on and on the imbecile train goes with no stop in sight.
All of those look great, by the way. The rogue might be my favourite, though.
Magically-altered blood elves, draenei, and tauren
Differently evolved Highborne, dwarves, humans, and trolls
It’s ridiculous to argue that gnomes who altered themselves and were cut off from the rest of the world shouldn’t have been an allied race when they’re in line with all of the others barring vulpera.
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The “Mechagnomes should’ve been barber options” argument is still an absurd double standard and makes no sense when those aforementioned allied races exist. They’re not just flat-out recolors of gnomes; they have limbs with animated parts and new idle and emote animations! Same for the people on this board who genuinely thought mechagnomes were going to stay an NPC race or join the Horde.
Imagine you have one of those toys that teach babies about shapes and you’re trying to shove a clearly square peg (mechagnomes) into every hole except the square hole (Alliance ARs); you try the circle hole (Horde ARs), the triangle hole (barber options), and the star hole (NPC races), while also trying to shove a star peg (sethrak) into the square hole. That’s basically what mechagnome complaint threads were like in the 11 or so months between the 8.2 reveal and the 8.3 reveal.
A single skin tone for night elves from a throwaway storyline is not comparable to a change in a model’s limbs and animations, stop believing it is.
Retrofitting mechagnome hairstyles onto gnomes would be a waste of time and resources, hence why they didn’t do it.
Let’s be realistic, if Blizzard were including new barber options as something you could just buy from vendors, they would require Exalted to buy.
The problem with mechagnomes isn’t the restricted transmog. It’s how they handled it. Many people referred to their pants as looking like diapers. They handled it poorly.
Also, all four limbs, that didn’t exactly help. It makes me feel like they gave us a quadraplegic gnome with prosthetics. Two limbs, say an arm and a leg would have been more aesthetically pleasing. That way you would have felt like a cyborg gnome instead of a quadraplegic gnome with mechanical limbs.
They could have done things a lot better. I mean, even the heritage armor had issues as it only looked good if you went for the gold color on your arms and legs.
Diapergnomes were an insult to the Alliance to have something somehow worse than a gnome. People wanted snakey bois and instead they got diapergnomes. Nobody would have ever been glad to get them. Nobody would have ever wanted them. Instead people hyped themselves up into getting sneks alongside the Horde’s new furry race but they got diapergnomes instead, leading to more hatred and toxicity than would have already happened.
This was their fault. There was only ever going to be some kind of gnome AR or something using the gnome rig. And with how toxic the Sethrak fanbase is at times, they legit aren’t deserving of such as AR. Besides. I think the Mechagnomes look way better then Sethrak.
These are snakes with legs and abs.
Now if they had a more serpentine body, it would be better.
They’re not bad, but neither are they good from a visual perspective. About the only option for Plate is the heritage set. Throw in the fel-proof goggles so you can play around with the head options. That’s about the only way they look good.
They listened, in the wrong way, to the complaints about how you can’t tell a LFD from a regular Draenei outside of skin color. so they made sure that you’d ALWAYS be able to tell a Gnome from a Mechagnome. Except they did it in a bad manner.
I would argue that Vulpera is more the issue. Although I believe Vulpera to be a good race. I just don’t think it makes a good allied races based on the way things are setup. What would have made a good pairing was gilgoblins and mechagnomes. Gilgoblins have all the reason to be apart of the horde and have a lot of potential to be a great race.
There is a lot of people who do like them. I run the Mechagnome discord. Even if only 1% of wow’s population plays them, then that’s hundreds of thousands of people playing a mechagnome.
And keep in mind this thread has been going on for a while. I have seen so much more hositility from Sethrak fans then Mechagnome fans.
They gave the Alliance an allied race based on a core race that didn’t have one, then they did the same for the Horde, and paired the two together because they were similar in stature. Imagine my shock.
One thing I do want to point out though. I have seen some sethrak fans who are very nice to mechagnome fans and not generally hostile. I respect these people, but unfortunately these folks seem to be in the minority. Had some similar problems with Gilgoblin supporters vs Vulpera fans.