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Cataclysm Patch 4.3 Epic Gems Will Come From Raid Bosses Only
Yup. That's correct. Ghostcrawler (Greg Street) has finally spilled the beans on where Epic Gems will be coming from. It is confirned that Epic Gems will be added in WoW Patch 4.3, which is also the last major content patch for the World of Warcraft Cataclysm expansion. Epic gems are going to be coming from the new Deathwing raid content and will drop from normal and heroic mode bosses only (and not at all for the new easy difficulty raid option that is coming too).
These raid bosses will offer a rare drop "geode" for killing a raid boss in the new Patch 4.3 Deathwing raid content. If the "geode" drops from a rare boss, each raid member will get their own "geode", which can then be opened to see what gems are inside. There can be an epic gem or a rare gem. This reminds me of the individual holiday boss loot bags (Like the Keg-Shaped Chest from killing Coren Direbrew, the Brewfest Boss), where you get your container and open it to see what you got. Everyone gets one and everyone gets their own RNG roll when they open their "geode" container. This helps eliminate the loot getting divided up in groups as everyone will get their "geode" and a chance at getting an epic gem.
Cata Epic Gems Unanswered Questions
That is a quick summary of what we currently know based on the various Blizzard staff interviews and Patch 4.3 information releases. There are still some things that are unanswered that pertain to Epic Gems. Hopefully we will see a Patch 4.3 PTR soon and learn more information on the fate of Epic Gems and Gem Cut Patterns. These are the main questions that still need to be answered.
- Will Epic Gems inside the "geodes" be raw Epic Gems or cut Epic Gems?
- Will these Epic Gems be soulbound (BoP) or tradeable (BoE)?
- Will there be Jewelcrafting recipes for cutting these Epic Gems?
- What will the currency be that is used to purchase these Epic Gem recipe cuts?
Jewelcrafting in Patch 4.3 is not going to be the big gold earning profession that we all assumed it would be once Epic Gems were added into Cataclysm. Even if Blizzard adds Epic Gem Cuts into the game and the Epic Gems from "geodes" are tradeable, they will still be rare and not a widely distributed commodity. Only raiders will be able to obtain them. As Jewelcrafters we may be stuck working mainly just for tips on cutting Epic Gems and we all know what a nightmare that fee pricing / tipping model that can be.
Pyrite Ore Is Fool's Gold
Pyrite Ore is also dubbed "Fool's Gold" in the real world. You didn't invest too heavily into Pyrite Ore hoping to get rich when Epic Gems became available from Prospecting did you? Pyrite Ore as a source of Epic Gems was nothing but pure speculation. Today that speculative bubble burst and ruined the risky plans of many who choose to stock up on Pyrite Ore. Today the prices are already crashing down and stacks are already under 100g for full stacks of Pyrite Ore on my server. I feel bad for the foolish players that stocked up too much on speculation. As in anything, it is a lesson to be learned. Speculation is all about High-Risk taking in hopes of a High-Payout Reward should that speculation become true. As with any major stockpile on speculation, you simply must have an escape route in case things don't work out as planned.
If you didn't stock up of Pyrite Ore, then you can take advantage of the incoming Pyrite Ore crash. Truegold Transmuting, Ebonsteel Belt Buckles, and Pyrium Bars are 3 outs you can take to unload your Pyrite Ore without losing too much gold. You can also prospect and sell the rare gems you get, but be careful. Volatile Earth and the current gems markets should both see prices continuing to drop as players churn through their massive stockpiles of Pyrite Ore. I would hold onto Chimera's Eyes at this point until we know more. If there is a new Prismatic Gem, it is possible that the "geode" would contain 1 piece that needs a Chimera's Eye added to it to become a full Prismatic Tear type gem (that is if the "geode" drops uncut epic gems). I will work up another post to show ways to unload Chimera's Eyes for those of you that need tips on moving any that you may have stocked up on hoping for a new Prismatic Tear Epic Gem.
As of now, we just have to wait it out and look for more answers to our unanswered questions about Epic Gems in WoW Cataclysm Patch 4.3.
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