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The Fifth Wheel of Professions

As a seasoned World of Warcraft player, I can honestly say that I have never liked professions. Sure, there are pieces of gear that require the delicate touch of other players, but I prefer to simply grind out my gear without having to stoop to bartering and haggling for services. Despite this, there are many professions that have proven to be incredibly lucrative for players (I’m looking at you Alchemists). Whether you use professions to put gold in your coffers or pauldrons on your shoulders, one thing is for certain, they do not help you in combat situations.

Up until now, Engineers have been one of the few professionals which create items that benefit questing in the open world, and even that point can be contested. Well, the big boys at Blizzard are fixing the fifth wheel of professions by making some new additions to item catalog, and that includes the addition of profession-specific tools. Level 120 players obtain these tools by bringing their Kul Tiran or Zandalarian crafting level up to 150. They will then start a quest line that will eventually lead them to obtain their own special profession tool.

Here is a list of those tools and the professions that they fit as stated by Blizzard.

Silas' Sphere of Transmutation

Alchemy

To get started on your quest, speak with the Alchemy profession trainer Clever Kumali in Zuldazar or Elric Whalgrene in Boralus.

Once you complete the quest line, you’ll receive Silas’ Sphere of Transmutation.

Khaz’gorian Smithing Hammer

Blacksmithing

To get started on your quest, speak with the Blacksmith profession trainer Forgemaster Zak’aal in Zuldazar or Grix “Ironfists” Barlow in Boralus.

Once you complete the quest line, you’ll receive Khaz’gorian Smithing Hammer.

Iwen’s Enchanting Rod

Enchanting

To get started on your quest, speak with the Enchanting profession trainer Enchantress Quinni in Zuldazar or Emily Fairweather in Boralus.

Once you complete the quest line, you’ll earn Iwen’s Enchanting Rod.

Ub3r-Spanner

Engineering

To get started on your quest, speak with the Engineering trainer Layla Evenkeel in Boralus or Shuga Blastcaps in Zuldazar.

Once you complete the quest line, you’ll receive the Ub3r-Spanner.

Sanguine Feather Quill of Lana'thel

Inscription

To get started on your quest, speak with the Inscription trainer Zooey Inksprocket in Boralus or Chronicler Grazzul in Zuldazar.

Once you complete the quest line, you’ll receive the Sanguine Feather Quill of Lana’thel.

Jewelhammer's Focus

Jewelcrafting

To get started on your quest, you’ll interact with a book near the Jewelcrafting trainer Samuel D. Colton III in Boralus or Seshuli in Zuldazar.

Once you complete the quest line, you’ll receive the Jewelhammer’s Focus.

Mallet of Thunderous Skins

Leatherworking

To get started on your quest, speak with the Leatherworking trainer Cassandra Brennor in Boralus or Xanjo in Zuldazar.

Once you complete the quest line, you’ll receive the Mallet of Thunderous Skins.

Synchronous Thread

Tailoring

To get started on your quest, you’ll interact with Delormi near the Tailoring trainer Pin’jin the Patient in Zuldazar or Daniel Brineweaver in Boralus.

Once you complete the quest line, you’ll receive Synchronous Thread.

Professions are No Longer Passive

As you can see from the descriptions of these different items, many of them offer a tactical advantage to the crafter.  I could see Blood Death Knight Scribes using their new pens to siphon even more health from those they just dispatched. Hunters who choose to be Engineers can create more mechanical minions to blast away at opponents alongside their own pets. And removing gems from sockets…if you thought Jewelcrafters were rich before, just you wait until this update drops. All of these changes are a welcome addition to help improve an expansion that is seen by many as the worst in franchise history. Perhaps these changes can help tip that scale a bit.

The update that introduces these tools officially drops on March 12th. What do you think about the addition of these tools to the players’ arsenal? Which ones are you planning on using in the future? Let us know in the comments below.