|Screenie from MMO. Market Opportunity for Everybody.|
Yes, the above screengrab is a MASSIVE SPOILER. You know what? It doesn't come as any surprise whatsoever.
The Legendary Questline has progressed pretty much to form thus far: grind these raids, collect this stuff, kill these dudes. There has not been any real disadvantage to anyone who simply didn't have the time per week to complete the various tasks asked of them. However, 5.2 introduces a factor that I'd hoped at the back of my mind we'd not have to consider whilst completing this journey: the Auction House. Yes, that's FORTY Trillium Bars you'll (potentially) need to help progress (quite apart from another 20 Drops from Bosses, at least they've learnt the lesson on that and simply made it just the one type of token.)
Transmuters, it could be time to start your engines.
This patch (assuming those numbers don't change at release) could see a real payday for anyone with an Alchemist: Blacksmiths are also in the money as there's a new raw material (Lightning Steel, takes 10 Ghost Iron Bars plus Trillium as well) that will be required to make a slew of new weapons once your Server opens the Lightning Forge mentioned in step four of the Legendary progression above. Of course, this is all subject to change once things go live but I doubt that 40 bar figure will significantly drop. That's a pretty serious investment not simply in time, but for most people in cash. However, knowing this is coming is very much the kind of information that can help the canny.
How this will affect the price of Trillium and Ghost Iron on your Server is for other people with a handle on such things to consider. For me it means that I will be making a conscious effort to farm more Ghost Iron in the weeks running up to 5.2 and using my Transmute Master to start making two stacks of Trillium. I certainly don't intend on buying a single bar so this is a great opportunity to get myself into a routine and to furnish everyone with a regular mat stream to ensure that whenever I get to the stage where the Trillium is required, it is already completed as a step. I certainly won't be stockpiling anything significantly in anticipation for 5.2 (especially as my Blacksmith is still 85) but knowing these two key pieces of information has made some possible decisions on who to level next a fair bit easier.
I know some people hate spoilers, but occasionally knowing things ahead of time can be a significant boost. I'm considering this as one of those moments.