First, Frost Lotus rate up 50%.
Now, Frost Lotus for free from frozen orbs. I bet every orb on your AH is already sold by profiteers ahead of the market. They vendor for 5g. I have always sold mine. News.
Now they’re worth something… lotus was 60g, 50% more of them should make them 40g, flooding from orbs should make them 10 to 20g, which means a flask will cost 15g or so and not be profitable.
Clever AH entrepreneurs will have already moved on this. Titansteel is being taken off cooldown too.
I feel sorry for trader Alchemists.
Free epics? This is the tip of the icebreg.
You might remember TBC launch. Do you remember just before it, the PvP system changed? Deja vu. Do you remember how that completely ruined raiding even in advance of TBC release? No-one cared because suddenly welfare epics existed in a way they had never before.
Flasks now. BG changes too. Ashen Verdict will self-nerf ICC soon. Frost Emblems will become more plentiful. The new weekly ICC-raid quests give 5 bonus emblems already.
It’s the beginning of the free epic period, but, it’s nearly six months early.
What will the game be like? It’s already something akin to an arcade game which you instantly move from one ‘level’ to another, randoms, get overpowered weaponry with ‘cheat codes’ of randoms so you can take on the Lich King.
I love WoW but I’m not so sure about the the timing of these changes. If the market for frost lotus just got annihilated, what’s next? We have about six months before Cataclysm.
ps. Allods Online is fun, but man their cash-shop is ridiculously overpriced. Fortunately, at the moment, and the design intent, is to fully enjoy the game without buying anything. Costs $20 to upgrade your bags by 6 slots. Hopefully they’ll drop that price before the “real” launch. It’s Open Beta now (ie. soft launch).