Othor_NL Oct 3rd 2011 8:27AM
how about being able to repair your gear by using the trade skill (BS, LW, Tailoring) + appropriate mats (Ore, Leather, Cloth)?
– WoW Insider, Breakfast Topic: How do you want WoW crafting to change?, 10/3/11
Recently I read a Breakfast Topic about changes to WoW crafting. The author suggests a crafting system with more creativity and experimentation – a system in which a crafter would mix materials in an attempt to make something new. It’s an interesting concept, but I don’t think it could work. If this system was implemented, most people would alt-tab out of WoW to look up the best recipes. Soon an add-on would be created to handle this for players. They wouldn’t have to mix and match or experiment; they would simply pick what they want to make, and the add-on would handle what materials would be used. And then we’d be back at the current system.
Another suggestion was that all crafters should be able to break what they crafted down into the base materials. While it does make sense that a blacksmith should be able to melt down armor to get something reuseable, implementing this would increase the amount of materials crafters could access. To compensate, future recipes would just cost more.
I’m not completely negative though. There was something in the comments that jumped out at me. What if a crafter could repair the type of armor they create? We want to increase our actual play time and decrease upkeep time. Blizzard is already placing repairers at the front of raids. Why not just let us handle it ourselves? They want repairing to be a small goldsink, and they could keep that somehow. Either it could still charge the person getting repaired (without it going to the repairer) or it could use mats. I don’t think it should be a lot of mats, but it could work. Also, I think it’d be best if people couldn’t repair their own gear. This would mean that it’s to help groups repair each other, not to allow a person to never have to seek out repairs. Finding repairs is part of the game. I’m not going to bother trying to flesh out this system; I simply think it’s interesting to think about.