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What needs to happen to professions in Warlords of Draenor?

We've heard whisperings that professions are getting something of a rework in Warlords, both on Twitter from various Blizzard accounts, and from the panels at BlizzCon itself. There's something going on, and while there's been no official word from Blizzard on just what exactly, it's fun to speculate. And, of course, the important question is this: what would you like to see?

It seems like a good idea to start by thinking about what's wrong with professions now. For starters, some of them are pretty awful to level. Leatherworking and Skinning are two that always seem to come up in discussions of the best and worst professions to level. And many of the crafting professions have material demands that so heavily outstrip supply that it's a hassle to get them done without raiding the auction house.

Catching up and staying ahead

The problem is less troublesome with professions that require gathering rather than crafting, such as Mining, Herbalism and Skinning, especially as the former two have a Pandaria catch-up system in place. Given how well those have worked, it's surprising that no such system has been implemented for Skinning, so it's likely to me that that's something coming with Warlords.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Warlords of Draenor

Community Blog Topic Results: Account-wide professions

Community Blog Topic Results Accountwide professions
Last week we asked "Should professions be account-wide?" We got quite a few blog posts and comments on the subject, ranging from no to secondary professions only to yes, please.

JeffLaBowski at Sportsbard suggests a couple of methods.
  1. As a guild perk. There would be a an NPC to interact with, you open up a window, select the profession, put your mats in. The recipe would have to be unlocked by someone who has that profession in the guild.
  2. As GH mentioned in his tweet, they could be account bound. Either using the NPC method, like with example 1. or you would simply be able to cycle through professions from a drop down menu on your profession UI.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

The players and the auction house

auction house
Like many, if not most, players, I regularly use the auction house to buy and sell items that I need or want in WoW. And, like many players, I regularly experience frustration in doing so -- either I can't find what I want and/or it's exorbitantly expensive, or I can't sell what I'm trying to get rid of! I'm not sure which scenario I'd rank as more annoying -- not being able to buy what I want versus not being able to sell what I want -- but I find the latter to be exasperating in a particular way, especially if I know that what I'm selling is something useful.

I admit it: I get really frustrated when things I want to sell don't sell. Relisting is annoying, and if I'm trying to sell an item, it's because I neither need nor want it, so carrying it around isn't something I feel inclined to do. Part of it is wanting to make gold -- who doesn't, after all -- but in addition, those bag slots are space I need for other things that I don't want to sell, like transmog gear. Hence, I am forced to admit that I can sometimes be one of the people that player Kidja complains about in this forum post. If I can't get a buyer on the AH for something at the price I think it deserves, I will sell it for as under-market as I dare simply to get the goods moving.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Community Blog Topic: Should professions be account-wide?

Recently Anne Stickney forwarded me this tweet and suggested it for a Community Blog Topic:
In Diablo 3, when you level up a crafting NPC, the level remains the same, regardless of what character you're on. But I wouldn't want to see each World of Warcraft character be able to level up all of the professions (or would I?). However, I would like to see a craft bench or something similar where you could access the professions you have on other alts.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Getting your Noodle Carts

Pandaren Noodle Cart
There are 3 new cooking recipes in patch 5.4: Noodle Cart Kit (250 stats), Deluxe Noodle Cart Kit (275 stats), and Pandaren Treasure Noodle Cart Kit (300 stats). When you use one, you temporarily turn into a vendor and anyone on your faction (not just group members) can purchase up to 5 Noodle Soups for free! You can also do a few emotes while the cart is active, such as cooking, dancing, or inviting people to buy your soups. For my money, the carts are a lot nicer than the old banquets. Everyone in your group or raid can purchase five noodle soups from each cart, so you only need to drop a cart every 5 wipes.

Quest Guide

The quest chain to get all three carts is surprisingly involved for a cooking quest. It will take you from the Timeless Isle, into several dungeons, back to the Isle, and finally into the new cooking scenario.

In order to begin this quest, you must first meet several requirements:
  • 600 Cooking skill
  • Have completed at least the first part of each "Way of Cooking" quest at Halfhill in Valley of the Four Winds (Way of the Wok, Way of the Brew, etc.). If you already have your Master of the Ways title you are good to go from start to finish.

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Filed under: Mists of Pandaria

The toon juggle

many gnomes
I have a confession to make. I have played WoW since late 2006, and I have yet to get a second toon to max level, in any expansion. I'm not entirely sure what's made this nearly impossible for me -- I've certainly had multiple toons since the very beginning, but never took another one to max after I hit 70 on my night elf druid. Then I never took one to 80. Then 85. And now 90.

I have a few that are getting close, a paladin around level 83 or 84 right now, and a mage that has been steadily climbing over the last couple months and is now level 53. I would love to have a small army of alts. I dream wistfully of a self-sustaining pack of toons, who can farm and craft each other what they need without me ever having to drop 500 gold on a stupid gem ever again. Of course, even if I play madly until the next expansion comes out, I probably won't quite have that setup, but I feel like it's a reasonable long-term goal. Hopefully I'll achieve it within my next seven years of playing WoW, though.

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Filed under: Humor

Ghostcrawler on crafting professions and leveling

Ghostcrawler on crafting professions and leveling
Sometimes I actually love Twitter for how it can bring the players and the developers together in a more immediate way. Case in point, this tweet from Ghostcrawler. When asked about crafting professions falling behind as the expansion progressed, the answer was clear and unambiguous that Blizzard agrees it's a problem.

While it's light on specifics I'm glad to see they get the problem. At this point I'm only keeping blacksmithing for the extra sockets, and I know a lot of JC's who were mighty disappointed when they found out there would be no epic gems this time around. Maybe a return to BC style scaling items is in order? Maybe not. Making my original Lionheart Blade was a pain.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items, Mists of Pandaria

Breakfast Topic: Does your main character craft?

Breakfast Topic Does your main character craft
Crafting, to me, is an integral aspect of a well-rounded WoW character. I suppose that once you've played enough characters and run through the various professions and skills, there's no real reason that every new character you make should need to craft, too. But don't you feel like a half-baked shell of a character without professions? I know I do.

Does your current main character craft?
Does your main character craft or gather?
No, and I buy my trade goods elsewhere.130 (3.3%)
No, but I have other characters that do.133 (3.4%)
Yes, but only for the profession-specific character bonuses.1181 (30.1%)
Yes, to make money.740 (18.9%)
Yes, because it's part of the fun.1739 (44.3%)

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Patch 5.4 PTR: New recipes for 300 stat food and more

Patch 54 PTR New recipes for 300 stat food and more
The Vale of Eternal Blossoms may see some rough times in patch 5.4, but that doesn't mean that all the secrets it holds have been discovered ... yet. Perculia over at Wowhead has dug up a variety of new recipes from the PTR server that grant 300 of a particular stat. The excellent part of this? The recipes take a bare handful of ingredients compared to the 300 stat food that exists right now. And the peculiar twist to this is that all recipes use ingredients found in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Lest you think this is a walk in the park, it should be noted that all ingredients for these new recipes currently have a freshness timer of two hours. In other words, no stockpiling these ingredients. Along with the fresh ingredients that can simply be gathered, there are three different types of aged ingredients as well. While the aged ingredients don't spoil -- they are aged, after all -- at present time it seems as though they drop from rares in the Vale, specifically the rares once required for the One Many Army achievement.

The origins of these recipes don't appear to have been uncovered at this point, although they all appear to be drops rather than a recipe learned at a trainer. As far as the Noodle Carts discovered quite some time ago, it appears they are tied to a new quest chain for aspiring chefs. I don't know about you, but having more than one method of creating 300 stat food sounds like a wonderful idea to me -- and it's nice to see that the Vale and its rares will continue to be useful as the expansion moves on. For more information about the recipes, check out Wowhead's excellent roundup of what they've found so far.

Filed under: News items, Mists of Pandaria

Gold Capped: Sha Crystals are about to get a lot cheaper

WoW Insider brings you Gold Capped, in which Basil "Euripides" Berntsen aims to show you how to make gold on the Auction House. Check out Basil's gold making podcast, Call To Auction, and email Basil with your questions, comments, or hate mail!

I hope you don't have too many Sha Crystals saved up for this upcoming patch. The 5.4 PTR has new epic craftable PvP gear on it which will likely disenchant into them, and some of these pieces will take very few materials. Six Bolts of Windwool Cloth, for example, will make you a nice disenchantable purple cape. The Sha Crystal from this can be turned into two Ethereal Shards, each of which can make three Mysterious Essences.

Right now, the vast majority of enchanting materials are made through disenchanting gear crafted by tailoring or jewelcrafting. Jewelcrafters turn green quality gems into rings and amulets which DE into a lot of dust and a few essences. Tailors make blue PvP gear that disenchants into shards. Sha Crystals are only made on the daily cooldown that enchanters get, or through disenchanting epic gear obtained in other ways than crafting. Patch 5.4 will change everything. These methods will still work, but it'll get you more materials per bolt of cloth if you use the new recipes. Each purple Crystal will be able to be broken down into two blue Shards, which can be broken down into 6 green Essences. This new way will make more enchanting materials per cloth than the existing ways.

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Filed under: Economy, Gold Capped

A beginner's guide to WoW's secondary professions

We've talked about WoW's crafting and gathering professions which only leaves the game's four secondary professions left to discuss. Unlike primary professions, you can take as many secondary professions as you want, so there are no hard choices here: if it's interesting to you, take it, and if not, ignore it.

So just what are these secondary professions? Cooking, fishing, first aid, and archaeology. And, we know, these might sound a bit on the dull side -- do you really want to spend your video game time cooking? But whatever you do, don't write secondary professions off as optional or unimportant, because they can definitely come in handy for players of all types.

So let's take a look at the secondary professions and just what they can do for you.

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Filed under: WoW Rookie, Archaeology

Patch 5.4 PTR: Item enhancement changes for low-level players

Patch 54 PTR Scaling item enhancements
In patch 5.4, it's going to be a little easier to deck your character out in some pretty fantastic gear. According to the patch notes, all item enhancements from Enchanting, Engineering, Leatherworking, Tailoring, and various vendors and quests will be able to be applied to any piece of gear, regardless of item level. What does that mean for an aspiring alt? It means that all that wonderful heirloom gear you've managed to acquire over the years can finally be enchanted.

There are limits to these enchantments, however, so don't bust out the Mongoose for your max-level character just yet. Although high-level enchantments applied to items equipped by low-level players will have their power scaled down to be more appropriate for that level range, low level enhancements will not scale up beyond their intended level range. In other words, it appears as though the enhancements aren't exactly scalable.

From what can be gathered so far from the patch notes, it appears as though you'll be able to simply enchant your gear as you go. If you use a high-level enchant, it'll be scaled down to you. Players looking for a way to improve their heirloom quality gear now have a method of doing so. Although the patch notes aren't 100% clear on this mechanic, we'll know more once patch 5.4 hits the PTR servers.

Filed under: News items, Mists of Pandaria

Breakfast Topic: How do you pick the perfect professions?

Picking the right professions for a character is always a bit of a puzzle, or at least it is for me. Do I want to make gold in the short term with a pair of gathering professions or do I want to craft gear for myself that will be useful as I level -- and maybe even at end game? If I pick up a profession now, who's to say it will still be what I want after I've leveled up? And do I even want the hassle of leveling up professions? And, even if I do want to go to the trouble for primary professions, what about secondary professions? Do I really want to level up fishing again?

Of course, I inevitably come to the conclusion that leveling the professions as I level up is easier than leveling them later, but my profession choice is always pretty haphazard. (Except for fishing. I have leveled fishing enough for a lifetime.) Though there are, surely, better ways to pick professions, my selection inevitably boils down to what sounds good to me at moment I hit level 5, regardless of what may be good further down the line.

But surely you, dear readers, have better sense than I. How do you go about picking the right professions for a new character?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Breakfast Topics

Hellscream's Kitchen: Sliced peaches

Sliced Peaches
Once upon a time, WoW Insider ran a food column wherein we made real-life recipes to correspond with WoW's in-game recipes. Since everything old is new again, and I really like to cook, we're bringing it back! I'm going to do my best to mirror the progression of the recipes actually in-game, so we're starting with one that only requires a cooking skill of one: sliced peaches.

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Filed under: Humor

A beginner's guide to WoW's gathering professions


As soon as your character hits level 5, it's time to pick up a profession -- or two or three! Each character you have can take two primary professions -- herbalism, mining, skinning, alchemy, blacksmithing, enchanting, engineering, leatherworking, tailoring, jewelcrafting, or inscription -- as well as however many secondary professions -- cooking, fishing, first aid, and archaeology -- they want. Primary professions are typically categorized as "gathering" professions -- herbalism, mining, and skinning -- that allow you to collect materials and "crafting" professions -- alchemy, blacksmithing, enchanting, engineering, leather working, tailoring, jewel crafting, and inscription -- that allow you to create items.

When choosing a primary profession, it's good to pick two that work well together: say, a crafting skill that uses the items you collect with a gathering skill. This means herbalism is typically paired with alchemy or inscription; mining is typically paired with blacksmithing, jewelcrafting, or engineering; skinning is usually paired with leatherworking; and enchanting and tailoring can be paired with anything (though often players will pair them together and use goods created by tailoring to level their enchanting). But if you aren't terribly interested in crafting or just want to give your character a leg up with money-making, you could pick up a pair of gathering professions and take whatever you gather while you're leveling to sell to crafters on the auction house. As to secondary professions, since you're not limited on the number you can take, you can really grab as many as interest you.

Not sure where to start with all these choices? We'll walk you through it.

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Filed under: WoW Rookie

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