PLUS we're no longer required to do the Artisan quests for Cooking or Fishing -- I'm not sure how I feel about that. For both professions I thought it was nice to have that rite of passage. While I support the change of removing training books from the process, I think having quests for professions make them more interesting. I assume this change was made to streamline the leveling process for new players who just want to power up to the current cap. But I remember those quests with some fondness and nostalgia, it's just one of those things that you did, and it was a pain in the ass, but you had a sense of pride about achieving it. I guess the times, they are a-changin'... <sniff>
Next up - Wintergrasp has discovered fish. Or the fish discovered Wintergrasp. Or somebody put a boy fish and a girl fish in the pond and they went all tribble on us. I checked out the fishing in Wintergrasp and I think this might become a new hotspot. Which I assume Blizzard did on purpose because PVP + Fishing = Fun Fun Fun?!? Fisherfolk tend to be generous souls when it comes to faction friction. Sending them into a PVP zone is like locking the carebears in with the tasmanian devils and then bending the key in the lock. I'm sure the Blizz folks will have an obscene amount of fun watching this play out :P
On the plus side, the fishing is really good in Wintergrasp. Here's a sample of what I pulled out in my sample fishing session:
- 18 Nettlefish
- 2 Giant Darkwater Clams (4-5 Succulent Clam Meat each)
- 12 Glacial Salmon
- 18 Musselback Sculpin
As you can see, these are all great fish that are used in popular recipes. And there's no need for spawn camping, this is open water fish. For folks who need to supply their raids, this is probably going to be a time saver. Except for all the pesky PVP going on around you...
And finally, it's all about the Clams baby!
- A new clam, the Giant Darkwater Clam, can be obtained by fishing in Wintergrasp. This mighty clam has a greatly increased chance to drop pearls, and yields up to five times the regular amount of clam meat.
- Loot from clams now stacks correctly!
- Changed the icon for Succulent Clam Meat so it doesn't look quite as disgusting.
This last part is my favorite: complete with new, less "disgusting" icon. I'm at a loss... is disgusting really a goal when doing icon design??