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Patch 4.2 and Stacked Gems
WoW Patch 4.2 is already shaping up to be an interesting patch for players with a lot of new things coming out. This includes a new zone with new factions, dailies, and most importantly a new raid. Patch 4.2 is also introducing a big change for WoW Jewelcrafters, the ability to stack cut gems.
This is going to have a dramatic effect on the gem economy across servers. A lot of my business comes from players who have just obtained a new piece of gear and need the gems quickly, so they buy them from the auction house. This change is going to effect that market in a unique way, but fear not Jewelcrafters this could be a good opportunity for us in several ways.
1.) If your server is anything like mine then obsidian ore and elementium ore have been crashing like there is no tomorrow. On my server the price for these ore’s has plummeted and last week I picked up 40 stacks of elementium for 23 gold a piece. Once the patch drops (even if epic gems are implemented), there will still be a demand for superior quality gems by players gearing up for new content. If epic gems aren’t implemented, players who are progressing through the new raid content will still be buying the gems we are currently selling. Some of these players, who don’t like repeated visits to the AH will take to buying multiple gems that they will be able to keep in their bags in stacks.
2.) Many players, feeling burned out took time off the game. One thing I noticed on my server, not too sure about other servers, was that after high end guilds managed to down all Cataclysm raid content (whether on heroic or normal), many of those guilds wound up quitting wow and stating they would be reforming with the release of Firelands. Many of these players will be coming back and these high end guilds will need cut gems.
This is a good opportunity for Jewelcrafters as many of those high end guild gem cutters did not do the gem dailies and obtain tokens during their hiatus. Many of them may have only the basic cuts. Whether epic gems are implemented or not, many guilds who supply gems to their guild will jump to ensure that their guild bank has some cut gems on stock so they’re players will not waste much time trying to find someone to cut said gems. If epic gems are implemented, many guilds and players will be wanted said gems for higher content and will be paying top dollar for cut epic gems so that they don’t have to go shopping for a JC with a particular cut.
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