Patch 4.0.3a - The Shattering

Patch 4.0.3a will be deployed on live servers this week and will change the world of Azeroth forever. This will affect my mining, herbalism and skinning guide. I was able to finish the mining guide and herbalism guide before they shut down the beta server, those two guides are already updated. I will do the skinning guide as soon as the servers come back online. I also browsed through my guides, but it seems most of the vendor bought recipes aren't changed at all. There won't be any change for the rest of the professions with patch 4.0.3a, at least I couldn't find anything.

How to get Realm First! Illustrious Miner?

I know that most of the players who will try to get the Realm First! Illustrious Miner achievement are beta players. For those of you who weren't lucky enough to get a beta key, I made a guide which can help you to get this achievement. The mining routes on the maps are also the best routes to farm the ores on the first day when Cataclysm launches. First, you need to have a mining skill of 450, that's pretty obvious for everyone I guess. It's also important to have the following enchant: [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Advanced Mining]. You need the enchant because you can leave Mount Hyal earlier this way at 470, and you will be able to mine Pyrite Deposit at 520 and Rich Elementium Vein at 495.

Archaeology Guide - How Archaeology works?

I put together a WoW Archaeology guide. It is not complete yet and there are still some bugs in the current beta build, but I think the profession won't change that much from now. Between skill 1 and 150 you basically get nothing from this profession, you get grey artifacts which you can sell to the vendor for 5-30 silver. It took me 10 hours to reach 200 in Archaeology and all I got is one rare item so far. I hope they change the number of junk items, because at lower level this profession is almost useless. update - made a few changes in the guide, mostly just layout changes so it's easier to read.

Inscription guide

Inscription is a new profession which was introduced in Wrath of the Lich King with which players can create Glyphs which are enhancements to an individual's spells or abilities, Scribes can also make Scrolls and items you can equip in your off-hand.