Skip to Content
9-13-2010 @ 9:31PM
Very cool. I'm always torn when I'm leveling and I see an out-of-the-way node. Right now, it's probably counter-productive (assuming leveling as fast as possible is "productive," which I don't) to go grab that ore or herb. It may still be more worthwhile to work on questing, but at least now you get a little bonus to make gathering less of a waste.This does raise some interesting questions for leveling. I've heard some say they don't bother with professions while leveling as it takes away time from the grind, which makes sense in a certain strange way. It's interesting to see gathering be incentivized this way; given that in Cataclysm we can track both Herbs and Minerals at the same time, I could see Mining and Herbalism being taken to help powerleveling.And of course, there is some great satisfaction in seeing Blizzard allowing new ways to play the game. I doubt I'd have the patience to do it, but the idea of getting all the way to 85 without ever having killed an enemy, getting all of your experience from gathering, that just sounds awesome. I can imagine a rugged Dwarven explorer, who takes up Mining and Archaeology, and then sets out to get The Explorer. Or a Death Knight who, after escaping the Lich King's thrall, vows to never again kill, instead spending his days picking flowers.No bonus for skinning? I realize it's not nearly as onerous as mining or herbalism to gather leather, but if XP is getting added to the other gathering professions because they otherwise take away from time spent leveling, then the same can be said for skinning. Obviously much less time is spent skinning, but it'd be nice to get a similar bonus. A much smaller bit of XP from skinning, but still a little.
9-14-2010 @ 6:59AM
"in Cataclysm we can track both Herbs and Minerals at the same time"what did I miss? is this a new feature?
9-14-2010 @ 7:35AM
@ Hanak:The tracking dropdown menu in Cataclysm has check-boxes instead of a "select one" sort of thing. For example, you can choose to track mining nodes, class trainers, profession trainers, and herb nodes all at once, if you have the requisite skills. I've seen it in a few beta screenshots and it's quite nifty.
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.