In addition to Jewelcrafting, Engineering was also activated on the Beta realm last week. Today I'm bringing you some of the highlights from Tinker Town :)
The first item that caught my eye was these nifty gathering goggles:
By carefully reading the tooltip, you'll notice two very important features of these goggles. The first is that they DO NOT require Engineering. This means we can actually sell these babies to other players! Second is that you don't have to equip them to get the perk. I assume it's similar to the mote extractor and can just be in your bags. Unfortunately my gatherers are still level 86 or I would test these out for you guys.
Another nice item I wanted to share was this new trinket:
Personally I love the engineered trinkets and I wish we had multiple versions like Alchemists so we can get appropriate stats for our toon. However, this Panda trinket is a pretty good alternative. No stats on the trinket, but we get three cogwheel sockets to play with. This may not end up being a raid-worthy item, but it should at least be a powerful leveling trinket with a good bit of customization going for it.
This next item is pretty typical for Engineers, but I thought I'd share it anyway:
What I found interesting about this gizmo is that it doesn't require an equipment slot and it can be used while moving. I'll be curious to see if the players out there end up devising creative uses for this given the lack of a movement restriction.
Our next item is one of the new tinkers Engineers will get and it's purely a fun one:
From what I'm seeing, fireworks are coming back in a big way for Engineers. This is just one of several goodies we get in MoP and I'm glad to see it. This tinker is even better because the show is combined with a damage ability for extra awesome!
Another tinker that combines fun with utility are these Phase Fingers:
You can increase your dodge and you become partially phased! I can't wait to use these just to see how amazing I look with phasing tech :)
We're also getting an updated version of the current Synapse Springs, a tinker that buffs your primary stat:
This next item is something I'm particularly proud of! Many of you will recall that we submitted suggestions on the Blizzard forums with our wish list of new tradeskill items for MoP. And here is one of those items!!!
The idea of a portable anvil was submitted by one of our readers, and lots of you voted in support of it. This may even be a case of double win as it appears from the tooltip that this item may also be sellable.
Another tinker that provides good utility is this one:
It may seem like one of those items that you really wouldn't use, but having been in Pandaria for a few months now I'm tempted to argue otherwise. There's a lot of water in certain zones and you can't avoid navigating some parts of it. Plus, once you've done the rafting quest, you'll be looking for excuses to do it again 50 more times :)
This next item is a gun, pretty typical for Engineers:
This will likely be a leveling recipe, but I'm hoping the socket will help keep it relevant enough to retain some value to buyers.
Next up is a brand new wormhole device! I love our teleporting tech and I was bummed that we didn't get one in Cataclysm. Luckily they are back and I'm hoping just as fun as ever:
This next item has me pretty excited as well because it looks like Engineered pets are here to stay as a money-maker for us:
Not only are we getting a new pet, but it's one of the most appealing critters in Pandaria. A dragonling!
In some ways I don't know what to make of our next item. It's called a Blingtron 4000 and it has a very interesting (if vague) tooltip:
What will end up making or breaking this new gizmo is whether it gives out nice stuff or crap. If it's mostly crap, no one will use it after the first few tries. If it gives out nice stuff then it could be a great item to have. I'm hoping the fact that it's super-expensive means my skepticism is misplaced.
Our next two items are very exciting and I'm so happy to see Blizzard lending more support to this product line:
That's right, we're getting not one, but TWO new mounts for Engineers to craft. This is super-awesome in my book! Yes, they are seriously expensive to make. But we're used to that with the Chopper. As far as I'm concerned this has "win" written all over it.
Finally, the last item is one of the new Engineering helms. This is the plate helm since my Engineer is a warrior:
You can see from the tooltip that they didn't even bother to put tons of stats on the helm. They just put some basic stats and then gave us three sockets to play with. I just hope that this expansion gives us the option to upgrade our helm with each tier of content. I love my Engie helms and I feel bad when I have to shelve them.
I don't know about you guys, but I am ridiculously tickled with all the new goodies Blizzard is giving Engineers. I don't think we've ever gone into an expansion with as many new items and old favorites being added to our arsenal. I mean, we're getting several completely new types of marketable item with the gathering goggles and the portable anvil. On top of that -- two new mounts and a new crafted pet! I don't know about you but I just can't wait to play!!!