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Insider Trader: Getting your mote on


Once you hit Outland and begin to surf through the materials required to not only reach 375 in your given profession, but then to proceed through making your epic sets, you might start feeling a tad dizzy. One of the main reasons for this across all crafting professions is primals.

As an example, let's consider the Ebon Netherscale pieces from Dragonscale leatherworking. In order to make the breastplate, bracers and belt, you will need, among other things: 36 [Primal Fire], 36 [Primal Shadow] and 3 [Primal Nether]. In other words, 360 [Mote of Fire] and 360 [Mote of Shadow], and this only once you've reached 375.

This week, Insider Trader explores the best places to farm for the motes you'll be needing, along with the benefits provided by engineering, alchemy, mining and herbalism. We also take a look at how to benefit from trades, with a list of further reading.
Each week, Insider Trader takes you behind the scenes of the bustling sub-culture of professional craftsmen, examining the profitable, the tragically lacking, and the methods behind the madness. For more farming guides, check out our cloth farming guide. For a complete list of profession guides, feel free to peruse our directory.

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Filed under: Herbalism, Mining, Alchemy, Engineering, Items, Economy, Quests, Features, Guides, Insider Trader (Professions)

Insider Trader: Where have all the clouds gone?


Feeling a little gassy now that Thanksgiving has come and gone? Not if you're an engineer -- because gas clouds (as well as other types of clouds) are curiously nowhere to be found. At the time of this post , the disappearance of felmist, windy cloud, swamp gas and arcane vortex spawns was being widely and dramatically mourned by engineers. Engineers have been busily harvesting the clouds for motes since patch 2.3, when their handy-dandy Ultra-Spectropic Detection Goggles (which require Engineering [350] to equip) began showing the location of nearby clouds on the minimap.

Where did all the clouds go? Apparently, something significant changed when the servers reset for the debut of Arena Season 3. After the initial round of harvesting (when many engineers reported successful sweeps of their regular extracting routes), the clouds stopped respawning. Many players report seeing what appear to be the shadows of the clouds -- but alas, no clouds to actually cast the shadows.

Just as engineers were beginning to enjoy the fruits of their labors extracting motes with their Zapthrottle Mote Extractors, the outlook seems to have turned ... well, decidedly uncloudy. Engineers are clamoring for a blue response on both the profession and bug forums alike, but no official response has yet been posted. Most in-game petitioners have been told that the situation was working as intended, and several players report email replies indicating that Blizzard is aware of and investigating the "situation." So no, your goggles aren't broken -- stay tuned to the official forums for possible updates!

Read on for tips on spotting pure water pools and a handy way to search for crafted items that have had stat updates in patch 2.3.

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Filed under: Fishing, Engineering, Tips, Insider Trader (Professions)

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