I’ve read that many players are avoiding the shuffle right now claiming it is in profitable, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Right now the shuffle is very profitable and everyone who’s interested in gold making should be doing it right now.
Don’t let the high gold cost of ore right now deter you, doing the shuffle right now can be extremely profitable. Take a look at my previous post Results of Prospecting, Milling, and Disenchanting in Mists of Pandaria for information on where I’m getting some of my numbers from.
I’m currently working on a shuffling spreadsheet of my own (I know The Consortium is working on one as well, this is another book thing) but until it’s ready I want to go over an example of how the shuffle can be lucrative.
Right now I’m buying Ghost Iron Ore up at up to 200 gold per stack which may seem expensive but wait until we break it down. If we take a sample of 100 stacks, costing us up to 20,000 gold, we get approximately the following yield:
- 610 Uncommon Gems
- 108 Rare Gems
- 520 Sparking Shards
Let’s start with the easy one first, Sparking Shards; It takes 10 Sparkling Shards to make one Serpents Eye so this sample will produce 52 Serpent’s Eyes which at an average cost of 47g right now will sell for 2444 gold.
Next up we have the rare gems. I’m going to take the yields from my prospecting results so I’m not going to split this evenly six ways. Here’s how this sample should break down, for arguments sake we’ll be using uncut prices, so depending on what cuts you have you can get significantly more for any gem.
|Gem||Count||Price Per (gold)||Total Value (gold)|
The rare gems, uncut, would get us 18,949 gold. Add this to the amount we’ve made from the Serpent’s Eyes we’ve already made 21,393 gold, that’s a profit of 1,393 gold over the cost of the Ghost Iron Ore, and that is without taking into account the fact that most of the Ghost Iron Ore we would have picked up for this example cost well below the 200 gold per stack price.
Now what to do with those uncommon gems? Luckily at this point everything we make off the uncommon gems is gravy since we’ve already made back our investment.
Since transmuting the meta gem, Primal Diamond, now uses rare gems that isn’t an option for our uncommon gems. That leaves us with three options for our uncommon gems:
For this example we’ll be crafting the Jewelcrafting ring and necklace, but selling raw and cut are also potential sources of profit, though expect those markets to be saturated. Keep in mind that the perfect cut uncommon gems sell very well since they have stats equal to that of rare gems.
Roguestone and Sunstone are going to be the limiting factor statistically for these two jewellery pieces, so we’re going to assume we have 96 Roguestones and 97 Sunstones, which means we can craft 96 Shadowfire Necklaces and 97 Ornate Bands.
Since the blue quality items from these sell so well we will not be disenchanting them and instead sending them right to market and for this example we will be assuming you can sell each blue item for at least 100 gold (a very conservative estimate). Given the proc rates I found for blue items statistically we will get 7 blue quality Shadowfire Necklaces and 3 blue quality Ornate Bands which means another 1,000 gold in our pocket. Total sales so far are now 22,393 gold at a conservative estimate.
This leaves us with 89 green (or uncommon) quality Shadowfire Necklaces and 94 green quality Ornate Bands.
|Spirit Dust||Mysterious Essence|
This leaves us with 426 Spirit Dust and 23 Mysterious Essence which are currently valued at 3.28 gold and 22.80 gold each, respectively. This gives us a 1397.28 gold worth of Spirit Dust, and 524.40 gold worth of Mysterious Essence. Finally, we can opt to combine 5 Spirit Dust into one Mysterious Essence, so if we chose to do that (you might not want to, depending on what the market saturation is like) we end up with 108 Mysterious Essence and a solitary Spirit Dust with a total value of 2,465 gold in enchanting material.
Where does this leave us? Let’s break it down
|Product||Value (in gold)|
|Blue Quality Jewellery||1000|
This gives us a conservative sale value of 24,302 gold for a sample of Ghost Iron Ore that cost us 20,000 gold. Not too shabby eh?
Don’t forget that we took several conservative estimate here:
- Calculated Ghost Iron Ore costs at our max purchase price
- Didn’t factor in cut rare gems
- Low-balled the sale value of blue quality jewellery
- Didn’t account for sales of enchants
As you can see there is lots of gold to be made in the shuffle already if you are willing to set down the investments for it, but the return will be quick. If you’re not shuffling already, what are you waiting for?