Updated Thu, Jul 12, 2012 by Mem
Crafting plays a major part in World of Warcraft. Players use crafting professions to outfit and empower their characters as well as fatten their purses. So when a new expansion is announced, that is sure to shake the world of crafting up at least a bit, we hold our breath and wonder what exactly Blizzard will have in store for us.
With the Mists of Pandaria beta reaching its peak, Blizzard has revealed much of what it has in store for crafting professions in World of Warcraft. While some changes won’t be welcome, players should find more than enough good alterations to negate the bad. Focusing on the good to be had in the upcoming crafting changes in Mists of Pandaria I am pleased to share with you my personal top 5 personal crafting changes! Read onward to see if they match up with your own!
Having an Enchanter myself, one of my favorite things in new expansions is the brand new enchants that I will get to learn. Cataclysm was a bit lackluster in this department, but it appears that Mists of Pandaria may prove to be far more interesting. With a slew of common and rare enchants already released and the possibility of more before the expansion finally hits stores, it seems that Enchanters will have much to look forward to.
Not that impressed with just the promise of new enchants? Then you may want to check out the stats on these new enchants. With +1,000 or more to stats on all the rare enchants, they are powerful beyond any Enchanter’s wildest dreams, or at least my dreams. I for one am looking forward to using and selling these new enchants when Mists of Pandaria finally goes live.
Engineering has long been the laughing stock of the crafting world. Lauded by Blizzard as a purely “fun” profession, Engineers across the board have been clamoring for more serous items in their arsenal. Mists of Pandaria may finally offer somewhat of a solution to this problem with the introduction of two new scopes; the Mirror Scope and (my personal favorite) Lord Blastington’s Scope of Doom exclusively made by Engineers. While the stats on these scopes are not what I would call impressive, I continue to hold on to hope that once the new expansion is released these scopes will give Engineers something of substance to create. Engineering has been merely a joke profession for far to long.
If you were in love with the Engineer’s Mechano-hog then you will be pleased to learn that in Mists of Pandaria at least five new mounts will be headed our way, this time crafted by the Jewelcrafting profession. All ground mounts of the panther variety it is likely that, like the Mechano-hog before it, these new mounts will be a gold sink of epic proportions. With that being said, I am always open for a good gold sink, and there is just something satisfying parading around on a mount that took more than a lucky roll to obtain.
Those who take on the Inscription profession have always had the pleasure of creating little items along the way. Sometimes good enough to use for a short time, overall, the profession still focused mainly on glyphs as it should. In Mists of Pandaria glyphs will still be the star of the show when it comes to Inscription, however, it will have to share the stage at least for a moment. In the newest expansion those who are proficient in Inscription will be able to created staves and other off-hands that are (drum roll please) bind-on-account. To top it off these new items can be upgraded from rare to epic quality making them even more interesting and something to definitely get excited about.
While just a minor crafting profession, Cooking is a crafting profession nonetheless and thus this change manages to make my top 5list. Not to mention the fact that I have always been a fan of the various profession specializations and was sad to see them removed from the game. I thought it helped to add a little variety to the world of crafting. So when it was data mined that Cooking would have the option of specializations I was overjoyed. While there is not much information out there about how these specializations work we know you can train in as many specializations as you like, training will take place in Halfhill Market on Pandaria, and players will increase their specializations with skill ups from daily Cooking quests. How this will play out in the live version of Mists of Pandaria remains to be seen, however, I for one think it is worth getting excited about.
What are your favorite crafting changes coming to Mists of Pandaria? Which are your least favorite? What changes and additions would you like to see that are not yet mentioned? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!