Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 38

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast Welcome to episode thirty 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 dig deeper in garrison building.

Nev tells of her garrisons conundrums when trying to chose a combo of buildings that best suits her gold making while Marcus explores the gold making in Fish.

Join us in this episode of gold making mayhem where Nev and Marcus delve deeper in the new Warlords of Draenor expansion and try to seek out new gold making opportunities to share with their listeners. This podcast was recorded on Friday, 12th Dec 2014.

[MP3] Episode 38 – Garrison gold making

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to my garrison
  • Exploring Draenor
  • There’s gold in the Fishing Shack
  • Which medium building?
  • Transmog gold
  • Hints, tips and tactics in general for making gold

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

WoW Auction House Guide

The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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Making Gold in Draenor – Selling the Jawless Skulker

Journal of Marcus Ty Warlords Edition

Journal of Marcus Ty
Warlords Edition

 

If you follow me on Twitter (@MarcusTy) or my Facebook page, you’ll know that I’m now several weeks into my gold making in the new Warlords of Draenor expansion.  Having reached level 96 at a leisurely pace, my garrison has risen to level 2 and I’ve an assortment of garrison buildings that are turning me a nice profit. On my way to level 92, I  gained access to a garrison fishing shack and its here that I found there’s a profit to be made from one of the garrison quests.

For those of you who love to hang out around shady pools, then there’s a ton of gold to be made from fishing in Draenor. As in previous expansions, players need fish for cooking, alchemy and various quests. In Draenor, you also have the additional chore of having to ‘clean and gut’ your fish to obtain its flesh.

Now, one of the  daily quests that you can perform upon building a fishing shack in your garrison is ‘Jawless Skulker’ which requires 10 Jawless Skulker eggs to replenish the garrison pond. This fish is plentiful in the pools of Gorgrond. Depending on your fishing skill, and whether you have attached ‘Jawless Skulker Bait’, you’ll catch either small, regular or enormous types of these fish all over Gorgrond. In fact if you have the right bait, you’ll fish them up from your garrison pond!

Cleaning and gutting the fish in these numbers will yield both flesh and eggs:

20 x small Jawless Skulker
10 x Jawless Skulker
5   x Enormous Jawless Skulker

Now, if you are a fanatical fisherman, or simply like to watch your bobber – well, bob! Then head over to Gorgrond and start fishing. For us gold makers, head over to the Auction House instead and buy up cheap (below market price) stacks of Enormous Jawless Skulker. Gut and clean in stacks of 5 to obtain approx. 17 eggs(1 x 5 stack is normally not enough). You’ll also get an amount of Jawless Skulker flesh. You can now hand in your 10 eggs to complete the fishing daily. No fishing required!

Note: You’ll only get the eggs if you have obtained the quest!

If , like me, you’re thinking there’s a profit to be made in this, you’re right! I’ve been buying up cheap (below market price) enormous varieties of Draenor fish and selling them in stacks of 5 for above market price for a good profit (there are 6 daily quests of a similar type, each requiring 10 eggs). I’ve also been selling the flesh in stacks of 5 or 10 and any remaining eggs from the quests.

Jawless Skulker Flesh

Jawless Skulker Flesh

On my server the enormous variety of fish are the most profitable, compared with their smaller variety.

There’s a ton of gold to be made in the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Follow me on twitter or visit my Facebook page for more hints and tips. I’ll soon be releasing a brand new Draenor edition of my gold making guide with a free update for those players who have bought my previous editions. So watch this space.

Marcus Ty

 

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 37

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast Welcome to episode thirty 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 that has just hit the servers this week.

Nev is back from the dentist and asks Marcus to explain the best professions for Draenor.

This episode is all about the making gold in the new Warlords of Draenor and some of the characteristics of the new garrison buildings. This podcast was recorded on Thursday, 13th Nov 2014.

[MP3] Episode 37 – Warlords of Draenor Gold Making

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to Warlord of Draenor.
  • Through the portal!
  • The best small buildings for your profession
  • Gold making hits and tips
  • The garrison gold making shuffle
  • Hints, tips and tactics in general for making gold

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

WoW Auction House Guide

The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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Warlords Garrison Features and Gold Making

Draenor-MapThe Warlords of Draenor expansion will soon be upon us and with just a few weeks to go before the Dark Portal opens I thought I would provide you with some gold making hints and tips to get you started on your path of exploration and mayhem in the new world that Blizzard has so artfully created. In this post I’ll explain some of the implications to the recent unification of the auction house and provide you with tips on building your first garrison.

But it’s easy to get caught up with the specifics of a new expansion and forget the basics of gold making in general. Having played all of the Warcraft expansions over the years I can reassure you that the basic principles of making gold hasn’t changed with Warlords. This is because the fundamentals of the Warcraft economy remains intact. So, if you’re just starting out in Warcraft and want to make gold fast, then make sure you first understand the basics of auction house trading. A good place to start is to read my post:

The 5 Goblin Principles of Auction House Trading.

As of the date of this post, we are already in the pre-patch release of 6.03. Many of the changes we will see in the new expansion have now been implemented, and this includes the unification of the Auction House.

Prior to the pre-patch 6.02 the auction house was split in faction-specific areas – each faction isolated from the other. In effect each faction on the same server was its own gold economy. As of patch 6.02, this barrier has been removed and a unified auction house now exits allowing both Horde and Alliance players to freely trade with each other.

What this means for players is:

  • A bigger market to buy and sell items
  • Greater competition for sellers as a result of participating in a bigger market
  • Faction-specific pricing that many auction house addons accumulate is no longer valid.

I’ve written about these topics in great depth in my guides and on this blog so won’t elaborate further, but let me just say that as with any major change to the auction house or the release of a major patch or expansion you’ll need to clear down the scan data from addons like Auctioneer or adjust your pricing operations in Trade Skill Master (TSM).

To help with the increased competition you might also like to read:

Dealing with Competition on the Auction House

With your addon housekeeping out of the way it’s time to plan your gold making strategy for when you enter Draenor. The central gameplay in Warlords is all about the garrison. Garrison leveling and strategy will be key to making gold in this new expansion. Those players who can level their garrison the quickest will be able to access the new gear and material of Draenor sooner and make a killing on the Auctionhouse before the rest of the market wakes up.

So my my first tip is to start the garrison building scenario as soon as possible. If the final release of the expansion follows the beta, then this will be one of the first quests upon entering the new zones of Frostfire Ridge (Horde) and Shadowmoon Valley (Alliance).

You might want to watch a short video of my garrison building in the beta:

Warlords of Draenor Garrison Building

Garrisons start at Tier 1 and progress to Tier 3. A tier one garrison is provided with a few basic building plots:

  • 1 x small plot
  • 1 x large plot

In this post I’ll be focusing on the gold making potential of the small, profession-based structures.

With a small plot you have the option to build one of the following small structures:

  • Alchemy Lab
  • Enchanter’s Study
  • Engineering Works
  • Gem Boutique
  • Scribe’s Quarters
  • Tailoring Emporium
  • The Forge
  • The Tannery
  • Salvage Yard
  • Storehouse

To build any structure on a plot you’ll need:

  1. Garrison resource
  2. Architects plans for that structure

You initially  obtain garrison resource by questing. As you level your garrison and obtain other structures, such as a Trading Post, you’ll be able to trade gathered mats for resource units. But for now, your aim to to pick up as many of the initial garrison quests as time allows, rewarding you with garrison resource.

Your next objective is to find a set of architects plans to build your small structure. Again, plans are acquired as quest rewards. If you have a set of chosen professions upon entering Draenor, you’ll likely as not be led down a quest chain to acquire plans for that profession. Example, I started with Alchemy in the beta and always found plans for an Alchemy Lab! So, in summary quest, quest quest until you have both resources and plans for the structures you need.

You might like to watch the short video on the making of a small Alchemy Lab in the beta

Warlords of Draenor Beta – Alchemy Lab

As you can tell from the list above, there is a structure to compliment each of the professions. I’ll ignore the Salvage Yard and Storehouse structures for now and talk about the general features of garrison small structures.

In general small garrison structures have the following features:

  1. At level 1 each structure can produce a total of 7 Work Orders (WO).
  2. Each WO produces 1 unit of Draenor crafting material (BoP), specific for that profession.
  3. Each WO takes 4hrs to complete.
  4. Each WO has a chance of yielding Sorcerous Fire and Sorcerous Water
  5. If one of your primary crafting possessions compliments the profession of the small structure, the NPC will sell you the full range of Draenor recipes for that profession.
  6. If you have no matching primary crafting profession, the NPC will be able to craft a limit number of Draenor recipes and patterns on your behalf.

With these facts in mind, what type of small structure should you choose for this initial tier of garrison? Well, you have two options: choose a structure that compliments your primary crafting profession; or choose a structure that provides access to an additional crafting profession?

As a gold maker, the choice came down to the former – choose a structure that compliments my primary crafting profession. But why? Well it all comes down to the number of daily cool downs you can access and the speed to market for some of the higher level ( and therefore more sought after) patterns and recipes.

Let me take Alchemy as an example. During questing in Draenor you will quickly  obtain A Treatise on the Alchemy of Draenor together with Garrison Blueprint – Alchemy Lab, level 1. The Treatise will raise you to Draenor Master Alchemist and allow you to craft all of the lesser recipes up to skill 700. You should note that you can only buy the more advanced Draenor recipes and patterns from the garrison NPC and some of these only with special tokens which I’ll mention later. The garrison blueprint will allow you to build your Alchemy Lab.

To craft the Draenor recipes you’ll need to build up a stock of BoP reagents from your daily cool downs. For Alchemy this is the reagent Alchemical Catalyst. Each of the professions has their own unique, daily cool down crafting reagent. The regular cool down is contained in your spell-book and will yield:

  • 4 x Alchemical Catalyst
  • Chance of Sorcerous Fire
  • Chance of Sorcerous Water

However, if you also have a level 1 Alchemy Lab, you’ll also be able to create up to 7 Work Orders or an additional 6 x Alchemical Catalyst (6 in a 24hr period).

I should also mention those special tokens which are named: Secrets of Draenor Alchemy. These act as a form of currency that can be crafted daily and are used to purchase the higher level recipes and patterns. All small profession-based structures have a ‘Secret of Draenor …’ type of currency associated with them on the same daily cool down.

In the next post before the final release, I’ll discuss  getting your garrison to Tier 2 and the must-have second small structure to build.

In summary

As with all expansions, you must learn to trade on the Auction House if you are to succeed in making gold in Warcraft. Changes brought with this new expansion have greatly increased the competition for sellers making it that much harder to turn a profit.

Gold making in Warlords of Draenor is linked to garrison building and garrison strategy. Players that can level their garrison the quickest and choose structures to harvest the most crafting material will be the first to market for the most desirable potions, enchants and gear and thus make an early killing on the Auction House.

Marcus Ty

 

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 36

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast Welcome to episode thirty six 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 that is soon to be upon us and give you news on all things Warcraft.

Nev is back from St.Louis and despite being a little jet-lagged manages to be more coherent than Marcus who seems to be having trouble with his words and knobs!

This episode is all about the latest patch 6.03 and some of the radical changes that have been made to the Auction House. This podcast was recorded on Wed, 29th Oct 2014.

[MP3] Episode 36 – All about patch 6.03.

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • News from the front.
  • Patch 6.03
  • The Auction House data is skewed!
  • Preparing for Warlords
  • Hints, tips and tactics in general for making gold

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
WoW Auction House Guide

The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 35

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast Welcome to episode thirty five 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 beta and give you news on all things Warcraft.

Nev has been hanging out in St.Louis and Marcus has been contemplating the gold making activities taking place in Vegas!

Marcus explains  further some of the changes coming to the gathering professions and some of garrison structures that you’ll need in the early days of the expansion. This podcast was recorded on Thursday, 25th September 2014.

[MP3] Episode 35 – We are still a United Kingdom.

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • News from the front.
  • We are still part of a Greater Britain
  • Changes to the gathering professions in Warlords
  • The gold makers in Vegas
  • Hints, tips and tactics in general for making gold

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 34

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Welcome to episode thirty four 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 beta and discuss whats new in gold making in the coming expansion.

Nev has been suffering from a bad cold but soldiers on with a croaky throat while Marcus explains some of the new professions changes coming with the Warlords expansion.

Marcus explains some of the changes coming to the gathering professions and why it will be essential to expand a garrison as quickly as possible in Draenor.

This podcast was recorded on Friday, 29th August 2014.

[MP3] Episode 34 – Warlords Beta and Professions.

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • News from the front.
  • Nev has a croaky voice
  • Changes to the gathering professions in Warlords
  • Changes to gold making in the new expansion
  • Hints, tips and tactics in general for making gold

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 33

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Welcome to episode thirty three 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 Mists of Pandaria expansion and discuss all things new in the Warlords of Draenor beta.

 

 

Marcus continues his adventures in the beta Warlords release and explains how to build an alchemy lab building for the Alliance in Shadowmoon Valley.

This podcast was recorded on Thursday, 7th August 2014.

[MP3] Episode 33 – Warlords Beta and Hearthstone.

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • News from the front.
  • Marcus back from LA
  • Building an Alchemy Lab
  • Marcus plays the Beta Warlords zone of Shadowmoon Valley
  • Hints, tips and tactics for Hearthstone

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
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Warlords of Draenor Beta – Alchemy Lab

Draenor-MapIf you have been following my exploits in the Warlords Alpha you may recall my last short video explaining how I built my first garrison on Frostfire Ridge. The Alpha has now merged in the Beta and I have now created another (Alliance) character in Shadowmoon Valley. Having now explored some of the new zone I’ve created a new short video showing you how I expanded my new garrison to include an Alchemy Lab. I also give you a peek of the new zone.

 

Enjoy Marcus.

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 32

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Welcome to episode thirty two 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 Mists of Pandaria expansion and explore the tactics and strategies for Hearthstone.

 

 

Marcus tells of his adventures in the beta Warlords release and explains garrison building for the Alliance in Shadowmoon Valley.

In this show Marcus and Nev are joined by Cold of Cold’s Gold Factory who gives them the skinny on a great Warlock deck.

This podcast was recorded on Thursday, 10 July 2014.

[MP3] Episode 32 – Warlords Beta and Hearthstone.

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Our special guest Cold.
  • The new Nexxramas Hearthstone expansion
  • What’s happening to the Undermine Journal?
  • Marcus plays the Beta Warlords zone of Shadowmoon Valley
  • Hints, tips and tactics for Hearthstone
  • Nev’s 5K run for Cancer Research UK Charity

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

WoW Auction House Guide

The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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Warlords of Draenor Garrison Builiding

Just a short post summarising my experience on Horde garrison building in the Warlords Alpha. The Warlords Alpha release has now morphed into the Beta and alas my character got wiped, but I managed to salvage these screenshots which I’ve placed into a short video.

 

 
Enjoy

Marcus

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Warlords of Draenor Beta – Auction House Changes

I’m continuing my journey into the depths of the Warlords Alpha which has now morphed into the Beta – at least that is what my application client tells me. While in the Alpha phase of the development I was able to create a Horde Shaman and explored the initial phase of garrison building. But a passing comment in a blue post today stopped me in my tracks:

Warlords Beta Blue Post

Warlords Beta Blue Post

If this is true, then the merging of faction Auction Houses will have a large impact on the wow economy. Traditionally, each faction’s Auction House trade independent of each other, creating, in effect, two separate economies on the same server.

Now, for those new to the wow gold economy you may be thinking to yourself: so what? But as Auction House goblins know all too well the size an Auction House matters and in-balances between populations of factions on the same server can greatly skew the pricing across a whole range mats and items that are commonly traded.

Remembering that the current Warlords development is only just out of the alpha phase, I decided to log in and conduct a little test for myself to see if in fact the Auction Houses were indeed ‘unified’.

So, I created a Horde character called Maakin and placed him in Orgrimmar. I had already created a human Mage – Zan – and placed him in Stormwind. I then placed a simple mat (small glimmering shard) on the Horde Auction House and attached a silly price of 11,000g to it:

Warlords Horde Auction House

Warlords Horde Auction House

I then logged off and logged on to my Alliance character and searched for my character’s Maakin’s trade:

Warlords Alliance Auction House

Warlords Alliance Auction House

An sure enough it was there on the Alliance Auction House!

But, what of the neutral Auction Houses run by those irascible goblins? I headed down to Booty Bay and checked it out:

Warlords of Draenor Beta

Warlords Neutral Auction House

Yep, there is was. So, the Blue Post would seem to hold true. All auction Houses have been merged!

For many new players, this won’t be a big deal. For those that have been playing the Auction House for a little while and have accumulated pricing data in an addon,  they may see large swings in prices when the expansion breaks until the various markets stabilise.  Of course, the biggest shock will be to those Horde players used to trading in small population Auction Houses. For those that have mastered the art of trading, this initial surge in activity will seem like a ripple upon the sea of the wow gold economy; for others, it will seem like a tsunami.

Marcus Ty

 

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 31

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Welcome to episode thirty one 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 Mists of Pandaria expansion and explore the tactics and strategies for Hearthstone.

 

 

In this show Marcus and Nev are joined by Cold of Cold’s Gold Factory who gives them hints and tips on Hearthstone.

This podcast was recorded on Thursday, 27 June 2014.

[MP3] Episode 31 – Hearthstone special.

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Our special guest Cold.
  • The games we’re playing.
  • What makes a good steak?
  • Hints, tips and tactics for Hearthstone
  • Nev’s 5K run for Cancer Research UK Charity

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

WoW Auction House Guide

The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 30

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Welcome to episode thirty 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 Mists of Pandaria expansion and explore the first release of the Warlords of Draenor Alpha.

Nev tells of her 5K run for the Breast Cancer Research UK charity.

 

This podcast was recorded on Sat, 14th June 2014.

[MP3] Episode 30 – Warlords of Draenor Alpha.

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Life is busy in the real world.
  • Nev’s 5K run for Cancer Research UK Charity
  • How to judge the demand for items.
  • Warlords Alpha.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
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Warlords of Draenor Alpha – First Look

Horde ShamanSo, those nice folks at Blizzard sent me an invitation to try out the Warlords of Draenor Alpha, and despite saying I wouldn’t want to ruin my first experience of the new expansion before it was released, I couldn’t help but dip my toe into the cold snows of Frostfire Ridge.

My aim, here, is to give folks a flavour of the new world that is Draenor – bearing in mind that this is still only an alpha release and anything could change before we even reach the beta stage of development. I was also curious to see how Blizzard have implemented the early stages of Garrisons, given my earlier reservations about the concept. So with this in mind, here are my first impressions.

Now if you’re lucky enough to get an invitation to the alpha, bear in mind that the client download is around 23 Gigabytes – unlucky if your Internet service provider throttles you back or if the family are in the middle of their favourite Netflix movie! The other thing to  note is that Frostfire Ridge is the first zone in the alpha, so if you want to create an Alliance template character then it won’t work – hence I’m uncharacteristically playing Horde! FrostFireRidge

The first thing that struck me when I materialised in the new zone is how nice the new character models looked. I chose a Horde Shaman – I know, I never play Horde or have played a Shaman – but I was kind of impressed with the look of the model. Combat would turn out to be a whole new ball-game for me!

Without spoiling too much of the plot your first job is to plant the Horde flag in the new territory which begins a series of short of quests to build your Garrison. To build your Garrison you first need one of these:

Gazlowe

 

Gazlowe, here, acts as the main quest source for building your Garrison.  Supply him with a few materials and WHAM! It’s done.

No, literally. There was supposed to be a short cinematic – this is only the alpha – but I was expecting a little more progression in the building phase. But no, you have the start of your Garrison which in effect turns out to be like any other Horde camp, complete with flight path and mailbox. To progress the build phase, you must supply Gazlowe with a set amount of lumber – which in this phase acts as a form of currency.

Garrison
So how do I obtain this lumber currency? Well, I must search out material across Frostfire Ridge and complete a number of quests, all of which reward me with lumber. Once I have the required amount of currency I can return to my Garrison for the next phase of the build. Not what I was expecting, but then it’s early day in the Warlords development phase and many things may change.

As I explore more of the alpha I’ll provide you with an update on my travels through Frostfire Ridge and the next phase of my Garrison build.

Marcus

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 29

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Welcome to episode twenty nine 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 Mists of Pandaria expansion.

In this episode Nev and Marcus give you some hints and tips on playing Hearthstone.

 

This podcast was recorded on Mon, 26th May 2014.

[MP3] Episode 29 – Introduction to Hearthstone.

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  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Finding Globe of Water.
  • Who’s been playing what and when.
  • Introduction to Hearthstone.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
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The Future of Gold Making in Warlords of Draenor

Auction House

Closed Garrison Upgrade

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for many years now and with every new expansion I get a little nervous. Will Blizzard nerf any of my favourite items; will familiar content simply disappear; will they break the Auction House? With every expansion I have the same concerns and the Warlords of Draenor  expansion is no exception.

Now I’m not really such a nervous Nelly and I appreciate that a MMO as venerable as Warcraft must evolve. Existing players expect new content while players new to the game expect features found in more recent upstarts.

And change isn’t such a bad thing.

The Burning Crusade and Jewelcrafting

With the introduction of the Burning Crusade Blizzard provided us with a portal to another world in which we could eventually fly. This was a great improvement to the game, but brought with it the problem of keeping some quests a challenge. It certainly made gathering easier, but didn’t greatly affect the the WoW gold economy as much as I thought it would. However, Blizzard did give the economy a shot in the arm with the introduction of the Jewelcrafting profession to the joy of many a gold maker.

Wraith of the Lich King and Inscription

Then there was Wraith of the Lich King which gave us a whole new continent to explore, including the floating Mage city of Dalaran. My favourite addition was the Death Knight, complete with companion ghoul. We were also introduced to a PvP zone on a PvE server in the form of Wintergrasp. Blizzard added a little zing to the economy with the addition of the Inscription profession which added a whole new dimension to making gold in Warcraft.

Cataclysm Broke the Mould

With Cataclysm Blizzard broke the mould – literally by breaking continents. We could finally use our flying mounts in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. Again, players had a vast new world to explore in the form of Vashj’ir, Deepholm, Uldum and the Twilight Highlands. However, when it came to the professions Blizzard gave us the secondary profession of Archaeology which didn’t do much for the Warcraft economy.

Mists of Pandaria gave us Noodle Carts

Which brings us to the Mists of Pandaria expansion, which is probably my favourite. Again, Blizzard created a whole new continent to explore with some breathtaking vistas. Not only were we introduced to new races, but Blizzard created a mini game in the form of Pet Battles. Blizzard also tinkered away with the professions by greatly expanding Cooking and added a Tiller’s farm to compliment the demand for new ingredients.

So what makes me nervous about Warlords?

Enslaved to a Garrison

In a nutshell it’s the garrison. At the heart of Warcraft is its ever expanding universe which we, as the adventurers, set out to explore. It’s at the core of the game and has it’s roots in the likes of Dungeons and Dragons. A group of adventurers come together with a common goal and set out on a journey in a strange and wondrous land to complete their quest. It’s the shared experience of the journey that shapes and defines the characters that participate in the quest. Think of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit; Frodo in Lord of the Rings.

So, Blizzard, why turn my hero into a stay-at-home garrison builder?

Did Sam Gamgee say to Frodo ‘Sorry, mate. You go to the Black Gate, I’ll tend to the farm’? I don’t think so. They left the farm behind them and set off down the road together for an adventure! Now Blizzard has indicated that we are to be tied to a garrison. A slave to the farm.

And look how well that turned out with the Tillers! I don’t know about you, but having levelled all the plots on my farm I rarely go back there. I hate having to hang up my sword for the hoe. In truth, I find the whole Tiller’s farm idea boring and repetitive.

Will Blizzard Break the Professions?

But what really scares me is that they may well tie the Professions to garrison levels. Will I have to first build an Alchemy Lab in my garrison to level Alchemy? Will I have to construct  a Mage Tower before I can craft Living Steel? If I build a Mine will I ever need to gather Ore again or will I simply assign a ‘follower’ to mine all the Ore for me? Again, I’m tied to levelling my garrison. It reminds me a bit of the game ‘Boom Beach’ by Supercell. The garrison idea is a mini game within a game like Pet Battles, but in Warlords I don’t have the option to ignore it.

Now, I’ve always said that the Professions are the power house of the Warcraft economy. With each new expansion  the professions have been added to, tinkered with, but not broken. My fear is that with Warlords, Blizzard may inadvertently put a spanner in the economy by reducing the need for many of the Professions. I’m thinking of Inscription, here. Blizzard has indicated that in Warlords, some of the Major Glyphs will be learned by characters as they level and these recipes will be removed.

Closing the Auction House?

And what of the Auction House? Well, much of the trade that takes place on the Auction House revolves around the supply and demand of items required or crafted by the professions. Take Alchemy, for example. So far this is the only profession that can create Living Steel which is required by both Engineers and Blacksmiths for their crafting. This is the supply and demand that drives players to the Auction House and fuels the Warcraft economy. But if garrisons allow access to the professions that your character hasn’t mastered, why bother visiting the Auction House?

Now, with every new expansion there will always be change and Warlords promises some major upheavals. I’m confident that, given the amount of skin many of the Blizzard developers have in the game, they won’t intentionally break the economy, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Am I being a nervous Nelly? Let me know what you think. Visit my Facebook Page and drop me a comment.

 

 

 

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 28

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Journal Podcast

Welcome to episode twenty 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 Mists of Pandaria expansion.

In this episode Nev and Marcus discuss more developments from the Blizzard announcement of the Warlords of Draenor alpha. Marcus shares some of his  concerns regarding Garrisons in the Warlords expansion and  his thoughts on the effects on the future of Warcraft.

 

This podcast was recorded on Tue, 13th May 2014.

[MP3] Episode 28 – Nev is back!

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Clearing out the Bank.
  • Who’s been playing what and when.
  • Warcraft if not a flight sim!
  • More musings on the effects of Garrisons
  • Is WoD turning into Boom Beach?

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

 

WoW Auction House Guide

The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 27

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Welcome to episode twenty 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 Mists of Pandaria expansion.

In this episode Nev and Marcus discuss more developments from the Blizzard announcement of the Warlords of Draenor alpha. Nev explains some of the new  changes coming up in the form of Garrisons in the Warlords expansion and Marcus gives his thoughts on the effects on the Warcraft economy of these changes.

This podcast was recorded on Mon, 21st April 2014.

[MP3] Episode 27 – The Future of Gold Making in WoD

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Who’s been playing what and when.
  • Nev gives us the scope on the Warlords of Draenor announcement?
  • More musings on the effects of Garrisons
  • Is WoD turning into Clash of Clans?

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

 

WoW Auction House Guide

The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 26

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Welcome to episode twenty six 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 Mists of Pandaria expansion.

In this episode Nev and Marcus discuss the recent Blizzard announcement of the Warlords of Draenor alpha.

Nev explains some of the new professions changes coming up in the Warlords expansion and Marcus gives his thoughts on the effects on the Warcraft economy of these changes.

This podcast was recorded on Sat, 5th April 2014.

[MP3] Episode 26 – Warlords of Draenor Alpha.
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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Who’s been playing what and when.
  • Nev gives us the scope on the Warlords of Draenor announcement?
  • Marcus explains the Warcraft economy

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

WoW Auction House Guide

The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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How to Make More Profit From Your Gold Making Markets

JMT Professions Guide

JMT Professions Guide

I’ve always said that the Professions are the powerhouse of the Warcraft economy and crafting items to sell on the Auction House is a great way to make World of Warcraft gold. But competition can be fierce and to be successful with this gold making strategy, players need to carefully research all aspects of the market for the items they are trying to sell to ensure they can compete on price while still maximising their profit.

As an example, let’s look at the Profession of Alchemy and the selling of Living Steel. Those of you with this profession will know that Living Steel is a transmutation item with a 24 hr cool-down. This helps create demand for the material which is widely used in many of the other Professions. However, price competition can be fierce on most servers so it helps to be able to craft this material as cheaply as possible to maintain a reasonably profit.

So how many ways are there to craft Living Steel?

Normally, it takes the transmutation of 6 Trillium bars to create 1 Living steel (Ignoring the method using Spirit of Harmony):

1. 6 x Trillium Bar -> Living Steel

But an Alchemist also has the option to transmute Ghost Iron Bars to Trillium:

2. 60x Ghost Iron Bar -> 6 x Trillium Bar -> Living Steel

Now, if you have the Mining you have the option to smelt Ghost Iron Ore to Ghost Iron Bars:

3. 120 Ghost Iron Ore -> 60 x Ghost Iron Bar -> 6 x Trillium Bar -> Living Steel

But Miners will know that they can smelt Trillium Ore to Trillium Bars:

4. 12x White Trillium Ore + 12 x White Trillium Ore -> 6 x Trillium Bar

Summary of Living Steel Crafting Options

Material Quantity Market Price Crafting Price Profit
Ghost Iron Ore 120 2.3 276 74
Ghost Iron Bar 60 4.3 258 92
Trillium Ore 24 7.5 180 170
Trillium Bar 6 40 240 110
Living Steel 1 350 350 0

*All pricing are in gold (g). The pricing of Trillium Ore is an average of Black and White.

From the table above you can see that the crafting path to Living Steel is cheaper if you are able to utilise both Mining and Alchemy and by comparing the market pricing for all possible combinations of crafting material. It highlights the power of having complimentary professions (what, you didn’t think Alchemy and Mining were complimentary?).

If you think this is an isolated example you would be wrong. There are many more examples hidden in the crafting tomes of the Professions. Start digging and you’ll find more. Alternatively, save some time and invest in The Journal of Marcus Ty, Gold Making Guide and obtain the complete guide to making gold with the Professions.

As I’ve always said: ‘The Professions are the powerhouse of the Warcraft economy’. But they’re also the key to making a great profit.

 

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 25

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Welcome to episode twenty five 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 Mists of Pandaria expansion.

In this episode Nev and Marcus discuss the recent Blizzard announcement of the release date for Warlords of Draenor and the pre-release order complete with level 90 boost.

Nev is visiting in the US leaving the Pig & Whistle empty except for the crates of Jaffa Cakes, piled high in the corner..

This podcast was recorded on Sun, 16th March 2014.

[MP3] Episode 25 – Where’s Nev?.
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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Marcus can’t remember where he left Nev.
  • Nev gives us the scope on the Warlords of Draenor announcement
  • A boost to level 90 – so what?

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
WoW Auction House Guide

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 24

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Welcome to episode twenty four 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 gold making in the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

As usual Nev updates us on the latest news from the front and Marcus continues to sort out his recording bugs.

The topic of this weeks podcast is ‘The Gold Making Mindset’. Marcus and Nev talk about the mindset needed to start making gold and to achieve the ultimate goal of a million gold in Warcraft.

This podcast was recorded on Sat, 1st March 2014.

[MP3] Episode 24 – The Gold Making Mindset.
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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Marcus attempts to subdue his recording equipment.
  • Nev gives us the news from the front
  • The mindset of making gold in Mist of Pandaria

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 23

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Welcome to episode twenty three of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcast. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, and Nev of the Blog Auction House Addict, share their thoughts, hints and tips on gold making in the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

Nev give us the latest news from the front and how a famous professions blogger is to retire.

Love is in the air and Nev and Marcus explain some of the hints and tips for making gold with the air thick with cheap scent in the Pig and Whistle.

This podcast was recorded on Friday, 14th February 2014.

[MP3] Episode 23 – The Missing Episode?
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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Marcus and his Work / WoW balance.
  • Nev has a new machine
  • There are no puddles in Pandaria

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
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The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 22

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Welcome to episode twenty two of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcast. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, and Nev of the Blog Auction House Addict, share their thoughts, hints and tips on gold making in the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

Marcus reveals his latest exploits grinding reputation in Pandaria and what to factions to grind if trying to level a Jewelcrafter.

Nev and Marcus share some of their gold making hints and tips and their latest exploits when leveling alts across the various expansions.

This podcast was recorded on Saturday, 18th January 2014.

[MP3] Episode 22 – Pandarean Gold Making?
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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Marcus has a dodgy microphone.
  • Nev reveals her love of pet collecting
  • Gold making hints and tips in Pandaria

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
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