you make it sound that the blacksmith socket sucks and the other profession's bonus stats dont when blacksmiths give the highest stat in the end. (2 50 stat gems)
Blacksmithing is fine.
No, blacksmithing is NOT fine, read this excellent post from the beta forums by misseve:
"I wish to apologize right now if this post turns a bit ranty or negative. With that said, I have some... complaints about how blacksmiths have been treated lately.During Vanilla and Burning Crusade, we had this wonderful little thing called armorsmithing and weaponsmithing.
Sure, they were bind-on-pick up, but they added something unique and interesting for blacksmiths to have.Burning Crusade was amazing for those smiths as well; we were able to make one item, then progressively upgrade them as time went on. Sure, it cost a lot of materials to do, but it was really benefitial to a smith and gave them something to be proud of.Then Wrath of the Lich King came around... and I'm not sure if you just ran out of ideas to do with the profession or what, but there were so little things a blacksmith could do for themselves.
All of our specialized smithing plans weren't even epics; they were blue items that a level 77 could use, and didn't even offer anything really interesting other than a weapon that was easily upgraded from a normal drop. Later on in the expansion, you removed weapon and armorsmithing altogether.Why?It seems that lately, in my experience at least, a blacksmith's skill and use has increasingly becoming more... useless. In Wrath of the Lick King, we at least could have made titansteel (I am a miner as well) ourselves. Eventually we were able to purchase primordial saronite with our points, which was helpful. We didn't have to rely on a raid leader to give us what we needed, and we saved quite a bit of money.In Cataclysm? Forget it.
Sure, we can socket our gloves and bracers, and can sell an extra socket for belt buckles... but that's it. If I need to make something, it costs me even more money to shell out than I would make back if I were to sell an item. That was it. We made money, sure... at the very beginning of the expansion, where people were buying our craftable weapons and armor up quickly.Now? I'm lucky if I can save up enough of anything, gold or otherwise, if I can make something that's current content. Aside from the addition of a few extra sockets, there is literally nothing interesting about blacksmiths right now that I can think of.If you aren't going to add anything else that blacksmiths can do or create other than basic gear... can we at least have a return of armor and weaponsmithing specializations? If we can have these back... it'd be much appreciated.
Sincerely, a concerned smith. "
That says it better than I could, I could never understand why Blizz went backwards with blacksmithing