I've mentioned a few times in previous posts that the Specialization trainers have not been populated with new WotLK recipes. Up until the last day of Beta I continued to check for these items and sent several bug reports that commented on their absence. Well today it seems we have our answer, at least this is the first Blue post I've seen on the matter:
For more details, view the whole thread on MMO-Champion's Blue Tracker here.
Right now it looks like the crafted BOE Epics we've seen so far are the crafted Epics... period. No longer will players be chained to a profession purely for the beefy items it can provide. In addition, this will give crafters some nice gear to sell that other players might actually pay good money to buy, which should be a nice perk.
It remains to be seen how much effort is involved in crafting these items, but at least epic recipes won't be the sole domain of mega-raiders or those willing to pay mega-gold for just one epic recipe. Kaliope had only two epic recipes, the 2 from Karazhan rep, primarily because I just didn't want to shell out that kind of cash. What can I say people - I'm cheap! But at this point it looks like anyone who's willing to put in the time and farm the mats can make and sell epic gear, which I think is a more reasonable approach. This change should also put more entry-level epics in the hands of casuals and hopefully make raid progression smoother than it was with Burning Crusade (Yes, I'm looking at you Karazhan!).
It looks like the self-enchants/buffs/trinkets are the only reason to keep a profession at this point. If you've been considering a change, now is the time to do it. At least we got a little advance notice, five days may not be enough time to fully power a profession to 375, but it's better than no warning at all :)