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    What to Gather in Cata. Herbs or Ore.

    Just curious what to gather 1st so I know who to give 310 flying to.

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    With plenty of time before Cataclysm, why don't you get mining/herbalism on one character? In Cataclysm (perhaps as of 4.0.1, we'll see tomorrow) you are no longer limited to tracking one thing at a time. Pulling up your tracking menu will display a checklist of things you want to track. From that you can have both herb and ore tracking going at the same time. Even if you're attached to your current crafting profession for one reason or another (e.g. I have rare pre-BC patterns), the amount of money you stand to make within the first week of Cataclysm by going bananas on gathering will far outstrip any potential profit you could have gained from whatever non-gathering profession you've got to complement your gathering profession.

    If I absolutely had to decide between one or the other, I'd go for mining.

    EDIT: Take this as my opinion, I'm just writing off the cuff and going with my gut. I thought a reason why I chose mining would be good though.

    The market for crafted gear/gems is likely to go boom quicker than inscription or alchemy. Plus I seem to remember every expansion bringing huge ore prices whereas the herb prices were a little more tame by comparison.
    Last edited by drockrock; October 12th, 2010 at 12:50 AM. Reason: Giving a reason.

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    I would tell you to gather ore first. If you can stand to farm ore for that long, and I love you people for it, you will sell everything you mine and will make a ton of gold for a very long time. There's three easy reasons for this: Jewelcrafters, Engineers, Blacksmiths, and hungry for mats Enchanters. Not only will they be leveling the professions, there will be tons of flipping of their end products.

    Herbs are nice, but given that inscription is not going to be the free ride to gold that it became in this expansion, your market will be limited to mostly alchemists. Scribes will be able to make new glyphs, yes, but the whole 1-time-only thing kinda throws the wet blanket on things so it won't the something that people buy repeatedly.

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    Thanks a lot for your input guys. Very helpful

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    Herblism if you have a druid. Love the flight form herb picking and out flying ground-based mobs that you accidently aggro. I have been cursed upon by other herb pickers for out picking the non-druid folks (many time the same guy/gal) over and over during my farm sessions.

    If your a tank, mining's passive buff is great. Herb passive is great for all (tank/dps/healer). Skinning passive buff is great for melee dps. On my main, I have mining and skinning. It works for me as I co-ordinate gathering efforts with my wife. She loves plants and herbing fits into her style.

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    Well my druid is my herber. That is the only reason I was thinking Herbs over Ore.

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    Another consideration is: which character do you intend to level first? With Cataclysm, you will also get experience for each node you farm. So, if one of these is your main, you might lean toward that one as you will be getting a boost on leveling.

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    If you're a tauren druid, it would behoove you to go herbalism. The new [spell]Cultivation[/spell] is absolutely amazing, it's a your gather time becomes .5 seconds and you still get to gather from flight form. Anyone that hated druid herbers before is going to be livid with them now.

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    LOL yeah I've been herbing with mine in the basin all morning. It's great!!

 

 

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