Unfortunately a 5% drop rate from a single rare spawn mob shouldn't be the only way to get any crafting material.
The only thing I can think of that's even remotely similar are the mats for Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops
. Chimaerok Tenderloin
only drop from Prince Lakma a Rare Elite level 87 Chimaera in Feralas. The Recipe: Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops
was removed from the game during the 4.0 patch along with the original Ahn'Quiraj questline that rewarded it. It also submerged the Isle of Dread which used to be home to Chimaera that previously readily dropped Chimaerok Tenderloin
. Prince Lakma was added to the game in patch 4.3. Probably after someone figured that even though the recipe for Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops was no longer obtainable (unless acquired before The Shattering) those who already knew the recipe still wanted to cook Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops. As such, they needed a method of obtaining Chimaerok Tenderloin. Prince Lakma, when killed drops 15-20 Chimaerok Tenderloin. To have to kill an 87 Elite for materials to make level 55 food does seem a little strange. But it's less odd considering that the recipe was obtained via an epic endgame questchain and the recipe itself is the only epic cooking recipe in the game.
The Pattern: Thick Murloc Armor
is still in game. It's sold in limited quantities by Christoph Jeffcoat in Tarren Mill and Blixrez Goodstitch in Booty Bay. It is readily available to both Horde and Alliance toons. Thick Murloc Armor
is among the few pieces of crafted armor that can compete with quest greens and dungeon drops. In addition it has a unique appearance for transmog. Scargil, is a rare mob and the only mob confirmed to drop Thick Murloc Scales post 4.0 only has a 5% chance to drop a SINGLE
scale. 12 Thick Murloc Scales are required to craft a single Thiick Murloc Armor. It should not be more difficult to collect the materials to craft one Thick Murlock Armor than it is to craft a full stack of Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops.
Either the materials should be changed or they should once again drop from level appropriate murlocs. Unfortunately you can't skin most humanoids so that's probably out of the question. Or some GM take pity on me and mail me some Thick Murloc Scales!