Tailoring in WotLK
If you’re like me, you’ve had every profession this game has to offer at one point or another. Personally, my main has had more professions than I can even remember. I started out a Miner/Engineer, then changed to Mining/Enchanting. Then I tried Alchemy and Herbalism, then back to Mining again. I definitely hopped around. I settled on Tailoring and Enchanting as my main got to 70, for the reason that I could enchant my own items and craft one of the epic BoP sets for my Warlock.
But as any tailor knows once you outgrow that BoP set, and you will do that fast if you get into raiding, there really isn’t much use for Tailoring. Sure you can craft your own bags, and if you are able to obtain epic patterns, you can make some extra cash. But for the most part tailoring becomes very useless after you start going into T5 raids. Many tailors have cried out for a boost to the profession in WotLK, and it looks like Blizzard has listened.
In the latest build of WotLK, several new patters have appeared for tailors that could make the profession a little more useful. Blizzard has introduced the Magnificent Flying Carpet. An epic flying mount available to tailors to craft once they reach 450 skill. It requires epic flight training for use, so you’re still going to have to grind out that 5k gold. While this won’t make tailors rich by any means, it will give them second thoughts on dropping the profession.
Several new Spellthread recipes have also been discovered. Shining Spellthread increases spell power by 35 and spirit by 12. Brilliant Spellthread which increases spell power by 50 and spirit by 20. Azure Spellthread increases spell power by 35 and stamina by 20. And finally Sapphire Spellthread which increases spell power by 50 and stamina by 30. These are WotLK upgrades to the current spellthread recipes Silver Spellthread, Mystic Spellthread, Golden Spellthread and Runic Spellthread. Hopefully, these new spellthread recipes will give tailors a much needed boost in making the profession profitable, provided the mats for these recipes arn’t all that rare.
Three more patterns have been discovered in the beta which allow a tailor to embroider an ability on a cloak. The downside to this is these abilities are only available to be applied to your own cloak, and make your cloak soulbound once applied. No word yet on whether this is stack-able with current cloak enchants, but my guess would be no. Also no word on if this is something only tailors can apply, or we’ll be able to sell these embroiders at the Auction house.
These embroiders come in 3 different flavors. One for melee players, one for casters, and one for holy players. The caster embroider is called Darkglow Embroidery, which allows a tailor to add the chance to restore 300 mana when casting a spell. Very useful for casters, but it could be buffed a little, returning 300 mana isn’t all that much. Lightweave Embroidery is for players that cast holy damage spells. It gives the chance to do an additional 800-1000 holy damage on a target when you damage them with a spell. This could end up being Very beneficial for paladins and priests if the procrate is decent enough. Swordguard Embroidery adds the chance for a melee attack to ignore 1000 of your targets armor. Most melee classes don’t have much of a reason to take up tailoring, as they don’t generally wear cloth items. So I’m not sure how this will ever be used by a melee class if it does indeed require being a tailor to apply.
These are the only tailoring receipes to be found so far in WotLK. The flying carpet is a nice buff to the profession, but more buffs are needed in my opinion to make this profession profitable. Hopefully Blizzard is listening.