Bigger Fish To Fry Legion Achievement

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If you’re a keen Warcraft fisherman and want to level your Fishing skill fast, then seek to complete the Legion achievement “Bigger Fish To Fry” which requires you to catch all of the 18 rare fish in Legion. This achievement is also a prerequisite for the quest for the ‘Undermine Angler’. In the process you’ll also catch many common types of fish which sell well on the Auction House or can be used in many of the Legion cooking recipes.
But before starting on your quest, you’ll need a little preparation. So let’s get started!

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I’ve decided that 2017 is the year I aim for the “Underlight Angler” artifact. One of the prerequisites for this quest is to complete the achievement “Bigger Fish To Fry” which requires that you catch each of the 18 rare fish in Legion. It’s also a great way to level your fishing to Legion Fisherman (lvl 800), fast.

 

Margoss’s Retreat

Before starting on this achievement, you’ll need to do a little preparation. This requires a visit to the small floating island beside Dalaran called Margoss’s Retreat and obtaining Arcane Lures from Conjurer Margoss. If you have yet to visit Margoss in his retreat then you’re in for some fun getting down there. You’ll need some form of “Slow Fall” or Engineering device like the Goblin Glider. You can find these gliders on the Auction House if you’re not an Engineer.

 

Hint: Engineers – it’s a good time to start crafting Goblin Gliders to sell on the Auction House!

 

Once at the Retreat, you’ll have to fish-up “Drowned Mana” from the pool and exchange them for Lures from Margoss. The whole process doesn’t take long and you’ll soon have 10-20 lures in no time.

 

Hint: Excess lures can be sold on the Auction House for much gold!

Rare Legion Fish

There are 18 rare fish in Legion – 3 from each zone, plus 3 from coastal waters (refer to the table below). All fish in Legion can be caught with a fishing skill starting at 1, so this is a good way to power-up your fishing skill.

 

Hint: Fish from pools, not open water for this to work.

By using the Arcane Lure buff, you’ll attract a variety of fish bait or NPC’s, which in turn can be used to attract a rare fish. Each rare fish – when thrown back gives you +5 increase in fishing skill. It’s possible to catch the same rare fish multiple times, in which case you simply throw it back for a further +5 increase in fishing skill. Some NPC’s like the “Sleeping Murloc” will drop numerous “Surpine Puffer Fish”, each of which can be thrown back for a +5 increase in fishing skill. Carry on in this fashion and you’ll soon max-out your fishing skill. Unfortunately, all of the rare fish caught are bind on pickup and soulbound, so can’t be traded or passed to an alt; however, the bait is not!

 

Hint: Keep excess bait to sell on the Auction House. The Sleeping Murloc mentioned above is currently selling for 2135g per item, according to the TUJ.

 

Fishy Achievements

Catching one of the rare fish listed in the table below will grant you the achievement “A Cast Above The Rest“. Catching all of the rare fish will give you the achievement “Bigger Fish To Fry“.

 

The Underlight Angler

By the time you have the achievement Bigger Fish To Fry, you should be at or close to a fishing level of 800. If you keep on fishing, you’ll have a chance to collect “Luminous Pearl” which then starts you on the quest for the Underlight Angler!

 

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Legion Rare Fish Location

Rare Fish Location
Leyshimmer Blenny Azuna
Nar’thalas Hermit
Ghostly Queenfish
Ancient Mossgill Val’sharah
Terrorfin
Thorned Flounder
Ancient Highmountain Salmon Highmountain
Mountain Puffer
Coldriver Carp
Magic-Eater Frog Suramar
Tainted Runescale Koi
Seerspine Puffer
 Thundering Stormray Stormheim
Oodelfjisk
Graybelly Lobster
Ancient Black Barracuda Coastal Waters
Axefish
Seabottom Squid

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Fishing is great fun in Legion – especially now you can obtain the fishing artifact Underlight Angler. Completing the achievement Bigger Fish To Fry is a prerequisite for this quest, but it is also a great way to level your fishing, all the way to Legion Fisherman (lvl 800). There’s is also some great gold making opportunities on the way to this achievement from selling excess Arcane Lures and Rare Fish Bait, to Goblin Gliders. You’ll find yourself ‘swimming’ in Legion fish to either sell on the Auction House of to use in many of the Legion Cooking recipes.

Good Fishing!

Marcus

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Selling Shirts in Legion

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Vendor Shirts
Vendor Shirts

 

Ask the other Mages in the Kirin Tor and they’ll tell you that I’d sell the shirt off my own back if I thought it would make me a profit. Well, they’re not far off!

Since the release of Legion and the addition of the new achievement Fashionista: Shirt, I’ve been buying vendor offered shirts for silver and selling them for gold – quite a bit of gold, actually. The achievement requires players collect 15 different shirts, so there is a steady demand for them on the Auction House.

The technique is very simple:

  1. First visit a shirt vendor and buy several types of shirt – usually costing silver.
  2. If using TSM create a group and suitable operation.
  3. List your shirt as part of your daily trading.

I limit my shirt buying activity to just a few vendors. Here are the ones I use:

  1. Karandona – Threads of Fate, Dalaran
  2. Broxel Goldgrasp – Argent Tournament
  3. Carla Granger – Trade District, Stormwind
  4. Orleans, Orgrimmar

There are many more if you want to take the time to research them, but this should get you started.

Here is my TSM list:

I’ll leave you the small task of creating a suitable auctioning operation to go with this group.

Here’s wishing you more gold in ya bags!

Marcus Ty

Legion Gold Guide
Legion Gold Guide – Now Live!

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Legion Gold Making Preparations – Secondary Professions

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Legion Gold Making
Legion Gold Making

With just a few more weeks before the launch of Legion, I’m busily preparing my alts for the new Warcraft expansion. In this latest post I’ll explore the Secondary professions of Cooking, Fishing and First Aid to help you on your way to the Broken Shore.

Players often don’t give the Secondary professions of Cooking, First Aid and Fishing a second thought when it comes to making gold in Azeroth and beyond, but they can be powerful tools in your gold making armory. It helps to have these professions maxed out to an experience level of 700 before setting foot on Broken Shore to help you advance in the new expansion.

Demon Hunter – No Skills

If like me you’ve pre-purchased Legion, then you’ve probably been tempted to create a character of the new Demon Hunter class. After a brief – but exciting – opening scenario, your character quickly maxes out at level 100. Unfortunately, he or she has no professions, which means leveling these all from scratch.

As in Warlords, you’ll be able to start leveling your chosen Primary professions at level 1 in Legion; however, the demand for Legion material will be very high in the early days of the expansion and buying mats from the Auction House could be very expensive. So, my advice – if you have time – is to head over to Draenor and build yourself a garrison and start leveling your Primary professions there.

Cooking For Dough

For the Secondary professions, things are a little different, with Cooking being more of a problem. Unlike in Warlords which involved a World drop of the book Draenor Cooking, in Legion you revert to having to find your respective faction Cooking trainer in Dalaran. For Alliance this is Katherine Lee in the Hero’s Welcome and for Horde this is Awilo Lon’gomeba, the Filthy Animal Inn. Unfortunately, you can’t gain Legion Cooking until you reach experience level 700.

Cooking Skulker Chowder
Cooking Skulker Chowder

Fortunately, you can do this relatively quickly in Draenor. After a few quests the book Draenor Cooking should drop which expands your Cooking experience endpoint to 700. Note: you still have to reach this endpoint to pick up Legion Cooking.

The quickest way I’ve found to do this is to cook many of the fish recipes. Fish Flesh is cheap and abundant on

the Auction House and many of the recipes will award you 5 experience point up to around 600. Many other recipes will be discovered as your cooking advances, giving you more options. You’ll also find that many of the high-end cooked material sells on the Auctions House for a nice bonus.

First Aid – Blood Money

Legion First Aid
Legion First Aid

First Aid is a little different. When entering Legion, you’ll pick up a few recipes to create Silkweave bandages at level 1, but like cooking the remaining recipes require you to learn Legion First Aid at experience level 700. Also, the initial cost of Shal’dorei silk required for Legion bandages is likely to be high in the early part of expansion.

 

Again, the quickest way to level First Aid is in Draenor. Buy up cheap Blackwater Whiptail Flesh on the Auction House and crank out Blackwater Anti-venom to receive 5 experience points an item. You’ll quickly raise your level of First Aid for very little cost.

Fishing Raft
Fishing Raft

Fishing is one of those profession you either love or hate. I don’t mind it. The good news is that you can start fishing in Legion at level one. The generic fish type (not found in specific pools) in Legion is the Silver Mackerel. This fish is used in several early Cooking recipes and First Aid. While you don’t need a high fishing skill level in Legion, it’s handy if you wish to use Toys like the Anglers Fishing Raft for those hard to access fishing pools.

Marcus

 

I’m happy to announce that my next upgrade to The Journal of Marcus Ty Gold Guide is out now!

Legion Gold Guide
Legion Gold Guide – Out Now!

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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
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New Warcraft Expansion is Legion

Legion Expansion
Legion Expansion – (c) Blizzard Entertainment

 

Blizzard announced its latest expansion to World of Warcraft at Gamescom15 to be called Legion.  Yes, the red-eyed Gul’Dan has been up to his old tricks again releasing upon Azeroth an old, green enemy. The Burning Crusade is back – at least, according to Khadgar.

The Burning Crusade Meets Wrath

Take the best of lore from The Burning Crusade and mix in the best of Wrath of the Lich King and this gives you a flavour of the new expansion, Legion. While some may see this a recycling of old content, I view this as the continuing story of the Warcraft theme, based on its rich history and many backstories, many of which will be explored in the new expansion.

Demon Hunters

Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter – (c) Blizzard Entertainment

 

The Tomb of Sargeras has been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Extinction is imminent, so we are told, and we’ll need to new champions to do battle. These take the form of a new class of character call Demon Hunters, elven outcasts that can take the fel form of demons, complete with horns and cool tats. They even have a neat little trick – the double leap! Looks like fun tripping over the keyboard with that one.

Weapon Artefacts

Artifact
Artifact Ashbringer Upgrade – (c) Blizzard Entertainment

 

To do battle with the invading Legion, our heroes must gather weapons of imaginable power. For this Blizzard have introduced the Artifact – a type of weaponised glyph system. Part of the quest is to seek out these artifacts and build-out our weapons such as Ashbringer and Windrunner

 

Windrunner
Windrunner – (c) Blizzard Entertainment

The Broken Isles

Broken Isles Map - (c) Blizzard Entertainment
Broken Isles Map – (c) Blizzard Entertainment

 

The action takes place in a new zone called The Broken Isles with six new regions:

  • The Broken Shore
  • Azsuna
  • Val’Sharah
  • Suramar
  • Stormheim
  • Highmountain

For the scenery, Blizzard has drawn on its rich content of landscapes and structures from The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King, which many of us who have played wow over the years have become familiar with.

Max Level 110

Players quest to a new level 110. As in Warlords there is the ability to boost a character straight to level 100.

Order Halls

In Legion, we no longer come together as Horde or Alliance, but organise according to our class in new garrison-like structures – Class-specific Order Halls, complete with followers. I’m wondering at this point, how long it will take us all to abandon our carefully tended garrisons in favour of Halls?

On My Honor

For those into PvP the honor system has been completely re-vamped. Gone is the currency system and honour points in favour of experience that unlocks new talents.

Dungeons and Raids

As with every new expansion there are new dungeon and raids. Blizzard is giving special emphasis to the dungeon mechanics in this expansion to make them more rewarding. Not one for running dungeons, this might be the expansion where I explore this new content in ernest.

Legion Gold Making

And what of gold making in this new expansion? As always, unless Blizzard completely abandons the wow gold economy that the game is based on, gold making will follow the same pattern as in previous expansions: new gear requiring new mats for crafting, creating demand that’s supplied by the likes of gold makers like myself. The tools and techniques I’ve honed over these past 10 years will ensure that I have plenty of gold to buy WoW Tokens, meaning I’ll never have to worry about paying for subs.

So yes! Bring on your Legion, Blizzard. My bags are full with gold!

 

JMT gold Guide
Journal of Marcus Ty – Warlords Edition