ROFL: "stacks of bleed damage" said "guild wars 2" to me even before I read your artist notes. Though I have to admit that I LOVE the costuming in the game - especially that I have total control over what colors I use. And yes, my own Ele is an eclectic mess of colors and styles. When I created her I made fire her favorite element, but then found that EVERY Ele is a fire ele and needing to be different I switched to earth. Knowing how broken the balance in the game is earth is probably a lot less viable but what the heck, I'm a sucker for a struggle.
My own two MMOs of choice are SWTOR and GW2. I love the idea of playing a Jedi even though I'm not entirely thrilled with how they implemented them - but I abhorred their costuming - originally the ubber-elite Jedi costumes all wore horrid skirts, and looked like awful white wedding dresses no matter what sex your toon was - but they are much better at their solo story events. GW2 does WAY better costuming, but they have no sense of play balance in their solo story events that most classes cannot complete - at least not without a full compliment of the most ubber-elite gear - or taking along friends - which is senseless for a solo story event.