Icecrown Ammunitions (Iceblade Arrow / Shatter Rounds)
If you can’t afford to AH the ammo, you probably can’t afford to get the best gems and enchants for you new gear which would probably be a bigger dps increase. That is going to affect the economic decision of looting more than the ammo I suspect. I don’t think the ammo will be outrageously high on the AH given the mats. It may be high for the next week or so while it’s scarce, but as I’ve said, we don’t really want every hunter in the game to be able to get ammo which is tied to a rep grind and rare drop on day one.
You may not be able to afford to constantly switch Engineering specs, but we’re not trying to make that a very attractive option in the first place.
[...] Some of you are still arguing about the cost of ammo or the fact that it’s a consumable or tied to a trade skill, but all of that has been true for some time. The Engineering specialization didn’t affect any of that to a large degree. It may affect cost or availability for a short time, but that is true of most new and valuable resources. What is Primordial Saronite selling for on your server? Do you think it will still be at that price in a week? In a month?
The materials to make the ammo are not hard to get. The recipe itself is quite hard to get. Therefore it will probably take awhile before the ammo is widely available at a low cost. That’s what we want. After the ammo is widely available it would basically take a unified cabal of Engineers to keep the prices inflated. Almost always in those situations someone blinks because the loss of selling things for cheaper is a lot better outcome than not selling anything at all. (Source)
Here’s my thought: he’s right. Not every single hunter is going to be able to farm the content in ICC. We’re going to be in ICC for awhile too, so if you can’t afford the ammunition up front, give it a few weeks. I haven’t even seen it on the AH on my server — even though people are exalted from farming the trash. The economy will eventually even out and those that need the ammo will be able to get it with no problem.
There is an initiative in my guild to always have 1 Goblin and one Gnome engineer all the time, so we’ll be able to have both types of ammunition all the time. I’m not sure where they’re going to fall on the priority line for the Primordial Saronite, but considering it’s for raid materials, it’s probably pretty far up there. It’ll all even out, and I’m good with it.