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9-22-2008 @ 7:14PM
The death knight beta forums are filled to the brim with threads along the lines of, "Soooooo, Blizzard, hows about giving us one of them gathering professions at 275 skill?"And the devs response has always been the same: *crickets*So don't hold your breath on that happening anytime soon.Since mining is the only gathering profession that can be raised without actually having to go out and gather (through smelting), I'm currently stockpiling all the ore I'll need to get my DK to 290 mining on launch day. (Oops, hope nobody from my server reads this. Move along, nothing to see here.)
9-22-2008 @ 7:18PM
It would be nice to give them 275 cooking though.
9-22-2008 @ 7:31PM
Smelting only gets you to like 50 skill, then stops giving skill after that. You'll have to go out and mine by hand.
9-22-2008 @ 7:32PM
I'm there with you. I have an 2 alts with an entire bank of silverleaf/peacebloom and copper/tin.Seeing that people have been playing beta and reading about this problem I would expect the price of these items to be around 20 copper for a stack in WOTLK. When wrath releases everyone is going to throw this stuff up and hope it gets bought up. Me, I'm going to start listing mine for 20 gold a stack now and hopefully the trend will catch on ;-)
9-22-2008 @ 7:43PM
You can only Smelt so high, then you get capped out, so you will have to mine to get that high.
9-22-2008 @ 7:46PM
Troz,Starting with patch 2.4, you can smelt your mining skill all the way to 290 without ever leaving town, all you need is a forge and the auction house (and a whole lot of gold).
9-22-2008 @ 8:18PM
I really hope you are planning to supplement this by doing some actually mining. Otherwise, it's very cost prohibitive. The proc rate on green recipes for mining is insanely low, way lower than any other profession. Exactly because they DON'T want you to skill it up in this manner.
9-23-2008 @ 7:58AM
Rand is right, you can get higher with smelting only. You only get to a 50 skill by smelting copper, yes, but there are other ores to smelt that give you points as well :)http://wow.thenoobschool.com/power-level-mining-guide-1-375
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