So, I have enjoyed professions in World of Warcraft in the past…
Let me take a step back first and say despite the tone of this post, I am still loving the crap out of Legion. While it's early to be very judgey it has some of the best starting content we have experienced in game in my humble opinion. If the rest of the expansion lives up to it's launch it is going to be a great time in Azeroth.
Warlords put a bullet in the head of professions. Last expansion with all the garrison options almost no one needed to work on creating potions, armor, and the rest because other than in a very few choices you could have a shop in your garrison for what you needed. This meant that my paladin didn’t need to have my DK fashion plate armor for him, he could just make it himself. And ore? Shoot, if he didn’t feel like going out there was a steady supply coming through his garrison.
The only point I will give Warlords in regards to professions, is that they were still useful when you leveled.
Legion has killed that for me. In almost every past expansion my engineers have worked hard to grind up mats so I can have engineering googles to start raiding with. I love the techno look mixed with the usefulness of being able to make myself a decent bit of gear to hop in with. In this expansion, not so much.
By the time I got my first recipe for goggles, I had already out geared them. I made a pair and threw it on for transmog, but otherwise I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to use them well for leveling. Now, at 110 I have a quest to be able to make my ilevel 815 goggles, but I can’t access the dungeon they are in until I’m further in Suramar. To top that, I already have an 840 helm from world quests, so I am in no hurry to make them. Now I know I can with the fel forge (I can’t remember the exact name) make items to level the goggles up. But stating at 815, (825 if I get lucky and it wins an upgrade roll) that means I have to make, and destroy a few dozen items after doing a quest that cost me about 30k gold after completing to level them to the point of this drop. That means my profession goggles, the thing that marks me as an engineer is useless for anything but transmog.
And I have heard other professions having similar issues. I heard a complaint about it with Blacksmithing on a podcast I listen to. Now I haven’t played deep enough to know if this is all professions, but if it is then yes then what use are they? Why do I want to make gear I will never be able to use, unless I put a lot of effort into making it equal to what I can get with a five-minute world quest?
Of course, Alchemy, Jewelcrafting, and Inscription may not be effected by this. I’m thinking mainly crafting professions like Leatherworking, Tailoring, Blacksmithing, and Engineering. Unless we get some pizazz and sizzle in each patch to make these worthwhile, it is going to be another expansion where people don’t care.
Or am I wrong? If I am let me know.
All I know is that I have every profession at least once with all my alts. If there is no bonus or point in doing my professions why should I bother leveling them this time around. IF there isn’t reason, it may be the final nail in the coffin for me. And I have always enjoyed professions before this point.
Heck, I had three engineers at the end of Cataclysm….
How are you feeling about your professions?