This post was written by Eluniar for our guild forums and I thought it was relevant to pass along.
Just as a heads up, the current Ebonsteel Belt Buckle is available at 525 blacksmithing and can be used on anything ilvl 500 or lower. The Ebonsteel Belt Buckle will be changed to only affect items 375 or lower. This change could be implemented as soon as 5.0.
What does this mean?
If you get a belt from:
- Hour of Twilight
- Firelands (Normal/Heroic)
- Dragonsoul (Normal/Heroic)
- Firelands Vendors
- JP+VP Vendors
- Any other belt > 375 iLevel
. . . you will not be able to socket it with an additional socket until you get a Panda belt buckle Living Steel Belt Buckle. This belt buckle currently has no ilvl requirement, requires a Blacksmith at 600 skill who is honored with Klaxxi reputation and picked up the plans, and has living steel. Living steel is only made once per day through alchemy, or multiple extra times ignoring the cooldown via farming a ton of spirits of harmony.
What this ultimately means: if you have the option of getting a belt upgrade now, get it now and you can put a socket it in. Any belts over 375 (which basically means 378+ belts) will not be socketable until a bit into MOP.
As for what this means for a gold making perspective . . . liquidate any belt buckle stock you have now! There's no guarantee when this change will take place but after some discussion Eluniar and I both imagine it will likely happen on Tuesday. Better safe than sorry, if you have any precrafted belt buckles try and get them sold this week.