The Enchanting ability, Abyssal Shatter, was hotfixed onto EU servers this morning. This ability allows for conversion of Abyss Crystals into either Infinite Dust or Greater Cosmic Essence. If the spell results are left unchanged, there will be significant economic impact.
- Abyss Crystals will rise in price.
- Infinite Dust will drop in price.
- Greater Cosmic Essence will drop in price.
Shattering crystals requires an enchanting skill of 445 and can reportedly yield as many as 18 dusts or 4 essences.
Prices are already starting to move on EU servers to reflect the above stated changes. Players on US servers have somewhat of an advantage here in that, since they did not yet receive the hotfix, they have an early warning of the impending change. US early adapters will be able to play a bit of insider trading and move the markets before they move themselves.
It is worth noting that there will also be some trickle down consequences on related enchantment materials markets such as enchanted vellums and other items that require these materials but this change may require more time to take effect.
Over the long haul, it would be our expectation that the prices of Infinite Dust, Greater Cosmic Essence and Abyss Crystals will all normalize such that the price of 1 Abyss Crystal, 15-18 Infinite Dust, and 2-3 Greater Cosmic Essence all equal about the same amount. Until this happens, however, there will be ample opportunity to take advantage of price disparity.