Drawing the short straw: Racial Bonuses
I feel sorry for Gnomes, Draenei, Taurens and Blood elf. Primarily Gnomes of course!
They have a racial bonus taken up with something completely useless… profession racial bonuses.
Let’s take a look.
* Engineering Specialist : 15 point skill bonus to Engineering (note, this also raises the cap by 15 at each level of Engineering).
* Gemcutting : 5 point skill bonus to Jewelcrafting (note, this also raises the cap by 5 at each level of jewelcrafting).
* Cultivation : 15 point skill bonus to Herbalism (note, this also raises the cap by 15 at each level of herbalism).
- Blood elf
* Arcane Affinity : 10 point skill bonus to Enchanting (note, this also raises the cap by 10 at each level of enchanting).
Yes yes, I hear you Forsaken, Trolls, Orcs, Night elves, Humans and Dwarves screaming out:
If you don’t want +5 to 15 to your skills, then we will take it!
Well, I am of a good mind to just give it to you… actually, you are welcome to my Gnome Engineering skill, cause it’s worth diddly squat to me!
My problem with the professional racial bonuses is three fold…
- It helps you naught – leveling
- It helps you naught – capped
- It helps you naught – in itself
It helps you naught – leveling
It means you get to max your profession out faster…
I hear you say…
Who you kidding buddy?
What the 1st 5-15 points in a skill are difficult? Correct me if I am wrong, but for those first 5-15 points you could run 2 sticks together and level up… doesn’t matter what the profession is.
You think it’s hard to pick some peacebloom, or DE some level 5 green items?
Yeah but you get to the next level of the profession faster!
Hunh? Didn’t you just read what I said…
So you out-level your current gathering zone faster… ohh that’s great… no wonder Blizzard have put all sort of performance enhancing levels gimmicks in the game. Otherwise how are you going to be high enough to grab the next lot of mats?
Fundamentally, I think you got two tradespeople together, one with the racial bonus andone without, there would be little or no difference in who reaches level cap first. Hell I would even put my money on the one without the bonus if they need to get the mats.
It helps you naught – capped
Yeah but when you hit the profession cap, you can be 5-15 points ahead of the next Man, Dwarf or Orc.
There are only two instances in which I know that it is beneficial being beyond the skill cap of a profession.
- Skinning… well it did matter back in Vanilla WoW, if you wanted to skin the The Beast? you needed …
- Fishing… If you want to fish in 20% of the waters of Azeroth, your better have some performance enhancing gear, whether it’s a fishing rod, bait or bobber. If you don’t have it, you may as well have not equipped your fishing rod.
In fact what do you know what… neither of those professions have a racial bonus… Nope, you get some extra gear or enhancement to allow you to do what you spent hours/days/weeks leveling your toon to accomplish.
It helps you naught – in itself
I remember when I was a Tauren Druid, running about the wilds… I would seem peacebloom (or other low level herb) here and there.. Occasionally (I have short term memory problems… umm where was I?) I would stop to pick it… but I wasn’t a herbalist… so the bonus was USELESS! Well, more useless than I have already explained anyway…
If this isn’t the 1st of my posts that you have read, you know that I have a major issue with Gnome Engineering Racial. I am happy that we get it, I am just unhappy it isn’t worth the pixels expended to put it in my spell book.
Can We Fix It? Yes We Can!
I think, quite simply that Us Gnomes have an affinity for all things mechanical, therefore, while we may not have chosen Engineering as a long term profession to follow, our natural aptitude should afford us the use of engineering only items.
Let me put it this way.
The Average Man on the Street
Some people, with no mechanical skills can drive a car…. Hell, anyone with eyesight and use of some of their limbs can drive a car. I seem to vaguely remember a movie where a blind guy even drove a car with a sighted guy giving directions from the passenger seat.
Yeah so.. anyone can ride a mechostrider… fair enough…
The Average Gnome on the Street
Some people, while not investing in a Mechanic’s apprenticeship, can still work out common probelms with a car. They can drive the car, change the tyres, check the oil.. maybe even tune the car if need be.
This is where I see the average, non-Engineer Gnome. Smarter (well, more knowledgeable) than the average mechanostrider rider.
I strongly believe that Gnomes should be able to drive all things engineering based… In particular of course, I am talking about them flying mechanical engineering mounts. I think Blizzard should change the requirements on them to “Requires Engineering”, without any specific level of engineering… or “Requires XXX Engineering, or Gnome Racial”
Larisa should at the very least be able to oil her favorite Strider so it doesn’t squeak like a matrimonial bed on a honeymoon.
The Guy with the but crack on the street
Some people actually do the whole mechanic’s apprenticeship. If they want to they can build the car from the ground up… and then, if they want to… sell them to people that can drive them (Gnomes!)
Spread the Racial Love…
I think those herb grazing Taurens should also get some sort of natural benefit out of their affinity for keeping their noses in the grass… I don’t know.. allow them the herbalist buff… of if they have herbalism, give it a bit of a kick.
Draenei should get a bonus to have a proc that gives them additional gems, or better gems.
Non-jewelcrafting Draenei should be able to use otherwise BoP gems supplied by a professional gemcutter.
Blood elves can just get stuffed…. Ohh OK, as much as it pains me to offer a Blood Elf anything, give the enchanters soemthing anything… even if it is just limited to my upcoming suggestion…
Non-Enchanting Blood elves should be able to get their rings enchanted (I am going to keep this polite OK…)
Give those most attuned to a profession, something to show for it.
- A Gnome Engineer is 15 points better than a non-Gnome.
- A Tauren herbalist is 15 points better than a non-Tauren.
- A Draenei jeweler is 5 points better than a non-Draenei.
- A Blood Elf Enchanter is 10 points better than a non-Blood Elf
So where are the 465 Engineering and Herbalist items? Where are the 455 jewelcrafting items? Where are the 460 Enchanting formulas?
Come on… where are they?
If you need 550 to fish in some areas, and you need 300+ skinning to skin a special beast, surely having higher than average professional skill should benefit you in the way of additional “patterns” or plucking?
You see, that way we could have a bit of rare “crafting” gear or mats in the marketplace that has nothing to do with RNG’s, but all to do with intelligent Race selection… Make that decision at the very 1st screen matter in some way other than a bit of extra reputation, or escape abilities. Make it worthwhile choosing a professional racial over a combat racial
But above all… Make it possible for me to ride a bloody flying engineering mount, without me having to give up my Enchanting or Tailoring, because let’s face it, I am more skilled in Engineering than a huge percentage of the population (considering only 5% are Gnomes… and I have no idea about professions… but who would choose Engineering otherwise )
More Wanted Meme
Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink, Say no more…
Gnomer and Out!
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