The Lich King Beta test officially ended at 12am today. As we speak I am loitering in Dalaran, waiting for the lights to go out and the curtain to close. I'm sad to see it go, especially since I had only begun my final check of all recipes this past weekend. I made it through just five of the eleven recipe lists before the announcement, so they caught me off-guard with the timing. With Burning Crusade they took down the beta server about three days before launch (basically, the weekend before) and I assumed a similar time frame for this beta cycle. So in the spirit of catching as many last minute changes as possible, I waited until the 2 week point to even start my final review.
The good news is that I spent the last two days working on a brand new Noob Guide! So despite the quick exit, we have a WotLK version of the guide available for folks when they step off the boat and into Northrend. I also snagged as many screenshots as possible during the hour I had to finish my research before the shutdown. Hopefully I can use the pics to finish checking recipes, although I wouldn't be surprised if more changes occur between now and launch.
Needless to say I really enjoyed my time in the Beta. It was an honor to participate and get the opportunity to provide feedback on the various professions. Despite the negativity that the Developers receive most of the time from players, I think they do an amazing job. As someone who has a bit of 'behind the scenes' knowledge of software and web site development, I don't envy them the job and I applaud the hard work that I know goes into this game. <Suck Up Mode Off>.
I would also like to thank my testing helpers, MD and Aurik (of the /hug blog), who graciously sent me screenshots when I wasn't in the Beta. A special thanks also goes to my guild leader Oldone for loaning me his Alchemist for testing. All of you guys were invaluable to me and I sincerely appreciate your help!