World of Warcraft unveils the upcoming Tools of the Trade questlines

    
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This is my surprised face.

There are big new profession quests arriving in World of Warcraft with the game’s next major patch. It’s an exercise for the audience whether this is the latest attempt to make crafting relevant or the latest installment in a series of improvements that have been active ever since the prior expansion overhauled crafting. Regardless, every crafting occupation gets a questline and a special tool with unique functionality, so you’ll be richly rewarded for unlocking the tools of the trade.

The game has also deployed its latest round of hotfixes, most notable for improving the bonus damage effect on Twin-Pipe Buster Cannon by a whopping 83%. (Players who deleted one previously can place a support ticket on the website.) Meanwhile, in news not directly related to the game but to its operating company of Activision Blizzard, you can take a look at this new report about unlocking the power of mobile gamers from Newzoo and Activision Blizzard. That doesn’t feel like ominous foreshadowing at all.

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Pepperzine

Do people still level inscription after they butchered the glyph system it revolved around?

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Sally Bowls

Of course. A lot of people (e.g. Bregsvids youtube) positioned Inscription as the best profession at the start of the expansion because DMC always sell great at the beginning . I remember when Elliot was first complaining about inscription in BfA, the DM decks were selling for 500k ( about $100). I still sell a few glyphs and DM decks a day, so more items are glyphs but most of the gold is from decks. Contracts are OK.

But now, the main profs atm seem to be BS/Tail/LW for sinister and the LW/Tail/Enchant for “Bracer Super Shuffle”

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Ironwu

I looked at the new ‘Tools’, and I just don’t see the appeal. Take Tailoring, for instance. All they are really giving you with this new ‘Tool’ is the same drop bonus you had way back in WotLK; extra cloth. Lame.

Other than bags, crafting in WoW has pretty much become irrelevant.

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Utakata

I don’t even bother leveling professions anymore outside of the gathering ones. And with the exception of Alchemy, as heal pots are sold at untenable prices on AH.

But the one thing Warlords expansion did right was reward crafting. Which to me was the best way to make it both relevant and enjoyable. It was a system that certainly needed refining…but I’ll take that over the asinine approach of making crafting relevant by making it a pain in the ass without. See the reason why still skill up Alchemy above. /le sigh

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Ironwu

Yes, Alchemy and Cooking are the two I focused on. But with BFA, even those are now pretty much irrelevant. The buffs and regen the provide are so small, that if they are needed, something has gone horribly wrong and they probably won’t help. Even the Tailoring bags are useless in BFA. It is so much easier just to make WOD bags at a small fraction of the effort for pretty much the same bag size.

BFA is about the worst expansion WoW developers ever produced; even worse than Cataclysm.

Just my feeling on it.

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Danny Smith

Its a nice step after you could basically be done with .0 crafting in an hour for some professions and it seemed like cooking was the only one most folks i know even bothered with. Still compared to stuff like FFXIV or certain older games in a galaxy far, far away its still real lacking.

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styopa

Do you still have to run instances as a crafter to advance your profession? (Last WoW exp I played was Legion.)

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TheDonDude

Can’t speak for this Tools of the Trade thing, but currently in BFA you do not need to run instances.

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Mallus

But you do, in order to get materials for higher level crafting you have to run mythics. So in order to make mythic worthy gear you have to run mythic level dungeons, where you get mythic level gear anyway…

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Tuor of Gondolin

Basically, you need to run raids – lots of raids – to get mats to craft anything useful.

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Dobablo

No:
– Professions can be leveled to max without instances
– Nearly all recipes are acquired from trainers.
– Crafting materials obtained from instances can also be picked up from other sources.
– most of the Tools of the Trade quest chains do not involve an instance.
But yes:
– raid level items require raid-raid reagents to craft..
– A small handful of recipes can only be acquired in a raid or instances.
– The higher ranks of a handful of recipes are locked in instances/raids.
– The higher ranks for max-level pre-raid gear is purchased using PvP rewards.
– The Jewelcraft tools of the trade quest has an instance run.

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Mordyjuice

The only way I’d be ok with Diablo Immortal would be if it were buy 2 play like Over Watch, and it only has cosmetic items in the cash shop.

I can always find a way to play it on PC.

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Nathan Aldana

unlocking the power (read: taking tons of money from) mobile gamers. leave it to corporations to make the scummiest buzzwords that they think sound super-cool but make everyone else vomit

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Jaymes Buckman

Well, yeah. They want to make things sound appealing to investors. Those reports aren’t for you. You know what else makes many people vomit? Morgues. But you’re not generally required to be there either.

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Utakata

Conflating morgues with investors over euphemism use is getting pretty far out there though. They really have nothing in common, lol.

As well, I am not sure as an investor I would want to rely on buzzwords, scummy or otherwise, to get me buy into what ever scheme they’re selling. I am not there to exercise /eye rolling while they insult my intelligence on the side. Just saying.

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Jaymes Buckman

I’m not conflating. I’m just saying that this report is in a field with its own verbiage, which might not be too palatable to outsiders. Incidentally, morgues are like that too. Probably with more Latinate stuff though.

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Utakata

That’s still conflation. Morgues and investing have nothing to do with each other. Unless you are investing in morgues. /shrug

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Jaymes Buckman

I’m not saying they’re equal. I’m saying that neither’s meant for the general public, and any feeling of revulsion is on you if you choose to peek in. That’s the only similarity, which was my point.

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Utakata

That’s not good enough. Link this article posted and link ms. Sally posted below are meant for public eyes. Likely because some of the public may wish to invest. The language used it still PR, euphemism and spin regardless.

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Jaymes Buckman

“Not good enough”? I said that it was meant for investors, and you said that it’s open to the public because some of them are potential investors. The language is still keyed towards investment. “PR” and “spin” are your buzzwords, but what they denote is a job that’s being done by people who are paid to do that. You don’t go up to a mixture of established and potential investors and say that you have no interest in mobile gaming. Have you never tried to sell something before? That’s all this is. This report isn’t to entertain customers. You don’t show a Spider-Man trailer to Sony’s investors to get them excited. You show them profit potential for the next Spidey film, and you talk in ways that wouldn’t be appealing to people who eat up Spider-Man trailers.

Same difference here. This isn’t for customers. You can come and look if you like, but you’re not the target audience.

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Utakata

What nonsense. And I’ve spent far more time on this than needed to. The OP’s position still stands. And you have argued nothing compelling and convincing to counter it beyond the guised insults. So at this point, I’ll let you think whatever you want to think and move on to something else. Thnkx. And good luck!

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Jaymes Buckman

I didn’t notice any insults?

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Sally Bowls

“Everyone else”? Mobile gamers are the majority of gamers. By now, I guess the majority of gamers on the planet don’t own a PC so PC games would be of zero interest to them. Mobile gamers generate the majority of the revenue, perhaps twice as much PC gaming.

Clearly, almost everyone here is anti-mobile. But since PC gamers are a minority and their % is shrinking, IMO it is extreme to position that vocal minority as “everyone.”

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Mordyjuice

I’m sure between kick starters and independent studios we will still get our niche PC games.

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Sally Bowls

Absolutely, although I am not a big fan of KS for multi-user games. But the PC market is large and growing.

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Utakata

Citation please.

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Sally Bowls
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Utakata

They sound like they’re trying to sell something. So I am going to regard that with a degree of suspicion, until it is independently verified.

Meanwhile, thanks of least confirming that you are not just pulling that speculation out of your ass. >.<

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Sally Bowls

What in the world would be considered “independently verified?” In very few industries are there government audits. So companies buy research from “market research” firms. E.g., press releases about PC shipments tend to reference IDC or Gartner. So “sell something” is a non-issue; every one of these companies is in the business of selling market research, oft times to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars per annum. What they put out for free is essentially for free PR. What that means is that the quality of their numbers and trust in their numbers is what keeps them in business. Staying in business requires customers to believe in their numbers.

https://www.quora.com/What-does-it-cost-to-subscribe-to-services-from-analysts-like-Gartner-or-Forrester

The market research companies certainly better be independent as they may get confidential info from competitors.

Are any market research numbers absolutely correct? – ofc not, they are estimates. And some companies and reports do it better than others. But unless a company wants to spend even more to do their own primary research, market research firms are as good (less bad?) as it gets and what companies and investors use when they need information market size/trend. The fact that many gamer social media comments do not understand market research firms has zero impact on their credibility.

Newzoo, SuperData, IDC and others are in the business of selling info about gaming markets.

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Utakata

For the record, I wasn’t speaking about audits.