Yes, I’m still here but am ‘between travels’ right now (been away for a week, have a trip to the in-laws upcoming) so transmission is sporadic at best. However I have appeared as the 4.3 news has to speculate on what we REALLY need to know about what could be the final major content patch of Cataclysm.

We’re talking shinies here. Moolah. Wonga. CASH!

The biggest question I have, with my money-making hat on, is what’s gonna happen to ores in 4.3: more specifically, whether Pyrite Ore is going to become prospectable. This is then closely followed by the ‘are we getting Epic gems?’ question that’s inextricably tied up with that development and we’re into an entire slew of possibilities. Yes, I KNOW you’re all being distracted by customisable armour and Raid LFG and Darkmoon Faire Island (Alcaz, I’m looking at YOU) but from a crafting point of view if 4.3 really is the Endgame then there are far more important issues to consider:

  • Blue gems will become convertible to Epic gems (presumably) in the same way we can convert Green gems to Blue ones currently. Look at all those stupidly cheap blue quality uncut gems on your AH (all except the Inferno Rubies, let’s be honest) Go on ^^
  • There’s a bazillion Epic recipes gonna show up at your JC trainer. Have you been neglecting your dailies? Shame on you!
  • If we do get an Epic Conversion recipe for gems, historically that’s going to mean we’ll need an extra summat to use in the transmute… a Chaos Orb, perhaps? Hmm, but they’re soulbound right now…

There’s my other burning Crafting question… we saw Frozen Orbs leave their soulbound status when Icecrown appeared in Wrath, can we expect the same to happen when 4.3 drops? Is it time to start stockpiling them in anticipation? Considering the current demand for them with Firelands gear can we expect to see a rapid price rise on the orb crafting front if this change is announced?

There’s a lot of very cheap ore on my server right now and I’m sitting on some extra cash. The speculator in me is wondering, is it worth taking some chances looking at the historical data for Blizzards crafting decisions, because if this does all pan out there is a LOT of money to be made…

Let’s hope we have some datamined answers up soon!

PS: PLEASE let me store Tabards in Void Storage. That is all :D

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