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5-17-2009 @ 3:56PM
If you are thinking of dropping blacksmithing you are absolutely retarded. Currently, the best two-fer combo is Blacksmith and Jewelcrafting if you want to max out your stats. The extra BS sockets combined with JC unique gems gives the best performance benefit of any professions out there. Why anyone would EVER want to drop blacksmithing is beyond me, unless you don't raid at all, or your don't care about being as awesome as you can be. Right now, all the other professions don't have a scaling mechanism. You're going to be at +32 AP/ring for the rest of the expansion with enchanting, you're gonna get that LW bracer enchant that gives you +64 AP over the standard max bracer enchant, etc etc. BS sockets are open-ended and a guy with the 2 extra sockets will be able to put in two more epic gems that can have a higher value than that +64 AP, whenever epic gems come out. Right now yes you're stuck at two 32 AP gems, or the amazing versatility to use whatever you want. It'll only get better. Plus it's versatile since you can pick whatever extra stats you want. The other professions only have one option for your charater. if you're melee/ranged dps, you have to take the +AP boosts even if your character would benefit more from being able to add more hit rating, crit, haste or whatever else. Hands down, Blacksmithing is THE best profession for anyone raiding. Jewelcrafting is a close second and works out to be better for most people because it's also profitable. If I didn't have a lot of love for my helicopter I'd probably ditch engineering for it.
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