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9-23-2011 @ 9:20AM
Okay, color me confused, but has there been any information as to how jewelcrafters are going to be attaining the new recipes so we can even cut stuff? While I did finish up the JC daily and have all the Cata designs (I'm back to only missing five of the Sunwell recipes), I've continued doing the daily for the eventual announcement of the location of those cuts.I think I misunderstood the reading of their original announcement, too. At first it seemed like cut gems would be dropping rather than uncut gems, like those gems you could get in the fishing reward bags in Wrath. That seemed odd to me, and while uncut gems makes more sense, it leaves me groaning at the prospect of trying to get a whole other bunch of gem cuts.
9-23-2011 @ 9:52AM
No one colours Bones confused!
9-23-2011 @ 11:47AM
I've been asking myself the same question. Everyone goes on about where the gems will come from, but nobody (not in the interview either) asks how us Jewelcrafting folks are going to learn how to cut them! I sometimes wish I could look into the heads of game designers :-)
9-23-2011 @ 12:18PM
^ Emphatically this.Like many people I stockpiled pyrium ore in the event epic gems would be prospectable. But I also took into account that JCs would need the patterns to make the cuts so I have been hoarding my JC daily tokens for several months now. I assume that Blizzard will likely just add recipe cuts for epic gems in 4.3 like they did for the upgraded pvp recipes in 4.2. However, this assumes that they will follow the model they used in wotlk which they are obviously willing to deviate from. It is possible that they will make cuts rewarded somehow through a raid reputation for the Dragon Soul raid, but this falls into the trap Basil mentioned where PVPers are forced to raid which is against their intended design.It is also possible that their will be a second tier of JC currency available through new dailies, but then that goes against the currency streamlining process that was implemented in cataclysm.Personally, I am cautiously optimistic about JC profitability in 4.3. And on the bright side of things, I don't think I will run out of pyrite bars for my truegold xmutes anytime soon :)
9-23-2011 @ 3:19PM
I was late getting into JC in Wrath and only got the 4 complimentary tokens when epic gems dropped. I was still able to do OK cutting gems for people who asked in trade. It seems like they are flipping the script here in cata. My feel is that if they are only dropping the gems in raids, the epic cuts will probably only be available to those who raid as well. Either by drops or by a new faction. The only kicker is that there are so many gem cuts. If they go the route of the gems being available only to raiders, they can offer some cut gems as well. Probably your most in demand cuts? The fact that they didn't put out any info on the cutting of said epic gems means they probably don't know exactly how it will go down yet. It's funny though that they want to make raiding more accessible to people but will gimp the average joe by not allowing them the best gems until they get to a more advanced level of raiding.
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