Fall of Jewelcrafting

A major announcement was made for Jewelcrafting on the 22nd which I haven’t had a chance to address yet:

Quote from: Bornakk (Source)

In the next major content patch we will be removing the prismatic quality of the jewelcrafter-only Dragon’s Eye gems. Like other gems, they will have to match the socket color to receive a socket bonus. When this change occurs, players with qualifying jewelcrafting skill will be provided a yet to be determined amount of Dalaran Jewelecrafter Tokens as compensation.

This is actually a pretty big chance which will significantly change the benefits of JC vs other professions. Lets try and break it down to how it affects raiding and kitty dps. Lets focus in only on professions that give dps boots and skip the don’t have direct bonuses (ie. Herbalism, Mining, Engineering, Tailoring)

Profession DPS Bonus Summary

Alchemy: Mixology (increased duration on flasks 2x + increased effect)

Blacksmithing: Socket Bracer, Socket Glove (Add 2 prismatic sockets)

Enchanting: Enchant Ring – Assault (+32 Attack Power x2)

Inscription: Master’s Inscription of the Axe (+104 Attack Power, +15 Crit)

Jewelcrafting: Delicate Dragon’s Eye (+27 Agil x 3)

Leatherworking: Fur Lining – Attack Power (+114 Attack Power)

Skinning: Master of Anatomy (+32 Crit)

Now that we understand the general bonuses, how does that affect kitty dps? Below are some basic kitty conversion numbers pulled from Elitist Jerks

*1 Agi = 1.18932 AP (1.308252 AP) (Cat Only)

*1 Agi = 0.0129744% (0.01427184%) Crit

*1 CritRating = 0.022% Crit

Alchemy: +64 AP from Flask of Endless Rage

Blacksmithing: 2 Sockets = + 16 agil x2 = 32 Agility or 41.86 AP + 0.46% Crit

Enchanting: 2 Ring Enchants = +32 AP x 2 = +64 AP

Inscription: Shoulders +104 AP – +40 AP (Exalted Hodir Enchant) = +64 AP

Jewelcrafting (pre nerf): 3 Pris Gems (in blue/yellow & red socket) (19+19+11 Agility) = +49 Agility or 64.1 AP +0.70% Crit

Jewelcrafting (post nerf): 3 Pris Gems (in 3 red sockets) (11 Agility)x3 = +33 Agility or 43.17 AP +0.47% Crit

Skinning: +32 Crit = 0.704% Crit


All professions are pretty close in terms of benefit with BS and JC coming out on top. While JC was far superior before the nerf it’s been brought a little closer into alignment with the rest of the professions. It’s still the logical choice to choose but just not as apparent as before. While BS is definitely the next best option, it really doesn’t make sense for a druid to be a BS so any of the other professions seem to a better choice.

ps. In case you’re wondering why I’m Enchanting/Herbalism, the main reason behind this is me being lazy and waiting for Ulduar to see if epic gems would be released. I really should get to work and lv JC but laziness and the convenience of being able to farm my own herbs are winning the war. (epic flight form herbing ftw!) 🙂


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