[QUOTE=greyghost;14499767]Fishing and Archaeology leveling rates didn't need nerfing, what needed nerfing was the Guild Achievement for fishing.
I've got characters in huge, level 25 guilds that normally have more than 50 people on at one given time, any time of day... and they just in the last two weeks got the fishing achievements to make the Fish Feasts.
The guild I actually raid with isn't even close to getting it yet, even with 2-3 people devoting time towards leveling it when they can (an hour after raids, normally). There is minimal incentive to fish from pools, which is what the guild achievement demands. This is because the best food that people want (lavascale minestrone, sagefish tails or fortune cookies) don't involve catching fish from pools. The achievements could've been done in WotLK, maybe, but definitely not now. To work on this guild achievement in this expansion is a grind for just the sake of the achievement which runs counter to Blizzard's design intent. Screwing with the leveling rate won't fix it.
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What my guild did with about 8 of us, over a few nights.... We went to borean Tundra, kill the animals to get the blood debuff, went into the water to wash it off, and then had people fish in the blood pool. We had 4 running blood and 4 fishing. Not sure if this still works but it took us only a few hours.
...people felt special having *those* professions maxed? How can you have done so little in this game that *that* is something you consider special? My main did the work for fishing and archy. I do *not* need that kind of headache on my alts.
You can also argue that the gems are even allowed for Raiders who aren't able to do a full clear of Dragon Soul off the bat. This week, my guild only got 2 epic gems from 20(!!) geodes. That isn't even remotely CLOSE to what my guild needs in preparation for progression.
2 from 20? Wow, you're lucky! On our raid night (4 bosses down, 10 man raid, so 40 geodes) we got 1. It was me though, so
Back on topic, I'm quite looking forward to jumping on to give the DMF a go, but I have to say I'm not too bothered about the prizes, not really a collector - guess I can get the transmog gear or something though - I assume these aren't class specific? As a DK, not sure what I want to transmog to - only done my head piece so far, just because I had one in my bag at the time... Maybe the Acherus gear I guess? Meh.
The fishing nerf is a good thing since it was such a huge and unnecessary grind. It also depresses me, however, since I had just finally made myself grind it out to cap (having never bothered after capping it the first time back in Wrath) barely a month ago. I never bothered with arch simply because it was an even worse grind than fishing, but with the changes I might pick it up.
It seems they've also increased the spawn rate of Tol'Vir digsites. I just hit the proper skill to get them, but so far I've been getting one Tol'Vir digsite everytime I dig somewhere else. As soon as one pops up, I go straight there before doing a digsite that's not Tol'Vir.