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3-31-2009 @ 11:13AM
I said this on mmo-champ and I stand by it.Some guy says something, and I respond thusly.I agree with you, and this is from somebody who dropped Armorsmithing for Engineering when they released that fantastic Force Reactive Disk (Which I never did get). My basic point being that the Boot Tinker and the goggles are OK starting points, but need work to be really competitive. The cloak enchant is a big letdown. I was hoping for goggle upgrades in Ulduar. The place is full of Titan tech, so a Titansteel Goggle Tier 2 wouldn't be out of the question. It seems they are holding off on that or not doing it at all.But then I was waiting for most of BC for an upgrade to the Dragonling (or any of the combat "pets": Sheep, Harvest Reaper, etc), Discombobulator, Reflectors, EZ-throw dynamite, Mind Control Cap, Deep Dive Helmet, Shrink Ray, Death Ray, Cloaking Device, Target Dummy, Flash Bomb or Universal Remote. Effects drop off after level 60 and we don't get a replacement? Thanks. Would it have killed them to give us a Fel Cannon, Mini-Fel Reaver or Khorium Nether Dragon? A Discombobulator that turns a player into a Broken? Where are my crazy whacked out trinkets that fill up a toolbox with something that isn't more motes or Ichors of Undeath? I'd like gem slots on the trinkets, but I'm not greedy. One gray slot no socket bonus.Things I would like to see for Engineering: * More of the stuff I just mentioned. Skip the Broken Transmogrifier, make the new one turn your target into a Mechagnome. Add more gimmick grenades. For instance, a Blight Bomb that releases a short acting cloud of yellow poison as Drakuru does when you fight him. I loved the Arcane Bomb, upgrade that. * A daily quest system. Something where your trainer (Goblin or Gnomish) in Dalaran gives you a mission to upgrade an existing recipe. Like so: "I'd love to make a Gnomish Cloaking Device that worked up here in Northrend, but the wind whips through you when you are cloaked. Bring me two Cloaking Devices, one cloak of any type and five arctic furs." We can either end it there or add a second step where the quest guy hands you the device and asks you to test it a few times. Boom. Daily quest. That wasn't so hard. Repeat with existing engineering devices and ore/leather/gems from Northrend. You get GEEK (Or MEGA) Inventor Commendations. You spend them with your guy to get upgraded engineering stuff. * Modify the failure system: from here on out, things only fail if you have below a determined level of engineering. Yes, non-engineers can use engineering gadgets. Keep the Goggles BoP, I do like an "Engineering Badge" but every dang thing you make shouldn't be engineer only. Especially with the death of ammo somewhere on the horizon. * Clean up the recipe list. There are what, three "Misc" headings? I can't find a thing in there without that wide profession window add-on. * Faction Recipes. I want to grind faction with people for things other than Arcanums and the odd bit of plate armor. Holy Hand Grenade from the Argents is almost a no brainer. An upgraded flame thrower or dragonling from Wyrmrest. A weak Warstomp-style Boot Tinker (+AP Passive) from the Sons. A weapon tinker (Gyroscopes that increase +hit and Dodge?) from the Knights of the Ebon Blade. I'm making this up off of the top of my head as I am typing this.In short, passive buffs from the tinkers are good. These bonuses (bonii?) are barely acceptable. If there are upgraded versions, that is great as long as they don't drop from Arthas. This profession still has a long way to go until it is even half as useful to the player as any of the non-Gathering professions.
3-31-2009 @ 11:17AM
And I'm serious about clearing up the engineering recipe window. I went and counted and there are three "Misc" headings, one "Devices" heading, a "Parts" heading and a "Junk" heading. If I wanted to make a Discombobulator I have to scroll all over the place.
3-31-2009 @ 11:28AM
"Holy Hand Grenade from the Argents is almost a no brainer."Pure gold there. I'm not an engineer, but I'll agree to anything you say if it means they do that!
3-31-2009 @ 11:45AM
As long as it has a 3sec cast
3-31-2009 @ 12:01PM
Amen! It's as if technology stopped and the great Gnomes and Goblins of Engineering just stopped studying and thus, there's nothing more to learn.Although I'm fairly happy with what they gave us in Wrath, I'd like to see some rep items at least. Oh, and NO SMOKE BOMBS this time, that was just lame.
3-31-2009 @ 1:02PM
I've made many, many alts with engineering but I never found the profession too enticing to level since there were hardly enough "fun" things to make up for the lack of passive buff options and as a result, I would always drift back to my main characters.The sort of changes you'd like to see (in addition to what will actually be implemented come patch implementation) would definitely give me more initiative to try out things I always wondered about but never felt it worth the investment to bother looking into.So basically, on a personal scale, this would have me kill two birds with one stone: combine two uncertain aspects of the game (*somewhat* random profession PLUS a class I've never played before to add to the "fresh" feeling of the learning experience for the character as a whole just for good measure) and have some good old fashioned, non-raid level fun with it.
3-31-2009 @ 4:25PM
Blizzard, listen to this ninja.
4-01-2009 @ 1:44PM
I say YES! to everything mentionned above. It always was a mystery to me how you need to be an engineer to throw a grenade..What? throw the damn thing! seriously!. Now if engineers could make more damage/have reduced cd/shorter cast time with them but others could still use them, it would make a lot more sense. I also think ONE "parts/misc" heading is plenty enough, something like: devices & gadgets, guns, bombs & ammo, parts & junk Also, a BoP single seater motorcycle (I'd even take a mechano-strider if I could) or a bi-plane (two-seater) would be awesome.I always wanted enginnering to be more of a sub-class than a profession, you know? Bomber/tinker, where you could throw LOTS of grenades (single targets, channeled...all kinds), but I know that will never happens...oh well...we'll see
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