Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Enchanting vs. Mining

I am at a crossroads with my shaman in World of Warcraft. I have been an enchanter since I created the character. My enchanting skill currently sits at 300. It was a great money maker at one time, but without having The Burning Crusade, I am unsure if it still is. Not having TBC also limits my available clients. There is little to no work available for an out of date enchanter stuck at 300 skill.

I recently dropped my engineering skill that was going unused, to pursue blacksmithing. However, I find that without the ability to mine my own ore, smithing is damn expensive. I have an alt that can mine basic copper, tin, and silver, but I don't plan to level him.

This leaves me stuck at a crossroads. Should I drop my 300 enchanting for mining, or should I just suck it up and pay my way through the grind for blacksmithing? I want to lean towards mining, because it can be a great source of revenue. At the same time, I know how to work the auction house with dis-enchanting to make gold. Also, it sucks not being able to disenchant soul bound items that you finish using.

Eventually, it all really boils down to whether or not I am going to get The Burning Crusade. There are great level 70 axes available for master axesmiths that fit perfectly into my melee shaman's build. If I start leveling, there will always be ore to mine, smelt, and sell. However, if I am leveling, there will be tons of gear I will want to disenchant. Having to make decisions sucks!

Update: 12 July, 2007 - Mining won out, and I am slogging through the grind as I type this.


  1. Anonymous4:28 PM

    Go buy BC and THEN consider posting about WoW.

  2. I am sorry to inform you that The Burning Crusade is not required to:

    a) Play World of Warcraft
    b) Enjoy playing World of Warcrt

    The question at hand is whether I need to take up mining or not, but thank you for your input.

  3. Anonymous1:14 AM

    Go buy BC you WoW nerd

  4. Anonymous5:53 AM

    The AH is pure economics. You can keep enchanting, and sell disenchants, and buy ores with the money. But there is a chance that the flow of prices might work against your favor. So picking mining would be better now. You can get your own ores, and excess ores can be sold. Should you get TBC, then is the moment to choose between Mongoose enchants which sell for 500G, or ass-whopping 110 dps weapons.

    Mining for sure if you want to stay 60. Choose either 110 dps weapons, or mongoose's that sell for 500G the moment you plan on getting 70. Hope this'll help you out a bit.

  5. Anonymous12:30 PM

    Tough deal there mate. Would have been better to keep Enchanting. Enchanting mats go for a ton mopre then ore. Mats also spike harder then the ore on account of avalability of itrems to de. You will always find ore, ut not always find enough items to make a stack of level ?? dust/essences/shards. Ore will surly help in the leveling with the BS, however with the money to be made from high level enchanting mats, you could have prolly funded the BS leveling easily. Meh good luck with the mining.

  6. MindKiller, I understand what you are saying. I easily made about 8,000G in the lifetime of my character off the AH. I have so many expensive "toys" it isn't funny :P

    But not being level 70 really hurts Enchanting atm. In the future, once I'm done smithing I may just return to Enchanting.

    BTW. When I finish Mining/Blacksmithing, I will have leveled my 5th and 6th skills to 300 :P I've already been a 300 Skinner, Tribal Leatherworker, Goblin Engineer, and Enchanter.

  7. Well, speaking as someone who was stubborn enough to push for 2 different BS specs on 2 different characters... don't.

    If you're looking money-maker profs, enchanting or jewelcrutting seem to be it - if you want a crafting prof, that is. Or just go with mining and herbalism.

    Cost of pushing BS past 350-360 is dumb, very few items you can craft are market-viable, and at best you'll end up crafting a couple of BoP items for your own use that you'll replace quite soon with quest rewards or drops.


  8. Durm I am curious as to what BoP items you would craft, but are easily replaceable?


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