Professions

Are Legion professions worth it? I’ve been trying to level Alchemy on my leveling stream character, but it doesn’t feel like I’ve gotten very far. Unlocking most of Legion’s Alchemy recipes requires completing 32 quests, six dungeons, and the Emerald Nightmare raid. I’m now 20 quests in — which is to say that I can almost create something useful — and...

You are not the world – Game design and player experience “I can easily do X without more than a few hours a week time investment.” Any time someone uses a personal example and applies it to an entire game mechanism, they are taking personal experience and applying it universally. This is faulty for several reasons. Games like World of Warcraft have a wide and varied...




Legion Q&A with the adorable Paul Kubit on Thursday Just on the heels of patch 7.1.5, we’re getting another Legion Q&A. This Thursday, Senior Game Designer Paul Kubit will be answering questions about the Brawlers’ Guild, Micro-Holidays, Timewalking, and Professions. With the updated Brawlers’ guild, Micro-Holidays, and Timewalking going into the game starting tomorrow, we’re sure to have plenty of questions. If you want your question answered,...

The Queue: Continuity

Admit it. You’ll miss him. I know I will.

This is The Queue. Let’s talk Blizzard. There’s going to be spoilers for various quests and storylines in Legion in this one, folks. Fair warning.


Breakfast Topic: What professions are you planning on for Legion? I’ve always enjoyed crafting in MMOs. From creating your own items to making money selling those items on the open market. With WoD it was easy to level alts to cover all the professions at max level, but with Legion, all that changes.

Breakfast Topics: New professions During last week’s Legion developer Q&A with Paul Kubit, he mentioned the developers were open to the possibility of new professions in the future. Opinions on the current state of professions aside, I’m curious what professions players think are missing from the game. Personally, I think a logging/woodworking combo would be a great addition. I...




Breakfast Topic: Are professions worth it anymore? I really love crafting items. I love the fantasy of it. I love the idea that I created something powerful and shiny. And I really love to make a profit. But the items made by professions don’t seem to be of much use for very long or don’t make much money on the auction house...

Legion profession Q&A liveblog In just a few short minutes, the Warcraft team will be going live on Twitch with a Legion profession Q&A with Senior Game Designer Paul Kubit. For those of you unable to watch live as it happens, we’ll be liveblogging it right here. Keep in mind, we’ll be paraphrasing the developer’s responses in order to...



Reminder: Legion Profession Q&A this week The weekly series of Legion developer Q&A sessions continues this week with Senior Game Designer Paul Kubit, who will be answering questions regarding professions. If you missed last week’s Q&A, Ion Hazzikostas (Watcher) dropped some pretty big reveals on where the game is headed, so we’re eager to fins out just what’s happening with professions. Players with...

The Queue: Back to the daily grind

I know some of you were disappointed when I showed up in Tuesday’s Queue without Mitch. So today he makes his triumphant return — and it’s no surprise that we’re just as argumentative as ever. I think that’s just a rule at this point.

Anyway, on to the questions!


Breakfast Topic: What do you want out of tradeskills? I’ve been keeping an eye on tradeskills in the Legion alpha, but so far, there isn’t much to see. Many elements have yet to be implemented, the largest of which being the zone of Azsuna — many professions require you to visit Azsuna before you can even get started, but Azsuna is a no-go. Since...

Breakfast Topic: And Loathing There are some things in WoW that I absolutely loathe to do, and this has been the way of the game for a decade. It’s a give and take, tons of fun with some parts, while other parts make me go “this feels like a job.” Raiding and dungeon running? Yes, please. Farming mats? I would rather...

Breakfast Topic: Resource gathering professions are awful While I’m on the record as thinking the Garrison Mine and Herb Gardens ended up separating players from the world, the more I think about it the more I realize that I hate Mining, Skinning, and Herbalism. They annoy me on a lot of levels, primarily because they mean people either need multiple alts to...

DMF Fishing, courtesy of Caligraphy on US-Windrunner
Is the new Legion beta Fishing artifact a sign of more profession artifacts? Yes, there is a Fishing Artifact currently in the Legion beta files, the Underlight Angler. Now there is a trait calculator available for you to see what new skills you can acquire from leveling the item. But this new non-class Artifact raises more questions than it answers.

Officers’ Quarters: Leading your guild in Legion BlizzCon 2015 is over. I wasn’t even there, but I feel exhausted by the colossal amount of new information to process. Many exciting changes are on the way in Legion. As we did after Blizzard announced the expansion, let’s look at the changes that will impact guilds next summer and what you should think about to...

BlizzCon 2015: All slides from the Legion systems panel So far we’ve seen a lot of new art and story out of BlizzCon. This afternoon, five systems designers — Lead Quest Designer Craig Amai, Senior Game Designer Jonathan LeCraft, Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut, Senior Game Designer Paul Kubit, and Lead Game Designer Matt Goss–took to the stage to discuss class design, especially Demon...