(The herb, not the faction. Screw those guys.)
There's been some grumbling recently about one of the unexpected surprise 5.1 changes - that you only receive 2 Golden Lotus in exchange for a Spirit of Harmony now, instead of 3.
Now, I get where people are coming from. It would have been nice to know that this was coming, instead of being blindsided. Golden Lotuses are always in high demand, especially for raiders, since each raid flask requires a Lotus. People don't like feeling like they got screwed.
However, I'm quite unconcerned with this change. Yes, it's no longer as worthwhile to trade your Spirits in for Lotuses. But what people may not realize is that we don't HAVE to buy them with Spirits anymore!
Why? Because why waste your Spirits on Lotuses when you can do this instead:
Yes, you're counting those right. That's nine Golden Lotuses. Seems another undocumented 5.1 change was a massive buff to the chance of getting Lotuses when planting Enigma Seeds. Prior to 5.1, you'd maybe get one Lotus per 16 crops, if you were lucky. But now? You won't always get 9, obviously, but I usually get anywhere from 4-7 Lotuses per 16 plots. Which is AMAZING.
And the other nice thing? Those non-Lotus harvests are by no means wasted. Those normal herbs are the other materials required for a single flask. A few Enigma Seed planting days a week, and you're set on flasks for a while!
It's extremely easy and convenient, and no raider really has any excuse for not having flasks anymore. No herbalist? Plant your own! Can't afford to buy the herbs or flasks on the AH? PLANT YOUR OWN!
Hell, even if you don't need them for flasks, it's pretty decent Auction House profit! On my server Lotuses are around 100g each. That's some heavy profit for a mere few minutes' of farming work, especially since the veggie economy seems to have settled down and stabilized at low prices. Take advantage!