When I started in Warlords of Draenor, the first toon I leveled was my mage Romy, who has professions of Tailoring and Enchanting.

Right off I noticed that Blizzard seemed to have done the bare minimum with those professions. Let’s have a look at Tailoring. It’s true that you can make some nice gear that can remain viable in endgame content via upgrades, but the problem is that’s pretty much all you can make.

It used to be that you’d start off with being able to make some items that were decent upgrades, provided your toon wasn’t already decked out in gear from heroic raids. Then there’d be a few more items you could make along the way, and finally several pieces equivalent to entry-level endgame raid drops. Most of that would be bind on pickup gear you could only make for yourself. To make sellable bind on equip gear, you needed patterns which were fairly rare raid drops. Along the way you’d also have a chance to make some decent PvP gear.

With WoD, Blizzard has basically said “screw all that, just make a basic set of decent gear they can use right away at level 91.”

Gathering Professions

If you’re a miner or herbalist, by the time you reach level 100, you may as well drop them for something else. The mine and garden you get with your garrison will keep you adequately supplied for anything you might want to make, since there is a bottleneck imposed by how often you can transform crafting materials.

I’m not entirely sure how skinners are impacted by the garrison. Leatherworkers can get materials via the barn or their profession shack. I am leveling my skinner/leatherworker now so I guess I’ll find out soon.


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