When are you going to restore the proper ration of droprates to where it should be for Frostweave Cloth, compared to all other kinds?
After running Utgarde Keep this evening (May 9th, 2011), we came up with exactly 15 cloth total. TOTAL. You expect this to be divided between 5 players? Pre-Cata, those dungeon runs would net EACH player 8-10 cloth, and by players, I mean those who don't have the tailor's gathering-special. Droprates OUTSIDE humanoid-filled dungeons were even worse today, maybe 3-5 cloth for every 40-50 humanoid mobs killed. Pre-Cata, the ratio was closer to 1 in 3-5 mobs, not 1 in 10 or less--and yes, some mobs dropped 2-4 cloth, but when you piece it out per cloth, those 2-3 cloth were dropping every 20-40 mobs. And no, we weren't counting non-humanoids. We were counting the ones who used to drop cloth reliably: Trolls, Crusaders, Humans, Vrykul, so on and so forth.
It takes several stacks of cloth to lvl First Aid, which is something all players can learn, and usually do learn on their toons--of all the secondary professions, it is the most useful for all classes. If people are getting 3 cloth in a dungeon, and they run that dungeon 3-4 times to lvl, they're getting maybe 9-12 cloth per level. After 10 levels, that's still not enough cloth to level First Aid. Even with running dungeons 5-6 times on unrested xp, they're barely getting what they need.
Why did you nerf the droprate? Thanks to the abrupt reduction down to maybe 1/3rd of the previous rate, the absolute cheapest on Wyrmrest Accord (hordeside) AH that Frostweave Cloth sells for is 3g75s...but for the vast majority in the last several weeks, the average has been 5g per stack of 20. The average price-per-cloth for Embersilk has been 2g or less.
If a tailor needs 1400-1500 cloth to lvl tailoring through the WotLK range, that means he or she would have to spend close to 7,000g--please don't say "Oh, you can make that up easily by running Cata quests and dungeons!" What about those players who DON'T have lvl 85 toons, and cannot do that? What takes a lvl 85 a few hits to kill takes a lvl 70s toon three to five times as long...and you've now made it three to five times harder on top of that for them to acquire what they need?
Netherweave still drops at the same rate as before. I don't deny that it's also expensive to buy off the AH compared to what it used to be back in the BC days--75s or higher compared to the old 25s per cloth--BUT if you go to Outland, it can still be acquired by grinding, at the same rates it has always been acquired--and tailors need the same amount to level through the BC skills, the same as they do for the WotlK skills. But netherweave can be acquired at triple to quadruple the rate, compared to frostweave. Even embersilk can be acquired at half the rate or faster.
Why did you nerf the droprate on frostweave?
Are you trying to make Tailors rich? Is that it? Let the Tailors hog all the cloth with their specialty-finding skill, and price-gouge everyone else? Cloth isn't a commodity like ores or herbs. You don't need ores or herbs to craft anything in a secondary profession. You do need cloth available to EVERY class, because it is a secondary profession requirement.
Tailors can still make plenty of money crafting frostweave bags and other items; they literally don't lose anything if other people can farm their own cloth for First Aid and such. In fact, restoring the frostweave droprates to what they should be, comparable to ALLother cloth droprates, from linen and wool on up, would benefit Tailors far more, because having to grind for less time means they have a greater profit margin.
If you thought that normal cloth droprates in Northrend would cause the goldfarmers to profit, sorry, that argument is invalid. Most of them have moved on to farming embersilk. We saw this when BC became WotLK, and netherweave was no longer the "it" cloth to have...but you didn't nerf netherweave. For that matter, it's far easier for a tailor to make money off of netherweave bags than it is frostweave bags, because the tailor has to make enough greens to disenchant into the proper enchantment dusts to make the imbued frostweave to make the bags.
For the record, you SHOULDN'T nerf netherweave. If you did try to nerf it, then you should have nerfed ALL cloth, linen, wool, silk, mageweave, runecloth, all of it...but you can't do that, can you? Because non-tailors need all those cloth drops, too.
So WHY did you nerf frostweave drops for non-tailors? And WHEN are you going to restore the rightful proportion of droprates for everyone?