After my last post on Emblem of Conquest gear, commenter Illianeth reminded me of another source of gear upgrades. Those high-end leatherworking recipes that drop in Ulduar have been out of the average player’s reach for a while. They each require 6 Runed Orbs to craft. At typical auction house prices, that would run you 8000-10000 gold.
Well, Runed Orbs can be purchased with Emblems of Conquest! It costs 18 Emblems for one Runed Orb. That means that after the patch, anyone that can run heroics can conceivably get the Footpads of Silence and Death-Warmed Belt. The Footpads are best in slot, and the belt is pretty close (although not as good as the one you can buy directly with Emblems).
Since each recipe requires 6 Runed Orbs, it would take 108 Emblems for each of those items. That makes them by far the most expensive EoC-related gear, and certainly not worth that much. Instead, you’ll probably do better buying the Runed Orbs from the auction house after the price plummets due to their new availability.