I know this is something we are all gonna be delving into hella deep if we haven’t already, and I look forward to reading a ton about it on blogs in the months ahead, but I wanted to touch base on where the BBB family was sitting with professions now, and what we are planning to do for the future. Just to kind of kick off the panic season.
Before Burning Crusade, BBB had one max level character, a Druid. And said Druid had been a long time Enchanter/Tailor, maxed out.
For one reason or another, I have dropped professions left and right on Windshadow, maxing out a new one only to drop it for something else.
Likewise, when Windstar the Hunter was born after BC, she started as Mining/Engineering, and then saw professions get dropped and new ones started several times.
After a while, it gets old. And expensive.
At this point, I have three level 70s I enjoy, two of which actually see a lot of play time. I am leveling a Shaman for a healer, but who knows if I see 70 before WotLK.
And we know we have a new Profession, Inscription, coming in the expansion.
So far, there has been no sign that we will have a third profession slot opened to our characters. If we want Inscription, it SEEMS we will need to have it as one of our characters two choices.
Now, there are a few things I am considering when trying to decide what to do.
First, which characters are most likely to be seeing raids or instances enough to get the rare profession recipe drops?
Second, which characters would I most want to benefit from the Bind on Pickup properties of the professions?
Third, are there monetary reasons to keep professions on characters that are not synergistic with the playstyle?
I have three 70s and an up and coming lowbie;
- Windshadow (Druid) – Engineering/Herbalist
- Windburn (Shadow Priest) – Jewelcrafter/Tailor
- Windstar (BM Hunter) – Enchanter/Miner
- Windshear (Shaman lvl 20) – Leatherworker/Skinner
As you can see, it’s a mess, but there are reasons for it.
Windshadow has ended up an Herbalist because Cassieann the Rogue was leveling an Alchemist, and I could speed farm herbs to help her level. Likewise, Windstar had dropped Engineering to take Herbalism as a dual gatherer in order to help with the ‘level Cassie’s Alchemy’ activities. And, further, while she was leveling her Rogue, funneling her a constant stream of Herbs kept her in insane amounts of gold. So yeah, Windshadow went Herbalism to help Cassie make money.
Windshadow is STILL Herbalism, because the profession goes so incredibly well with Druid Swift Flight Form. I can fly at max speed around zones herbing without shifting forms or mounting/dismounting. It’s very nice. Plus, it goes VERY well with Engineering, which I also use as a Gathering profession.
What? It’s true. I have only kept Engineering because with it, I can gather Motes of Air, Mana, Shadow and Water.
I originally got Engineering on Windshadow for the BoP epic Tier 4 quality Helms for tanking and DPS.
Fast forward to today, I have my actual Tier 4 Helm and Gloves, so even though I still use my Engineering Helm for DPS (since I can gem it for pure DPS instead of a mix), I really should be using the Tier 4 set for the Energy returns.
BUT… if someone I know needs Primals, well… I had Falromord offer to craft Windstar an epic armor chestpiece last night. It’s a Dragonscale piece I am not too familiar with, but he told me he had the nether dragonscales and leather, I just need to come up with 20 Primal Earth, 8 Primal Air and 1 Primal Nether.
Well, from Mining on Windstar I already have 14 Primal Earth in my bank, and I had 1 Primal Air. 1 Hour of flying around Nagrand later on Windshadow, and I have 7.6 Primal Air. No killing, just Mote Extraction. So yes, I think of Engineering as one of my gathering professions.
The other reasons I love Engineering on my main? Gnomish gives me instant teleport to Gadgetzan, which I have used a LOT to get to Caverns of Time. Damn, I love that. Also, I can make guns and ammo for my hunter and hunter friends, and I have the rare scope recipe drop from Attumen. And mana and health potion injectors. So, useful. VERY uiseful. BUT, I fly with Swift Flight Form. I have a Dragon, AND a flying helicopter, and I never use either because, hey… Swift Flight Form, baby.
Windburn is a Jewelcrafter and Tailor. I took Tailoring for the three piece BoP epics. Period. I still need to make the Primal Mooncloth set for a healing set, since you can switch from one spec to another fairly easily. But right now, I need it.
I don’t know if that will stay that way in the future. I don’t have any special recipe drops for Tailoring, so except for making bags for everyone that wants ’em, all I have it for is to be able to equip three epics.
If in WotLK, they no longer have a level 80 tier of ‘must have’ BoP epics for my Shadow Priest that require me to keep the profession to use, then I can easily see dropping it. But right now… no choice. Gotta have it.
Jewelcrafting, I’m stuck with. I have TONS of recipes, massive amounts of gold invested in it. For better or worse, I’m staying with it. I don’t actually use any BoP items, but I’m sure there will be some nice ones, and I have all those epic gem recipes they released. Yeah, I’ll be keeping that, it’s just too stupid a waste of resources to drop it now.
Windstar is Mining and Enchanting.
I took Mining to feed Windstar’s Engineering at the time, and when I dropped Engineering here for Herbalism, I kept Mining to funnel ore to Windshadow. I use Mining all the time, I get Primal Earth, Primal Fire and tons of ore for Windshadow to use in making ammo or potion injectors, and for Windburn to Prospect for gems. I don’t see dropping this highly useful profession, and since it doesn’t get affected by rare drops, it doesn’t matter that Windstar doesn’t raid.
Enchanting is a different proposition. I took it for two reasons.
One, neither Cassie nor I had anyone available to D/E our drops, except for our friend Daak. We were mailing him stuff in a never ending stream. We both felt bad, making him log in all the time just to D/E our crap. So having someone to D/E stuff, especially with the daily quests for SSO dropping a ton of greens, became very useful.
The second reason, was I wanted someone who could keep my Shadow Priest supplied with the Superior Wizard Oil I drink like a fish every time we raid.
So Windstar got nominated as Enchant girl. Not raiding with her, so no access to the recipe drops that people actually WANT, but for D/E purposes of BoE items, and making Wizard Oil, it works okay.
But while I can see WHY I got where I am, it’s not very… smooth.
Cassie now has two characters, her Rogue Alchemy/Herbalist. I don’t see that changing. But she can, and has, been supplying herself with Herbs just fine on her own now.
She has her Paladin (which dinged 52 last night), who is a Miner and also JUST took Engineering last night and powerleveled it to 193, planning on going for her own epic BoP helms.
So… she will soon be able to farm Primals on her own. She will still find it helpful to have Ore, but she really doesn’t need an external Herb supplier.
So I could drop Herbalism on Windshadow… and soon, if she gets the recipes, I could drop Engineering, too.
Windburn is stuck. No possibility of change.
Windstar is good as a Miner… but Enchanting is wasted on her, because she can’t get drops, AND because she doesn’t raid or solo instances, and so cannot D/E BoP boss drops. Plus, let us not forget, we have friends who have the good recipes, who can also enchant our other stuff… Windstar cannot enchant Windshadows’ gear or my other alts.
So, looking ahead… it seems to me that I would like Inscription on Windshadow, because people with the profession will get one bonus Inscription slot they alone can equip, a ‘meta’ Inscription. Something I want on my main character. Hell yes. So figure Inscription replaces Engineering. Cassie’s Paladin will take over as our Engineer. All good.
I figure on keeping Herbalism on Windshadow for now, since Herbs go for Inscription leveling. That works out well. And I can keep sending stuff to Cassie.
And I have no idea what to do about Windstar. Keep Mining, sure, but do I keep Enchanting, even though I’ll never get recipe drops? I have tons of friends now that are Enchanters that could D/E or make Wizard Oil for me… do I take Engineering on Windstar again? So my Hunter can make her own ammo and guns, just like before? And let’s not forget that Engineers might be able to make thier own Motorcycles soon… god, don’t I want my Hunter with long rifle on a Motorcycle from Hell… my hunter was born to be in a raiding biker gang.
I think I answered my own question….
I don’t know what professions would be most useful for a healing shaman at 70, so Skinning and Leatherworking are fine for now, but Windstar needs to drop Enchanting for Engineering, and Windshadow will drop Engineering for Inscription when the expansion comes out.
What a long, convoluted mess.
So.. unleash the posts! I want to know why I’m wrong, and what YOU plan to do!
My friends, what plans are YOU making on Professions to ready yourself for WotLK?
Are you going to go Inscription? Are you farming and stockpiling thousands of low level herbs for powerleveling purposes well in advance? I know I will be, very very soon.
Do you think Windshadow should drop Herbalism in favor of Enchanting/Inscription, and make Windstar a dual gatherer for Herbs and Ore? I’ve heard that gathering professions will soon have passive buffs that may have serious benefits to raiding… will we need to have a specific gathering profession to maximize tanking?
Later today, I will post the next PBeM… Hulan, as you are my only reader of that, and I cherish you for that, I just wanted to let you know.