Professions have undergone a lot of changes since WoW
began. Most recently, in Burning Crusade
, crafting professions were typically a good way to obtain surprisingly high-quality items that you couldn't get any other way, such as Stormherald
or the Frozen Shadoweave
set. So far we haven't seen any evidence of directly parallel itemization in Wrath of the Lich King
, and according to a couple of recent posts by Verimonde, we're not going to.
Specifically, Verimonde said that "There will not be a Stormherald type weapon 'high level crafter only,'" although there are, for instance, several BoE epic smithed weapons in Wrath. In his second post he explains the reasoning a little more: Blizzard didn't like that many people were picking professions based on what would make them the most powerful, as opposed to what they enjoyed.