In this video I answer a reader question about why we call it the "Obsidium Shuffle".
Full question and answer after the jump.
Hey Flux, I'm a regular reader of your blog as well as several other gold blogs and have a question about Cataclysm ore shuffling. I see that's it's usually referred to as the obsidium shuffle instead of just "cata ore shuffle" or some such. Do you know if there's a particular reason for that? Are the results from obsidium simply a lot more profitable than that of elementium/pyrite? Thanks in advance for any insight you could provide on this.
Handera of Cenarius
The main reason is that most people are/were shuffling to get Cataclysm uncommon (green quality) gems. These can be used to make jewelery (for disenchanting), transmuting into rare (blue quality) gems, meta gems and for use in the jewelcrafting dailies.
Because it was the uncommons you wanted and not the rares it was usually more profitable to prospect Obsidium which has a less-likely chance to give rare gems.
In general Obsidium gives many uncommons with a few rares. Elementium gives mostly uncommons but more rares than Obsidium. Pyrite generally gives rare gems and Volatile Earth.
That's why it is most often called the "Obsidium Shuffle" rather than the "Ore Shuffle" or "Elementium Shuffle". That said these days due to the slightly increases value of rare gems you can pretty much use Elementium and Obsidium ore interchangeably in your shuffle.
Hope that helps and thanks for listening,
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