Well I finally made the change. After debating the plus’s and minus’s for the better part of 2 weeks I finally decided to drop enchanting and level jewel crafting last night. Why was this a hard decision? Because I had 450 enchanting with all WoLK enchants. What made it easier was the fact that I have enchanting around 400 on one of my alts so that will still allow me to enchant my gear and DE most other items.
Why did I make the decision? After reading tons of articles, forums posts, and just talking to several trusted tanks both in game and in email I realized that it would overall give me much more flexibility with my stats to have JC and using the 3 dragon’s eye. So I lost 48 stamina from the ring enchants but I gained a very nice stamina trinket and 3 either +stamina, +dodge, OR +defense dragon’s eye. So in the big picture I actually gained much more than the 48 stamina I was getting from the ring enchants.
Why did I not drop mining? Because I like it. Not a good enough reason for you? Well since the 3.08 patch change when they made the mining buff +50 stamina instead of +500 hp it scales much better and in case your math is very bad the +50 stamina from mining is 2 more stamina than the ring enchants give.
What was the cost of this little endeavor? About 3300 gold from out of pocket. You would have thought since I spent so much time contemplating the change that I would have been stock piling materials but I was not so instead of farming the mat’s myself I just bought everything straight off the auction house. The 3300 gold figure is how much I spent before earning back any of the money from having my alt DE a lot of the items and selling anything else on the AH. My opinion is it is going to end up costing me approximately 1000g after I sell all the items on the AH. That does not bother me in the least since I think I can make that money back in under a week or so with a few JC — > DE items.
So we will see how this goes now. I spent so much time thinking about it that finally I had to make a decision and either go with it or just keep enchanting. I decided to take the risk and see what happens. This now gives me a main with Mining and Jewel crafting, priest alt with tailoring and enchanting, warrior alt with mining and BS (maxed), and 2 other level 70+ alts that I occasionally play with mining and skinning. So farming materials should not be a problem, and hopefully I will be able to make use of all my professions to make even more money on the AH.
Well I had an interesting situation arise after Heigan this past week and it is one I have never really dealt with before. You see I try my best to avoid the drama that goes with loot and for the most part I do a very good job of staying totally out of the conversations. The guild I am in uses an EPGP (effort points/gear points) system and it helps to even further eliminate any chance of loot drama.
Anyway as has been discussed in this blog previously I have pretty much finalized my gear plan and my gear goals until the next content is released. It is a fluid list that can be modified and adapted to any situation that could arise but in reality I am fairly happy with the choices on the list and thus I have already started working towards getting those pieces.
So the drama started when after the Heigan kill the Breastplate of Tormented Rage dropped. I am currently wearing the Heroes Redemption Breastplate (t7) and my gear plan has me upgrading to the Valorous Redemption Breastplate
(t7.5) which drops off the 4 horseman chest. Now when you look at the comparison between the BoTR and the HRB yes it is an upgrade but at the same time we easily kill 4 horsemen each week so it is not a long shot that within the next week or so I could have the token piece for the t7.5 chest. So I did not Bid on the BoTR. Both of the other tanks already had it so it was sharded. This made one of the officers upset since he felt I should have taken that chest piece since there is no guarantee the pally chest token will drop next week. Which is very true who knows when a certain loot piece is going to drop. But I really am not depending on that piece for any progression kill so I am content with waiting until I get my chance at the loot I want for my gear plan.
I just could not get him to understand my point of view and while I could fully understand what he meant, I would not embrace his point of view either. So it was a stalemate.
I think some people think I am hoarding my EPGP points for the better gear and they feel that is wrong. I guess in some ways you look at it I am doing that, but they feel like all the best loot pieces are on the very end boss’s and that is not always true. On this same night I won the Ablative Chitin Girdle from Maxeena (#1 belt on my list) and the Mantle of the Lost Conqueror token off Loatheb. (holy shit those shoulders are ugly) As a side note I had technically won the shoulder token the week prior but one of the other tanks was still wearing the Saronite shoulders so I passed the token to him. Loot whore is not something I consider myself.
So how do you handle planning for loot? In my opinion it was not worth it to me to win a chest piece that might only last me for a week or so and by taking it hurt my chances at some of the other loot pieces. Do not get me wrong if the t7.5 token dropped off a boss that we were not killing or I felt that the other piece would give us a better chance at a progression kill than I would have taken it in a heartbeat, but that is not the case. Guess it all just comes down to how everything is perceived.