Note: Epic Gems In Patch 4.3 Are Going to Drop Inside Of Raids (Info just released today Sept 19th). This post was written as speculation on epic gems prior to the announcement. You can still benefit from this post, if you are a newer Jewelcrafter looking for which rare patterns to start selling. The gem pre-fixes are the same for rare gems and epic gems. Pyrite is Fool's Gold after all. What is still up in the air is whether the raid boss dropped epic gems will be dropping as cut or uncut epic gems.
Which Epic Gem Cut Recipes Should I Get First?
If WoW Patch 4.3 brings us Epic Gems as we are hoping for, many of us will have a surplus of saved up Jewelcrafting daily tokens from Jewelcrafting dailies ready to spend on the new epic gem cuts. Hopefully Blizzard sticks with the same epic gem recipe formula and makes the cut epic gem patterns available for Jewelcrafting tokens. It is speculated that each epic gem recipe will require 5-6 Jewelcrafting tokens. (Remember everything is pure speculation at this point.) If epic gems do come to World of Warcraft within Patch 4.3, there will be another massive wave of gold making opportunities. Which patterns / recipes / cuts should you buy first to maximize your investment of Jewelcrafting tokens?
The Gem Array at The Undermine Journal is a great starting place for deciding which gem cuts to sell. When using the Gem Array at The Undermine Journal, you can get a quick snapshot of the current gem cuts and what they are selling for on your server. Remember that every server is different. What sells for top gold on your server may sell for much less gold on another. There can even be heavy price fluctuations between each faction's auction houses on your same server.
Epic Gem Cut Recipe Choices
Epic gem cut patterns, regardless of how they are introduced into WoW, will not all be available to you as soon as they are added to the game. Which epic gem recipe cuts you purchase first is very important for maximizing your gold making possibilities. Buy the correct epic gem cuts early on and you can make a hefty chunk of WoW gold. Buy the wrong epic gem cuts and you may squander away some major gold making chances.
I would suggest starting with purchasing the recipes for the main epic gem cuts for each color. By main cuts I mean the epic gem patterns that tend to sell in great volumes because of the awesome and highly desired gem stat combinations. I suggest that you first acquire 1 epic gem cut in each color, as well as all 3 of the major red gems that provide solid primary stat boosts.
Main Cuts To Buy First:
- Bold (+ Strength)
- Brilliant (+ Intelligence)
- Delicate (+ Agility)
- Solid (+ Stamina)
- Rigid (+ Hit)
- Fractured (+ Mastery)
- Smooth (+ Critical)
- Purified (+ Int and + Spirit)
- Veiled (+ Int and + Hit Rating)
- Jagged (+ Crit and + Stamina)
- Puissant (+ Mastery and + Stamina)
- Reckless (+ Int and + Haste)
- Potent (+Int and + Crit)
- The New Tear (+ All Stats) - This is going to be a nice gold making epic gem cut and it is going to be a major gold maker for those that took my advice and stocked up on cheap Chimera's Eyes.
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