Under the guise of a "buff" comes this revelation about Patch 3.1 from Eyonix "Consumable ammunition has been removed from the game." While I'm sure Hunters will happily ditch their quivers and kiss their arrows and bullets goodbye, this is a nerf to Engineers. There's not a whole lot that Engineers can make for other players and I suspect many of us rely on ammo as an income-generating item. Other products we can sell are scopes, which are only replaced for a weapon upgrade, and motorcycles which are a high-end, single purchase item. Engineers can also make the Overcharged Capacitor, but this is a limited market item since the quest for it is only done once per character
While I'm happy for Hunters and their new freedom from weapon consumables, I can't help but wonder where this leaves Engineers. I know that we aren't intended to be a high cash-flow profession, but taking away one of our major revenue sources is kinda crummy. I can only hope that Blizzard intends to implement something new for us in an upcoming patch <188.8.131.52.3.1> that
will replace ammo as a consumable item. Obviously there's been no announcement along these lines, but so far there's been no information about tradeskills at all, so that's not conclusive.
I guess the question is, how many Engineers actually rely on their profession to generate gold and how many use their second profession for cash instead? My second profession on my Engineer is Enchanting, not exactly a brilliant combination. As a result this particular toon tends to be more gold-challenged than my other toons, although my Leatherworking Scribe isn't too far behind right now. On the other hand, I'm not sure I have much room to complain since Engineers are the only crafter that can farm Eternals, whichs tend to be pretty popular. My Engineer is 71 now, which means she can't really farm Eternals as effectively as a level 80 can. So I'm not sure I'm the best judge of the state of Engineering for folks who can navigate the world more effectively. Plus a lot of Engineers take Mining as their second trade, which is generally a pretty good revenue source.
It's hard for me to say how much of a problem the loss of ammo is vs. the Eternals, Scopes and Hogs that are still on the menu. But I'm going to assume it's a problem and suggest that Blizzard come up with some new goodies for Engineers. I really dig these new vehicle quests we have which parachute you out if you somehow screw up, so how about consumable parachutes that are usable by other players? Other than Druids, no one else has the ability for insta-cast flight, perhaps parachutes would be a good safety net for those Oops moments? Flares didn't really find a footing in BC, but if they were a bit larger and lasted longer, they might pick up steam as a raid consumable. We used them this weekend for practicing the Heigan dance and I thought they did a pretty good job for that. Perhaps a new mount would be a good way to go, I think it would be fun if Engineers could make a basic version of one of these new combat vehicles, although that might get a bit out of control in PvP. Then again, it might make folks like me who don't care for PvP a bit more likely to participate =)
This is a bit off-topic for marketable goods, but I'd also like to point out that we did not get a new transporter trinket for Northrend. I think those crazy gnomes at Fizzcrank's Airstrip or K3 are both great candidates for that. With all the new pet related Achievements in the game, it's high time we had a few new Engineering pets. I think an evil Mecha-Gnome would be a fantastic pet! We're also missing a new transmogrification gadget (aka Poultryizer) that we can use to torture other players. I like leper gnomes, or dare I dream of perhaps... Ogres?!?! Ogre dance FTW!!!
This is just a few of my ideas for ways to spice up Engineering after the ammo is gone. I've put together a little poll to let Engineers speak out on this topic. You can vote in the poll here and please fill out the last question if you want to share your own ideas. I'm sure my fellow propeller heads have great ideas too... so serve 'em up!