That poor little butterfly...
In my previous post, I mentioned profession changes. Nev did a great write up on all the 5.4 crafting changes if you'd like to read it. In short though, things are gonna take a ton of mats, and rather than using raid essences to craft epics, we'll use normal materials like trillium, hides, and cloth, and a LOT of them. The amount of materials needed to craft PVP gear has been increased, and I expect the AH prices to increase accordingly.
The PVP Rundown
Wrist: Was-8 Bars Now-12 Bars
Chest/Head/Legs: Was-15 Bars Now-20 Bars
Gloves/Belt/Shoulders/Boots: Was-10 Bars Now-15 Bars
Wrist: Was-1 Hide Now-2 Hides
Chest/Head/Legs: Was-2 Hides Now-3 Hides
Gloves/Belt/Shoulders/Boots: Was-1 Hide Now-2 Hides
Wrist/Back: Was-4 Bolts Now-6 Bolts
Chest/Head/Legs: Was-6 Bolts Now-8 Bolts
Gloves/Belt/Shoulders/Boots: Was-5 Bolts Now-7 Bolts
So, looking over those numbers, there's about a 50% increase in the materials cost, which should mean about a 35% or so increase in mat prices if Blizzard doesn't mess with node spawn rates (it's not a 50% increase because Demand doesn't increase Price 1:1, since Supply and Demand are curved lines). Remember that on top of all this, everyone has their new daily cooldowns to learn all these new PVP recipes that each require 1 trillium bar, or 10 bolts, or 2 hides, just to keep the markets moving a little more.
These will have trickle down effects on Living Steel but I'd be hesitant to go whole hog on trying to control that market at the moment. Although, the Sky Golem mount is one of the coolest things you've ever seen.
I want to Flag PVP, sit in Twilight Highlands starting zone, and wait.
These are a new toy Engineers get to play with, and Blizzard was nice enough to let them sell them to other players so that it can finally be a profitable profession somewhere near the end of the expansion. The Sky Golem recipe requires 30 Living Steel and 30 Stabilized Lightning Source, the new Engineering daily cooldown, so Mid October would probably be the best time to unload your LS.
You'll need about 50% more of the basic stuff for everything craftable in 5.4, so it'll be more expensive. Buy it cheap now and either flip it later if you want, or just use it and sell the results. You'll profit either way.
Hope this post was helpful. If it was, hey, share it with your guildies and I'll see y'all for Part Three. Until next time remember to
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