So anyway, I had one meta-gem recipe from the Sha'tar but it was a caster gem. Seemed kind of a waste to plop that into a rogue hat just for testing purposes. I could have bought a recipe from the AH, but the only one that I saw all week was the funky spellcasting thing - no thanks. So if I was going to make this happen, the only option left was to grind my Consortium rep to Honored and purchase the Swift Skyfire Diamond recipe.
Why grind you ask? There are plenty of quests in Netherstorm you dunce! This is all true, but I want to be Exalted with them someday to get the wonderous epic dagger they sell. That won't happen if burn out my quests just for Honored rep. So I decided to alternate Obsidian Warbeads and Mana Tombs runs for the 6000 points I was short. I went to Mana Tombs twice, it seems to average about 1k per run if you don't turn in your dungeon quests (I didn't). I also collected about 150-ish Obsidian Warbeads at 275 rep per stack of 10.
I spent all week on this project, putting in about 2 hours a day with the ogres or in the Mana Tombs. On Friday I finally hit Honored and went out to Stormspire to purchase my new recipe. They also had 3 other gem recipes for Honored rep, so I recommend you jewelcrafters out there get your faction up so you can add them to your collection.
I am also quite lucky to have an Alchemist buddy (ty Squorge!) who can make uncut diamonds for me. He transmuted two of them for me, an earthy one for when I thought I'd just go with the recipe I had, and the skyfire one I eventually used. I owe you one Squorge!
So, long story short - I had the gem. Now the requirements for activating this particular gem are 1 red gem and 2 yellow gems. I had absolutely zero socketed gear on me except the new helm, which had 1 yellow socket. I needed to score something with sockets! I tried the AH all week, but no leatherworkers were posting up the Enchanted Clefthoof gear I needed. It was all Fel Leather and Heavy Clefthoof, both of which require Leatherworking to equip <argh>! I was going to go to the Cenarion Quartermaster and just buy the Warden Hauberk (honored) even though I already have a better tunic. Amazingly I lucked out - one of my Mana Tombs quest rewards was a socketed item! It was a pair of Resto druid pants, but at this point I didn't much care. Now that I was Honored with Consortium, I could turn in the quest and get the pants.
Ok now I have enough sockets and the meta gem, so it's time to get down to business. I took some notes for you guys so you could see how the meta gem affected my stats. Bear in mind that the meta gem confers an extra +24 attack power when activated:
|Base attack power||1226|
|Atk pwr w/socketed meta gem||1226 (clearly not active)|
|After adding 1x orange gem||1229 (from +3 agi on 2nd gem)|
|Swap real pants for healer pants||1141|
|Add 1x orange healer gem||1165 (no bonus from second OJ gem)|
As you can see from my numbers, my attack power went up by 24 after adding the second orange gem. When I socketed the first orange gem and saw that it boosted my AP, I decided I wanted to eliminate any extraneous jumps from the remaining test changes. I purposely picked a healer gem for the second orange gem to prevent it from contributing to my AP number. This way any change we see is purely due to the meta gem. When I take the healer pants off, the meta gem grays out (inactive). When I put the healer pants on, it lights up (active).
So there you have it, you must have the required gems on your equipped gear in order to activate the meta gem. One interesting thing I noted though, I only have two gems equipped and yet the requirement listed three gems (1x red, 2x yellow). Clearly it's counting one of my gems twice. Based on the WoWWiki page and several other threads I read, this should not be the case. So either other sources haven't fully tested their theory or I am the lucky recipient of a bugged gem. At any rate this is my experience and anyone else out there who would like to comment on theirs is welcome to do so =)