I could say that my skill at Engineering dovetails nicely with Gnomes and Goblins, but the truth is I channel the spirit of an elder, wiser, vastly more experienced engineer;
Wile E. Coyote, Super-Genius.
Oh yes, yes indeed.
I present to you, exhibit A.
I love the Engineering profession in World of Warcraft, and have leveled it to max on quite a few characters over the years.
When I changed servers a year or more ago, I left my most advanced and complete Engineer behind.
As I leveled my Warlock up recently, it occured to me that I didn’t have Engineering on any character I felt like playing. nobody has leveled it into Pandaria for the new fun goodies.
I have no Blingtron! I cannot craft a Depleted-Kyparium Rocket!
Oh my, this will not do.
I know! A Warlock Miner/Engineer.
What could possibly go wrong?
Ahem. Perhaps I did not say that loudly enough for the fates to have heard.
I said, “WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?”
Ah, that’s better. I can feel the forces aligning around me even now, having invoked the words of power.
Over the course of a few days, I power-leveled my Mining to max, and at each stage of ore I didn’t stop until I’d leveled Engineering past that point. It kept me from having to go back over and over. Pretty smart, right?
The two professions were about equal to each other up to Cobalt Ore. You need an ungodly amount of Cobalt Ore to level Engineering. Other than that one bottleneck, no problems.
Fast forward to now.
Level 87 Warlock, level 585 Engineering, max Mining. Just have the FUN stuff left to make to level. You know, Wormhole Generators for Pandaria, Dragonling pet, and at max a Blingtron. All stuff that takes Spirits of Harmony, and so all stuff that realistically takes a working farm at level 90.
But what can I do now?
Ah, I have just the thing! I can go back and get my Jeeves!
Oh right, going back to stuff I’ve leveled past and don’t have mats for. Brilliant, Bear. Just brilliant.
As i said, I’ve had many Engineers over the years, and across them I’ve had Jeeves at least four times now. Why, it shouldn’t hardly take any time at all for my 87 Warlock to drop on by those Library Guardians in the Storm Peaks and get the Jeeves recipe to drop. Why, I’ll also get the SCRAP-E recipe quest as a two-fer!
“I intend to pursue, capture and learn this receipe. It’s as simple as that!”
How bad could it be?
Ahem. “HOW BAD COULD IT BE?”
There we go. [shudder]
I traveled to Storm Peaks and began to slaughter Library Guardians. It was quite easy, and I left their looted bodies scattered across the snow.
Five, six, eight at a time I’d dot ‘em up, and they were just so helpful, running to me so as to be within close looting range once the dot finished them off. I could plop down in the center of a widely-separate assortment and pull them all to me with a measly dot a piece.
Ah yes, wintertime, and the killing was easy.
So I cleared the area, and cleared it again, and my wasn’t it nice that the respawn rate was so high?
And I cleared the area again, and then cleared some more, continuously burning through Library Guardians until I had many hundreds of Relics of Ulduar, hundreds of gold in grey drops vendored (gotta love the Tundra Travelers Mammoth), and a slightly sore mouse hand.
But no Jeeves.
Okay, I know the answer to this. I’ve been here before, many Jeeves have been learned and crafted, I know these Library Guardians have the best drop rate.
Random is just random. I have to bear down and deeps harder. MOAR DOTS!
Hmmm. Still no recipe? That is just damn odd.
I know it used to take a few days, but geez, that was when it took me a while to burn one mob down. I’m blowing through a hundred Library Guardians every fifteen minutes or so. This just seems doo de doo doo, doo de doo doo twilight zone time.
I wonder… did the drop rate change since the Pandaria expansion? Seems odd, I woulda thunk they’d increase the drop rate for something so necessary in old content, but maybe, just maybe, before I spend another three hours on this tonight, I should check WoWhead to be sure.
So… you’re supposed to, like, salvage the Library Guardians to get the recipe. It’s not a loot drop.
Salvaging. Oh yeah…. that’s right. That, like, Engineering thingie that us Engineers can do.
So, let this be a lesson to you.
Before you set your cunning plan in motion, make sure you check your facts and do your research, or you’re just gonna end up in the pot.