Okay, so as a jewelcrafter, I’m excited about the new epic gems coming out in patch 3.2.
I’ve been preparing for a while for getting the jewelcrafting tokens to buy the patterns that I will need to cut the epic gems. I gave up doing the daily quest for a while, so I only have 13 Jewelcrafter Tokens on me (though I need to spend 2 of them on jewelcrafter-only gems for the new gear I got for my moonkin set last night).
I have been doing loops around storm peaks and Icecrown before raids, trying to find titanium ore to prospect for the gems. I also have a 450 alchemist (my shaman). So, I’ve been hoarding not only titanium (I have a couple stacks of ore), but also blue-quality gems & the eternals I need for transmuting them into epic gems.
I was all proud at my 3 stacks of titanium until my boyfriend pointed out something to me. It’s not a 100% drop rate from titanium. With a stack of titanium currently selling for between 180 and 250 gold for 20 ore… I’m not sure that even prospecting the titanium I farmed will actually be a worthwhile endeavor.
I apparently wasn’t paying quite enough attention to all the patch 3.2 stuff, and mmo-champion posted a reminder about how you can get epic gems:
- Prospect titanium: 25% chance for random color drop
- 1 from alchemy transmute every 20 hours
- Emblems of heroism (either 10 or 20, depending on the gem)
- PvP honor: 10,000
Yes, that’s right. I forgot about being able to spend emblems of heroism & PvP honor on the epic gems. So, why prospect expensive titanium for a chance that they’ll drop when I can just dump all the emblems I don’t need anymore on the gems? Instead of looking for rare titanium spawns, I should just be running Naxxramas Pugs. You can turn other emblems (valor & conqueror) into heroisms, so you can pretty much dump all your extra badges into epic gems. That really just feels out of proportion in a way. I wouldn’t spend my precious triumph badges on things, but I know there are people sitting around with a hundred or two spare gems that would just otherwise go to waste.
Then again, I’m also sitting around with over 50,000 honor points I haven’t spent on anything, so there’s 5 “free” epic gems for me. Looks like I won’t need any of that titanium in the first place… Why prospect 250 gold worth of titanium, if I’m just going to risk getting 10 gold in rewards, when there are easier ways of getting the epic gems? I may as well just sell my titanium now, before the price of titanium ore really takes a nose-dive after people flood the epic gem market with all their emblem & honor-obtained epic gems.