Edit: It looks like Alto and I have the same idea. He posted this post at almost the exact same time as I did.
Sometimes things work out the way you want, and sometimes they work out in a way you did not expect. Sometimes you say or do something, and it just doesn’t work out. There are countless examples of this in both of our lives, Dear Reader. Some of them are even funny. For example, I remember reading a quote from a backup NFL quarterback a few years ago. He was asked, during pre-season, about a receiver’s abilities, and he answered something to the effect of:
“I was his roommate in training camp, and let me tell you, he has great hands.”
Take a sec and re-read that; I’ll wait for the unintentional comedy to seep in. (Sorry, I searched for the article for a link, but couldn’t find it.)
Okay, picking apart athlete quotes is an easy source of comedy (ever since Mike Tyson said he was going to “Fade into Bolivian.”) Let’s try another example. Here’s a picture that a friend sent me a while back. I imagine he found it on the Internet, but it seems to be from a community dinner somewhere:
Ummm… yeah. *ahem* While I like a good salad as much as the next person, I’m amazed that this made it to public viewing.
I thought of these things the yesterday as I was listening to my guildies rave about all the whiptail they were finding in the post-4.0.6 world. From what they were saying, the spawn rate has been buffed and it is much easier to find. Apparently, this is true of herb nodes generally- more nodes, all the time, everywhere.
I looked through the patch notes and didn’t see any mention of buffing of spawn rates, so we’ll just have to guess why Blizz buffed herb spawns (if they did; I’m not certain). If they did, I’d guess that it has to do with Glyphs; the Blackfallow market is not saturated yet, the way the Ink of the Sea market was in WotLK. Consequently, prices for some glyphs are on the rise. Maybe they want to encourage more herbing in the old world, or simultaneously drive down the price of the finished goods that Alchemy and Inscription create, while simultaneously giving more income to Herbalists. I don’t know.
But I did feel for my guildies. That’s the unintended consequence- yes, they may now have 300 more pieces of whiptail than they a day ago, but how much will it be worth? It looks like a supply spike pushing prices down, but maybe the demand is there, at least for now. Some of my guildies were planning to hold their herbs slowly, but I’m sure others were going to post everything. And if they weren’t, then another farmer would. I’m not sure if they realize that more herb spawns for them= more herb spawns for everyone= a price drop per piece. But, time will tell. What do you think, Dear Reader?
One final note: I’m thinking of scrapping the second part of the State of the Market post, so let me know what you think. It was a new theme for a post, but I’m not sure it’s a good one. Give me some feedback, either way. Thanks, Dear Reader, in advance. We love to hear from you, and read everything you say.
Postscript: A second quick edit. I spent a few minutes on my druid herbalist flying around Uldum to test out the new spawn rates. I did this right before work, and after 6 minutes flying in one loop, I got 25 pieces of Whiptail. That’s crazy. That time includes me messing around with mobs, and fighting over spawns with TONS of other pickers. And killing one Dranei Hunter. (eat it level 81 Alli! Yeah!) So, as Euripides just put on WoW Insider, there is a lot of Whiptail now.
Tags: Tags: 4.0.6, Alchemy, blackfallow, glyph, hands, herbalism, Inscription, salad, Tyson, unintended consequences, whiptail
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