After writing my Warrior Week post, my mind ran along a train of thought that went something like this:
I originally intended my Death Knight to become my primary bank alt.
I don’t really want to roll a new character to be my primary bank alt because I am rather fond of the mixed-armor-type banking outfits I have assembled for my Death Knight.
Why, then, is my Death Knight not currently my primary bank alt?
Because of her professions.
Because she is my Enchanter, she’s a high priority alt to level in a new expansion.
Because she is not an Engineer, she can’t use the mechanical auctioneers in capital locations such as Dalaran and the Shrines in the Vale.
I should make some other character my Enchanter so that my Death Knight is not quite so high in the leveling queue for the next expansion.
I should trade my Death Knight’s Enchanting for Engineering so that she can continue to serve as primary bank alt even while she is in the newest expansion’s capital.
Which of my relatively high priority characters has a profession “to spare” that could be traded for Enchanting?
Hmm, Tailoring and Enchanting are a very traditional combination of professions, and my Priest doesn’t really need to be an Herbalist.
My Death Knight would only need to level Engineering to 75, so as to be able to get a trickle of XP from the Darkmoon Faire after the next expansion comes.
I began preparing for the switch immediately, though I didn’t execute it until last night, after my Priest finally dinged 90.
With my standard practice of keeping one full stack and one partial stack of most crafting materials in my guild bank, I had plenty of essences and shards on hand. Dusts, however, were another matter. Fortunately, it only took a couple of days of watching the AH to get the dusts I needed for 1-300. I’d been stockpiling arcane, infinite, and hypnotic dusts for use in making imbued cloths for Tailoring, but I only had a third to a half of what I’d need for leveling Enchanting from scratch. Collecting enough arcane dust was as simple as taking all of my level 90 characters to Karazhan, mowing down all the big trash packs, and picking up only cash and DEables until their available empty bag slots were all filled. Some saronite shuffling with my Jewelcrafter readily produced the needed infinte dust. My Priest still had a few Potions of Treasure Finding left over from farming Embersilk Cloth to level her Tailoring, so I used up those to farm DEables and more cloth, which I converted into Deathsilk Bracers and then DE’d. I also did a bit of elementium shuffling with my Jewelcrafter. The tailored bracers turned out to be the most reliable source of hypnotic dust, as they had the highest dust/essence DE ratio.
Come the expansion and its Garrisons, this kind of professions curation may be less necessary. Seeing as how we don’t even have a beta start date, let alone a release date, yet, however, I’m glad to have made this change.
The Priest is now my 8th class to 90 and my 9th level 90 character overall. The Blood Elf Mage is currently about 75% of the way from 87 to 88, and I’m not planning to make a focused effort to push her to 90. She’s getting enough XP from collecting Marks of the World Tree that she’ll get there before Warlords comes, even if the Molten Front doesn’t quite get her all the way to that level 90 ding. The Warlock and the Rogue will probably argue over who should get the free ticket to 90 until Warlords launches — though it doesn’t really matter, because it seems likely that Blizz will end up selling additional boosts to 90 in the store, and then they will both get boosted. Based on the preview material from BlizzCon, I’m feeling like perhaps after the initial first rush to 100 with Kamalia in tandem with BTH’s Bear, I may be more interested in playing Warlords as Alliance than as Horde. Thus, the next alt up, once Kaohana finishes her Pandaria reps, will be Kjerstin the Dwarf Shaman.