In WoW, we have a high degree of something very similar Sovereign risk, especially around patches.
The current batch of gold bloggers are actually a fairly quietly spoken group. Players on Blizzard forums are slightly louder. WTF no EPIC gem in ore; JC tokens FFS; /prof quit; /gquit; /game quit
Or in other words:
I have been dutifully stockpiling pyrite ore and jewelcrafter daily tokens on the expectation that you will give us Epic gems and Epic gem cuts from these, as part of patch 4.2; or at the latest, patch 4.3.
I am most disappointed that you have not followed your previous behaviour. With all due respect this has cost me a large amount of gold, and I will be now unable to reach the gold cap.
Please find attached a demand for profit owing to me that you have unjustifiably denied me as part of this change. If you do not comply, I will launch procedings in the appropriate and inappropriate forums.
One annoyed JC.
Blizzard's response : I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.
Sovereign risk; or the risk that blizzard will change the rules; or will not follow precedent is a fact of WoW. This risk is real, and needs to be taken into account when stockpiling for future changes.
To make matters even worse; Blizzard never promised JC's a gold mine; only our sense of entitlement. Ghostcrawler sometimes promises a pony, but even then it is a forward looking statement subject to change.
As much as WoLK had epic gems handed to JC's; we were also warned. Blizzard wants advanced toons to be responsible for advanced profits:
- Soulbound Chaos orbs
- (Originally) needed to do 1/2 of twilight highlands (i.e. be lvl 84.5) to get best crafting recipees, including the ability to level tradeskills to 525.
- Raiders as the source of updated recipees and BOEs.
As a gold maker; concentrate on the easy gold. I am still making a bundle on northrend gem cuts (rare and epic). When 4.3 drops; if you want to sell the newest cuts; go and raid.
Make sure your alchemists are lined up with mats for transmutes (there are new recipees). Also consider getting them raid ready (at least troll dungeon) in case the tranmute recipees turn out to be raid drops (unlikely but still possible). Organise this with not only your own toons, but also guildy toons. Make your networks now.
Me? I will continue reaping the profits of Northrend gems.
And finally, if you want to be up on the latest recipees : Go raid. I organise friday night only raids; I am going bald with the stress of putting them together; keeping everyone happy and moving, but we are raiding.