Posted 05 March 2007 - 06:28 AM
Given that Magtheridon was intended to be defeated long before he was, I very much doubt that SSC->TK was intended to be linear progression, no matter how ill-conceived that notion was. So if you assume that the droprate is reasonably high when farming the equivalent of half of the T5 content available, Tseric's estimation is right on the money.
Going into TBC, I figured that Primal Nethers would be a neat way to make sure Smiths were making money by crafting items for people. So far, it's only proven to be an efficient way of preventing items from getting made until someone who isn't lazy or trying to craft their own T2 item gets the plans you need.
I see the situation with Nether Vortex turning out quite differently. Obviously we can do little more than speculate at this point, but given the LW patterns on Thottbot I think it's safe to assume that there will be a wide variety of premium items being sold by guild banks to the masses, if and when they become available in greater quantities.