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2-06-2012 @ 5:34PM
I suppose I thought this was intended to let alchemists try to make money selling the potions. In BC and Wrath, on my server at least, there was no money to be made on potions. With Cata at least I was able to make a little gold for a while making mana pots.Healing potions, not sure about. Have mostly played healers so have never been in the habit of using them. As a raid leader I'd rather the DPSers use DPS pots and let me and the other healers worry about their health.As for other potions, I haven't noticed a change in how I or my guildies use them for raiding. They are still useful especially when first learning a fight and enrage timers are right.Regarding elixirs issues that commentors brought up, you still need them to make the cauldrons, so there shouldn't be a huge change in demand from previous expansions. Possibly since cauldrons are guild coordinated elixirs are more likely to be made than bought.
2-06-2012 @ 5:59PM
I made plenty of money in TBC off of selling potions; not by making them, they were a side product of farming chests and ore in Nagrand. Each humanoid camp had a couple of chest spawns, and I would fly around on my dwarf farming those with Find Treasure up while keeping an eye out for the (fairly easily noticeable with Gatherer) ore nodes. What changed in Wrath is that the potion cooldown got changed so as to not start refreshing until you were out of combat. In TBC, you'd chug mana potions as soon as you could get full use on them and on every cooldown after. With only one use per fight in Wrath, but with them dropping willy nilly still, there just could not be a market for them.I *think* that the Cata model was meant to give alchemists an outlet to sell potions, but now that they're out of sight, they're out of knew, too.
2-06-2012 @ 8:23PM
I hardly ever use potions, unfortunately. I would like to, but I can only use one per fight, unless I pre-pot, but that's not always practical. As DPS, if a fight is coming down to the wire, I'll use a potion to help push the kill, but it's never a health potion as I have abilities to pop that restore health or reduce damage. Even when tanking, I have too many survival buttons I'm mashing to worry with a potion, and for the amount of health I have compared to the piddly amount the healing potion restores, I'd rather use an armor or magic resistance potion, or just focus on my abilities.I understand Blizzard wanting to get away from the old practice of raiders stacking elixirs and potions on themselves during a boss fight, but come on. Gold is everywhere, so are crafters. Potions and elixirs are accessible to everyone in the game, so let us use more of them at a time if we want to. Crafters get more business, Blizzard gets a gold sink, bosses die, and everybody's happy.
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