As promised during episode 10 of Bitter and Salty, I went through the list of pre-raid, Holy Paladin shoulders. I’ll admit that it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. However, I did learn two things: Paladins have a healing spec and the Masterwork Lightsteel Shoulders are not actually in the game. It’s interesting that this item was completely left out, but what’s more interesting is that nobody is working on correcting the issue. There’s probably a very good reason for that, and has nothing to do with the fact that nobody cares about Holy Paladins.

While every class and spec sits and waits for these shoulders to be made available, take a look-see at all of the other plate-with-spirit gear that is in the game. If you’re saving up your valor points while getting your Golden Lotus dailies done, you’ll be rewarded with the Paleblade Shoulderguards. If you’re a Paladin and you enjoy running heroic Scholomance, then you could find yourself with the Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons. If it were me, I would just disenchant those, though. While you’re out questing in Dread Wastes in your healing spec, look out for the Lucidity Spaulders, a reward from the quest, “The Mariner’s Revenge.”

Oh and for the record, the Lightsteel Shoulders would fall below these three items in terms of best-in-slot, slightly above the already-in-game-and-craftable Contender’s Spirit Shoulders. Let’s all just agree to move on, shall we?

Paleblade Shoulderguards 90 Golden Lotus Revered 1,750 Valor 7,209
Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons 90 Scholomance (Heroic) Darkmaster Gandling 6,441
Lucidity Spaulders 89 The Mariner’s Revenge Dread Wastes 5,246
Contender’s Spirit Shoulders 90 Crafted Blacksmithing 5,153
Goldtalon Spaulders 88 Mists’ Opportunity 4,104
Narsong Spaulders 86 For Family 3,462
Wasteland Burnished Spaulders 88 Len at Arms (Adventuring Supplies) Vale of Eternal Blossoms (66 Gold) 3,425
Serenity Spaulders 87 A Funeral Kun-Lai Summit 3,329
Paoquan Burnished Pauldrons 86 Evacuation Orders 3,256
Lightsteel Shoulders 85 Crafted Blacksmithing 3,016

When I opened up World of Warcraft to play with patch 5.1, I noticed that one of my favorite addons, ArkInventory, was broken. Lime green boxes appeared in my inventory in place of things like Golden Lotus, Crane cards, flasks, and Giant Turtle Tongues.

While we patiently wait for ArkInventory and all of our other addons to be updated, there are workarounds. For ArkInventory, here’s the fix:

  1. If you are currently in World of Warcraft, exit the game
  2. On your local computer, navigate to <Your WoW Installation Folder>\World of Warcraft\interface\addons\ArkInventory
  3. Open up ArkInventory.xml in your favorite text editor.
  4. Find all occurrences of file=” and replace it with file=”Interface\Buttons\UI-PassiveHighlight”
  5. Save ArkInventory.xml
  6. Launch World of Warcraft and enable ArkInventory (even as an out-of-date addon)

That’s it! Your bags will return to the way they were in all their glory.


UPDATE: This has now been officially fixed in version 3.03.21.

As I predicted on Bitter and Salty, the market price value (MPV) for gathered materials continues to plummet. This is directly affecting the value of many of the higher-end, Mists of Pandaria (MoP) items in the game such as Living Steel, Dark Moon Faire cards, and flasks. In some cases, it’s not worth the trouble to craft these items because of the amount of time it takes you to process components at each level.

Living Steel was a hot commodity soon after MoP launched. Prices were extreme with single bars going for multiple thousands of gold. Then, on October 3, 2012, equilibrium was reached, and the MPV began to plummet. A post-equilibrium surplus such as the one Living Steel experienced a couple months ago can be an indicator of an aggressive loss of value. The market price for one Living Steel bar across all servers is now 476 gold. The price is even lower on high population servers (300-350 gold). Many players have probably bailed out of the Living Steel market altogether, frustrated with the fall in prices and reminiscing about easy gold-making.

This is not the time to panic, however. It’s the perfect time for some math! If you’re crafting Living Steel, then you’re an Alchemist specializing in Transmutation. If you’re not then you’re doing it wrong! If you are, then you’re watching the Ghost Iron Bar and Trillium Bar market. If you have access to a Blacksmith, then you’re watching the Ghost Iron Ore market. In reality, all of the markets are falling relative to each other, but the lowest tiered material is falling the quickest. You don’t want to ignore secondary and tertiary materials (the Ghost Iron and Trillium bars, in this case) as values on these will even out over time.

I’ve put together another spreadsheet using market prices published by The Undermine Journal for the Horde on Earthen Ring (US). The formulas within the spreadsheet calculate the cost to craft one Living Steel bar using one of the three components. As you can see in this example, the cheapest method, by far, is to use Ghost Iron Ore. However, we know that most Alchemists are lazy (especially Trolls), and they will buy the Ghost Iron bars directly off the auction house. An Alchemist would never buy the Trillium bars because they can transmute them with no cool down. Wait, what? You’re an Alchy and you buy Trillium bars to make Living Steel? Stop it.

Ghost Iron Ore Ghost Iron Bar Trillium Bar Living Steel
Price 1.57 4.39 48.04 318.75
Qty x GIO 1 2 20 120
Cost (GIO) 1.57 3.14 31.44 188.63
Qty x GIB 1 10 60
Cost (GIB) 4.39 43.90 263.41
Qty x TB 1 6
Cost (TB) 48.04 288.25
ACTION Craft Living Steel!

Simply put: f the cost to make a Living Steel bar is less than the value of the bar itself, go ahead and make it. However, I also take into account the values of the ore and bars in-between so that a sudden spike in Trillium Bar cost/value (for example) would put a stop to what I like to call my “Living Steel Dailies.” Oh, and this does not factor in a transmute-spec’d alchemist’s change to proc bonus Living Steel bars, of course. That’s just pure, unadulterated profit at that point.