We’ve just added another batch of Beta recipes to Crafter’s Tome. These are the new Blacksmithing trainer recipes which I’m sure you’ve seen elsewhere. Once again, we’ve got the required skill levels which enable you to see the progression of the recipes. Unfortunately this doesn’t help a whole lot for Smiths since they all require the new ores to craft. Once again we don’t have the icons worked out yet, but I’ve got links to WoWHead in the notes. Neither shield is actually showing up in WoWHead as an item, so I just typed the stats right into the Notes box.
I also checked on my Blacksmith last night to see if she had any recipes that might be workable for leveling up after unlocking the Grand Master tier. I’m sad to report, the only recipe she had that was still orange was the Ragesteel Breastplate recipe. I had a few other recipes which were yellow: a couple other Ragesteel pieces and the Eternium Rod. I’m not sure any of those are grind-friendly except maybe the Rod and possibly the Felsteel Helm if you happened to have it. With both recipes being yellow, it’s probably iffy to use them for points. Honestly, I don’t see any recipes above 360 that don’t require an armload of primals or some other primo component, with the exception of the Rod and Felsteel Helm. I think we’re just going to have to suck it up and fight for ore in Northrend <sigh>.
I can’t figure out the rationale for this, but Blizzard clearly has some reason for setting the first wave of new recipes below the current cap. It can’t be just to allow those who haven’t capped to get to 375 more easily, at least I wouldn’t think that’s all there is to it. And you’ll notice that the 375 recipes are all for blue (rare) items, which is what most of us will be using to skill up. Luckily the mats don’t look horrible, so I’m hoping that’s not a major barrier to the skilling process. But we’ll have to reserve that judgement for when the 395+ recipes start to filter out and see if it becomes a continuation of the depressing 350-375 trend.
Another thing I noticed about this list is that it’s all tank gear. I do mean all, no mail items, no weapons, no sharpening stones – just plate armor with tanking stats. Now granted, this only covers the first 20 points of the newest tier, but I still find that a bit odd. It makes me wonder if they aren’t making damn sure we have plenty of new gear floating around for tanks when WotLK goes live, including all the freshly minted Death Knights. I suppose one way to entice warriors to tank more is by giving them easy access to cheap crafted gear that will be flooding the Auctions for the first six months. Selfishly, I’d like to see more DPS plate gear. I had very little trouble collecting tanking gear in BC by running pugs while I leveled, but questing on my own was painful. My warrior sucks at solo content and I’d sure like to be able to make her decent armor for questing. I’m just now getting her to a point a year later where her solo gear is not torment-inducing, and that’s with a handful of epic items. Of course it would be even better if they would actually fix warriors in this regard, but I’m not holding my breath on that one ;)
**UPDATE** A New Blacksmith guide has been added based on the Live realms. You can access that post here.