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  • Faction-specific pricing that many auction house addons accumulate is no longer valid.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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My Year of Making World of Warcraft gold

Big IdeaI’ve been chilling out over the holidays, fighting my way through a mountain of Christmas Pudding and cream, so I haven’t spent a great deal of time in the Auction House. I’ve also parked my army of profession alts for now, giving them some respite  from their endless toil of crafting. It’s at this time that I like to look back over the year,  reflecting on my gold making and deciding the success and failure of various strategies.

When I look back over my blog I’m surprised at the amount of content I’ve produced this past year. This is in part a response to others in the gold making community spurring me on and providing me with hints, tips and suggestions for blog posts and articles. It’s also a response to my followers and subscribers who regularly tweet and email me with a variety of ideas and suggestions for future topics or simply to ask me for help.

It was one such subscriber who, having listened to me chat with Jim Younkin on his live stream, suggested I should create my own podcast. And so the Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast was born.

Now, I knew in theory how a Podcast worked and what I had to do, but knowing something and doing it are two different things. It’s what I tell new players when it comes to making gold in the Auction House: you can read about this stuff all you like but sooner or later you just have get in there and be a player. Needless to say I turned to Jim for advice and being a supportive kind of bloke, he pointed me to one of his many articles on the subject to get me on track. So thanks to Jim the Podcast got off to a good start.

Now, Jim and I have been gold-capped for many years. In fact, I’ve lost count of the millions of gold Jim has accumulated. I idle between 1-2million gold across my various alts, but Jim keeps ploughing on accumulating more and more gold. When I remind Jim that it’s only virtual gold, he always replies: ‘Yes, but it’s my virtual gold!’ This inspired me to write a post for Cold Blogging Carnival called What Drives a Gold Maker earlier in the year.

Episode One of the JMT Podcast launched on March 16th. If you listen to the first show – just for a laugh – you’ll hear this British guy banging on about the Auction House in a very formal BBC voice. I’ve since been asked to do the ‘Shipping Forecast’. A lovely lady from New York wrote on iTunes: ‘Don’t know anything about making gold, just love listening to the British accent’. If you want to start your own podcast I would always recommend interviewing a guest or having a co-host.

As it turns out I was fortunate to interview Erik Dekker of the blog The Golden Crusade and Cold of the blog Cold’s Gold Factory for some great episodes. But it was when interviewing Nev of the blog Auction House Addict that things really clicked and Nev has been my co-host on the show ever since. It’s largely thanks to Nev’s input into the show and her relaxed style that the show has continued to gain followers and remains interesting to do. In fact Nev and I can talk for hours on any subject. So much so that I normally have about three hours of material to edit down for the one hour show each recording session!

Half way through the year came the release of the patch 5.3. There were no major changes to the WoW gold economy and I summarized the state of play in the post What’s Been Making Gold in Patch 5.3-Escalation.

It was around about the same time that Trade Skill Master 2 was released. There were many changes to the program and some players were unhappy about having to re-learn and reconfigure the new program. Needless to say the new changes were eventually well received. It was during that time that I received a lot of requests for help on setting up the new TSM2 so I wrote a review come mini guide: TSM2 Review and it became a regular topic on the JMT Podcast.

As we moved through summer  I searched and explored new and not so new markets to exploit. I went back to basics and made a good profit snatching undervalued items from the Auction House and flipping them. This technique works best if you employ a little automation so I wrote a post on how to set up Shopping Lists in TSM2.

As the summer waned , Blizzard was preparing to launch the next patch 5.4. Nev and I discussed how to prepare for the new patch in Episode Eleven of the JMT Podcast. I explained that I had been buying up stacks of Living Steel, anticipating the demand from the new Engineering recipes that were in the pipeline. I must have spent around 70,000g on Living Steel at below market price of around 300g on my server in preparation.

Patch 5.4 was released in September, around the time of my birthday. Nev was kind enough to sing me ‘Happy Birthday, Mr Co-Host’ in the breathless style of Marilyn Monroe in Episode Thirteen of the JMT Podcast which, needless to say, went down well with our listeners. Nev went on to give some tips on questing on the Timeless Isle. In the Auction House I made a killing selling all of my stock of Living Steel for around 550-600g a bar over the first week of the new patch.

As the Summer greens of the leaves in my little corner of England started to turn to the yellow ochres and reds of the Fall, I spent more and more time grinding on the Timeless Isle – or TimeSuck Isle as one follower tweeted. I became obsessed with trying to complete the Noodle Cart quest and it became a topic on the podcast and in a post called Dude, Where’s My Noodle Cart. Always ready to talk about food, Nev and I discussed Cooking and the secondary professions in the making of Warcraft gold.

As patch 5.4 wore on I noticed spikes in the  price of Living Steel as players set about crafting the new Engineering recipes. Once they had generated enough of Jard’s Peculiar Energy Source they would splurge their gold on Living Steel to make the new Sky Golem Mount. There was a big debate on whether, as gold makers, we should craft the mount and attempt to sell it on the Auction House or simply keep the first mount. I expressed my view in the post Making Gold with the Sky Golem Mount.

As the Fall turned to Winter I revisited making gold with Pandarean Cooking. This got me back into Fishing – which is not the fastest way to make gold – but it aloud me to chill out, away from the endless grind of the Timeless Isle. It also inspired me to write the post Making Gold with Ben of the Booming Voice.

As the year came to its end Blizzard finally announced the new Warlords of Draenor expansion. There were going to be changes to the professions and levels that I thought would affect the Warcraft economy and I summarized my thoughts in the post Warlords Expansion Gold Making Impact.

I had made so much gold during the last patch that I maxed-out the gold limit on my banking alt 999,999.99. and had to post the surplus to my other alts to receive my sales. I was by now just keeping my crafting and trading ticking over. I needed a new incentive to keep making gold. I mentioned this to Nev so we decided to devote the last few shows of the podcast to making gold at the lower levels and I wrote the post Making Gold By The Seashore which also became the topic of the podcast. The final show and post ended the year with the Making Gold During Feast of Winterveil and Nev having to put up with my bad jokes.

So next year Nev and I are planning more topics for the podcast and I’m going to start my Horde project. I’ve always played mainly Alliance characters and next year I want to create a new Horde character and level to 90. From a gold making perspective I will blog about starting out with zero gold and see how much I can accumulate on this new character. I’ll still be discussing more advanced topics and as usual, searching out new markets.

I’m also in the process of writing a Kindle version of my guide Auction House Secrets which I hope to release in the New Year. So watch this space.

Until the next time this is Marcus Ty wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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