The time has come to drop Faid's mining. I've considered doing this for a while; I never farm so even the pairing with engineering for Air is useless since . . . srsly, I never mine. So I'm going to level Mining on an appropriately leveled alt so I can continue to smelt and give Faid something new.
But WHAT?! :O
Here's what I'm considering:
Basically here's the deal with each and why I'm so indecisive.
Blacksmithing would be nice to have on Faid since then I'd actually have a character that can gather Chaos Orbs with a Chaos Orb profession. (I believe that Orbs will not be BoP forever though and so this is a fleeting perk.) I would really like the extra sockets for raid buffs as well, but on the flipside I already have a Blacksmith, I don't really need another. Should raid drop patterns appear, Faid would also have first dibs.
Jewelcrafting is very similar to Blacksmithing; I already have one but the jeweler's gems would be nice. Having two JCs would give me access to more patterns more quickly but at the end of the day I wouldn't get anything extra out of it since, over time, they'd both have the patterns eventually. Well, I guess maybe extra Dragon's Eyes or whatever the new uncut JC gem is to sell? Also, should they do something in this expac like Hyjal and have gem cuts be rep based from a raid Faid would have first chance to get them of all my toons.
Alchemy, oh alchemy. First I need a question answered, if any of y'all know: Does Mixology impact any Cata flasks or elixirs, and if so, how? The trinket is nice but would be replaced by the second tier of content; double duration of flasks would be hot to save money but is a negligible benefit compared to sockets and JC gems. The only real reason I'm considering this is because more alchemists will always mean more money. =D
Leatherworking is similar to the other crafting professions: Nice wrist embossment raid buff, first dibs on possible drop patterns and raid rep patterns, etc. But I don't really care for Leatherworking. As a result, though, I don't have one. The only real reason I'm tempted to get LW on Faid is because it's the one thing I don't have. (On the other hand, though, I have access to a LWer with every pattern minus a few Sunwell ones through my boyfriend's character, so I don't really need one.)
Enchanting is my final option. Same old-same old drop patterns, rep patterns, raid buffs through ring enchants, etc. The benefit I'd get from having Faid be my enchanter would be that I could actually max it out and get real enchants (My current enchanter will probably be level 80 for a long time, thus none of the end-game enchants) and I'd also be able to run dungeons and DE the stuff without having to have an enchanter sit in the party with me.
So, given all that, anyone have any input on my profession? Are there any professions you just love or any you despise?