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With you being able to build a third profession area – what are you likely to choose? Have you got all professions covered by alts so are just going to focus on money making? Did you take professions specifically for mounts/raiding or some other purpose but didn’t really want to? Is there a profession you want for specific reasons?
Over the last two expansions, I’ve focussed on levelling all the professions over my family of alts. The only one I didn’t have at the beginning of MoP was blacksmithing.
About a week ago, I changed one of my primaries from enchanting to engineering. This was mainly for the ‘fun’ factor and items which will improve my gameplay like the portable mailbox and vendor. I do tend to use my Argent Gruntling a lot but with a 4hr CD, it left me needing a more frequent option. It also allows me to vendor inside a raid or dungeon when I can’t summon my mammoth inside of one.
During the last Artcraft edition, I was interested in learning more about personalising our garrison but in terms of professions, here’s what we know:
For the profession hubs, we wanted the player to be able to experience leveling up their chosen professions not only with skill points, but also visually through their Garrison. As the player progresses, each profession hub will level up, and the associated building will become more visually impressive. We treated each profession hub as an opportunity to describe the NPC who works there—how neat or messy they are, how they might work, and how they’ll grow with you as you level up your Garrison. We also thought it would be fun to throw in small hints of different races that might be associated with certain professions, such as draenei for Jewelcrafting or dwarves for Blacksmithing, to tie in the many races that give the World of Warcraft its depth and history.
- Jay Hwang, Senior 3D Artist
Ion Hazzikostas explained this further during a recent Yogscast by explaining that Garrisons will have a new NPC AI system which allows them to behave less like the scripted NPCs we know today. Essentially, since we have the ability to place a number of buildings at different locations, the interactions of those NPCs could not be pre-scripted in the usual manner.
As an example, imagine your Blacksmith follower waking up to go to work. Over time he’ll become thirsty and want to take a break so he’ll go to the tavern. Finally, you’ll see him going back to the barracks to sleep.
Then there was this:
@Nixxiom Highly interactive! Some will want you to escort them to chop wood, others will have an epic followup quest to realize their dream
— Jeremy Feasel (@Muffinus) March 8, 2014
I don’t know about you but this sounds great. I can’t help wishing that I’d also be able to see my alts pottering around doing what they do or even just walking around my personal city but I don’t see this happening. Now if I could choose a third non-gathering profession, I would have to say tailoring since it’s useful as a cloth wearer, a seeker of bigger bags and how can you resist those magic carpets?
What are your top 5 mounts or just the ones you go to all the time because you like the way they ride? What are the ones you really dislike and can never bring yourself to use – does it rub against your collecting nature (if you have one) to buy all the mounts even though you know you will never use them?
Cymre has always loved her Red Flying Cloud as a discipline priest so you’d be hard pressed to see her on anything other than that. It’s so compact I never get stuck in doorways or overshadow quest npcs, etc. and it just looks cool so what else do you need really?
On the other hand, I tend to spend a lot of my time as shadow these days, particularly on the Timeless Isle so her mount has changed a few times recently. I was having a great time in my Sky Golem, Enchanted Fey Dragon (a gift from Cool) and my Winged Guardian from Tome.
Like many, I fell in love with the Enchanted Fey Dragon as soon as I saw it but I still wish you could auto equip a pair of googles (like a spell) whenever you mount her since it almost looks like she’s wearing goggles herself.
More recently, I’ve been riding the Jewelled Onyx Panther - my latest acquisition.
My other toons have their favourites too.
Astril on the other hand loves her spectral steed and iceberg when she’s spending time on the water.
Of course my Pali engineer loves her Thalassian Charger and Sky Golem…
while my druid remains content with flight form.
One day I’ll even buy that yak I found way back on the beta.
Tonight I had a random tweet from Joe asking if I had a picture of Golganarr yet. Until today he was the only rare I needed on the Timeless Isle and it’s been bugging me for quite some time. I would log in and camp his spot just in the hope of seeing him once. The only thing was, the rare was on another PTR server so I initially selected a premade toon to fly out and get a shot. I was just hoping he’d still be alive by the time I got there.
It took some time to redo my bars/talents and spec as well as flying out there but MAN, I still had to turn off my UI so I had the default portrait for rares. When I raced over there, I was excited to see he was upright and not engaged, albeit not in the exact spot I had expected =/
OMG, was I really camping the wrong bridge all this time? Unless he can spawn under either…
As I started heading out, Joe mentioned that he needed some footage of the kill for his video so I was happy to offer my help. While I went to copy my main priest over, he did the same with his shaman meeting up soon after.
I admit I haven’t killed many of the group rares on the Isle yet. In fact, I had not killed any of the rock giants at all since I was more interested in exploring and documenting what I’d found.
So here were are, three people attempting the kill. I wasn’t sure what their abilities were except for boulder throwing but for ranged it was pretty easy. I didn’t envy the melee, they died A LOT and with the fast spawning mobs around the place, we eventually got him down with a few more people.
Thanks again Joe for the tweet. Remind me not to tweet so much on my phone, damn autocorrect!
If you haven’t seen much of the Isle yet, here’s my initial exploration video: