Back in January of this year I wrote about how the colour arrangements for gems needed an adjustment. Seems the folks at Blizzard must be on the same wavelength because when Mists of Pandaria rolled out I was thrilled to see many more options for using up those pesky gems that just never seem to sell. But did Blizzard really fix the problem? Lets take a look at the current demands on gems so far in Mists of Pandaria.
Typically the most trouble comes from the blue colour gems, which in Mists of Pandaria are Lapis Lazuli and River’s Heart. In Cataclysm blues were only good for meta gem transmutes, cuts, and vendor. In Mists of Pandaria Lapis Lazuli, the uncommon gem, can be used for
- Cuts (including Perfect procs)
- Mirror Scope
- Transmute: River’s Heart
- Ornate Band
Alright, so not too good so far with the Lapis Lazuli. With the availability of Golden Lotus the transmute won’t see much use, and mirror scope will see limited sales as well. The saving grace is that Ornate Band will be crafted often as an easy way to get Spirit Dust and Mysterious Essence and that Perfect Cuts can sell quite well since they have the same stat value as rare gems.
Lets look at what the rare blue gem for Mists of Pandaria, River’s Heart, is used for
- Reflection of the Sea
- Enchant Weapon – River’s Song
- Sapphire Cub
- Sapphire Panther
Alright so not a bad showing at first glance, certainly a larger spectrum of uses for the gem. There are some limiting factors first of all. The pet and mount that uses the gems, Sapphire Cub and Sapphire Panther respectively, are locked behind Golden Lotus and Cloud Serpents dailies and won’t be cheap to craft so demand will be low for these with such huge demand and such limited supply on Golden Lotus. How well Reflection of the Sea does will vary from server to server but even on the fastest moving servers it won’t make a huge dent in your supply of River’s Heart. So far River’s Heart cuts haven’t been moving well on my server, I don’t think I’ve sold one in over 48 hours (and I have all four cuts for it). The only possible saving grace is when the Enchant Weapon – River’s Song (hello sweetie) become more widely available as it’s likely going to be the weapon enchant of choice for tanks so hopefully with all the other ways to use it you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting rid of your River’s Hearts.
Alright so theory is all well and good in theory, but what about in practice? Right now after about 2 weeks of shuffling I’ve got a significant backlog of River’s Hearts, but also Sun’s Radiance, the yellow coloured rare gems. Lets see what those are used for shall we?
- Lionsfall Ring
- Sunstone Panther
While there is one more cut available to Sun’s Radiance it doesn’t have the pet available to River’s Heart, and it’s not used in any enchants. It’s not surprising Sun’s Radiance cuts aren’t doing too well, while secondary stats are weighted much better now and some classes and specs should be gemming some secondary stats, they operative word there is should, many players are stuck in the old ways of stacking primary stats, so it might be some time before this is corrected and demand for gems balances out.
Now lets take a look at the traditonal best sellers the red coloured gems. Skipping right to the rare gems Primordial Ruby we find the following requires these gems
- Lord’s Signet
- Lord Blastington’s Scope of Doom
- Ruby Panther
Not only is the Primordial Ruby used in 5 cuts, 3 of which are amongst the most popular cuts, it’s also used in an important scope (which doubles as a regent for a gun Engineers can also make), a ring, and one of the best looking mounts added yet to the game.
Why does Blizzard continue to do this? Admittedly on paper the spread of gem uses is much better, but in practice it seems to be failing yet again.
Of course we’ll just adjust, I suspect many blue coloured gems will face the vendor fate before this expansion is over, it’s just disappointing to see so many gems go to waste that could actually be contributing to the games economy.