Every week, Blog Azeroth proposes a Shared Topic for World of Warcraft bloggers to discuss. This week’s topic was proposed by Cymre of Bubbles of Mischief.
What is your absolute favourite profession in WoW? Why do you love it above all others and what is one feature you would add to the profession if you could?
It’s been a while since I’ve responded to a current Blog Azeroth Shared Topic. This is a tough one. I have enchanting, mining, first aid, fishing, cooking, and archaeology all maxed on Devee. Previously I’ve had skinning maxed, and I’ve leveled inscription and herbalism a bit. I’ve had a blacksmith at very low levels.
I started thinking about what professions are fun, about what I enjoy. I’m glad to have enchanting. If I could only have one, it would be enchanting. That’s not about fun; it’s about utility. My other professions don’t do anything. Tailoring could fit a priest, and jewelcrafting could be useful, but why would I take those when Mooglegem already has those professions? That leaves enchanting.
The prompt didn’t mention the most useful profession, however. My favorite could be archaeology, because it gives me some neat items. Yes, that’s probably my favorite profession to currently use. But my favorite ever is fishing.
Many people find fishing boring, but I think it was really fun. There’s something I like about unrequired grinds. Required grinds are the worst aspect of the game, but unrequired grinds can be fun. Searching for pools in Terrokar Forest for Mr. Pinchy so I could obtain a Magical Crawdad was fun. Even more fun was fishing in Northrend for a Sea Turtle.
The best part of fishing was the dangerous missions into enemy territory. First, there was The Fishing Diplomat. “Fish something up in Orgrimmar and Stormwind.” As it can be anything, this is fairly simple. Old Crafty and Old Ironjaw are a lot more fun. Old Crafty tasks you with fishing up Old Crafty, a very rare fish, in Orgrimmar. Similarly, Old Ironjaw tasks you with fishing up Old Ironjaw, a very rare fish, in Ironforge. With account-wide achievements, these seem pretty stupid now. They can both be easy and safe. When I obtained Old Ironjaw, I was forced to travel to Ironforge, run left when I entered to get to the pool, run to the back of the pool, and quietly fish, hoping no one would come kill me. It was a big deal because it was a hassle to get in there. I couldn’t just do it for 10 minutes, go do some dailies, and come back to fish more. Usually, once I was there I’d stay there for a weekend fishing.
On my last fishing trip, I met Arysa and Yalaina. These two Alliance members hung out with me and fooled around. There were a lot of emotes, but they never killed me.
In this screenshot, Yalaina has used her engineering hat to mind control me so they could heal me and protect me when another person came to attack. Very nice people! If I remember correctly, this was the day I finally caught Old Ironjaw.
Aww, I love that memory about the two Alliance players looking after you and keeping you company. I spent so many hours in that fishing hole (over several trips) I was so glad to finally get it. The rewards you get like the turtle and pets certainly make the profession worthwhile. I’m currently working on my forth carp right now.