What exactly is attractive about the ‘greater’ drums idea? Legitimately the only ‘improvement’ over the regular drums is radius. This alone does not solve the leatherworking problem at all. Never mind that you have it set that they may drop from zul’aman, 5 phases into the game.
The problem with leatherworking drums is that they are a party specific 80 haste buff at lvl 70 (5.07%) that only lasts 30 seconds on a 2 minute personal cooldown. This means inherently if you want to appropriately rotate the buff, you need 4 leatherworkers in each group, 20 people per raid team. This SEVERELY limits what professions people can have for your raid group.
We wanted you to fix leatherworking so it was still a valuable buff for the raid but without having to have 20/25 of the raid members be leatherworkers to appropriately rotate the buff. Clearly there was a misunderstanding on what exactly that meant.
You guys need to make changes that result in less leatherworkers needed for a raid, perhaps one of these two options:
Make drums apply to the raid and have a larger radius, perhaps 50 yard range. so that you would only need 4 leatherworkers, and so that it isn’t awkward for the raid to stack up for the buff when several fights inherently make it so that you can’t reasonably stack 25 people in one spot when there are so many things people need to be doing spread around a room.
Or, Make drums have tinnitus and apply to party members within 15 yards, so you only need one leatherworker per group. 30 second 80 haste buff that lines up with potion cooldown would be great. You could even make the greater drums provide a stronger buff while still giving tinnitus debuff, like a 125 haste buff. (this would be roughly 7.926% haste I think)
It doesn’t matter what specifically you do with the greater drums recipes you plan to have drop from Zul’aman later. I think it’s a cool idea for there to be ‘stronger drums’. But… you guys really need to do something to leatherworking so that the vast majority of the raid can still have other professions.
Could even just remove the leatherworking requirement to use the drums. It would solve so much headache with it.