With Patch 4.2 around the corner, everyone is excited for new content. Luckily this patch includes lots of new crafting goodies for almost every profession. Even if you're not a raider, you can make new gear for the PVP crowd. I think the top of many of our ToDo lists is unlocking the new vendors from the Firelands zone. I've been working on this guide to help you guys out with that. This information isn't intended to explain all the quests to you, there are other sites that will be more useful for that. The focus of my walk-thru is to give you an idea of the progression involved with unlocking new vendors so you can buy their recipes.
If you haven't done so already, you need to play through the Mount Hyjal quests to unlock the "Regrowth" phase. This will take around 84 quests and 2-3 hours of play time to complete (you can use your achievement tracker to monitor progress). Specifically you should finish the quests at Nordrassil, the Shrine of Goldrinn and the Grove of Aessina. Then you need to free Tortolla at the Shrine of Malorne and revive Aviana. Once you turn in Aessina's Miracle, the "Regrowth" will be phased in and you can pick up new quests at the Shrine of Malorne from Matoclaw. Her quests will eventually lead you through the portal and grant access to the Firelands and the new daily quests. I would recommend completing the Regrowth before 4.2 goes live.
On the first day of questing for the Firelands, you'll get 12 tokens. This includes 8 tokens for doing lead-in quests and 4 tokens for the first set of dailies. You'll also pick up a quest to collect 20 tokens so you can unlock the next phase of quests. You'll need to do two more days of dailies to get the first 20 tokens, so you're looking at three days spent in Phase One. Once you have 20 tokens, you give them to Arch Druid Hamuul. Then he'll send you on a short quest chain to set up the Firelands location. You'll get 15 more tokens for doing the final quest, which almost replaces the 20 you gave Hamuul. At that point you can jump right into the newly unlocked dailies, which sets your first day tally for Phase Two at 23 Marks. While you're at the Molten Front, don't forget to check in with Zen'Vorka - a new vendor who is unlocked in Phase Two. He has a few iLevel 365 baubles that might be useful for your toon, which you can buy with gold.
There are four quests at the new Molten Front area which will reward a total of 8 tokens. You can still do dailies at the Hyjal location and collect 14 tokens per day in Phase Two. It takes about 11 days to get all of the 150 tokens you need to reach Phase Three. Once you have the tokens, you return to Hyjal and give them to either Saynna Stormrunner at the Sanctuary of Malorne or Skylord Omnuron at the Shrine of Aviana. I went with Omnuron so I could suck up to the Druids of the Talon, but you can pick Saynna if you prefer the Shadow Wardens. After Omnuron flies off, make sure you grab a new quest from the Innkeeper downstairs. She sends you to meet the druids at Malfurion's Breach.
Once you arrive in the Firelands in this phase, there's a new daily available and a quest from Omnuron. He wants you to escort a druid through the fire. This is a typical escort quest where you fight mobs while following the NPC. Just be careful to stay back or you'll take extra fire damage. Completing this quest unlocks the next hub which is underground. There are two daily quests down there, as well as another escort quest. Doing the second escort unlocks a third daily quest at the next hub. Once you complete the underground quests, you are sent back up where you can pick up two more daily quests. Most of the daily quests in Phase 3 are chained. Each day you must complete the Phase 2 dailies before getting Phase 3 dailies. Once you turn in the Phase 2 quests at Malfurion's Breach, the escort quest will light up which let's you start the Phase 3 dailies.
During Phase 3 you can earn 25 tokens per day by doing 14 total daily quests. You'll be stuck in Phase 3 until you collect two sets of 150 tokens for the Shadow Wardens and the Druids of the Talon. That's right, you have to unlock both of them. You can expect to spend about 6 days earning each set of 150 tokens, so 12 days total in Phase 3. Once you give 150 tokens to the leaders of both groups, three NPCs will show up at the Molten Front. Each offers a quest to collect 125 tokens for them.
Completing all 14 of the new Firelands quests was taking me about 45 minutes each day. It might go faster if you have a group to do it with you. These 14 quests will reward 25 tokens per day. So the most tokens you'll get in any one day is 25 and this is only after you reach Phase 3. It takes 5 days to unlock each vendor once you've completed all the steps leading up to them. Phase 1 takes three days, followed by Phase 2 which takes 11 days. Phase 3 takes 6 days per faction, so 12 days total. Including the 5 days to actually unlock a vendor, you're looking at 31 days to gain access to the new recipes. Add another five days for each additional vendor you want to unlock.
While this seems like a ton of work (and who are we kidding, it IS!) there's a good chance that less-than-dedicated crafters will poop out before the finish line. Especially folks who spend a lot of time raiding and maybe don't really need the gear that's for sale, they might not stay with this for the full 31 days. Those of you who do manage to keep going day after day will reap the rewards. And who knows, this might end up being an interesting experiment for Blizzard to see which types of players are willing to work hard for great new recipes.