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3-03-2008 @ 9:02AM
Definitely take up mining and skinning all the way to 70. Skinning and mining will also help you level up faster - since several quests require skins and ore and some mobs will drop quest items you need when you skin them - same with the ore quests - some ore you mine will have quest items. (Netherwing Dailies, for example, have a Daily Ore Turn-in, which you can get from mining the deposits around Netherwing Ledge in SMV)These days, I wouldn't touch any armor-producing professions, because anything you can craft will always be inferior to what you can get from PvP, Dungeons and even Reputation Rewards. Use the money you make from Mining and Skinning to BUY whatever cool craftables you want off the Auction House (noting that a couple you can't use without being a crafter yourself).I'd go with Enchanting, Engineering or Jewelcrafting, if you choose to drop skinning. Keep mining, because it's used in Engineering and Jewelcrafting. Enchanting works with anything (it's also off-shoot gathering profession, from the shards you get from DE'ing items). Engineering has lots of cool stuff and gadgets (Jumper Cables, Scopes, Gyrocopters) and Jewelcrafting is awesome for filling out sockets in armor, which seems to be a staple now for high-end items.Blacksmithing, Tailoring and Leatherworking are largely useless, IMO. Blizzard destroyed a lot of the "old-world" stuff with the Expansion and the armor-producing professions have really never recovered. If you need bags, Armor Patches or Riding Crops - just buy them off the AH or buy the mats and ask someone to craft them for you.So long story short - take Mining and Skinning to 70. Then, drop Skinning for Enchanting, Engineering or Jewelcrafting and reap all the benefits :)This is just my opinion - ignore me if you wish. :)
3-03-2008 @ 9:49AM
"Blacksmithing, Tailoring and Leatherworking are largely useless, IMO."LOL. Are you playing the same game I am? My warlock is raiding SSC/TK and is still wearing 2 tailored pieces he made at 70 (Spellstrike Hood and Frozen Shadoweave Robe) and has ADDED two more since we hit T5 content (Belt of Blasting, Boots of Blasting). I can't comment on BS or LW, but in tailoring, some of the best gear you can get is made by tailors. Not just for gearing up for Kara, not just for starting raids, not just for leveling, some of the best gear you can get.
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