What Exactly Is The Shuffle?

The shuffle is a process of taking ore, prospecting it, and turning the results into finished products, typically including:

  • Cut gems
  • Jewellery
  • Enchanting Materials
  • Enchants

The shuffle seems to have started with the Saronite Shuffled introduced on the JMTC by Z-Man. At the end of Wrath of the Lich king when gold making in Cataclysm was being discussed, no other naming alternatives came up, so it was continued to be called the shuffle. While the the ingredients and results have changed in the time since it’s conception, the technique is still valid.

In Mists of Pandaria the most common ore to use is the shuffle is Ghost Iron Ore, as it offers the best results for the cheapest prices. You can check out prospecting results for the other ores, but Ghost Iron Ore works the best for the shuffle.

To do the shuffle, you will only need a maxed Jewelcrafter and Enchanter, though an Alchemist can be helpful for transmutes. Once you’ve prospected your ore (you will need a tidy sum of ore, think in the 1000-2000 range) you first start by cutting rare gems.You will then have to decide what to do with the remaining gems. To make this easier I have a spreadsheet called The Golden Crusade Shuffler which will help you determine what the most profitable route will be for you. Essentially, your options are:

  • Craft jewellery for disenchant
    • Sell enchanting materials
    • Use enchanting materials for enchants
  • Craft jewellery for sale
  • Cut gems for perfects
  • Transmute

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