December 7th is coming at you like a fast thing comes at you fast. I’m not into illustrative similies today, sorry. But there are some things you should be doing to prep for the coming cataclysm. This is not about specs, but rather your inventory, professions, and cash.
SELL SELL EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!!
Look at your toons bags and banks. I bet there is a lot of clutter in there. Lots of stuff you were going to hang onto for just a little while longer. Now is a great time to get rid of all of it.
- Remember those iLvl 200 gloves you kept just in case the 219 gloves didn’t work out, and you never got around to getting rid of? Get rid of them. You aren’t going back to them.
- Those stacks and stacks of chilled meat you kept around to speed up your ability to do the Dalaran Cooking daily. When was the last time you did one of those? Get rid of them.
- Anything you had as leftover stuff from leveling your profession. For me on the mage this was excess cloth, infinite dust, a lot of greater cosmic essences. I kept a little just in case I got an upgrade, but most of them I sold.
The prices you can get for all these things are dropping, but you might as well liquidate now instead of being getting ready for the expansion after next wondering why you still have chilled meat.
The simple fact is if you want to be taken seriously as a raider, you should have maxed out professions. And if you are trying squeeze that last ounce of damage, healing or survivability you really should do it. For example on the mage I have for quite a while had maxed out enchanting and tailoring. This allowed me an extra 46 spellpower on ring enchants, and I had really good cloak embroidery which was more DPS than any cloak enchant I could have given. By contrast most of the expansion I didn’t level the warrior’s professions because it always seemed like a huge time sink, but it would have helped if I could have had 3 +51 stamina gems instead of the normal +30 stamina gems. Likewise, having maxed out mining would add 60 stamina. It would have been another 122 stamina which would have been nice to have on some fights.
Don’t forget to have a toon who has max cooking and fishing either. Food buffs are an essential part of any raiders healthy breakfast!
So as I noted above, prices are falling because people are liquidating. Chances are you don’t have that much left to do, why not take the next month and really just concentrate on getting caught up on your professions, and start Cataclysm off right. The further you delay the harder it will seem to get “caught up”. I leveled my Jewelcrafting and Mining on my warrior a few weekends ago from mid 200s to 450 each for some time (maybe 12 hours total?) and no more than 500g.
Cash is King
Going into a new expansion, you will have lots of unexpected expenses. Training never is cheap, and having a big pile of money to sleep on is nice because when you get that opportunity to get epic flying or maybe some rep gear with nice stats, you won’t have to wait as long to get it. So go forth and make a little pile of cash for yourself and remember to keep those professions maxed.