Back during the summer, back when Blizzard was ramping things up for the Battle for Azeroth expansion, some changes landed for trade skills which, in a disturbingly typical lack of foresight, broke a couple of things.
As usual, the desire was to… well… not fix trade skill levels, but to make them less onerous. So they were changed from one continuous level grind… you have to skill up the original classic and through all the expansion to get to the current trade skill options… to a discreet, expansion based set of skills. This allowed you to go directly to the BfA harvesting and recipes without all that mucking about in the past.
The cost was, besides the usual amount of confusion, was breaking the ability to get your trade skill backlog filled in when you did a character boost. I just missed the window before the change so my blood elf got boosted to 110. I suppose at least I didn’t waste my time getting him to 60 before hand.
The other item was the trade skill boosts from the monthly Darkmoon Faire quests.
The problem there was that the quests still told you that you were getting a +5 skill bump for doing the quest there in the rewards, but when you did one and turned it in you found out that was a lie.
Almost six months down the road now, Blizzard has finally gotten around to addressing the Darkmoon Faire quests. They have been updated so they actually give you a boost to your trade skills again.
I was worried a bit when I saw that it specifically said “Kul Tiran” with relation to the skills that it might only apply to the current expansion. However, when I rolled out a low level alt to try it, the quests for them did not specify “Kul Tiran” and when I turned them in they added skill points to their current focus.
That happened to be at the original WoW end of the trade skill spectrum. My characters tend to be in the current expansion or in the 1-60 content. Still, I managed to dig through and find somebody with a skill in the middle just to see if the quests correctly reflected all the new trade skill tiers.
Of course, this leads to another oddity of the new trade skill system. That particular alt only had a fishing skill of 293 back under the old reckoning. However, having built a garrison and fished a bit out in Draenor… fishing no longer being restricted by skill level, you can dip your pole anywhere… he had acquired the Draenor fishing skill, which basically opened up his skill bar all the the way up to that point.
However, under the new system he only has base game fishing, still at 293 and Draenor fishing, which is now at 6.
I cropped together two screen shots for that, since it only shows the level for each when you mouse over them. But it illustrates how changing one thing ends leaving ripples in your system if you’re not careful. Can I get, for example, Northrend fishing with this guy now? If I go train it, can I level it up? If I go train Legion fishing, will that now be the target for the quests? I am not certain.
Anyway, I am at least happy to see that Blizzard got around to restoring the trade skill boost for the Darkmoon Faire quests. I am not sure that this update is going to get me to jump back in the game full time, but it did get me logged in to visit the faire with a few characters I suppose. And given where trade skills have gone since Draenor, this is about all the advancement I am getting on that front. But some advancement is better than none at all I suppose.