Big changes coming in this week's 5.0.4 patch, including one major change to hunters - the removal of our melee weapons, and minimum ranges. The disappearance of minimum range - FINALLY - is a long-awaited godsend, and it's going to be amazing...we'll actually be able to do those complex raid strategies like STACK UP. Or soak crystals on Baelroc because we won't be too close to shoot, etc.
However, the loss of melee weapons is an unfortunate sacrifice. It's for the better, but it's still sad. Other classes don't really have this same situation, since casters can still use their wands as their moggable weapons, and sigils? Librams? Who cares about those?
I didn't keep all of the melee weapons Rades has gotten over the years (who knew transmog would actually be a thing?) but here's the favorites I still have tucked away in my bank. Even after Rades loses the ability to equip them, they won't be going anywhere, and definitely won't be sold. Most likely going to keep these guys forever.
(Pictured at top, obviously, is Hellreaver, which went well with both Rades' ICC outfit and his Talhide "classy" look.)
This is the level 70 version, from a time way, way back before I was in any guild or even dared to run dungeons. It was a definite keep, because of its awesome appearance, but also because I had to earn it by grouping up, a significant effort for me at the time.
Twin's Pact is of similar importance to me, because Trial of the Crusader was my first foray into raiding, doing 10 and 25-man pugs with strangers. They were great learning experiences, and definitely whetted my appetite for more raiding. This staff is the only item I still have from those pugging days. So it's not only really cool looking, it's a treasured memento and keepsake, and in a lot of ways, a personal trophy.
Used these twin axes all through ICC, and I loved the dual axes sheathed-on-back look so much, I had to copy it when I started playing Morgion. In a lot of ways, Twin's Pact was my "pre-raiding-guild/pugging days" and these axes represent the start of my time in TTGF.
Also, I tanked Varian with these axes before Jaina stepped in to rescue him.
I really love this polearm model, and am quite sad I won't be able to use it any longer for mog outfits. Only shares a model with one other item, a quest reward, and I'd already done the quest and vendored the reward, so I had to farm dumb old Rend Blackhand in UBRS for a few days to get his blade. (One of the only mog items I've actually spent a lot of time farming for on Rades, actually.) Worth it though.
One of my saddest realizations is that since transmog was introduced, I never once had the chance to use double swords that I could transmog into this lightsaber model - it's been all staves and polearms lately. And Rades is my only character who has this no-longer-available item, too. Sadness. :(
Ahh, Kiril. Amazingly BiS, great-looking, different colored versions available, and of course, the AWESOME giant-size buff.
This is a weapon I am going to sorely, sorely miss. Nothing makes for instant hilarious screenshots like suddenly doubling in size. R.I.P., Kiril.