60 seconds to build the character,
45 minutes to build his equipment
It is commonly believed that Cannith Crafting is broken, or unfinished, or that it just takes too long to earn crafting levels compared to what you can make with those crafting levels.
Or maybe it is just that in many other MMOs, people who take the time to master crafting are able to make things that other people want to buy. Put your time in and you have a built-in income stream.
It does feel like maybe there was supposed to be another upgrade to the system, maybe to crafting level 200? Something that would let crafters make more of their items available to people unbound or to make things that people will want to use later in the level cycle.
And I can’t argue that crafting has kept up with changes in the game, because it has not.
- You cannot craft an item that has current weapon prefixes and suffixes
- You cannot craft an item with Spellcraft
- You cannot craft anything Epic, although the game emphasis is now on Epic levels
Not everyone agrees with this. Some of the older weapon mutations are better than the new ones. Only casters really need Spellcraft, and not even all casters. And as Izaak points out, some crafted items are usable into Epic levels.
Regardless, I think everyone will agree that there is one thing you can do with Cannith Crafting better than you can with any other game system: kit up your lower level characters.
All the way through Heroic levels, if you are willing to take the time, you can outfit your guy/gal to peak efficiency with 100% crafted items. Yes, you will want add your Greensteel items, they are better than can be crafted, and there is probably a Named item or two that is similarly too good to leave out.
Yet, most items can be found with two Augment slots. Meaning you can pick up to four mutations for that item. Four! That you picked yourself, intentionally!
It is time-consuming and essence-consuming but if you are willing to make the investment, your Heroic characters can as well equipped as the raid-running multi-TR powergamer.
This is especially true at the lowest levels. An example:
Recently I needed a low-level character to accompany a guildie that had returned after a long absence. Everyone was waiting on me, so I used Veteran Status to create a 4th level caster druid; I’ve recently spent a lot of time on caster druids and was comfortable making one in a hurry.
The character performed relatively well that night, it is a solid build even on first life, but his equipment was so … bad. It bothered me. I can do so much better. And I did, the next night I spent about 45 minutes at the crafting altars and now my 4th level druid has these capabilities:
- WIS +3
- CON +3
- Power VIII
- False Life
- Combustion 42
- Glaciation 42
- Devotion 42
- Sustenance +7
- Jump +7
- Striding 15%
- Evocation Focus I
I was going to dominate the lower level content regardless, I know it quite well and this is a good build. Some would argue that my 45 minutes was wasted, and so were the thousands of clicks that I spent building up my crafting character.
Maybe so, but I like having everything I want on my character. He can compete against multiple-TRs with all kinds of past lives and even though he is on his first life, acquit himself decently well.
Even one as anal-retentive as I will not do this over and over for the character as he levels; he will level too fast to keep up. But now he has a solid foundation, one that will take him through to double-digit levels without worry.
And that’s one less thing to worry about.
🙂 😀 🙂