Our series of posts on crafted leveling gear seems to be getting a good response, so I'm going to keep posting until we've covered every profession. I hope that reading these guides encourages you to start farming mats and even go after some of these recipes that you may not have. I know I've been forced to review my own holdings, track down missing recipes, etc. I even spent last night farming some love in that there tunnel when I realized I was only Neutral with the Timbermaw. So I really look at this lull period as a time to shore up my crafting house without the pressure of squeezing it in between raids. It's been kind of nice to chill out and do old world stuff for a while. Plus I get a chance to revisit some places I haven't been in a loooonnggg time and enjoy them before they're gone.
In our next installment of the "depriving noobs of their gold" guide, I'm going to talk about Enchanting. Back in the day, it was kind of hard to sell enchantments to leveling players. They couldn't be bothered with the cost and sometimes even giving away lowbie chants didn't work! Of course, enchants weren't terribly impressive back then either. We've come along way in two expansions, enchantments have become more meaningful and prices have dropped. Players realize now that enchanting their gear can help them kill faster and level quicker.
In case some of you missed it, an official post went out today with a preview of Profession information from Cataclysm. I can only assume this is partly due to the leaks that went on recently, but I don't intend to look a gift horse in the mouth. There's lots of stuff to love in the announced changes. Specializations are going away, an end to the proliferation of vial types, bows and crossbows finally craftable! The most exciting part to me is this: "But as all tradeskills are in the design stages these are still being discussed to a degree."
So today Blizzard finally takes action against MMO-Champion for posting Alpha content. I have to say that I fully support their decision to do this and it's about time. I was disappointed when I saw Cataclysm information start popping up on the web just after the Alpha started. Having been in the last Beta, I know full well how bare-bones the Alpha must be. For community web sites to take alpha information and post it feels like it's just going to create unnecessary angst within the player base.
For the past few weeks I've been working on a full review of all recipes in our database. I just finished checking the ingredients for every recipe on our site and verifying them against the in-game recipes. We've just posted these new changes to the site, so all recipes should be accurate in terms of components. There have been a lot of tweaks to vanilla recipes, so if you maintain any static lists of your favorite profession, make sure you double check older recipes for accuracy.
In a continuation of my new series started last week, in today's post I'm offering my suggestions for best Inscription items to craft for Cataclysm leveling toons. Inscription is going to be challenging since we have so many glyphs available and presumably more coming. I'm not going to tackle that sector here. We are very likely to see talent shifts and stat changes as part of Cataclysm, which will affect glyph popularity down the road.