Today we got a new build in the Beta and there's some new profession changes finally. I heard a rumor in chat that there were recipe vendors in Twilight Highlands, so as soon as the servers came back up I went to check it out. I did indeed find some trade NPCs including vendors at Highbank, the first quest hub. There's a metal trader who sells Blacksmithing recipes for 20 Elementium Bars, 2 Hardened Elementium Bars, or 5 Pyrium Bars. The recipes include rare PVP gear sets, crafted epic gear, a level 85 shield spike, the new belt buckle, a new weapon chain and rare 85 weapons. From what I can tell most of these items were in my last Blacksmithing post. Some of those recipes were removed from the trainer and put on the Metal trader instead, plus some modifications to ingredients and quality levels.
In all likelihood this treatment will be extended to the Leatherworking and Tailoring traders. Right now they aren't talking to me, but those NPCs are both labeled "Trader" so I assume it's just a matter of time. Neither the Blacksmithing nor the Leatherworking trainers have any recipes over 500 skill. The Tailoring trainer only has rare PVP recipes over 500 skill, so it may well be headed the same direction as the other two. There's also a Shard trader who sells Enchanting recipes. Notably absent are Jewelcrafting, Inscription, Alchemy and Engineering traders. There are supply vendors for these professions, just no trader NPCs.
The bad news is that Highbank is currently phased. Until you do the starting quest chain, you can't see the trader NPCs. What you see is Alliance and Horde battling for the island. This would make it impossible to bring an alt here to pick up some recipes. Right now Alchemy, Engineering and Enchanting look to provide enough trainer recipes to reach the cap and Inscription is skimpy but workable from what I've heard. I'm not thrilled by this situation, especially since it's not applied evenly to all professions. We've still got six weeks before launch, so hopefully this will be addressed in some fashion.
For those asking, there are some level requirements showing on the trainers at this time. Blacksmithing, Engineering, Leatherworking, Alchemy, Inscription, Jewelcrafting, Tailoring, First Aid, Enchanting and Archaeology all require level 75 to learn Illustrious rank professions. Cooking and Fishing still are not showing a level requirement for Illustrious rank skill. I think we can assume that Cooking and Fishing will include a level requirement eventually.
I'm working on an Engineering post to share some of the new information from this build. Most of the recipes were already on the trainer but the materials and skill levels were a total mess. Now that they've cleaned that up I guess it's worth posting about :)
Feel free to leave any questions and research requests you might have in the Comments!