Zircon production seems to be set at the same level as Chromium.
Chromium grains now turning up on Writs and Blacksmith Resource drops, Zircon is not.
This actually (whether intentionally or not) makes Zircon rarer than Chromium which bottlenecks the whole upgrade process.
Another example of ZOS messing up Jewellers!
Everybody always has the "right" answer. Most of the time to satisfy themselves
Nope because sooner or later it will get just like any other mat to find.
In the mean time I take what I get and move on. Lots more to do than whine about how we cant get platings everytime we turn over a rock.
There is indeed an inequality between standard improvement materials for crafting and jewelry improvement materials, which is the needing of 10 grains to gain 1 improvement material. You don't need to collect 10 sap in order to make 1 pitch, for instance. I would say make all crafting improvement styles the same, in that they either need 10 of some lesser aspect of a single improvement material or remove the need for having 10 grains on jewelry improvement materials. The functional difference is a bit annoying between the collection of crafting types, IMO. Otherwise, I would say that the jewelry crafting system is on par with everything else besides the grains concept. The difference is folks forgot how much of a pain it was to research traits or gather a stock of materials in the beginning. It was basically just as much of a pain but eventually we built up stock.
Getting grains from deconstructing is absurd.
Give us the platings at least this system is terrible and should be uniform with the other crafting jobs
Yes I’m complaining cause I don’t want to grind that much ... I don’t mind a grind but cmon
Personally, I don't think that jewelry should be as easy to gold out as other equipment, so I'm fine with there being some grind to it.
I do top tier writs on 9 toons daily, and get 2-5 chromium grains from those. My problem is actually a shortage of zircon; I think the top tier reward boxes should always drop at least a zircon grain, with a small chance of dropping a chromium grain.
And yes, deconning should return a plating, not a grain, and it should always return exactly 1 plating.
Granted I do writs on 15 toons a day, I have gotten well over 30 platings total since SS dropped, from the grains I get doing the writs, to refining materials gotten from the surveys and mat farming, and from deconning gold jewelry that drops in doing vet trials. The sources are there, and it MUST be a grind to get, otherwise the gold-sink that is the golden vendor becomes useless, and without that gold-sink, the economy in-game would change, whether for the better or worse depends on if you already have the gold or not. Just because you don't want to put the work in to get the materials, does not mean that they should be easy or cheap to acquire. Go back to playing the game at launch, it was a ludicrous grind to make anything gold level initially... God, the grind to get CP160 gear, when IC came out, the only way was to farm the sewers for GEAR, and decon it, to get 1 (yes ONE, and only 1) Rubidite Ingot, Ruby Ash Wood, Ancestor Silk, or Rubedo Leather. Getting the nearly 800 you need for a full set of gear was easily 10x worse than this jewelry crafting grind. Then they opened Orsinium, and it was the only place in the game that had CP160 nodes to harvest, and they were nowhere to be found, because everybody was there farming them!
Yes, but then ZOS relieved the pressure by making a complete zone farmable for CP160 mats with Wrothgar, and then the other zones shortly thereafter. So far, ZOS has hardly done anything to help with relieving the grind for Irridium or Zircon grains, if nothing else they reduced it by taking those out of the crating writs. Sure, I’m getting more Chromium grains now, but that doesn’t do much good if I don’t have the other improvement mats to go along with it. I still think they need a hireling to help with that.
I also have about 20 or so jewlery master writs I cant do. The ones worth about 30 vouchers sell for 500-900 gold so they are not even worth selling. I'm about to start destroying them for the bank space.
I've upgraded one piece to gold and one to purple since JC launch and sold one or two gold platings. I harvest all the mats I can to refine and I go writs on 2 character a day, sometimes 3
You don't need to collect 10 sap in order to make 1 pitch, for instance. I would say make all crafting improvement styles the same.
2 necklaces or 3 rings are 30 platinum, 1 of each are 25. So to do platinum writs on 15 toons per day, it averages to 255 platinum oz per day. You'll get about 3 surveys/day, which will yield 35-40 ounces. You'll also get about 25 ounces/day from deconstructing the jewelry in the coffers. That leaves you at about a stack per day deficit. But, rather than farming, buy stacks of platinum in zone chat. That stack will allow you to do 12 writs, and since they seem to be dropping chromium grains about 25% of the time, that means you'll get 3. If grains are going for about 7.5k each, then 22.5k is your break even on the stacks. But you can buy them for half that, so it's profitable.