Category: WoW (Page 1 of 31)

Some Days you Make More than Others

This morning I had one of my largest sales yet, and it’s one I’m glad I went for. I found a Teebu’s longsword for sale on the auction house for 70,000 gold. Thanks to Tradeskillmaster I knew that this typically sells for a LOT more – so I made the decision to buy it and flip it. Normally I pass sales that are this expensive, 70k isn’t exactly a lot of money, but I’m still new to the markets and learning my server.

I’m very glad I picked it up, since it sold for 250,000 gold over night – of course now the person who purchased it is attempting to sell it for 500,000 gold, but I’m still really happy with my turnover and my profit. I expected to hang onto it for months, transmog does not move fast – but I was pleasantly surprised. Doing all the calculations I’ve made almost a million gold this month alone – minus the 240k I spent on a token and working my crafts up. Will I be able to keep it up? Probably not, and that’s OK. I’m not making gold because I HAVE to in order to support my account, I’m just doing it for fun and because it gives me goals to work towards. I really enjoy having goals and seeing what I can earn. A meta game, if you will.

Still, it was sure nice to wake up to that gold in the mailbox. I wouldn’t complain at all if it happened a few more times, teehee.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Using Tradeskillmaster to Snipe

I’ve said a few times that my time in-game is pretty limited, and nothing has really changed there. I often sit in game at the auction house waiting for sales to snipe, only glancing at the screen every so often or when something triggers my sniper. This allows me to play with my son, clean the house, and do chores and whatever else needs to get done while still having a potential of making some coin. What it doesn’t do is automate anything for you or allow you to gain money AFK, so that’s not what this post is about.

Sniper is a feature of tradeskillmaster.  It scans items as they are placed for sale, and allows you to see if they are under the market value. Having this information is only half of the equation though you still need to know the market of your server and understand how it can be manipulated. You also need to know what sells and what won’t sell. For example vendor sold items are often placed for auction well below what they seem to be ‘worth’ – that worth is an inflated price from people playing the market though, hoping to catch snipers unaware.

With Legion ramping down and most of us eagerly awaiting for the pre-show to BfA, I haven’t been sniping as much gear as I normally would. People are liquidating their stock hoping to sell before it becomes worthless (aside from appearance items). This is a great time to buy things like craft supplies.

There are some unique instances where sniper has really paid off for me – it doesn’t happen ALL the time, especially on a low population server, but if you’re lucky you can walk away with some amazing deals. Someone who forgets a zero, someone who doesn’t know the worth of an item (especially if none others are for sale), someone who just wants to sell fast and they want to sell fast now. Take the screenshot above as an example. The flame shield currently drops in game, and even shares an appearance with another item – a player put it for sale for 500g and less than 4h later, I re-sold it for 43,000 gold. Not a bad little profit.

Again, sales like that don’t always come along. I (these days) run two accounts, my main one that I use for playing, and my husbands I leave up so I can snipe. There are good days and there are bad, but it’s all a little extra income on top of my main money makers, and pretty hands-free, which I appreciate. Sometimes I strike it ‘big’ (not big compared to real goblins, but big for me) and other days are a bust. It’s all about waiting, and patience. So. Much. Patience.

There is also a short list of items I’m always in the market for if they drop below 50% market value in order to resell. Medallion of the legion, elixir of rapid mind, most craft materials, a handful of pets and mounts. They don’t come up in my sniper searches too frequently, but when they do I’m almost always guaranteed a simple sale, which is nice.

I did some calculations yesterday, and so far for the month of May I’ve earned almost 500,000 gold, and I’ve spent 240,000 gold (I did pick up a token earlier in the month to help pay for a character transfer). That’s not too bad. It’s not a great month but again we’re in a weird lull where it’s a sellers market (liquidating for BfA) and I expect that things will turn around once the expansion gets nearer.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Slow Sales, and an Increase in Spending

Sales have been slowing down as we approach the release of BfA, and I have been struggling to manage even 6k a day in order to continue my subscription using only blizzard balance. Of course it’s not a huge deal since my account is paid in advance for a few months now, and I already pre-ordered BfA, but still, I was really enjoying those 50-100k days. It doesn’t help that I’ve been taking a more laid back approach to my gold earning, and I’ve been spending a LOT of gold myself on trying to raise my professions to 800.

I found out that you’ll still be able to get to max level in crafting using just BfA – but if you want the recipes for the previous tiers (and lets face it, completionist in me does) you’ll need to level up through those tiers. I’m pretty sure this is for the vendor recipes only and not the dropped ones, but you’ll still want to have a good collection of recipes either way. That’s why I’m expecting an influx of more expensive crafting materials.

I’ve also heard rumors of Ashran being changed / removed so that the only way to raise faction will be through the medallion of the Legion item that allows you to raise Draenor factions. I’ve purchased a few and I’m hanging onto them in case these rumors prove true (I believe there’s a guide about this on YouTube as well). Along with the Ashran rumors is the fact that no one is really sure what will happen to the auction house components you need from Ashran, so people are stock piling those items, too. Just in case. Having an auction house in your garrison is really nice, chances are if you’re sniping you don’t have to worry about being phased, especially on a busy server where that happens quite frequently.

I’ve got so much Clefthoof meat that all of my characters are now at 700 cooking, which is nice. It takes less than 1k meat to raise the skill, and I end up with all sorts of discovered Draenor recipes. I did raise cooking to 800 on my main character (old main? Not sure who I’m going with for BfA) and fishing is on my to-do list as well.

I’ve been making various bags to sell along with living steel combines, but money is still only trickling in. I know it’s partially because I play on a low population server, but I hope to see it pick up eventually. I snagged some semi-cheap 880+ ilevel gear and have been attempting to flip it, but there just hasn’t been a market. From what other goblins are saying they’re also experiencing a bit of a dry spell, but there are always some sure wins. I have a very difficult time trying to sell pets at all on my home server, and I wish this were different.

I’m over 100k liquid gold at the moment, but I really had my eyes set on breaking 1 million, and it feels like I’m starting over from scratch. Not a big deal, I’m certainly not hurting, but if I want to ever reach that 1 million I’m going to have to cut back on my own spending and find out what is currently selling, even if it is just a few gold here and there. I’m also still doing garrison missions, but with only 1 character having max level followers, coin there is only a few thousand a day, too.

Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. I know money making will return as soon as BfA hits, and maybe even as the pre-patch stuff goes live, so I’ll just have to keep an open mind and prepare myself for the expansion.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

BfA – Professions to 800 First

There’s a profession change coming in Battle for Azeroth that I am not a fan of – but it makes perfect sense and one of the reasons I’m not fond of it is simply because it’s not how things have been going for the past two expansions. For the past two expansions you could level a profession from 1 to the cap of that tier using materials ONLY from that expansion. Just picking up crafting for the first time in Legion? No longer do you need to go into the vanilla world any more, you can do it all in Legion zones.

In the next expansion this (from what I’ve seen / heard) changes, and instead you will be required to level up through that tier using materials from that expansion. This is how (IMO) it should have worked the entire time. It keeps old content relevant and people who are leveling up actually have a market for their older goods instead of just the top tier being the only viable tier. Still, change is change, and I tend to be leary of it until I see it in action.

That’s why one of my main goals is to get all of my characters as close to 800 in their professions as possible, before BfA comes out. So far I’m at a grand total of ZERO characters being at 800. Not a one. While I have always been able to blow through most leveling adventures, the fact that Legion requires you to quest and do dungeons to unlock recipes has been a huge deterring factor in leveling. I also find skill points rare and far between, relying instead on Darkmoon Faire for easy skill ups (5 a month.. woo). I have 11 characters, and with none of them even close to reaching 800 in their professions this is going to mean a lot of time and work in order to get them up to snuff for BfA. I love crafting in WoW, I just haven’t had any enthusiasm at all with the latest systems. I’m hoping this changes.

We’ll just have to see.

1 Day Late – Humpday Addon: GSE

This is a newer addon that I just started using a few weeks ago. It’s called GSE: Gnome Sequencer Enhanced, and what it does is allow you to create advanced macros in world of warcraft. To quote the description:

GSE allows you create a sequence of macros to be executed at the push of a button.  Like a /castsequence macro, it cycles through a series of commands when the button is pushed. However, unlike castsequence, it uses macro text for the commands instead of spells, and it advances every time the button is pushed instead of stopping when it can’t cast something. This means if a spell is on cooldown and you push the button it will continue to the next item in the list with each press until it reaches the end and starts over. It comes with an editor and everything you need to get started.

I’ve been using it in some lazy situations where hitting just one button is an optimal situation for me – like when I’m using my monk to farm dungeons. I bound a hotkey to my mouse button 4 (I use a Razer Deathadder mouse so I don’t have a lot of extra buttons) and when I hold it down, it will spam the number 1 from my hotbar. In the case of my monk, that’s a macro of attacks. In specific, this macro:

Sequences[‘WW_ST’] = {
— This Sequence was exported from GSE 2.2.03.
  Author=“Flashgreer”,
  SpecID=269,
  Talents = “3,X,3,X,X,3,2”,
  Help = [[Set the Boss/Targeting dummy as your focus, to make sure you use touch of death. If Chi starved let go of macro for a sec, the resume.]],
  Default=1,
  Raid=2,
  PVP=3,
  Dungeon=2,
  Heroic=2,
  Mythic=2,
  MacroVersions = {
    [1] = {
      StepFunction = “Sequential”,
      KeyPress={
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:7/3] Serenity”,
      },
      PreMacro={
      },
        “/cast [nochanneling,combat,talent:7/2] Whirling Dragon Punch”,
        “/castsequence [nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Rising Sun Kick”,
        “/castsequence [combat,nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Fists of Fury”,
        “/castsequence [nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Strike of the Windlord”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:1/1] Chi Burst”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:1/3] Chi Wave”,
        “/castsequence [nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Blackout Kick”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:6/1] Rushing Jade Wind”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:4/3] Leg Sweep”,
      PostMacro={
      },
      KeyRelease={
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,notalent:7/3] Storm, Earth, and Fire”,
        “/cast [@focus, exists, harm, nodead][@boss1, harm, nodead][nochanneling] Touch of Death”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling, talent:6/2] Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger”,
      },
    },
    [2] = {
      StepFunction = “Sequential”,
      KeyPress={
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:7/3] Serenity”,
      },
      PreMacro={
      },
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:7/2] Whirling Dragon Punch”,
        “/castsequence [nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Rising Sun Kick”,
        “/castsequence [combat,nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Fists of Fury”,
        “/castsequence [nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Strike of the Windlord”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:1/1] Chi Burst”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:1/3] Chi Wave”,
        “/castsequence [nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Blackout Kick”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:6/1] Rushing Jade Wind”,
      PostMacro={
      },
      KeyRelease={
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,notalent:7/3] Storm, Earth, and Fire”,
        “/cast [@focus, exists, harm, nodead][@boss1,exists, harm, nodead][nochanneling] Touch of Death”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling, talent:6/2] Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger”,
      },
    },
    [3] = {
      StepFunction = “Sequential”,
      KeyPress={
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:7/3] Serenity”,
      },
      PreMacro={
      },
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:7/2] Whirling Dragon Punch”,
        “/castsequence [nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Rising Sun Kick”,
        “/castsequence [combat,nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Fists of Fury”,
        “/castsequence [nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Strike of the Windlord”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:1/1] Chi Burst”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:1/3] Chi Wave”,
        “/castsequence [nochanneling] reset=combat/1  Tiger Palm, Blackout Kick, Disable”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:6/1] Rushing Jade Wind”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,talent:4/3] Leg Sweep”,
      PostMacro={
      },
      KeyRelease={
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling,notalent:7/3] Storm, Earth, and Fire”,
        “/cast [nochanneling] Touch of Death”,
        “/cast [combat,nochanneling, talent:6/2] Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger”,
      },
    },
  },
}
Now that might look like a whole lot of goop, but it tells me everything I need to know about the macro, including things like who created it and what talents I should have in order to perform the macro properly. Once I have the macro imported in-game, I place the icon on whatever spot on my hotbar, and then when I’m running through the dungeon I hold down my mouse button to trigger it continuously.
Macros like these are completely situational, and you have to know their limits. It’s not good for emergency situations, and it won’t keep you safe. It is great when you’re just looking to mindlessly grind away at mobs without any thought. There are all sorts of different types of macros for all classes, including macros that allow you to use toys like the loot-a-rang (aoe looting at the touch of a button instead of having to click the dead mobs) and mother’s knife, a skinning item from Legion. I look at these macros as a QOL (quality of life) change to my game play. They’re not essential and they don’t teach you very much about your class or how to play but they will allow you a bit of a breather during the more relaxing times.
I honestly have not tried the macros with any of my other characters besides my monk as she’s doing all of my farming these days, but if you have experience with GSE please feel free to leave a comment below!
As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

Battle for Azeroth – We Have a Release Date!

Today it was announced that Battle For Azeroth will release August 14th! That’s about a month earlier than I thought it would come out, just before kids start heading back to school. I’m due with Nug on July 27th, so I may even be able to get in some game time by then, though I imagine it will be greatly reduced hours.

There’s some preparation I’d like to do for BfA, especially since I’m sure they’ll be reducing the gold output from Order Halls. In no particular order, some of the things I want to finish off before BfA are:

  • All 6 110 alts to 950 order hall and collecting coin missions as often as possible
  • Professions all at 800 in preparation for BfA
  • Class mounts for as many characters as I can
  • Allied races unlocked
  • Level my final 2 characters to 110

Right now I’m working on the professions portion because it’s simple enough to do if I actually focus. I’ve swapped my main (again) from my priest to my monk, and I am having an absolute BLAST with the class. The monk is a character I boosted to 90 way back when and then I never touched. I leveled to 100 doing invasions, and then afterward (again) never touched. This time I’m playing windwalker (though I do have my tank and heal artifacts as well) and I just can’t express what a great time I’m having. I feel like I’m actually contributing to groups, and it’s fairly stress-free since I’m not playing a healer (the class I typically play). I’m not 100% sure if I’ll stick with her as a main in BfA, we’ll have to see – but for now I’m having a great time.

The two remaining characters that have yet to reach 110 are my shaman and my warlock, neither of which I am that keen on playing. I currently have:

  • Monk – Engineering / Inscription
  • Paladin – Alchemy / Herbalism
  • Druid – Mining / Herbalism
  • Priest – Tailor / Enchanting
  • Priest #2 – Skinning / Mining
  • Hunter – Skinning / Leatherworking

Then the two pre-110 characters

  • Shaman – Mining / Jewelcrafting
  • Warlock – Engineering / Blacksmithing

The only profession I have at 800 is skinning on my 2nd priest, and everyone else is hovering in the 600-700 ranges so it’s a pretty big goal of mine to get them done. Rumor is it will be harder to level up professions through the older tiers, so I really want to be able to focus on the new content.

What are you going to be focusing on for BfA? Any plans in the works? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

Humpday AddOn – Altoholic

The collection of addons I use is growing, and some of them are quite amazing so I thought once a week I’d take an in-depth look at one that I use, explaining how it works and what it’s used for. AddOns are not essential to any game, but they do help quality of life a huge amount, and I think there are so many options available out there it’s nice to get a cohesive list.

The first addon I’m going to talk about is one called altoholic. If you’re not familiar with how to install addons in World of Warcraft, well there’s really no excuse these days it’s pretty hands off. You simple download the twitch desktop client (previously known as the curse client) swap the screen over to mods (top left side), find WoW (make sure it’s pointing at the correct directory) and you’ll see two columns. One is ‘my addons’ and the other is ‘get more addons’. Pretty simple stuff. Then you just do a search.

Anyway. Altoholic keeps track of pretty much everything for all of your characters, and it’s lovely. It will keep track of order hall resources (and pretty much any currency you want), how many order hall followers you have, what ilevel they’re sitting at, what your artifact weapons are at as far as levels, what professions each character has and what level they’re at, bag space, and even what inventory they each have. I’ve been using this addon to monitor old WoD garrison resources so I can trade them in for craft materials to continue to level up a few characters that are below 700 in their respective craft.

It will tell you if missions are completed, how long it has been since you logged them in, how many auctions they currently have on the go, how much mail they have, how many AH bids they have, and even things like achievements.

It’s basically a one stop shop to see everything about everyone you play, and if you happen to be a collector of alts (like some of us are) it’s an addon that I really can’t recommend enough.

What I like most of all about this addon is that besides logging your characters in there’s almost no customization required. The default display is everything I need though you can customize some features and even enable account sharing if you happen to be multiboxing.

The addon is also pretty small as far as memory usage, clocking in at around 3.8mb for me personally. So far I haven’t come across a downside, but if you spot one please do share!

Next week we’ll be taking a look at GSE: Gnome Sequencer Enhanced, an advanced macro addon.

Noblegarden and Other Happenings

There’s a lot going on in World of Warcraft this week, and I love it. Yesterday marked the beginning of Noblegarden, an event where you can harvest some awesome eggs for a pet and mount (I know there are other things but these were the ones that interested me the most) and of course there’s temporary appearance gear like the cute bunny ears I am wearing on my Draenei monk above.

There was an invasion in the broken shore yesterday, so with some help from my husband we took my monk through them all and she reached just shy of level 105. Afterward we decided to duo one of the 98-110 instances just because, and she reached 105. I have leveled through the broken shore so many times (I have 5 level 110 characters so far) that I love finding new and interesting ways to push my characters along. Invasions are a great way to get a level and a bit, pet battles still reward a fair amount when I’m in the mood, and duoing dungeons meant for groups is always a sure winner.

I’ve also been working on my professions, but I’m not sure where I want to go with the monk. Right now she has inscription (and is my only scribe) and herbalism. I’m thinking of dropping herbalism (I have two others) and picking up engineering so she can use some of the fun toys which would come in handy for farming (like the loot a rang. There’s a draenor version that anyone can use and then there’s an engineer version that can be used anywhere). For now I’m undecided.

I REALLY enjoy the monk. I have been learning how to optimize my windwalker spec, and I want to pick up the other two artifacts and complete those so I have them on hand and so I can get down to learning brewmaster (tank) and windwalker (healer). I don’t expect it will take me too long to reach level 110 and then I can start running WQ (world quests) for gear, order resources, and all that fun stuff. It’s also my first time playing a draenei and I am LOVING the look. I may race change to a lightforged one if I can ever manage to unlock them. For now I still require a fair amount of faction. Ugh. Faction.

As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

Economy Update

When I formatted my computer 10 days ago I lost all of my sales data, so I’ve started over and this information is from the past 10 days or so. In order to purchase 1 token a month to cover a subscription a player (on the North American servers) has to profit around 6k a day, anything else goes to generic purchases (repairs, etc). As you can see from the chart, I’m bringing in around 28k the past 7 days, 27k after expenses like repairs and any flips I buy. That’s a pretty nice chunk of change. I’m in game quite a bit but I tend to be AFK and I play sporadically, you can usually find me playing during my son’s afternoon nap, and the 2h period I have when he goes to bed at night. Otherwise I tend to be in front of the AH looking for things to snipe. I spent money on ghost iron ore because I turn that into living steel so long as the price still gives me a profit. My order hall nets me a huge chunk of change, and now that I have 5 level 110 characters I can start doing Argus with them and the order hall can technically pay for my token easily even if I were to do nothing else.

My latest project is a baby monk I’ve been leveling up for farming. Right now I have her at level 103. I’ve picked up some macros for her windwalker and brewmaster spec that make farming a lot easier (ie: one button commands). I’ve decided to go engineer so she has access to the loot-a-rang, and I can macro that as well.

My low population RP realm has an odd market. I’ve sold a mog or two for 10k+ but battle pets have so far been a slog to move. As is food. The funny thing is I’ve been selling darkmoon fair recipes for about 6-7k each and they only cost 25 fish.. which are around 7g right now. Patience as always is the name of the game.

I haven’t been flipping or reselling at all. Nothing has come up that was worth trying to flip, but I keep hoping to catch something big. Learning the market has been fun and interesting and I’m having fun sticking to one server instead of 4 and just learning the particulars of this one. I may not pull in hundreds of thousands of gold daily, but I do well enough for my satisfaction.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

So. Much. To. Do (so little time)

Even though I’ve been playing WoW steadily for almost a year, I still feel incredibly behind and there’s always something to work on. This is a short list of what I hope to accomplish, and things I want to get done in the near future.

  1. Argus campaign on all of my 110 characters (so far this is only completed on 1/5)
  2. Order hall campaign on my main
  3. Class mount on my main
  4. Rank 3 on legion crafters
  5. 800 in all professions
  6. 800 in all secondary professions on my main
  7. Champions tp 950 on all of my 110 characters
  8. 101 twink alt for fun (decide on a class)
  9. Remove the level 2 rogue that I was using for sales, and shift sales to a main character
  10. Order of the Serpent faction
  11. Faction for allied races

There’s a few other things I’d really like to do, and I’m sure I’ll switch things around (for example I’d like my druid to drop inscription, my warlock to pick it up, and my druid to pick up mining instead) as time goes on, but those are the main things. The top of the list is the one I’d most like to accomplish but it depends on how long I can stomach Argus for. I love the final zone of the three, but the first two always feel like a slog to me, I just don’t enjoy the story or the zones themselves.

What are you working on in game? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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