The first thing I noticed about the starter recipes is that they have no stats. Strangely, they also do not have the "random" flag on them either. I still think we're looking at random stat generation though, my guess would be that the devs are just tweaking the mechanic behind it. I tried crafting one just to see what would happen, but all I got was a blank item:
This really isn't unusual on the Beta since all of the BOE loot drop items are also blank:
I did want to point out that our crafted item is slightly better than the loot drop with an item level of 393 vs. 390. I'm hopeful that this will make our items more appealing to buyers since the crafted leather will be the strongest green items you can equip before going up a level. In terms of the current 77-80 BOE market for Cataclysm items, I think the new crafted gear will hold up well by comparison when Pandaria goods are available. From the loot drops I've gotten so far, they range from level 83 (364 ilvl) to 85 (390 ilvl). In the first two zones I got mostly 364 and 377 drops.
Another interesting item I thought I'd point out is the leg armor recipes I found. It appears that there is more tinkering going on in that department, as the Panda recipes feature some new tooltip information:
Apparently our (self only) leg armor is going to scale now as well. This will be a very handy change to combat recipe glut.
At the higher levels we start getting into what I can only assume is PVP gear. These items are marked as being "Season 12". Here is a sample image of one:
Now contrast that tooltip with this cloak recipe which has no such designation:
There are also some epic items on the trainer, presumably our "crafted epic" starting raid gear. Here's a sample item from that group:
You can see that this epic item uses the Spirit of Harmony component, which is rumored to be a random loot drop. It also requires something called a Blood Spirit which I had not seen previously but is also used in Blacksmithing. Since Wowhead shows it going into Mining bags, I'm going to assume it's similar to a volatile fire.
In anticipation of questions, I also grabbed a shot of my recipe book with the new recipes listed. Currently these recipes are set up to grant 3-5 skill points per craft. I'm not convinced this is a sure thing, since these are uncommon quality items that only require 8-10 pieces of leather. That just seems really generous for Blizzard:
Finally, I wanted to show this cute little pic I took of our recipe book. Clearly they are making more tweaks to the tradeskill window (support for nested categories from the look of it) and here are the current categories:
Ninja Gear..... ROFL!