Do you farm materials? Why? Why not? & which ones, where?
I feel like day 10 is going to see a lot of gathering profession rants, and let me be the first to add my contribution to that pile. Gathering Professions are, by far, hands down, without a doubt, the worst way to make gold in World of Warcraft. Right now with the herb and ore prices sitting where they are on many servers, you're not making half the gold every hour that you could be with a crafting profession.
Gathering is for the people who don't want to learn how to properly maximize a crafting profession, or learn certain markets, even though doing so would be more lucrative in the long run. A lot of people with dual gathering toons tend to not even use their professions to the max anyway. If you go farm herbs/ore/leather for even 2.5 hrs a week, you could make more gold doing an Enchanting and Alchemy CD for 15 seconds every day. That's not even considering all the other possibilities with those 2 (arbitrarily picked) professions.
The best argument that anyone can come up with to support gathering professions is the logical fallacy that "it's 100% profit". It is true that you don't have to invest gold. But this assumes that your time invested into farming is worth nothing. Okay if you need start-up capital that's one thing, but if you have a few thousand gold, stop farming, put your time to good use!
This is the fun part of this post, pointing out my own logical fallacy, and why I support it.
My name's Phat and I have a gathering toon. Yes it's true, after all that ranting and raving, I have a Tauren Druid with Mining/Herbalism. *Gasp* Phat how could you do that to us!? I know, I know. As someone with over a million gold, I enjoy certain luxuries in game, and this is actually one of them. I did not buy a Grand Expedition Yak. I have a gathering toon. Could I be making more gold if I slapped another profession on them? Yes, I barely even gather as is. There are 2 reasons I keep my gathering toon, and only 1 is vaguely related to gold making:
- Save gold making bars: Instead of paying a premium for bars, I can buy either ore or bars (whichever is slightly more cheaper) and have the ability to make bars myself using Mining.
- Easy mats for Leveling Professions: As a gold maker I tend to switch professions on my alts, and I just hate when the mats aren't in the AH to powerlevel from 1-600. At that point I'm more than willing to go out and farm on my Druid.
So those are my excuses what are yours?
While it's not traditional farming, the Tillers have given a great way of acquiring virtual wealth in World of Warcraft, and this is one type of farming that I can support. It's the type with little time invested, and large rewards, seems like a sound investment to me. Having a few toons exalted with the Tillers is a licence to print money, and even without max level, alts can still take advantage of their 4 plots at 85.
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