So Blizzcon ended yesterday and there's a lot of buzz flying around about the new Pandaria expansion. One thing I'm noticing from our crafting circles is some apparent misinformation about what was said in the panel discussions. I watched every panel that might have touched on crafting issues (Opening Ceremony, Intro to MoP, Dungeons/Raids, Items/Prof and Open Q/A) and my take on those discussions is different than what's being reported.
The main problem I'm seeing is that the transcripts are not reflecting the tone of these conversations. For example, the Jewelcrafting mount was not a commitment in my opinion. They mentioned a new crafted mount, the player asked what profession and the panelist threw out JC as a possibility. They also threw out Herbalism in the next sentence. To me this indicates that it's still in the air, but it's currently being reported as if it's a confirmed thing. Now perhaps all the fan noise will sway them, but I felt that they were mostly confirming a new crafted mount and mostly hedging on which profession would get it.
Also, some of the reports are kind of paraphrasing what gets said and that changes the tone as well. With regard to Engineering buffs, that whole question went back and forth a few times as far as how they feel about them. My sense was that they feel Engineering enchants have the tendency to be OP, so they don't want to make specific promises on adding more "cool stuff". The key is that they want to do it, but they need to keep things balanced within the professions. The fact that they asked for feedback from players is kind of a confirmation that they aren't sure how to give us those awesome cool buffs without creating other kinds of balance problems.
I feel the same about the epic wands, which some are interpreting as a confirmed plan. To me it felt like they were just kind of agreeing to agree, not necessarily confirming that this was already in the works. I may have misunderstood that, but the tone of that response seemed kind of non-committal. I do think this change in the melee/ranged slot situation is a good opportunity to bring back wands. On the other hand I'm not convinced that Enchanters need more love. Maybe Scribes should get wands ;)
They also said that they want to give Archaeology some love and remove some of the grindy nature from it. They confirmed that there will be no new raid drop Enchants in 4.3, but there will be a new minor glyph for Shadow Priests. They might consider adding some "chaos orb" type items to JC so crafters can have unique items to make that don't play into the "undercutting" mania.
Something that hasn't been talked about much at all but to my mind is a big game changer is the battle pet system. I don't know if you guys really payed attention to the panelist coverage on this, but it was specifically stated that companion (aka battle) pets would become account bound in 5.0. This will give players access to all their pets no matter which toon they are on, presumably so they don't have to collect and level the same pet 5 or 10 times. From the crafter's perspective, this is a huge shake-up. Once companion pets become account bound, there will no longer be the possibility of selling other players the same pet for all their toons. Likely this will drastically cut into the pet market. No one seems to have picked up on this that I can see. This is the biggest news that came out of Blizzcon as far as I'm concerned.
The other thing I've taken away is the sense that professions have not really been fleshed out yet. There was no serious commitment on any profession changes. And we were specifically invited to share our ideas on Engineering in the official forums. Personally, I'd take this as an opportunity to share ANY ideas you have on professions. Since it sounds like nothing is really set in stone at this stage, now is the perfect time for you guys to champion the kinds of things you want to see. We can even start a new round of polls and brainstorming if you like :)