Thursday, January 01, 2015
Leveling a new profession to 700 in Warlords of Draenor
I ditched herbalism and alchemy on my fury warrior yesterday, and learned mining and blacksmithing instead. The reason for that was that I had noticed that alchemy was extremely weak in Warlords of Draenor, and that the potions and flask sell for less than the herbs in the AH, while crafted armor sells for thousands. So I started leveling up mining and blacksmithing the traditional way, moving from copper to bronze to iron. You can find lots of guides on the internet on which recipes to do for the fastest way. It turns out that all those guides are wrong. Leveling a new profession to 700 in Warlords of Draenor is much, much faster than that.
In Warlords of Draenor the profession trainers in your garrison and those in Ashran sell scrolls like "Draenor Blacksmithing", which you can also get from quests if you have the profession with at least 1 skill. The gathering scrolls drop the first time you gather something of that type in Draenor, as long as you have at least 1 skill. The scrolls raise you profession skill cap to 700 and the crafting ones teach you a number of basic Draenor recipes, as long as you are at least level 90 and regardless of your current skill level. Which means that crafting low level recipes with low level resources is now completely obsolete! Even with just 1 skill you can craft the Draenor recipes, which will remain orange until past skill 600 and skill up very quickly using only Draenor materials.
For blacksmithing the daily Truesteel Ingot alone raises your skill by 10 every time you use it, and the daily recipe research by 1. Crafted epics bring 10 skill points, crafted rares 5. You can also mix things up and do some skill ups the old way, with recipes from an old world trainer, and then use the Draenor recipes to skip difficult or expensive passages. For mining there are no recipes I could do, but my level 2 mine in my garrison brings a lot of free skill ups every day, and again can be mined regardless of skill. So can the other mining nodes in Draenor, although there you get only nuggets instead of full ore.
Ultimately you don't actually need to skill up to 700 any more, unless you want to make recipes from previous expansions. All professions in Draenor with all Draenor recipes can be done with just 1 skill. And some recipes can even be done without that, as long as you have the right profession building. The only requirement is level 90, so you can't use this for low level alts. Guess that enables Blizzard to sell more level 90 boosts to crafting alts.