“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
― Francis of Assisi
Crafting in Warcraft
How can you not craft up your own three items to max and be ready to play? Our professions give us three places that we can have our crafted gear and that gear will carry us through all of Normal and Heroic raids.
The Tier Sets go into five slots of which you want four: Head, Shoulders, Chest, Hands and Legs. Crafting up the Cloak, Boots, Waist or Ring Slot pieces is the way to go. Or, the most obvious boost: your weapon slot!
As we start afresh in Tanaan Jungle, we can use the Baleful drops to make all of our gear 695. For the mere cost of Apexis Crystals, which we pick up everywhere and are awarded everywhere, we can gear up any of our characters to be ready to go. Top it off with three Crafted pieces at 715 and the raid bosses want to melt at your glory.
Golly, we can even make our own trinkets.
This is imperative at the beginning of a patch and raid. Success builds upon success. A raid team that struggles on the first boss of a raid gets easily discouraged — you committed to two or three hours, failure can break an early raid team.
I see the difference. I am typically top DPS on my hunter. I am typically top HPS on my healer (by far). I am not that good! My gear is that good. It is a passive boost: you must do it.
Eventually, your gear will get replaced in a few months. Or, if you are lucky, you will get a wonderful piece to replace your crafted gear and you can …. craft for another slot. That is the ideal.
Once upon a time, the Blizzard design was to release three “catch up” dungeons to gear players before the final raid. In Wrath of the Lich King, we got the Frozen Halls. In Cataclysm, we got the Timeless Dungeons. Pandaria got the Timeless Isle and the Valor Point upgrade system. Those all cost artistic resources; making a Dungeon is hard, especially if it’s goal is to catch up the players.
This month is the month to do it. Get your professions on, spend all those stockpiled Primal Spirits, focus on your character and blow up some bosses. Strut a little.
It is how the game is designed: go play it.