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10-28-2010 @ 4:10PM
There's really no way to level a profession "on the cheap".Since there is a set amount of mats required to craft a set amount of objects in order to level your skill, either you spend a lot of time farming for the mats to craft, or you spend a lot of money to buy the mats to craft.A good balance of both would require a lot of research into what what craftables are the most cost effective (which is quite hard since this factors in the cost and availability of mats, the income from selling the craftable and its demand, as well as the skill points each craftable gives). Each economy in every realm is different, and if such power leveling guide were to be published, everybody would follow that guide, the cost of those particular mats would skyrocket, and the price of the craftables would drop to just over vendor. Actually, this seems to already be true. And just thinking about this makes my head hurt.Here's the two ways that's worked for me:1) Spend the money.Just follow most power leveling guides found easily through Google, sometimes optimize here and there when something seems cheaper than the other, cut my losses and get on with it. I make up for the lost money by minimizing the time spent leveling, as well as the potential money I can make at max skill.2) Spend the time.Level an alt all the way to 80 with two gathering professions, gathering as much as you can. Send all the mats to your character you are trying to level crafting. Since most of the time gathering is also put into leveling an alt, it seems less of a loss of time.
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