Making Gold With Alchemy In Warlords

Draenic Philosopher's Stones

Draenic Philosopher’s Stones

As we start the run-up to Legion, many players are looking to top-up their gold stash to enable them to get off to a good start when the new game is released in September or to buy themselves more game time with the purchase of a WoW Token. Over the many years of playing Warcraft, I’ve always had an Alchemist or two in my army of alts to help me make gold across all the major expansions, and Legion will be no exception. In this article I’ll show you how I’ve been making gold with Alchemy towards the end of WoD.

 

Potions, Elixirs and Flasks

Potions, Elixirs and Flasks are the mainstay of gold making for any alchemist.  They are classed as a consumables, which means that players will keep coming back for more, resulting in steady a demand. Potions, Elixirs and Flasks of the current expansion are normally the most popular, but don’t forget items from previous expansions, such as Potion of Luck and Potion of Treasure Finding that are still popular and which sell at a premium.

Alchemy Popular Potions and Flasks in Warlords

Popular Potions and Flasks

 

Transmute and Prosper!

Transmutation provides another revenue stream for the Alchemist. A popular transmute in Warlords is Savage Blood which requires 50 Alchemical Catalyst and 7 Crescent Oil. However, the price of blood has dropped so much over the past few months that it is no longer profitable to craft.

Instead, I’ve been been buying up Alchemical Catalyst below market price and using it to transmute Sorcerous Air to Sorcerous Earth. Sorcerous Air on my server sells for below 40-50s per item, while Sorcerous Earth sells for between 4g – 8g per item on my server. Providing you can source cheap Alchemical Catalyst, there is great profit to be made from this transmutation.

Sorcerous Earth

Popular Elemental Material by Volume

 

Source Cheap Material

Making gold with Alchemy depends on your ability to source cheap material on your server. I’ve been buying  items like Alchemical Catalyst in bulk for around 1g 50s per item and flipping it at market price for 4g per item as well as using it for my transmutes. The same goes for the sourcing of cheap Herbs for the crafting of consumables. It’s here that addons like Tradeskillmaster (TSM) can be a great help by setting up shopping lists and regularly scanning the Auction House for cheap items.

PopularElemental

Most profitable items to sell (Dark Blue) by volume (area)

 

Don’t Forget To Vendor Items

One last tip for any Alchemist in WoD is the crafting of Draenic Philosopher’s Stone. These items are BoP so can’t be traded on the Auction House; however, they can be vendored. Providing you can source cheap material for their crafting (5 x Alchemical Catalyst 1 x True Iron Ore) then you can make a profit.

JMT gold Guide

Journal of Marcus Ty – Warlords Edition

Posted in Professions | Comments Off on Making Gold With Alchemy In Warlords

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 49

JMT-PodcastWelcome to episode forty nine of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcasts. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, is flying solo without his usual co-host, Nev.

This week Marcus gives you an update on the podcast and whether he will be playing Legion this Fall. He’ll also be giving you hints and tips on making gold in Warlords and what to look out for in the new Warcraft Legion expansion

Sit back and enjoy the banter of this experienced gold maker as he tries to work out the best gold making strategy for the Warlords end-game. This podcast was recorded on Friday, 20th May 2016.

[MP3] Episode 49 – Warcraft Legion Expansion – Expectations.

iTunesSubscribe to the Journal of Marcus Ty on iTunes

Add the Podcast to your RSS reader or iTunes directly.


Show Notes

  • Welcome back!
  • Where’s Nev?
  • What no Podcast!
  • Gold making in Warlord’s end-game.
  • Rant about the Warcraft economy.
  • Will I be playing Legion this Fall?

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

Journal of Marcus Ty - Warlords Edition

Journal of Marcus Ty
Warlords Edition

Posted in Podcast | Comments Off on Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 49

Will I Be Playing Warcraft Legion This Fall?

Warcraft Legion

Will Warcraft Legion Be Worth Playing?

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for over ten years now (I know, crazy) and so far I’ve bought into every expansion that Blizzard have released. But the question I’m asking myself right now is “will I be playing Warcraft Legion this fall?”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m still a big fan of Blizzard and their games and I’ve always like  World of Warcraft, especially the Burning Crusade and the hordes of the Burning Legion. I don’t mind repurposed content if it’s done well. So what’s the problem, I hear you ask? Well, it’s just that the Warlords of Draenor expansion was a bit of a disappointment for me and I’m afraid Legion may well be heading down the same route. Let me explain.

I Want To Be A Hero

The whole Warcraft experience for me is about the Hero’s epic quest, battling monstrous foes in far off, magical lands. On the way you meet other groups of Heroes and make friends. Together you defeat monsters in dark and dangerous dungeons and maybe gather some loot along the way. You can tell I’m a Dungeon and Dragons fan boy! I also like good back story – the lore – that add to the storyline. The problem with Warlords is that Blizzard seemed to ignore this aspect of the game and instead stuck us all in a Garrison and gave us a set of Facebook games to play. It was if they had hired a bunch of FarmVille developers who had no idea of the Warcraft experience and let them loose on the game.

I remember having this conversation with my podcast co-host, @NevAHAddict, who was also a long time Warcraft player but has since dropped out of Warlords. The boring dragging of Follower icons onto a simple interface and waiting for several hours while some mindless algorithm decided the outcome didn’t quite grab us.

Warcraft Has An Economy, Stupid

And then they messed with Warcraft gold economy.

Now, Blizzard never really planned for a gold economy in their game. The reason I’m fairly confident of this is that in the early version of the game there was no Auction House. But players traded anyway. Players would gather around the fountain in Stormwind or some common structure in their major city and shout their trades. They started as simple exchanges of goods to exchanges for payments in gold. Eventually, Blizzard cottoned on and introduced the Auction House which made it safer and easier to part with your gold.

This reflects the real world. History is driven by trade. Many big financial institutions started out with like minded individuals meeting informally to exchange goods and services. Examples are many but I refer you to  Lloyds of London and the New York Stock Exchange. Interestingly, both organisation started their trading in coffee houses of the time before their trading was formalised and regulated just like the arrival of the WoW Auction House.

It About Supply and Demand

Just as in the real world, the WoW gold economy relies on the mutually beneficial exchange of goods and services based on supply and demand. Run a dungeon and have surplus stacks of cloth (supply)? No problem. List it on the Auction House for gold so those with the tailoring profession can craft desirable gear, which they in turn can list for gold. And so gold cycles through the economy and players are free to trade,  gathering and crafting according to their personal goals in the game.

And how is the price of these items determined? Does Blizzard have some clever algorithm that matches supply and demand to determine the price of a listed item. The simple answer is no. Players can list their Cloth for 1c a stack or 100g a stack. Whether it sells is determined by the free market forces of those players on a particular server. Over thousands of trades, the price of Cloth finds its own level – the market’s price. As someone who has experienced the trading of gold in the real world  (London, New York, Hong Kong and Sidney) I can attest that this is how it works in most economies.

Professions Are What Power The Warcraft Economy

So, in Warlords of Draenor they messed this up. Not content with locking folks in a lonely garrison with a mindless Follower interface, they decided they would mess with the Warcraft Professions, and the Professions are what power the WoW gold economy. They did this by giving everyone  a garrison Mine, Herb Garden and Barn – essentially, breaking the two Primary Profession limit. I guess all those FarmVille developers didn’t understand the Warcraft economy or perhaps didn’t think it mattered.

I was chatting to a player on my server. He rarely bought trade items from the Auction House. Admittedly, he had 10 garrisons that supplied all his crafting needs. The rest he dumped on the Auction House. His garrisons were generating so much gold he didn’t really care how cheaply his items sold for. Our server economy is slowly dying.

Now I admit that 10 garrisons is a bit extreme and I would rather shoot myself that do all those tedious dailies, but it shows how a thoughtless change in the game can have such a large effect. And it’s not like it wasn’t predictable. I mentioned this in a post when the game was in beta.

Order Halls or Garrison 2

So what about World of Warcraft Legion? From what I’ve seen reported from folks in the alpha there are good and bad points to Legion. The good points is that the Burning Legion is making a comeback. As I’ve said, I don’t mind the old content as long as there’s a good backstory to it. The Dungeons and Raids are also looking good. And as always, the in-game landscapes and zones look spectacular. I’m even excited about the new Demon Hunter class and all their gear.

But then we have the Class Order Halls. Oh no! There’s that crappy Facebook interface back again and a whole new bunch of stupid followers. We’re back to dragging and dropping character icons into slots and waiting, and waiting, and waiting…

Oh yes, four days later the quest is complete. Give me a break Blizzard! My fear is that Order Halls are garrisons by another name. Another lonely place to perform mindless dailies.

The good news is that it looks like the professions are going back to basics – well maybe. There won’t be any professions bound to Order Halls – as far as I know (Legion is still in alpha). But Blizzard are still tinkering away with the basics. Not content to let folks gather nodes and level up accordingly, they’re every level with a quest. Ok, it works for a while, but I can see this getting tedious are fifty mindless quests later. Better to have key quests that are meaningful at key stages in the game. I hope they change this.

Don’t Make Every Item BoP

I’m also hoping that Blizzard think a bit more about the effect item drops have on the economy. Did you notice in Warlord how nearly every item dropped was either Bind on Pickup or Soulbound. This meant that few items could be traded. Even Draenic Stone was Soulbound – another nail in the Warcraft economy.

If Blizzard wants to boost the economy – important to most players, not just gold makers – then they need to make all trade goods – well tradable. They need to make desirable Transmog items BoE rather than BoP. These items need to be found in Dungeons and rewards for epic quests. They need to ensure that the professions are not overly complicated and tied to tedious quests. More important, they need to let players gather, grind, quest and craft and freely trade their gear. Players shouldn’t end up with bags full of worthless Soulbound items that can’t be traded.

As I write the new Legion expansion is about to head into beta testing. I hope I can get hold of a invite to take a look. If Blizzard revert back to the core values of the game, then I might be back for another expansion. If it turns out to be another Facebook experience, I might just leave the game forever.

Marcus Ty

JMT gold Guide

Journal of Marcus Ty – Warlords Edition

Posted in Legion | Comments Off on Will I Be Playing Warcraft Legion This Fall?

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 48

JMT-PodcastWelcome to episode forty eight of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcasts. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, and Nev of the Blog Auction House Addict, share their thoughts, hints and tips on making gold in the Warlords of Draenor and on patch 6.2.2

This weeks topic of gold making is an Introduction to TradeSkillMaster Part 2 – Groups and Operations.

Sit back and enjoy the banter between two experienced gold makers as they try to work out the best gold making strategy for the new Warlords expansion. This podcast was recorded on Saturday, 19th Sept 2015.

[MP3] Episode 48 – Introduction to TradeSkillMaster Part 2

iTunesSubscribe to the Journal of Marcus Ty on iTunes

Add the Podcast to your RSS reader or iTunes directly.


Show Notes

  • Welcome back!
  • Our week in WoW!
  • News from the front
  • Marcus at the BBC
  • Nev is a Pirate
  • Introduction to TSM Part 2

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

Journal of Marcus Ty - Warlords Edition

Journal of Marcus Ty
Warlords Edition

Posted in Podcast | Comments Off on Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 48

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 47

JMT-PodcastWelcome to episode forty seven of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcasts. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, and Nev of the Blog Auction House Addict, share their thoughts, hints and tips on making gold in the Warlords of Draenor and on patch 6.2

This weeks topic of gold making is an Introduction to TradeSkillMaster Part 1.

Sit back and enjoy the banter between two experienced gold makers as they try to work out the best gold making strategy for the new Warlords expansion. This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, 26th August 2015.

[MP3] Episode 47 – Introduction to TradeSkillMaster Part 1

iTunesSubscribe to the Journal of Marcus Ty on iTunes

Add the Podcast to your RSS reader or iTunes directly.


Show Notes

  • Welcome back!
  • Our week in WoW!
  • News from the front
  • Draenor Pathfinder Achievement
  • Introduction to TSM Part 1
  • Auction House Data

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

Journal of Marcus Ty - Warlords Edition

Journal of Marcus Ty
Warlords Edition

Posted in Podcast | Comments Off on Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 47