I’ve been thinking a lot about engineering lately or to be more specific – changing professions. This is not a new idea for me, take this post I wrote back in 2011 but nothing really happened on that occasion. Since then I’ve been thinking more seriously about it. My current professions are jewelcrafting and enchanting but with the upcoming changes in WoD, I’m left wondering how useful these professions will be in the next year or so.
During Blizzcon, some itemisation changes were revealed for both:
The fact that we’ll get a greater variety of choices, for say a weapon, sounds intriguing so I will probably wait until I hear more about this. Hopefully I’ll be able to try these changes out on the beta before I decide one way or another.
Recently, Lore (Community Manager) responded to this very concern saying:
We do want to slim down on the overall number of gems and enchants you’ll need to put on your gear. That’s primarily a quality of life change. We want to make it less of a hassle to be able to equip a new item.
That said, we don’t think these changes have to mean that e.g. Jewelcrafting will no longer be a decent source of income. We could — and this is purely a hypothetical example — make the best gems rarer, which would drive prices up and increase profit margins. If you can make just as much gold (comparatively) off of one gem in Warlords as you can selling three in Mists, that’ll help substantially.
Out of the two, I can see myself giving up ENC over JC since I do love my bling but there are so many reasons I’d love to take up engineering. I already have two on my account but one remains unplayed on an old server, 23 levels shy of 90 while the other is my pali who I really only levelled for her mining ability. She also specialises in all the goblin goodies while Cool makes up for all the gnomish counterparts.
Not only will I be able to play with all the fun gadgets, drop a repairbot or mailbox inside dungeons and raids (that’s a big plus already), I’ll be able to summon my own Blingtron 4000 and use mounts unique to engineers.
No longer will I pretend it’s Cymre when I’m really on my paladin. I’ll be able to wear all the cool helmets, Mechbuilder’s Overalls, Rocket Boots, Goggles – not to mention glove, belt and cape enchants.
But then these are just the ones I’ve played with briefly.
You know, the more I think about it, the more I want to change but I’m still in bad shape from all the Winter Veil expenses a couple of months ago.
So tonight I’d love to know: what are your favourite items from engineering and why do you love them?