Herbalism is BY FAR superior for Demo and Affliction. Destro it is only very slightly better than Tailoring. /discussion
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BS and ENC beats all period.
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Regardless, Herbalism + Engi or Herbalism + Tailoring ( on non movement fights) appear to be BIS Professions atm.
I run with Engi + Tailoring though, playing destruction most of the time so the loss from Herb>Tailoring is very very very very very very very very very small. Engi is just too OP for 'oh shit' situations or delaying your movement to get out another chaos bolt, and then using the nitro boosts to still make it somewhere in time.
At the current state the game is in atm, the difference between Herb/BS/tailoring is so minute for Destruction ( The difference is slightly more noticible for affliction), there is so many other random factors going on that in real raid situations you will not notice the difference between those 3 specs. Engineering is the exception here, you will notice the shit out of that
I don't agree that aff dmg is padding on Paragons (It's actually pretty damn good) but I also don't think it's fair to say that just because top 20 warlocks killed paragons as aff, that they are somehow right. By the time they nerfed Aff and buffed destruction, we all had already killed Paragons.
But yeah, Aff is very centered around burst now, so Herbalism gains a lot more value vs. how it shows up against other classes. I think people might not get it right away because they are used to the "standard rule" on professions with other classes where gathering professions are generally weaker. It's sort of the same with warriors and skinning, though not quite as severe. Eng/BS are their best profs but Skinning/JC follow after as those are the only other professions that give them crit.