Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 18

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Journal Podcast

Welcome to episode eighteen of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcast. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, and Nev of the Blog Auction House Addict, go back in time and contemplate their long history in World of Warcraft.

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Dr who and to celebrate the 9th anniversary of Warcraft Marcus transforms the Pig and Whistle studio into a Tardis and transports himself and Nev back to the year 2005 and WoWs beginnings.

Marcus shares his thoughts on gold making in 2005 and what keeps him playing after all these years.

This podcast was recorded on Saturday, 23rd of November 2013.

[MP3] Episode 18 – Who’s Who.
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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Anniversary time.
  • No women in Draenor
  • Stepping back in time
  • The Auction House in 2005
  • Why Marcus still plays Warcraft

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

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.

Enchanting

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.

Engineering

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.

 

Making gold From Old World Markets

Arcanite BarsAs makers of gold in World of Warcraft there is a risk that we become stuck in the rut of crafting only the latest of gear or trade in the latest of material. In this post I’ll explain how trading in gear and material across the expansions can make you easy wow gold and reduce Auction House competition to boot.

On Episode 4 of the Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast I was discussing some of the techniques I use to reduce competition in the Auction House. One technique which I use regularly is to trade Old World gear and material. Now, when I say ‘Old World’ I’m talking about gear and material from several expansions back, as opposed to a few patch levels. So I now consider Old World to be the expansions Classic, Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. Cataclysm is still fresh in the minds of many players to be considered ‘Old World’ but items of this expansion can still make a profit if you study demand carefully.

A good example of an item that can be traded for a great profit from Classic WoW is Arcanite. This metal can only be crafted by Alchemists, which helps reduce competition for even more. It’s relatively simple to craft:

Transmute Arcanite Bar
1 x Thorium Bar
1 x Arcane Crystal

I’ve posted about making gold from Arcanite before so won’t repeat myself, only to mention the one limitation to crafting this item which is sourcing Arcane Crystals. Unlike other gems, Arcane Crystal cannot be prospected, they can only be obtained from mining Thorium ore directly. The result is that they are not that abundant on the Auction House which limits my Arcanite production.

For those players that love to farm ore (and some folks do) there are a few locations in Azeroth where Rich Thorium nodes are particularly abundant and which give the highest chance of an Arcane Crystal:

  • Winterspring
  • On’Goro Crater
  • Silithus

I’ve been trading Arcanite for a few months on my server now with little to no competition and for a great profit.

Keeping with Alchemy, I have started to trade Potion of Invisibility on my server. Again, this is a simple item to craft:

Potion of Invisibilty
1 x Sungrass
1 x Ghost Mushroom

Like Arcanite, there is one item that is hard to find on the Auction House which is  Ghost Mushroom. However, all ingredients are easily farmed from the On’Goro Crater with Ghost Mushroom found in the Cave known as Fungal Rock.

There is still a strong demand for Potion of Invisibility on my server; it tends to disappear fast (sorry) and commands a high price.

Another item I tend to trade on my server for a great profit is the metal of Titanium. Again, there are few players trading this material despite strong demand. With little competition on my server I tend to control the market and command a high price. Again, I utilize my Alchemist to good effect by buying up cheap Saronite ore and transmuting to expensive Titanium. If you farm the ore directly, then the profit margin is even greater.

I’ve so far given three examples of the items I trade on a regular basis on my server from past expansions, with the focus on alchemy as the profession. But there are numerous other examples that I could give across the three expansions mentioned and across all of the professions. By looking hard at your particular set of professions you should be able to identify niche material and gear from past expansions that you can trade with reduced competition and for a great profit.

Resources

JMT Professions Guide
JMT Professions Guide

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 04

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Journal Podcast

Welcome to the forth episode of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcasts. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, talks with guest gold maker, Eric Dekker of the blog The Golden Crusade. Eric explains his own style of gold making and the professions and tools he uses in his daily gold making routine. Marcus and Eric discuss how to reduce competition in the Auction House and give tips to the quest ‘The Swollen Vault’ on the Isle of Thunder. This interview was recorded on Monday 29th April 2013.

 

 

[MP3] Episode 4 – Dealing with competition
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Show Notes

  • Welcome to Eric of the blog The Golden Crusade.
  • Eric discusses his wow style of play.
  • What’s been selling in the Auction House.
  • Why new players need to learn to make gold.
  • How to reduce competition in the Auction House.
  • Hints and tips for questing on the Isle of Thunder.
  • Addons used by gold makers.
  • Eric’s Addons

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

Trade Skill Master Addon

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 01

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast
Journal Podcast

 

Welcome to the first episode of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcasts. In this first episode your host, Marcus Ty, explains his gold making philosophy and helps set new players on the road to sensible gold making strategies.

Marcus discusses the importance of the wow gold economy and the essentials of the Auction House.

 

[MP3] Episode 01 – Welcome, Friend
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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig & Whistle, podcasting studio of Marcus Ty.
  • Where to find me.
  • The Marcus Ty philosophy of gold making.
  • Why all players need to make gold and how to get started.
  • Understanding the Warcraft gold economy.
  • The importance of the Auction House.
  • The importance of the right Auction House Addon
  • The 5 Goblin Principles of Auction House Trading

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

 

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