Adding Value with the Obsidium Shuffle

The Obsidium Shuffle has always been about taking an item and adding value to it.

“How much gold are you worth?”

Item + u = better item.


In the obsidium shuffle, we take obsidium, add “u” in the form of prospecting and get a gem.
Then we have the opportunity to add another ‘u’ of crafting that gem into a ring or neck.
Again, we take the item and add “u” of disenchanting. And again add “u” of making enchanting scrolls, which are then put on the AH.

TLDR: Along the path of Obsidium Shuffle, we add value. We add our worth.

Ore +u+ Gem +u+ ring/neck +u+ Dust/Essense +u+ Enchanting Scroll

Factor in, however, our time. “U per hour” if you will. Profit per hour. Gold per hour. Gold per minute, whichever time period you want to use.

The addon Ore Crusher, which is a simplified version of the Consortium’s complicated spreadsheet on the subject, calculates that profit, along each step of the path.  At each +u, Ore Crusher asks “is this worth my time?”  “Could I make more gold doing something else with my time?”


Ore Crusher calculates profit, gold per hour, U/hr.

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At times, your U/hr can be more profitable for you to cut and vendor the gems. Where the vendor costs of 9g per gem, gives you better profit than taking all your time to move the item along the production line from gem to item to dust to scroll.  With the vendor price of a gem at 9g each, and it taking 2.0s to prospect and 3.0s to cut from raw, your U/hr is high.  When you have a very busy server, and plentiful ore, your U/hr from ore to cut gem can be the most profitable along the whole production line.

Now the 9g per cut gem under threat, the whole production line has had its foundations shaken, and we need to think again about everything, back to basics.

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The Gold Queen is written by Alyzande. With many level 100s, 9 years expertise in making gold, 10 garrisons, 16k achievements, 1505 days played, and over 18m gold earned. The Gold Queen blog teaches you how to make gold playing World of Warcraft using ethical trading, auction house flipping, crafting, reselling snatch lists, and farming gold making.


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  1. richard
    richard says:

    I really like ore crusher, but only as a way to assure myself that I’ve made the right decisions! The thing I really don’t like about it is that it won’t tell you to mix and match; disenchant it all or transmute it all. Am I missing the section for shadowspirit gems? I ALWAYS do shadowspirit transmutes before others, figuring 9g (atm) per green gem ss costs 164 to make two (82 each), and they sell easily for 90-100g on my server uncut.

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