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  • 5.4 Profession Changes


    Wrote this up for my blog, but figured you all could benefit from it as well. It's a basic summary of the profession changes as well as some thoughts from me, including things I encountered on the PTR. If you have any questions, or want to correct me, don't hesitate!

    Tailoring/Leatherworking/Blacksmithing

    I decided to group these three together because they're all getting (relatively) the same change.

    New Daily Cooldowns (CDs)

    • The three new corresponding CDs for these professions are Celestial Cloth, Hardened Magnificent Hide, and Balanced Trillium Ingot. These can be found off all mobs in MoP.
      • The CDs work like the previous ones, each day you will learn a new random ilvl 476 PvP recipe or 553 PvE recipe.
        • The 553 PvE pieces require 21 CDs for a belt, and 28 for pants.

      • The daily cooldown can be bypassed using Spirit of War, which is a bit of a change from last tier. Instead of the new PvE gear REQUIRING it as a reagent, it helps you make it faster. Like the previous raid tier, these are found my DEing raid quality items from the Siege of Orgrimmar raid.
        • The CDs still require the same amount of base mats PLUS the Spirit of War to bypass the cooldown.

    Enchanting
    The only major change coming to Enchanting is scaling enchantments. You can now use any enchant on any ilevel item, and the enchantment will scale to a level appropriate enchantment. This potentially kills some profit on BoA enchants, as people can just use MoP enchants, enchant once, and be done with it, while more hardcore twinks might use them as they optimize DPS in certain level ranges. This will be an interesting change to keep track of in regard to old as well as current enchant sales.

    5.4 will also introduce Sha Crystal Shards, which 3 of will make into a Sha Crystal. Currently only older tier gear will DE into this stuff, so it's honestly not too exciting unless they decided to make the crafted PvP gear DE to these again before 5.4 drops.

    Engineering
    Engineering is getting 5 new recipes, one of which, Jard's Peculiar Energy Source, is the new daily cooldown, found off any MoP mob, and a necessary mat (along with the equivalent amount of Living Steel). Below are the new items that you can craft with this cooldown:


    • 5 CDs/LS: Advanced Refrigeration Unit: New 36 slot cooking bag
    • 15 CDs/LS: Pierre and Rascal-Bot: 2 New pets, one can be used as a campfire, the other a tribute to Bad Robot Productions.
    • 30 CDs/LS: Sky Golem: New badass epic mount. Most likely the best investment out of all of the CDs, especially during the first few months.

    Inscription
    Inscription is getting about 40 new glyphs, mostly cosmetic minor glyphs, but they will be in demand as a lot of them are more interesting than current minor glyphs. Some techniques can be found in MoP, while others can only be found on the Timeless Isle.

    From what I've seen on the PTR, there are 2 types of techniques, common ones, which drop from any MoP mobs, and uncommon, which drop on the Timeless Isle and are BoE this is good news for any non-90 scribes, as well as scribes looking to complete their collection without farming mobs for days on end. I was able to get the common patterns very quickly, but the uncommons may take a while to grind out.

    Scribes will also be getting a recipe for a PvP trinket: Crafted Malevolent Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity (Thanks to @ShaddamV for pointing this out).

    Alchemy/JC
    Alchemy and JC aren't getting much love this patch, but gems and living steel will continue to sell well. The usual.

    Cooking
    I'm not going to cover cooking in depth, but there will be new 300 stat recipes added as well as noodle carts. Compared to these other things, they're looking like small fish right now, but I'm still going to grind it out on my Cook who has Master of the Ways, expecting these other professions to have a much higher return.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: 5.4 Profession Changes started by PhatLewts View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. ShaddamV's Avatar
      ShaddamV -
      Don't forget the http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=102534/t...acity#comments for Scribes.
    1. ShaddamV's Avatar
      ShaddamV -
      Also : http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=102351/drums-of-rage for LW - not sure how great of a market they will be, though.
    1. PhatLewts's Avatar
      PhatLewts -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShaddamV View Post
      Also : http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=102351/drums-of-rage for LW - not sure how great of a market they will be, though.
      Maybe it's because my main is a mage, but I really don't see there being much of a demand for this item honestly, but it is new lol.
    1. Meyer's Avatar
      Meyer -
      Good writeup. No doubt that we all will have a small army of alts we need to get out in the real world

      Regarding the Drums of Rage:

      I believe that Drums of Rage will be a big seller to people fighting in the Brawlers guild.

      Haven't really looked in to it but I assume that it will have X charges (else it would be a pretty expensive Bloodlust). Even if i had to pay 200G for 1 bloodlust I can think of a lot of fights where I would have paid that (and saved hours of wipes and big repairbills).
    1. glortard's Avatar
      glortard -
      Brilliant guide.....was contemplating levelling my 87 warrior who has engineering/inscription. I can't really find the love for selling Glyphs so I might hold off
    1. Prancer's Avatar
      Prancer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Meyer View Post
      Good writeup. No doubt that we all will have a small army of alts we need to get out in the real world

      Regarding the Drums of Rage:

      I believe that Drums of Rage will be a big seller to people fighting in the Brawlers guild.

      Haven't really looked in to it but I assume that it will have X charges (else it would be a pretty expensive Bloodlust). Even if i had to pay 200G for 1 bloodlust I can think of a lot of fights where I would have paid that (and saved hours of wipes and big repairbills).
      I got he drums pattern on the PTR and I believe it had 20 or 25 charges.

      As for its usage; don't forget people who run challenge modes and solo old content. I did all challenge modes without a bloodlust, so it's perfectly doable, but I still would've paid good money for a shaman or a mage in the party.

      People who solo some of the harder old content will love these as well. I solo just about every cataclysm raid boss and Lich King 25hc on my druid, as I'd be buying these wholesale if I wasn't a leatherworker myself.
    1. PhatLewts's Avatar
      PhatLewts -
      Yeah, the drums do have 20 charges, didn't even think about the Brawlers Guild angle, but it makes a while lot of sense.
    1. Caitlyn's Avatar
      Caitlyn -
      Nice summary, @PhatLewts, thank you!

      One minor nitpick: I hear a lot of people say the new glyphs are mostly cosmetic, but that isn't really the case. Yes, there are quite a few fun cosmetic glyphs amongst the new recipes, but 12 are major glyphs, and even some of the minor glyphs have significant functionality (for example, one of the minor glyphs for Druids essentially gives them 'Blink' =P).

      That detail doesn't really matter in terms of gold-making, as many players (myself included!) will happily pay a premium price for a fun new glyph even if it is only cosmetic. But I did want to offer the clarification, as a few of those major glyphs and ability-granting minor glyphs will likely be in very high demand.
    1. PhatLewts's Avatar
      PhatLewts -
      Quote Originally Posted by Caitlyn View Post
      Nice summary, @PhatLewts , thank you!

      One minor nitpick: I hear a lot of people say the new glyphs are mostly cosmetic, but that isn't really the case. Yes, there are quite a few fun cosmetic glyphs amongst the new recipes, but 12 are major glyphs, and even some of the minor glyphs have significant functionality (for example, one of the minor glyphs for Druids essentially gives them 'Blink' =P).

      That detail doesn't really matter in terms of gold-making, as many players (myself included!) will happily pay a premium price for a fun new glyph even if it is only cosmetic. But I did want to offer the clarification, as a few of those major glyphs and ability-granting minor glyphs will likely be in very high demand.
      The two classes I primarily play are only getting cosmetic glyphs (Priest + Mage) and seeing the plethora of minor glyph additions I just assumed they were all cosmetic as well, silly assumption I guess
    1. Caitlyn's Avatar
      Caitlyn -
      Not a silly assumption; so many of those glyphs are cosmetic/fun.

      And for the sake of accuracy I should say that I mis-read the Druid glyph. It's not 'Blink'. It's more like the Engineering ability that transports you randomly...so it's another just-for-fun glyph. It's still true that there are several glyphs amongst the new ones that have notable functionality...just not that particular Druid glyph =P
    1. Elen's Avatar
      Elen -
      I've not been out and confirmed all these, but if we assume that unbound Inscription Techniques are rare Timeless Isle world drops, while bound Techniques are common Pandaria world drops, then here is a list of each. This may be helpful in the first days, when rare glyphs could be genuinely rare, and it is worth knowing you might have a monopoly:

      Unbound Techniques (presumed rare Timeless Isle):



      Glyph of Shifted Appearances is sold by Whizzig for 4000 Timeless Coins.

      Binds when Picked Up Techniques (presumed common Pandaria):



      Crafted Malevolent Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity is also bound and presumably a common Pandaria drop.

      Obviously Pandaria includes the Timeless Isle, so grinding on the Timeless Isle will give you a chance at everything.

      Generally classes are fairly evenly balanced, with about half their new glyphs coming from Techniques of each category. However, note that some classes have many more new glyphs than others. Monks don't get any, while Shaman have 10. Of course Shaman had a below average number of glyphs going into 5.4, so don't read too much into that difference.
    1. Elen's Avatar
      Elen -
      One amendment: As picked up by Wowhead, and just confirmed by me in person, Glyph of Shifted Appearances Technique is sold by Whizzig for 4000 Timeless Coins. Whizzig is a rare spawn vendor, sometimes found in the central quad of the Isle, highlighted on the minimap with a pair of swords.
    1. PhatLewts's Avatar
      PhatLewts -
      Quote Originally Posted by Elen View Post
      One amendment: As picked up by Wowhead, and just confirmed by me in person, Glyph of Shifted Appearances Technique is sold by Whizzig for 4000 Timeless Coins. Whizzig is a rare spawn vendor, sometimes found in the central quad of the Isle, highlighted on the minimap with a pair of swords.
      I think you missed the most important part of this, the man rides around on a snail!

    1. cracklingice's Avatar
      cracklingice -
      Quote Originally Posted by PhatLewts View Post
      I think you missed the most important part of this, the man rides around on a snail!
      I want that mount!
    1. Branikald's Avatar
      Branikald -
      Simple, good and very informative guide.

      Two things I'd like to add:

      1. I'm not sure if it was just pure luck, but after learning the original BS and Tailoring recipes for the daily cooldowns on the PTR; I also learned one of the epic 553 PvE crafts, totally unrelated to (loot) spec; learned a dps belt as disc priest after learning [Celestial Cloth] and learned healer pants on my warrior after learning [Balanced Trillium Ingot]

      2. Maybe obvious, but no additional recipes were learned after using any of the accelerated cooldowns using spirit of war.
    1. Prancer's Avatar
      Prancer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Branikald View Post
      Simple, good and very informative guide.

      Two things I'd like to add:

      1. I'm not sure if it was just pure luck, but after learning the original BS and Tailoring recipes for the daily cooldowns on the PTR; I also learned one of the epic 553 PvE crafts, totally unrelated to (loot) spec; learned a dps belt as disc priest after learning [Celestial Cloth] and learned healer pants on my warrior after learning [Balanced Trillium Ingot]
      I've had the same thing on all my characters on the PTR. When you first learn how to create the new daily cooldown; you learn 1 ilvl 553 item as well.
    1. PhatLewts's Avatar
      PhatLewts -
      Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
      I've had the same thing on all my characters on the PTR. When you first learn how to create the new daily cooldown; you learn 1 ilvl 553 item as well.
      Yeah I'm pretty sure this is Blizzard's way of ensuring you have at least one PvE piece to craft by the time you have done enough cooldowns to craft one.
    1. PhatLewts's Avatar
      PhatLewts -
      Quote Originally Posted by Elen View Post
      Crafted Malevolent Gladiator's Medallion of Tenacity is also bound and presumably a common Pandaria drop.
      Just wanted to confirm that I got this technique on the PTR from a mob in Pandaria.
    1. Meyer's Avatar
      Meyer -
      And how am I buy from Whizzig when TOT thought me NEVER to stand in from of a snail?
    1. Dirtycache's Avatar
      Dirtycache -
      Quote Originally Posted by cracklingice View Post
      I want that mount!
      Ditto, and I also want it to have the ability to one-shot melee lolololol

      Edit: Wowhead have an excellent, easy to read break down of all 5.4 changes for professions:

      http://www.wowhead.com/news=219387/p...-and-additions