3 June 2012Blizzard:
Other areas of concern have been both the gem combination system and Blacksmith leveling and crafting costs. The intent, especially with the Blacksmith, is that he’s leveling with you, you’re able to use him as an alternate source for upgrades. Our design goal is that once you get to level 60, his recipes are actually good enough to help fill a character’s potential itemization gaps. To correct these issues, we’re looking to adjust the Blacksmith costs for training (gold and pages) and crafting from levels 1-59, and reduce the cost of combining gems so that it only requires two gems instead of three (up to Flawless Square). Both of these changes are scheduled for patch 1.0.3.
This needs to happen1; at the moment, crafting is not efficient. Gems cost a lot more to craft than to buy from the Auction House, and in regard to items, the recipes are never good enough. Buying from the House is better in both quality and price.
1 Perhaps even more urgently, Blizzard need to sort their servers out. I get too many ‘Error 37’s.