5.2 Stockpiling & Musings

I still have some investigations ongoing from the PTR: JC daily results | LW daily results | continued progression on BS at the Isle of Thunder | EG progession out there as well. In the meantime, we're closing in on the patch deadline and I thought I should put together some information while it's still actionable.  I got an email from Desade with his thoughts on stockpiling for 5.2 and I'm going to add my own thoughts as well.

I'm going to rank these in order of priority:

1) Ghost Iron!! If you do nothing else, start collecting/saving/buying ghost iron. There are so many new things going in that involve ghost iron it's not funny. Blacksmiths will need it for their new daily CD as well as the new PVP gear they'll be learning. Engineers will need it for their new component which is used in all three of their new recipes, and Jewelcrafters will need to prospect it for the Serpent's Eye(3) they need to use their daily CD. That's not to mention all the ghost iron bars required for the new "improved" Blacksmith leveling process that uses ghost iron instead of all the old-world metals. I expect this to put heavy demand on ghost iron.

2) Trillium Bars/Living Steel: I expect trillium bars to get residual pressure from the ghost iron squeeze. If ghost iron becomes too expensive, we may see crafters start shopping for trillium bars to make their Living Steel. I expect a spike in Living Steel demand due to increased interest in the current epics (new Raid Finder requirements) and demand from raiders for the 5.2 epics. Living steel is also used in all three of the new Engineering recipes. And apparently trillium bars are required for a 5.2 quest involving the Black Prince (ty Christina!).

3) Exotic Leather & Prismatic Scales: Leatherworkers will need a stack per day for their daily discovery cooldown, in addition to what they might use for crafting gear. The discovery recipes will unlock crafted 458 PVP gear and epic quality items as well. Currently the item level of the new crafted epics is not known. Both of these types of leather will work for the cooldown and both produce the magnificent hide needed to craft items.

4) Windwool Cloth/Imperial Silk: I expect a modest bump in demand for these items as raiders start purchasing 5.2 crafted gear and non-raiders start purchasing 476 gear to get into the higher Raid Finder groups. If your Tailor won't be participating in the new 5.2 content, you may not need to stockpile much if at all.

5) Spirits of Harmony: All crafters should be stockpiling SoH for making raid gear in 5.2. Even if you don't plan to do the Isle of Thunder content, you can still make 476 gear to sell players who need to beef up their item level for the 5.2 raid finder.

Be prepared that once 5.2 drops all of these items will go up in price to some degree. This weekend should be a good time to start purchasing cheap materials so you don't have to pay sky-high prices later. Good Luck and stay tuned!
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11 comments:

  1. Trillium will also be under pressure. One of the "legendary" questline quests requires 40 trillium bars. (Or possibly 20)

    http://ptr.wowhead.com/quest=32591

    The pattern drop (in theory) for leatherworking is boots. http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94273
    I'd expect there to be another slot, but I don't see one yet. 7 magnificent hides each plus 6 haunting spirits.

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    1. I'll add the trillium quest to that section, I didn't realize there was a quest for it. As for the LW pattern, I'm not sure what their status is. The boots you linked have the same mats as the Quilen Hide Boots I learned via daily research. Will they go live as a discovery recipe or get moved to a raid drop -- the million dollar question!

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    2. I have my fingers crossed for discoveries. Did you see that Blood Spirits will be available for purchase for valor? The craftable 496 gear should also be more affordable. I'm wondering if the recipes themselves will go for more post patch.

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    3. Yes, I did see that blood spirits will be sold for valor and I think that should bring prices down for those items too. I know I'll be more likely to craft the 496 gear :) It's certainly possible that the recipes will see an increase in price after the patch but I wouldn't expect it to be significant. Most of the raiders who end up with them will be ready to move on to better items and they will probably want to dump them. I'm seeing prices range from 3k to 10k, so I think the "dump" mentality may already be creeping in.

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  2. Thanks for all this info! I've got a 90 blacksmith who I have been leveling up to 570 so far. I've been stockpiling ore for her to level. Should I work on getting it done before patch 5.2 hits, or wait until after. I haven't been on the PTR so I don't fully understand the changes that will actually pertain to what my goals are. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again.

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    1. The training projects only go to to 486, so it sounds like you are already past their usefulness. I suspect they are only meant to take you to 500 skill, which is where the MoP blacksmithing recipes kick in. I would go ahead and grind out those last 30 points with the Masterwork gear and sell as many of those as you can this weekend. By the time the patch drops you'll be 600 and can start jumping into the crafted epics :)

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    2. Thanks for the quick response. I'm gonna go get it done now. Thanks again!

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  3. The new leatherworking epics are 522 - the one I learned is implemented.

    http://i50.tinypic.com/2qxn9jc.png

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    1. Nice! I hadn't seen that one yet. Maybe the new build will have actual items for the epic recipes.

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  4. Feet and Helms.
    http://ptr.wowdb.com/items/94289-haunting-spirit

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    1. That's great, they finally put in the items for the new epic recipes. Unfortunately it looks like I'll need to discover them again, they were not added to my recipe book. Oh well, still working that cooldown :)

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