Every day when I log on and again when I log off I hit the auction house. I always use Auctioneer to scan the prices to look for good deals. Besides that, I routinely check the listings for Talbuk Venison, Scrolls of Agility, Super Healing potions, and leatherworking patterns.
Today my jaw dropped when I saw the pattern for Swiftstrike Shoulders on the auction house for 600g… that’s about 1/3 of its usual price on my server. I grabbed it right away.
Now I have to decide… do I learn the pattern and then collect the rather pricey mats to make it for myself? Or do I resell it for a profit of around 1000g?
When raiding, I am currently wearing the Netherblade Shoulderpads for the 2-piece T4 bonus. When I am soloing I usually wear either the Bladed Shoulderpads of the Merciless or the Blackened Leather Spaulders. The Swiftstrike shoulders are an upgrade, but is it worth the cost of two Heart of Darkness and other mats? I can equip the Netherblade Facemask and Netherblade Breeches to keep the T4 set bonus when raiding, so that’s not an issue.
The renowned EJ spreadsheet says that the new shoulder/head combo will increase my damage by 7.60 dps. Is that worth the cost of the pattern and the mats, and also worth giving up 1000g of profit?
Normally, my philosophy is get the best gear I can get NOW. I don’t save DKP for the top gear. I don’t keep my gear enchant-free in expectation of replacing it. I get whatever I can RIGHT NOW. Also, the expansion is so far off that its not a consideration.
On the other hand, I’d really like to get my epic flyer for my pally alt. Making these shoulders vs selling the pattern is a swing of 2000g one way or the other. I could save myself two weeks worth of dailies by selling the pattern.