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11-17-2011 @ 3:59AM
I never trusted Archeology to find a certain epic, apart from the Vial of the Sands which i am still currently hunting. The profession is ok as long as you take it for what it is: a collection of lore items which can grant you some funny little treasures and from time to time a probably useless epic. (Even if you find something you can actually use, chances are it will be obsolete gear already by the time you get it)POSITIVE: you can do it anytime, even when already in a raid group and waiting for the twenty-fifth to finally get back home from work and log in. It does not add anything that anyone would consider mandatory so you will never be required to skill it up if you do not like it. It does have some little pretty rewards for pet and mount collectors, and those are not too hard to obtain, unless you want the Vial of the sands recipe of course, but still the mount itself is purchaseable. Fragments are still always useful for instances, even if i am not very willing to donate them in some pugs, when others wouldn't even use food to improve their performances.NEGATIVE: if you decide to invest time specifically into it rather than just use your dead time, the return is probably the lowest among all the possible activities. Unless you are a lucky ba... one, you can probably spend your time much better by just farming or questing and then spending gold for the items you desire. Unless the rewards from questing are lowered or the gold from artifacts is increased, the costy little treasures you complete from time to time just are not convenient enough to make it a vaguely viable investment for your time, even if you consider gold just as a consolation prize for the time you spend hunting for a specific artifact.SUGGESTIONS: 1- archeology was supposed to be the most easily expandible profession of all: do not let us down and keep adding some little new things from time to time, even if its just new gray items with funny historical backgrounds.2- consider drastically raising chance that a new spot will spawn for a culture if there are no spots already available for that culture: it is not mandatory that the four spots are of four different cultures at any time, but it should be a pretty frequent situation.3- consider making purples work somewhat like heirlooms, at least for a certain range of levels and when the item fits characters of low and medium level: with the leveling rate we have today for the older content it is very likely that even if you're lucky enough to find a rare item that actually fits you or an alt, it will become obsolete very quickly anyway.
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