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    JC/Insc - How do you maximize bag space for prospecting/milling?

    Another one of those topics I've been tossing around the past few days.

    What's your bag setup of choice when you make large bulk purchases of materials? Any special tricks you have that everyone else may not have thought of to streamline the process? When milling, do you convert to ink in batches or save all the pigment until all the herbs have been milled?

    For milling, I've been using two herb bags and two Inscription bags. Every time the Ins. bags fill up I mail all the pigment off to an alt, then when it's all done I return all the mail, switch to four Ins. bags and make ink.

    Prospecting I'm not as sure one. I usually have one ore bag, one JC bag, and two all-purpose bags. When I start running out of room I mail all the uncommons off and throw stacks of rares in the bank. This sets it up for me to return all the uncommons at the end and have mostly empty bags to start crafting rings. On that note, I craft the rings while sitting at the mailbox with TSM set up to auto-mail them to my enchanter and recheck for more every 30 seconds. I can usually click once to craft 200-300 rings and walk away, when I come back they'll all be in my chanter's mailbox.

    Also on the subject, I've been considering eliminating a couple of monthly bills I have to make room for a second account to handle all this. For anyone else with experience doing this, do you think it's best to have JC/Inscription on the same character so you can mail them everything, or have them separate?

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    I use Embersilk bags on my JCs/Scribes. I also dual log so I can run two at a time. It really takes a lot of the pain out.

    Before starting anything I completely empty my bags.

    With milling I fill them except two slots and go to town. As I run out of herbs I go back to the mailbox and get more until I'm around 80% full on both accounts and then make all my ink of dreams. Typically while afk since this step takes awhile. As I near completion I trade all the ink of dreams to one of my scribes and all the stuff for Starlight ink to another. I'll sit and craft starlight ink on one account while I run the other to the ink trader. Put starlight ink into my guild bank (I'm the GM, and only I have access to a few tabs) and repeat as necessary.

    With Prospecting, likewise with two accounts, I empty my bags, fill with ore except a few slots, and prospect. Filling up with ore as needed. As I get kinda full I bank all my gems and serpent's eyes. Once I'm done I divide up the uncommon gems between the two JCers (again, guild bank is helpful here) and craft jewelry. Gems are divided evenly so both will make the same number of pieces. On one account i mail the uncommons to my enchanter for future DEing. The other is a JC/Ench so that's a bit more complicated. Sometimes I'll mail it all ot the enchanter on my secondary account and using key bindings, while my main account is doing dailies or whatever, the second can DE away, and then I'll make the enchants when I'm done. Rare gems I give to my first JCer as he's the only one I've bothered to learn the cuts on.

    Rare jewelry procs I mail to my cross faction banker. On my faction they aren't worth selling but on the other they sell well, so no DEing there.

    If I could do it again I'd keep both of my Enchanters off my JCers for simplicity. The only headache for me is that stage due to the volume I tend to work in when I can be bothered to shuffle, hence often giving it all to one character.

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    I think your setup really depends on how much ore or herbs you process. On my JC I have 2 36-slot gem bags, and 1 36-slot mining bag. On my glyph crafting scribe I have almost the same setup as you, I usually use 3 Inscription Bags though and 1 Herb Bag, and make the ink, then put it in my guild bank before milling another round.

    My 2 JC Bags I prefer to 1 because it keeps things more organized, and I tend to craft a lot of WotLK gems, so I can definitely use the extra space.
    Last edited by PhatLewts; January 28th, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

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    2x 36 slot mining bags and 2x 28 normal bags is imo the most optimal for prospecting since JC bags can't contain ore. With this setup you have 144 slots, save ~8 free slots for the to-be-prospected gems and fill the other slots with ore to be prospected. As i recall it this is the bag setup able to contain the most stacks of ore in one inventory making it the most optimal for afk work.

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    I do lots of milling. I buy herbs mostly on an alt that has equipped 4 illusionary bags. She is my designated AH buyer so buys other stuff so I don't get profession bags for her. Until I am ready to start milling she mails all the herbs to an alt who just keeps them in the AH. Alt does not have inscription so when ready to mill, the alt returns the mail. AH buyer alt mills then makes the Starlight Inks and puts in bank and then mails the pigment (for Ink of Dreams) to an alt with inscription. Stays in that ones mail until I get ready to either make it into ink and then make shoulder enchants or sell or make into ink and trade for starlight. I prefer the former, but due to amount of starlight I need sometimes have to trade in some.

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    On my scribe i have 2x22 slot general purpose and 2x32 slot glyph bags.

    I fill the general slot bags with herbs from the guild vault and just start milling.
    Then i either put the pigments into the guild bank and keep milling, or just turn them into ink and then glyphs.

    For prospecting, i have the same setup but with 2 mining bags instead of glyph bags. I do leave 13 general purpose slots free for the gems.
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    Yeah the set up is indeed crucial to your efficiency. Personally I use 3 gem/inscription bag with 1 22/24/26/28 bag.

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    I hadn't even considered those bags. Good call, I'll have to make some.

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    Rather than a bag solution, I chose an alt solution. Until recently, my JC had been my main auctioneer and my miner / blacksmith was my main. Bag space was an issue on both of those characters, and I did less prospecting than I otherwise would have just because organising the space was a pain.

    So when I got an opportunity at another character slot for my Panda Monk Tank, I jumped at the opportunity to forgo yet another alchemist / scribe and give my self a quality of life improvement for processing ore. So my newly 90 Monk is a miner / JC. I can smelt up to twice as much ore in a single sitting, and clearing bag space to prospect has never been easier.

    It also makes a big difference when cutting uncommon gems for the 10% perfect yield. Being able queue up 100+ cuts and going AFK is fantastic.

    For inscription I've managed to fit all the glyphs on two characters with a ton of inscription bags. My goal with milling isn't to have the absolute most space possible, just enough so that when I AFK mill and pig (turn pigments in to inks) it makes a nice batch.
    Last edited by twitchietgw; February 2nd, 2013 at 03:29 AM.
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