… and you’ll never work a day in your life.
Rilgon over at Stabilized Effort Scope currently has an issue with engineering. To summarize: If everything else is equal endgame raiders who are engineers do up to 45 DPS less, and therefore the profession is worthless.
Naturally a statement like that creates a decent amount of discussion – more than I’ve ever seen on any of my own blogs, to be sure. I myself contributed several thoughts, but when asked a direct question the server started acting … flaky … before I could submit my response.
So while Rilgon rages against whichever machine/ISP/corporate entity is to blame, I thought I’d post my most recent comments here.
I cannot speak for everyone, but I currently have a holy pally with maxed engineering and I have a hunter who just recently dumped maxed skinning and a LW skill over 400 just so he could be mining/engineering.
And I still contend that the DPS difference pointed out in this post is worth it to play a profession that is more fun. If that small number of points is enough to make the game not fun for you, then dump the profession or reroll. Engineering is not for you.
Fine. But where is the fun?
Me (and this is the part that I had trouble submitting):
A very valid question, and a very subjective one as well. Obviously what is fun for me is not the same as what is fun for you, so what follows is strictly my opinion.
For me, a lot of it is aesthetics.
I love the look of the BC and wrath goggles. Other than a few headpieces in vanilla wow they’re the only ones that’ll make me check “Show Helm” in my preferences, and so far none of the drops I’ve seen in Northrend have wowed me. Sure, they’ll be replaced if I ever get into a Nax raid where the MT doesn’t bail before we kill a single boss, but that hasn’t happened yet.
I love flying around and dive-bombing things in a gyrocopter. The noise! The unidentified black smoke! The ground rushing up to meet me as my engine tells me it might decide to go on a 5 minute break instead of pulling me out of it! Sure, I could do the exact same maneuvers on a gryphon, proto drake, or even a broom, but it wouldn’t be the same EXPERIENCE.
I love explosions. Splat want big boom. (I suppose I don’t need to go into detail with this.) My favorite in-game events usually involve fireworks in some way shape or form.
In real life and the game, I love gadgets. I like playing with things made by others, but I LOVE playing with things I’ve made myself. Are there any other professions where I can make my own noncombat pets? Buying them on the AH doesn’t give me the same sense of ownership that I got when I finished my first mechanical squirrel, then made them for all my friends.
That’s just part of why I love engineering enough to have two engineers (one goblin flavored & one gnome). If Blizz took that away from me but tried to console me with an extra 45, nay, 100 DPS, I’d strongly consider leaving the game.
Again, just my opinion. Subjective questions get subjective answers.