Friday, October 15, 2010

Blizzard Has Plans to Save Inscription in Cataclysm

For those of you who were worried that the new glyph changes would drastically harm Inscription as a profitable enterprise in Cataclysm, it's time to worry slightly less.  Blizzard has just announced that after level 80, swapping out a glyph will require a new reagent called Dust of Disappearance. 

Though Dust of Disappearance will be sold by NPC Inscription vendors, it may also be made by scribes.  Unlike with Vanishing Powder, however, Dust of Disappearance's 10 gold vendor price should still leave room for scribes to turn a profit by undercutting the greedy NPC's.  Feel free to check out the official announcement on the forums.

It will be interesting to see how the dust settles for Inscription.  Theoretically, the same number of Glyphs will continue to be produced as scribes level up their profession.  Unfortunately, however, since the small market of players who swapped glyphs on a regular basis has been eliminated, demand will ultimately drop.  This should tank prices.  I am skeptical that Dust of Disappearance will make a huge impact on scribes' wallets, but Blizzard has frequently implied that they are none too concerned with the ability of the crafting professions to turn huge profits.  Thankfully the current glyph boom should last well into the early months and diligent scribes may be able to make an expansion's worth of profit in the coming weeks alone.

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