Watcher said that line in the Q & A over the weekend, that "multiple alts shouldn't exist to serve your main character." It is a line that resonated with me. It was one of those lines that I felt meant so much more within the context of how it was used.
The first thing that came to mind was that we will see a great deal of profession changes, once again, come the next expansion. My prediction, and you can quote me on this, is that next expansion your character can learn all professions. We will no longer be limited to only two.
Being this would have a huge impact on the market as a whole because fewer people will need to seek out others to make things for them they will also go back to the proper leveling of professions. No more of this "craft at skill level 1" that we have in warlords. Sure it is nice that you can make everything at level one but if they are going to do something like this the very least they need to do is make you actually level said professions instead of making it that everyone can make everything at level one.
Perhaps giving us all professions would be too much. But mark my words there will be changes and I could see us getting at least 3, or maybe 2 plus a gathering, or maybe all people will know all gathering professions by default and we get to pick two crafting professions. Something will happen because it seems to be the idea that alts should not exist to serve your main.
So why did I immediately drift to professions when I heard that line? Because I remember when I created my first alt. I created it for the purpose of making gear. It was a rogue leather worker so I could make gear for my hunter. I believe that if you looked into it the first alt most people made ended up being one that had some profession that helped their main.
All my original alts were made with the purpose of supporting my main. As a hunter that kind of meant I needed every single profession to support me. I needed alchemy to make myself flasks and potions, I need a leather worker to make myself gear, I needed an enchanter to make myself enchants, I needed a jewel crafter to make myself gems, I needed a blacksmith to make myself belt buckles, I needed an engineer to make myself scopes and arrows, I needed a tailor to make myself bags and I needed a scribe to make myself glyphs. So needless to say when I started to get into the game a little more my alt army got pretty large pretty fast. Not because I wanted to play other classes but because I needed every single one of those things for my main.
As the years went on I started to play those classes of course and my druid became my main tank and my priest became my main healer. Over the years other tanks or healers became my go to guys for those roles, but the bottom line was my main was still my main. I tanked and healed to fill in the gaps so to speak. To gather materials, to help others with them so they could in turn help me.
But the bottom line is that my alts were created to be professions mules for me. Nothing more originally. And if they are going to ever try to make a concentrated effort to remove the need for alts to serve your main character, as that quote implies, than my hunter needs to be all those professions.
This is why I read between the lines with that quote and feel that in the future it is quite possible we will have all professions on any one character. Perhaps professions will just be account wide, like pets and mounts and such are right now. Seems like that would be the best way to do it.
The only other thing it could mean is that all classes will be able to fill all roles. So I won't need my priest to heal for me if I wanted to heal and I won't need my druid to tank for me if I wanted to tank. But as I do not see them giving my hunter a healing spec and a tanking spec any time soon the only thing it can mean is all professions will be capable of being done by one character come next expansion.
The question is, would this be good for the game? And a secondary question would be, would you still play as many alts as you do if you did not need their professions?
Because it all seems like blizzard is trying to push us away from playing alts. Not exactly sure why they would want to do that, but it sure seems like that is their intention.