This weekend I decided to get serious about the Ragesteel Shoulders farming project in the hopes that the frenzy window wasn't totally closed. I spent about 60 minutes the first day farming Enraged Air Spirits, then I switched to Enraged Fire Spirits for another 30 minutes. I gave up for the day at that point and was kind of on the fence about whether to continue.
On Sunday I decided to go ahead and farm some motes of fire, since I've been making the Adamantite Plate gear to raise cash for my epic flyer. I went back to the Fel Pits in SMV and after maybe 5 kills, the Ragesteel Shoulders plans dropped. So I can personally confirm that they drop off the fire dudes. Others have posted on Allakhazam that they also drop from the Air, Water and Earth mobs. Since we blacksmiths use a lot of fire and air primals for our crafted goods, it certainly isn't wasted effort to farm the motes and see if you get lucky.
An interesting thing about this recipe is that it requires 2 scrolls to craft. Yes, that's right the exact same scrolls we use to buff ourselves. Since the other Ragesteel recipes use strength potions as an ingredient, I assume the scrolls are intended to be a similar component. As a result, Blizzard has unwittingly (or perhaps wittingly) created a market spike on the scrolls. More specifically - Scroll of Strength V. Which luckily I do get those on a semi-regular basis, so I've been unaffected by the auction house gouging. The best way to collect these is by fishing, I spent about an hour in Zangarmarsh last night and got three of them. They can be found in the Inscribed Scroll Cases that come out of the spawned pools from time to time. If you don't have fishing, you're going to be at the mercy of those who do and are currently charging 15-25g per scroll. Ouch!
On the upside, this new Ragesteel recipe has renewed interest in the other Ragesteel items from the set. This is great news for me, as I still had 5 pairs of gloves in my bank that I was selling at a rate of 1-2 per month. In the past week I've sold two of them, so I'm quite happy that I can take advantage of the ripple effect.
I also made my first pair of Ragesteel Shoulders on Sunday night and posted it before I went to bed. By the next morning they were sold - very impressive I thought. I've done some research on the Tankspot forums and these shoulders appear to be the new top dog for DPS warriors in non-epic gear. I'm hoping this is good news for the long-term viability of this item, but for right now I pronounce it "worth farming".