All was well in the land of gnomes and healing until I heard the word Bling-tron. It sounds awesome and epic and I want it.
Alright, let me start over. My gnome priest is currently my raiding main. She is a jewelcrafter and an enchanter. I’ve been keeping up with how professions will be turning out in Mists and I didn’t think I’d want to change her professions until I saw the shinies that engineering had in store. With rocket mounts and goggles and portals and the mighty Bling-tron, it looks fantastic in Mists. This brings me to my current dilemma: should I drop one of my professions for engineering? And if so, which one should it be?
I can certainly see arguments for both sides – one part of me says “keep your current professions!” while the other goes “embrace engineering and all its shinies!” There are certainly arguments to be made for both sides and to see them more clearly, I’m breaking them down.
Reasons to keep my current professions
Convenience: Jewelcrafting and Enchanting are both solid professions for any raider. The bonuses are nice sure, but there’s also something to be said for the convenience of being able to easily enchant and gem your own gear without having to hit up the auction house.
JC Perks: The JC perk has slightly changed in Mists to be limited to only 2 of the jewelcrafter gems rather than 3. They are still a nice stat boost to have early on. The big addition to jewelcrafting thus far though, is the array of panther mounts such as the Dawnstone Panther that we will be able to craft.
These will most certainly be rare and incredibly expensive to craft but as an avid mount collector, it’s hard to ignore this particular perk. Unlike some of the engineering mounts that require a certain level of engineering skill to use (flying machines), it looks like these mounts can be used by anyone.
Enchanting: I will be honest here, there isn’t much about this one so far that I’m excited about. There are the usual ring enchants that are awesome, and a couple weapon glows that look cool. But none of these make me hop up and be excited about the profession.
The one thing enchanting has going for it though is that is incredibly convenient on so many levels. I’ve gotten used to being able to enchant my own gear and not having to hit up the auction house every time I get a new piece. Being able to DE items also helps ease my ever-increasing need for bagspace. I’m completely serious about that one – with a bank and void storage and all my bags I’m still running low on space so it’s a bit of a concern to me.
Expense: The final reason for keeping my current professions has nothing to with the professions themselves and everything to do with gold. Engineering, even as a gnome, is incredibly expensive to level and work on. Most people I know who I’ve talked to engineering about describe it as “painful”. It will no doubt cost a small fortune to level this profession and I should think about whether I’d want to spend on leveling engineering or perhaps buying an awesome mount for myself instead.
Reasons to pick up engineering
Goodies and Shinies: Engineering is chock full of fun toys and gadgets. The tinkers for Mists look really fun with Watergliding Jets among others. Other awesome things engineers will be able to craft include Mist-piercing goggles, rocket mounts and ofcourse, the Blingtron.
Convenience: Engineering has a different kind of convenience than enchanting and it’s really appealing to me. Jeeves really tops the list – having a mobile bank is fantastic and really, who doesn’t want their own private butler?
The portable mailbox is another awesome feature to have when you’re out in the middle of nowhere or in a dungeon and your bags are full. *ahem* I’m also tempted by the various transportation perks that come with engineering. In Mists, engineers will have access to a wormhole to Pandaria in addition to all the other locations thus far.
I’m still not sure which way I’m going to go on this one. I’m pretty sure I’ll keep my Jewelcrafting regardless so if anything had to go, it would be enchanting. Engineering seems to have a quirky sense of fun that enchanting severely lacks, whereas enchanting’s practical convenience is difficult to ignore. So here’s where I ask my readers, you, to share your insight. Are you an engineer? Do you think its worth it for the fun at the end? And on a broader note, are you reconsidering professions on your mains before Mists comes out?