Post Patch 5.3 Blues

Primal Diamond
Primal Diamond

I received a great deal of feedback from my last post and podcast on the topic of making gold in the new Patch 5.3-Escalation. Many players complained that many of their gold making techniques that had shown a profit pre-patch 5.3 no longer worked as well post-patch 5.3. A case of Post Patch Blues, perhaps or did the WoW Gold Economy drastically change? In this post I’ll try to add some perspective to these comments and try to guide players to new gold making markets.

In my last post and on my Podcast – The Journal of Marcus Ty Episode 06 – I mentioned that patch releases are more tweaks to the game, rather than big upheavals, so as gold makers we shouldn’t see a great deal of change to the WoW Gold Economy. Sure, there’s going to be slight variations in markets, but nothing that would throw the economy out of kilter for any length of time. We didn’t, for example, see changes to any of the major cooldowns – Living Steel, Sha Crystals, Magnificence of Leather – or changes to major materials like Mote of Harmony. Instead, Blizzard made changes to the stats on PvP gear which seems to have caught many players off guard and sent their gold making markets into a spin.

Narrow Focus

Players reading my last post all complained that their previous sales of gems with stats of PvP Resilience and PvP Power all tanked and ‘nothing worked’. I had a similar experience with these gem cuts and enchants, but as mentioned previously, cuts of gem with basic stats of Strength, Agility, Stamina, Intellect, Critical Strike and Expertise took off and continue to do well. Here is a summary of what continues to sell well on my server.

Best Selling Gem Cuts Post-Patch 5.3-Escalation
Gem Cut Attribute
Delicate Primoridal Ruby +160 Agility
Brilliant Primoridal Ruby +160 Intellect
Sparkling River’s Heart +320 Spirit
Stormy River’s Heart +160 PvP Power
Solid River’s Heart +240 Stamina
Guardian’s Imperial Amythyst +160 Expertize, +120 Stamina
Veiled Imperial Amythyst +80 Intellect, +160 Hit
Deadly Vermillion Onyx +80 Agility +160 Critical Strike
Smooth Sun’s Radiance +320 Critical Strike
Piercing Wild Jade +160 Critical Strike, +160 Hit

The exception to my gem cuts was Stormy River’s Heart which pre-patch 5.3 was down to 7-8g per item. I thought this too low and bought up all gems on the Auction house and re-posted them for 80-90g an item post-patch 5.3. I sold most of my snatched gems at the price I wanted and made a great profit. The reminder I have off-loaded onto the market at between 30-40g an item. Still a profit but these cuts are no longer great sellers.

For those players that are still having trouble selling their gem cuts I would suggest going to the The Undermine Journal and looking at the prices of the gem cuts on your server. Alternatively, try the site WoW Popular which will steer you towards the more popular cuts of gem. When it comes to Jewelcrafting, it helps not to be too narrow with respect to the items you sell. Mix it up a bit and try to home in on what’s in demand on your server.

Uncut Gems

My Jewelcrafter continues to do a roaring trade in all uncut gems on my server, both Uncommon and Rare types. Demand remain high and above market price compared with pre-patch levels. Because Uncut, Uncommon Pandarian gems are in demand on my server I’m having to prospect for them. This would normally be expensive if using Ghost Iron Ore, but as I mentioned in the JMT Podcast – Episode 06, I’m buying up very cheap stacks of Kyparite. It seems that folks are content to dump this ore on my server without giving much thought to prospecting.

I rarely prospect ore these days – Times Money, Friend – but I make the exception with Kyparite. As long as folks keep dumping, I’ll keep prospecting. The Uncut Uncommon gems are then sent to my Alchemist who transmutes them into Uncut Rare gems and sends them back to my JC. As long as I can get hold of cheap or market price Golden Lotus, this remains a valid strategy, making me 50-100g profit per gem.

Primal Diamond

But my best seller has to be the Primal Diamond. Again my Alchemist transmutes a combination of 6 Rare Pandarian gems to make one Primal Diamond. This costs on average 300 gold. These sell on average for 450-550g an item, making me a great profit.


If you’re new to making gold in World of Warcraft then it can be unsettling when old and familiar markets shift with the release of  a new patch. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and continue on the same old routine. All markets change over time and some disappear forever, but as gold makers we have to be on guard and continually adapt our gold making strategies to the subtle changes in demand that comes with every new patch. Reduce your risk to these changes by being active in more than one market and always look for ways to reduce your cost of materials.

Here’s wishing you more gold in ya bags!


JMT Professions Guide
JMT Professions Guide

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 06

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Journal Podcast

Welcome to episode six of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcasts. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, discusses his gold making successes and disappointments with the recent patch 5.3-Escalation.  Marcus takes you through his gold making preparation for patch days in general and explains how he uses his professions to craft for gold to take advantage of the rise in demand that can occur with a new patch.


This show was recorded on Monday 3rd June, 2013.

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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig & Whistle, Stormwind.
  • Post patch blues.
  • Patch Preparation.
  • How my patch predictions panned out.
  • Gold Making Professions used post patch.
  • Contact Marcus Ty.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

WoW Auction House Guide
The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

What’s Been Making Gold in Patch 5.3-Escalation

Making Gold Patch 5.3-Escalation
Making Gold in Patch 5.3-Escalation

Just prior to the release of Patch 5.3-Escalation, I posted some thoughts on what would be selling on the Auction House and some general gold making tips. In this post I thought it would be useful to see how well my predictions panned out and what’s been making gold in patch 5.3-Escalation over the past few week.

There is normally an increase in Auction House activity across many markets just after a patch and I made sure I had stocks of material sitting in the bank to take advantage of the surge in demand on my server. My main profit came from the following markets:

  • Alchemy – mainly transmutation and some potions
  • Jewelcrafting – cut and uncut gems; rings and necks
  • Enchanting
  • Engineering
  • Flipping Cataclysm greens

Best Sellers

Demand for all types of gem was up just after the patch increasing the price and scarcity of Uncommon Pandaren Gems:

  • Panarian Garnet
  • Roguestone
  • Alexandrite
  • Lapus Lazuli
  • Sunstone
  • Tiger Opal

With Pandarian Garnet and Tiger Opal as the best sellers. I sold out of gems very quickly leaving me with a great profit.

Uncut Rare Pandarian Gems

Just prior to Patch 5.3 my Alchemist managed to scour the Auction House for cheap or market price Golden Lotus – around 40-50g per item on my server for general gem transmutation and potion crafting. I must have bought up around 5 stacks. After the patch the demand spiked for this herb and prices soared to 80-100g per item. I made good use of my pre-patch supplies and used them to transmute my remaining Uncommon Pandarian gems to Rare Pandarian gems:

  • Primordial Ruby
  • Imperial Amethyst
  • River’s Heart
  • Sun’s Radiance
  • Wilde Jade

Many of these gems I sold uncut giving me on average a profit margin of 50% to 70%. Some Rare gems I also transmuted to Primal Diamonds which I also sold for a greater profit of around 150% to 180%.

Changes to PVP Resilience

Patch 5.3 made changes to PvP Resilience. I thought this would increase demand for those gems and enchants that increased this attribute. Examples included:

  • Mystic Sun’s Radiance (+160 PvP Resilience)
  • Stormy River’s Heart (+160 PvP resilience)
  • Vivid Wild Jade (+80 PvP Resilience, +80 PvP Power)

While I had some sales of these gems at above market price, demand was never that great. Instead sales of gem cuts that increased attributes of Intellect, Strength, Stamina and Critical Strike all did better.

It should be noted that I didn’t cut any of these gems. Just before the patch I snatched very cheap gem cuts direct from the Auction House at around 15-20g per item and resold them for 100-120g, such was the demand at the time. Now, the the Auction House is once again saturated with cheap cuts of these gems and I have abandoned this market until things have stabilized.

Potions, Elixirs  and Flasks

I sold a wide assortment of Potions, Elixirs and Flasks after the patch but my best sellers were:

  • Potion of Treasure Finding
  • Potion of Luck
  • Flask of the Earth
  • Flask of the Warm Sun

Living Steel

I had anticipated increased in demand for Living Steel and had bought up some below market bars for around 300-350g. I sold out on the first few days for a profit of around 100g a bar.


My Enchanter did a brisk trade but the Enchant Chest – Super Resilience (+200 PvP) didn’t sell as expected and prices remained below market. I listed only a few items so nothing lost.

Other best selling scrolls:

  • Enchant Chest – Glorious Stats
  • Enchant Boots – Pandaren’s Step
  • Enchant Weapon – Windsong

Just before the patch I invested in some cheap Abyss crystals. These I shattered into:

  • Infinite Dust
  • Greater Cosmic Essence.

I sold out of these items very early on after the patch.

Cataclysm Greens

I ‘ve been flipping Cataclysm Greens for a while now. I simply scan the Auction House for Lvl 77-80 greens at around 30-40g and flip them for 300-400g on my server. Trading of these items was brisk after the patch and I sold most of my backlog of inventory held in the bank.


My Engineer had been busy before the patch mining Ghost Iron Ore to turn in Ghost Iron Bars for the crafting of the Ghost Iron Dragonling and assorted Tinker’s Gears. I crafted about 5 Trinkets and about 50 gears and sold out after a few days.

So there you have it. I hope you had some success making gold with the new patch. Be sure to listen to the Journal of Marcus Podcast where I’ll be discussing these and other gold making strategies in Patch 5.3-Escalation.