Tailor's Guide to Cataclysm Buyers

I'm starting a new series on Crafter's Tome aimed at helping crafters find items to sell when Cataclysm debuts. We all anticipate that folks will roll new characters to play Worgen and Goblin toons. Perhaps some of us have even planned out what to make for our own alts when the time comes. But I suspect few if any of us have actually thought about how we might capitalize on this event with our tradeskills.

I've decided to tackle this question and my first attempt will be Tailoring. Three of the new Worgen/Goblin classes with be cloth-wearers [Priest, Mage, Lock] in addition to the old classes that are shifting into these new roles. As a result, there should be plenty of lowbies running around in dresses. And you could be the one providing that next upgrade to the lil tykes!

I've split the items into typical level brackets (10-19, 20-29, etc) and ranked them on Wowhead across all three classes. From there I calculated an average rank for each item. This is far from an exhaustive list of crafted cloth, but these should be the strongest pieces within each level bracket. They are listed in order of their average score, starting with the best item:

Levels 10-19
Spidersilk Drape (rare quality)
Spidersilk Boots (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Reinforced Woolen Shoulders
Colorful Kilt
Woolen Boots
Simple Kilt
Blue Overalls

Levels 20-29
Azure Silk Gloves
Shadow Hood
Truefaith Gloves
Azure Silk Vest
Silk Headband
Spider Silk Slippers
Phoenix Gloves
Azure Silk Pants
Enchanter's Cowl
Phoenix Pants
Azure Silk Hood

Levels 30-39
Icy Cloak (rare quality)
Crimson Silk Gloves
Black Mageweave Gloves
Crimson Silk Vest
Shadoweave Pants
Red Mageweave Pants
Star Belt (requires uncommon ingredients)
Azure Shoulders
White Bandit Mask
Shadoweave Robe
Azure Silk Cloak
Crimson Silk Shoulders

Levels 40-49
Dreamweave Vest (rare quality)
Dreamweave Gloves (rare quality)
Dreamweave Circlet (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Frostweave Gloves
Cindercloth Vest
Cindercloth Boots
Frostweave Tunic
Frostweave Robe
Shadoweave Boots
Shadoweave Shoulders
Shadoweave Mask
Cindercloth Gloves
Shadoweave Gloves

Levels 50-59
Inferno Gloves (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Robe of Winter Night (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Felcloth Gloves (rare quality, require uncommon ingredients)
Felcloth Hood
Felcloth Shoulder (requires uncommon ingredients)
Felcloth Robe (requires uncommon ingredients)
Cindercloth Pants
Felcloth Boots
Runecloth Gloves
Frostweave Pants
Felcloth Pants
Cindercloth Cloak (requires uncommon ingredients)

Levels 60-69
Bracers of Havok (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Blackstrike Bracers (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Frostwoven Belt
Frostwoven Boots
Bloodvine Vest (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Cloak of the Black Void (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Frostwoven Gloves
White Remedy Cape (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Bloodvine Leggings (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Netherweave Tunic

Levels 70-77
Duskweave Shoulders
Cloak of Frozen Spirits (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Dustweave Boots
Mystic Frostwoven Robe (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)
Duskweave Leggings
Dustweave Cowl
Duskweave Belt
Duskweave Gloves
Duskweave Wristwraps
Mystic Frostwoven Wristwraps (rare quality, requires uncommon ingredients)

One thing to keep in mind as you review this list is that some people will be using heirloom gear on their alts. So you may want to skip items for the chest/shoulder slots. That will be a judgement call whether you think it's worth trying the waters or not. I tried to include enough items in each bracket so a few could be tossed out due to slot considerations or recipe acquisition problems.

You might also note that the Burning Crusade/WotLK end of the crafting chain becomes more challenging. The bulk of the items in these sections are blue gear with steeper components. This is because quest items received better itemization in BC/WotLK and surpassing that quality level is more difficult for craftables. It may be preferable to avoid this range completely unless you happen to have one of the rare recipes and a decent stash of old mats sitting in the bank. I probably wouldn't invest a lot of money into making these without knowing what the market will be like post-Cataclysm.

5 comments:

  1. Good idea! Hadn't thought about that. I've always made good $$ on spidersilk wear with twinks, lowbies. Time to start stocking up mats - they'll sell for as much as the product likely!

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  2. Don't forget about leg enchant spellthreads.
    I imagine they might be quite good sellers

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  3. You're absolutely right James, I meant to get those in the list but it didn't get done. I will update this post and get them added when I have a chance to collect all the links :)

    Thanks for keeping me honest!

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  4. Great post! Thank you so much for this wonderful guidelines. This is really a big help.

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  5. Can't believe you didn't list any bags. I also liked the spider belt in early levels. Nice to have a stun remover.

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