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Is a Dye System Coming to World of Warcraft in the War Within?

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WoW's next expansion is already full of amazing new features, but it might just have one more ace up its sleeve! The ability to change colors on, well everything really, has been one of the top community request since forever, and there are some hints that some form of a dyeing system could be in the works!

Prolific community dataminer keyboardturn has been poking away at the War Within Alpha sine it arrived, and today she's found a big one. Starting with a cryptic thread, she slowly unveiled her detective work:

Seems like a version of the gold/blue dress thing from a while ago, right? Not quite. As she says in the first tweet, there's a lot more to it:

And finally, the extremely excited conclusion:


This also isn't the only indication at a dye-related system appearing either. A much less indicative clue was found earlier on the Alpha as well, as the Azj-Kahet city of the War Within actually hosts some interesting NPCs, with not only dye vendors available, but also dye removers and a dyed fabric vendor as well:

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Now, a version of this was already in the game for a while, but this is a significant broadening of it, as keyboardtun explains:


Seems like a lot of indications of something going on, right? Now, what exactly these vendors are for isn't exactly crystal clear. What exactly would we be dying? Could it be the extremely and infinitely asked-for gear dying? That seems a little less likely, especially right off the bat, as re-colored gear sets are  very large part of WoW's transmog reward scheme. So what else could it be? Perhaps tailors will be able to craft specific and special pieces of gear that can be dyed? Or maybe this isn't even gear-related at all and there's a whole other system being added that this would be used for (*cough*housing*cough*)? Of course it also might just be an internal thing, unrelated to players at all, and the vendors are just for something else.

The tech does seem to be developed, but for precisely what purpose will remain a mystery until Blizzard reveal it. What would you want it to be?

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near 20yo game and 10years past the who cares mark since im sure if they do come out with one it will be super lazy (like most small things like this are from them)

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Hell if it can compete with GW2 or FFXIV dye system for armor then I'll welcome it with open arms.  It's annoying as heck trying to match random pieces of leather armor where the color scheme does not match and flow fluidly. 

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Dyes would mess with their whole rewards system, since most of the armor rewards are recolors with more effects. Doesn't mean they won't do it, but they would have to change more than just adding dyes.

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9 hours ago, Ken007 said:

Dyes would mess with their whole rewards system, since most of the armor rewards are recolors with more effects. Doesn't mean they won't do it, but they would have to change more than just adding dyes.

A dye system would be just a way to look at vendor that unlocks cosmetics after you own a piece of gear. Some gear won't be unlockable in this fashion and Tier will definitely be on the "No Dye" list.

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