I have 3 skill points put into the Blacksmith Skill line "Miner Hireling"
I have had 3 points in this skill for weeks.
I have received, in all of that time, 2 grain solvents, a handful of dwarven oils and between 5 and 10 ores (per mail) of my highest Metalworking level. Additionally, the hireling has only been sending me a single set of resources every 24 hours, where the skill dictates I should be receiving multiple.
This is one of the biggest wastes of skillpoints I have seen in the game. I can spend 10-15 minutes out in the game world and quadruple what the Miner Hireling sends to me. The only exception here is the Dwarf Oils and Grain solvents, which require some cash in the Guild Store. Again, however, the hireling is not sending enough of these rare mats to be of much use at all anyway
This flows into a larger systemic problem of needing too many materials to improve gear later down the track, with not enough resources coming in.
It is too hard to acquire the rarer purple and yellow tempering agents to improve gear.
Coming up on Level 50 and higher vet ranks I am going to be needing LOTS of Tempering Alloys to craft yellows. I have yet to see a single one of these come from my miner. In fact I have yet to see a single piece of yellow gear which would allow me to even gain a yellow tempering alloy.
A SINGLE piece of gear will require 2 honing stones, 3 dwarf oils and 4 grain solvents to guarantee a purple. You then need FIVE yellow agents to guarantee a legendary. THis seems backwards. I would think you would need MORE of the LOWER end agents (which you receive plenty of through greens) and then LESS of the HIGHER end.
In my bank currently I have:
376 Honing Stones
68 Dwarf Oils
20 Grain Solvents
6 Tempering Alloys
Most of the green stones I received through deconstructing drops or quest items. THe Majority of the Dwarf Oils have come from drops or buying cheap blues and deconning them.
Almost every Grain Solvent and Tempering Alloy has had to be bought from someone supplying them to me for good $$$.
Where are "normal" folks supposed to get all of these components? I see people spamming Zone chat selling dozens of yellow agents... they must be botting in order to accumulate so many. I have yet to gain a single one that I did not buy off someone else.
I am certainly not getting them from my miner hireling, quest rewards, chests, random drops or anywhere else.