Right now, the gate to Alchemy seems to be the (subjectively) low availability of Primal Sargerite.I've been picking lots and lots of Astral Glory, but cannot use it due to all applications requiring the Primal Sargerite.While I was able to sell several herb stacks for a good profit, now they are coming back unsold, I think because people are realizing that if they buy it, they still can't use it.Once Primal Sargerite becomes more plentiful, then we might see prices start to rise again.
Also re the cata pets. Spine of deathwing has been nerfed so it can be solo'd don't think people will have any issue farming that raid anymore.
Thank you Gumdrops for another very informative article!I would like to recommend the ones who farm the pattern Pattern: Shadoweave Mask to team up in a group if more people are around farming. The loot is personal and the farming goes so much faster for everyone.