Maxing out all the professions to 600, turned out to be a pretty epic feat, although it was fairly easy getting all but ONE to max level just by levelling a handful of toons on the same server. In fact, my five main Horde characters, work so well together, I’m pretty self-sufficient with Coolidge filling in all the Blacksmith and Engineering holes.
However, this changed somewhat when I saw the new achievement added in Mists. As one who has always worked hard at her personal achievements, I knew it was just a matter of time before I got it so with ten professions covered between my five level 90s, I was stuck on Blacksmithing with no skilled toon to help. My first thought was to drop ENG on another alt (on another server) but then I would have to level her up and I wasn’t too keen on doing that.
In the end, I decided to drop enchanting on my other priest so I could start power levelling her as a Blacksmith – since she was my last 85, it proved my best option. The only problem was, I didn’t have a miner on that side, that’s where Cool came in. He was able to supply me with all my smelting needs (at least past my level 40 something miner on Alliance). I resorted to buying most of my ore, bars and other raw materials from the AH, trying to sell whatever I could to make some money. Thankfully I had a number of duplicate pets which helped but when we actually started levelling our original priest/pali combo, it was even easier.
Today we even reverted our Draenei back to Human so that when the racial improvements are implemented in-game, we’ll be ready… however long that takes to happen.
So a big thanks to Coolidge for mining all the ghost iron needed for my last 100 points and double achievement. It’s just a shame I had levelled past the first 450 points or so before I had read about the new changes coming in 5.2. For those who don’t know, you’ll be able to level from 1-600 BS just by using Ghost Iron. It doesn’t make the achievement any less worth it though.
On another note, I wish it were possible to relearn an old profession to the level you had before (inc. rare recipes) for a fee and a lockout timer, maybe no sooner that two years or something so people don’t just relearn a profession whenever it suits them.