Legion: Secondary Professions

Egbert Floud: [pouring champagne] What you want is… is… is… some more of this imprisoned laughter of the pleasant maids of France.
Ruggles of Red Gap

The Secondary Professions

Fishing, Cooking, First Aid, Archeology.

I do think that while leveling up to 110 that we should keep an eye on leveling up our Secondaries. I’ve been told that we’ll get quests in zones, so we might as well do them and not wait and go back.

Fishing, Cooking and First Aid will all serve to support our characters. At first, Archeology will have specific dig sites leading to a reward as we learned in Bubbles of Mischief’s Archeology in Legion.

While I tend to be a completionist and will want all of the recipes; it is important to keep an eye on the goal.

At first glance, it looks to be tedious. We’ll need to cook up stuff to use as mats to make more stuff. We’ll eventually ding Rank 3 and reduce the demands to create the goods. The volume of mats looks to me like the buff foods will be precious at first.

While in dungeons and questing, I’ll want a stack of Vendor Food to get my health and mana back up and not over-write the buff.

Back in the “olden days” it was common for a guild to have a Raid Cook. Everyone would feed extra mats to one player who invested their time in learning all of the recipes and consolidating all the many different mats to create and dole out the goods on Raid Night. The same was true for the Raid Alchemist. I don’t know yet if that will be a wise path for Legion.

My point is: while there will be a wide array of choices — direct yourself to getting the best buff food for you. Learn what your best secondary stat is for your class. Learn which fish you’ll need and which mats and then make stuff until you are well covered for the rest of the expansion.

I think First Aid will finally be important. Having our own bandages after downing a boss will only speed things up so that we can move on.
Silvery Salve looks to be an example of what we’d be making.

I’ll never forget my shock when I proudly dropped my Feast of the Waters for our raid team. And then someone dropped a Savage Feast, a much better raid buff food. That one wasn’t in my cooking recipes. What the hell! I’d played hard and planned well to have that Feast of the Waters. And then that bozo began dropping Savage Feasts in a design on the floor, he had so many. Ack!

Like an arrow released from a bow, we’ll point to getting the max buff food and bandages. But, as we’ve learned, you never know — something may come out of nowhere to surprise us; either by a different source or a later patch.

Wrathsome the Fabulous

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Muhammad Ali

Wrathsome the Fabulous

The news of the day is the change to the number of pieces that you will need in your wardrobe to (hopefully, eventually) get the Fabulous title. Alternative Chat wrote up a commentary called She’s in Fashion and Bubbles of Mischief also gave us an update called Fashionista Changes which also included a video. Seeing that video, one notes that to make a transmog change — a full set would cost about 300 gold! You won’t see me swapping sets often, I promise!

Go ahead and read their pages, they have much more insight than I do!

I visited Captive Wrymtongue, the vendor for the Invasions. I went to Gadgetzan but later found out that he’ll be in our capital city as well.

I think everyone who plays a Warlock will want the Felbat Pup for the low low price of 1800 Nethershards. Remembering that you get a mere 260 Nethershards, this pet will cost you the time and play of eight Invasions — totally fun.

The Captive Wrymtongue also sells armor ensembles, which are transmog sets that look very “legion invasion” and fabulous! Warning: these ensemble tokens are Bind on Pick Up! Buying a leather token with my Mage would bring heartbreak. The ensemble armor set costs a trifle: only 1850 Nethershards.

This is also an introduction to the “ensemble set token” system, new to Legion.

I looked up Ensemble: Felshroud Leather Armor on Wowhead and got way too much information.

The other armor sets are:
Ensemble: Fel-Infused Cloth Armor
Ensemble: Fel-Chain Mail Armor
Ensemble: Felforged Plate Armor

Along our pre-expansion patch journey, we will want to do all of the Legion Invasions and get the feat of strength: Defender of Azeroth. Frankly, it should be a title, right?

How do these ensemble sets work? Does learning via that token break them into all the pieces into my wardrobe? Or does it keep it always as a single set … we’ll find out, I’m excited.

Legion: Expansion and Collapse

“Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.”
James Thurber

Legion: Expansion and Collapse

I don’t know how Legion will play out. I only have my impressions from following bloggers and the data-mining sites. Players are planning by prepping their Alts for the move to the Broken Isles. Players are researching on Battle Pets in Legion. Players with the Beta Key are exploring and reporting their findings.

Warlords of Draenor was such a wonky expansion. I now have 13 characters at level 100; many of them with maxed professions, some with doubled-up professions for making bags, for example. WoD rewarded us big time for leveling up Alts, we got rich beyond imagination.

Legion is not Alt Friendly. The synergy between the characters on your account is broken via BoP signature crafting mats and, really, a monstrous Artifact leveling grind that will take months. Investing time (it is really simply time) in your Artifact is mandatory if you want to explore group content: the cornerstone to a MMO.

Today, it feels like I’ll collapse my empire down to one character! At first pass, I think it will be my Resto-Druid with the hope of welcome arms in many group adventures.

There are Alt-ernatives, bringing up my entire army until level 110; chasing profession quests and then World Quests. But, I fear that a set of “daily” world quests even on one character will take two hours due to travel time on the ground.

I’ve always loved my hunter. I imagine that he’ll do the Exploration and Loremaster stuff eventually with the assumption of getting flying after a year in Legion. I’m sad for him.

In WotLK, I had my hunter and healer with “matching professions” meaning a gathering profession to compliment a crafting one. In Cata, ease of leveling Alts led me to bringing up Profession Alts, dedicated to serving my Mains. In MoP and WoD, I had a factory and was filling the guild’s raid tab with flasks and pots.

What about professions. My mind-set in the past was assembly line industry. I don’t know any more what to do.

WoD was like a ice cube tray, filling up all the squares at the same time; easily and encouraged. Legion, at this stage, feels very Loner Against the World. Mini-games like pet battles, crafting toys, making profit in the AH will all have to be pushed back to much later in the expansion when things ease down (if they ever do).

Legion is designed to support the Main. Can Blizzard give me enough stuff to satisfy me as a Loner? How long before they can’t sustain my interest and I look to my Alt? How long before I dread entering the same Dungeon again, no matter the reward? Can they balance us in group flexible content?

If the patches release like MoP, then I’ll be scrambling to keep up on my sole Main. Getting that rep trinket, for example. This is THE test for Blizzard, do or die.

The design is friendly to support a second (up to fourth) spec with catch-up mechanics on the Artifacts on your Main. Imagine starting at ZERO with a brand new Artifact! It will be like molasses puddles, all up hill.

Filling my ice cube tray with attention to Alts, I fear will take way too much time. I may end up with gear having no enchants or buying flasks; that makes me sick.

So much to learn, so much to imagine; come on Legion, come on pre-expansion patch: let’s get it on.