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postheadericon What Now For Crafting in Mists of Pandaria and WoW Patch 5.0?

The Pandas Are Coming!Crafting is in need of a major update before Pandaria and Warcraft five-point nought is released.

Over the last four years there has been an inexorable shift towards all high end items being instance drops only, there are very few recipes for crafters which provide any benefit to those who have moved even slightly into endgame and discarded their starting raiding gear.

I realise I’m writing this at many of the people reading it will have no concern for crafting whatsoever.

As world War Craft shifts more towards an action orientated game with less and less depth, crafting can be seen as an obvious casualty of an MMO which is trying its hardest to emulate games like “Battlefield” and EA’s hugely popular combat only style of play.

But for many of us veterans of seven years or more, crafting was one of the most exciting parts of the game early on, and while it has been continually simplified with each expansion, we all still live in hope of the sort of in-depth and engaging crafting and harvesting that other multi-player games such as “Star Wars Galaxies” and even “Pirates of the Burning Sea” have managed to implement.

There is also the issue of consumables, particularly potions retaining a level of value endgame when nearly every other crafting profession has zero or little value.

It is still the case that turning up for a raid with no high-end potions will soon have your healer leaving you to regret your oversight. Alchemists coupled with herbalists can still churn out a substantial amount of gold making their bread and butter items.

Enchanters also have a role to play in the game. Each new dungeon drop will need to be enchanted with the appropriate stats. Given the cost of raising an enchanter, this seems eminently fair, particularly when compared to the relative ease of reaching illustrious level with an alchemist.

However, leather workers and blacksmiths are reduced to producing the odd trinket or socket item with their main stock in trade being almost 100% redundant at endgame. You make the starting instance gear, and then forget all about your crafting profession altogether.

I waited eagerly for news from blizzard as to how they are going to address this.

postheadericon Warcraft Advanced Gold Guide – Starting Portfolio

What Items should you concentrate on when starting out?

    We STRONGLY recommend you concentrate on a subset of items that you are familiar with. The Materials Guide lists over 150 items. It covers just about every material required to craft in the game.

    We recommend you specialist. Make a list of a minimum of 12 items – a maximum of around 25 and make these items your "Portfolio". These are the items you will specialist in.
Over time you will instinctively know what is a good price – and what is a bad price on these. But for now – using the material master to help you, updating the data on more than 25 items can be quite time consuming, and will    not give you a good enough return on your time spent.

    Which items should you specialist in ?

    Cloth – all cloth. Cloth of some type is used by everyone at every level, it levels First Aid, it is a "hand in" for reputation quests (in huge quantities in some cases), it makes bandages, it is the staple resource for tailoring.

Linen Cloth

Linen Cloth

Wool Cloth

Wool Cloth

Silk Cloth

Silk Cloth

Runecloth

Runecloth

Mageweave Cloth

Mageweave Cloth

Frostweave Cloth

Frostweave Cloth

It’s your choice, but we recommend taking the items on the list above appropriate to your level and adding them to your portfolio (if you are just starting in the game – and have character below level 20 stick to Linen and Wool – move up as you feel comfortable)

 

Copper Bar

 

Copper Bar

Tin Bar

Tin Bar
 
The ore’s for copper and tin are what the bar’s are made from in a 1 for 1 smelting process. The prices for these vary wildly. On one server they can be 3 silver per ore one week (60 silver a stack) then up to 30 silver per ore the next (600 silver – 6 GOLD a stack)
        These are great items for low level characters to start a portfolio with – particularly on a single market strategy.

Peacebloom

 

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Mageroyal

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hese are the low level herbalism items. Used by Alchemists and Inscribers. Again very variable rates at AH. There are other low level herbs – but these two tend to sell the best.

Light Leather

 

Light Leather

Medium Leather

Medium Leather

The low level skinning items. There are "Ruined Leather Scraps" however these rely on the buyer having the skill to convert them. By all means have these as well, but the market for your sales may well be lower

 

      Finally – Whatever you gather…

        Now you did choose at LEAST one gathering profession didn’t you?

We recommend 2 gathering professions – but one is a bare minimum. If your first character or "main" does not gather at all (except cloth as we discussed above) you have lost a very major value stream. Keeping up with the materials you need to advance 2 crafting professions will take an age and add considerably to your levelling time.

        It’s not the end of the world – but you will make so much more money during your normal playing time (levelling, PvP or Instance runs) if you gather while you play.

 

With your gathering profession/s you should have 10 – 12 starter items in your portfolio.

If you are new to the game, stick to the lower level cloth, leather, herbs and ores. We suggest  sticking with the cloth appropriate to your level all the way through the game.

Note. Every 5 or 10 levels that you progress..or every time you double the gold in your capital, consider moving your portfolio on. Dropping some low level items and replacing with some higher level ones from    the material master

Of course, by dropping we mean "Selling for the best price to clear your stock space"..but you know what we mean.

Now if you become familiar with other items during the course of a game, and you see an absolute bargain outside your normal field of expertise. By all means snap it up. Do your research first (check it’s not about to get nerfed by a patch.

Google the "Level 69 Riding Crop" scandal if you want to see an example of a patch nerf that cost unprepared players a fortune. Blizzard implemented a patch which affected an item that wasn’t usable before level 69 …. would become unusable again at Level 70.

This caught a lot of people out – and the item became pretty valueless – but not before a lot of crafters who had seen the pre-patch notes had unloaded there stock in a largely unsuspecting auction house.

        So if you are confident, and happy (and can afford it) feel free to go outside your portfolio for an obvious bargain – but check first!