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11-09-2007 @ 11:40AM
I think this is a very timely and appropriate article. I didn't start playing WoW until after BC came out, but I think that having to level "old-world" patterns early on helped me to appreciate the amount of work that leveling a profession truly entails.The article mentions the proliferation of alts as an alternative to seeking out true crafters. I think that this is only 1/2 of the problem. I am a perfect example of using alts. As it stands, I have 4 lvl 70's and a lvl 60. Their respective professions are:375 mining/375 BS Mace (paladin)375 tailoring/375 herbing (mage)375 alch x-mute/375 enchant (warrior)375 skinning/370 LW (rogue)300+ mining/355 JC (shaman lvl 60)I raid with my pally and rogue and use the mage and the warrior's professions as a way to get around the hassle of trying to find someone to make stuff for me. Only my Blacksmith and my Tailor have any truly "rare" recipes, but even then, about half of them are BOE patterns for BOE items. This leads me to the second half of what I see to be a problem with crafting professions in general; BOE patterns for BOP items.On my server, US-Guldan Alliance, there is only 1 guild raiding BT/MtHyj. There used to be 3, but now only 2 guilds in SSC/TK. This low number of raiders would lead you to believe that crafters on this server should make a pretty good living--fewer chances to get rare patterns drives down the supply quotient . Unfortunately this isn't the case.For example, I bought my rogue the LW pattern for the Boots of Utter Darkness. Not an amazing pattern but pretty solid as a second pair of boots for when I have reached the +hit cap. Anyway, I paid 600g for the pattern because it had never been seen on my server and because it only needs primal nethers. The pattern was BOE which is great for me because at the time, my rogue hadn't yet gotten into SSC/TK, but the item made is BOP. So, I couldn't sell the pattern at a reduced price to a LW friend to have them make it for me. As such, I dropped my enchanting (which by the way, I only picked up so that I could DE all the Outland quest rewards) and started to level up my leatherworking SOLEY FOR THE PURPOSE OF EQUIPPING THESE BOOTS. This, I feel, leads less experienced player to think that professions are taken up for the benefit of the crafter rather than the marketplace.Furthermore, the BOP patterns that make BOE items that can be found in the current t5-t6 end-game content requires Nether Vortexes to craft. I know my guild still requires that we spend DKP on these and it is expressly not allowed to use the nether vortexes for anyone outside of the guild. I think the reasoning behind this to benefit the guild before the server is understandable, but it also puts the best crafted items out of reach for most players, and thus, lowers even further the demand for such BOE items because the materials aren't readily available.Now, this may be my naivete at work here, but to summarize, it is the proliferation of alts and the "relative" ease at which the vast majority of recipes can be had, in COMBINATION with the increase in BOP crafted items and teh general unavailability of the opportunity on the server to obtain the mats for the best BOE items that has lead to the downfall of the crafting professions in general.Thanks again for such a great topic starter.
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