Category Archives: Warcraft Basics

How To Make Enough Gold to Purchase WoW Tokens

Want to pay for your Warcraft subscription with minimal time and effort? In-game Warcraft gold can now be exchanged for game time in one month increments. When this system was first announced, I was positive I’d be there with my wallet open, ready to shell out twenty bucks for a mountain of gold. When the initial cost of gold was pegged by Blizzard, I thought the price- 30,000 gold for one month of gameplay- was laughably low, and was surprised when it dropped lower still.

I hadn’t stockpiled any gold or even been particularly frugal in the weeks leading up to the WoW Token release, assuming that I’d be on the buying end when it came to tokens. With prices hovering between 20,000 to 24,000 gold for a month of game play, though, I quickly changed from a gold buyer to a gold seller.

Everyone has their own methods of making gold, but I’m not an Auction House hawk; I prefer to make money solo and at my own pace. I’ve been able to make about 20,000 gold every three or four days, which has bought me a year of Warcraft so far. To make that amount, I rely most heavily on Garrison Treasure Hunters, followed by Salvage Yard sale, and rounded out by the odd Auction House sale. If you’re just trying to get enough cash to pay for your subscription, well- this is how I do it. Bon chance!

Activating the Right Garrison Buildings

Your primary goal will be to train followers, recruit followers with the Treasure Hunter trait, and gear all of your followers as quickly as possible. To that end, you’re best served by building and leveling up the Inn, the Bunker, the Salvage Yard, and the Trading Post, all to better serve your Treasure Hunters on their missions. For the Glory of Ah- Treasure Hunters!

Add-on Required: Master Plan

The Inn

In order to recruit new followers, you must have a level 2 Inn. You will always want to choose Traits > Treasure Hunter from the dropdown menu, and of your recruits, always take the Rare (blue) recruit if there is one. When you’re able to expand to a Level 3 Inn, you’ll get much better Treasure Hunter missions in your Garrison with rewards of 250+ gold (which, if you’ve been zealous about recruiting Treasure Hunters, you can easily turn into north of 1,000 gold).

Minimum: Level 2, to recruit followers
Optimal: Level 3, to unlock Treasure Hunter missions

The Bunker

The Bunker lets you exchange Garrison Resources for follower upgrade tokens. You need to gear up your level 100 followers as quickly as possible, and upgrade tokens accumulate v.e.r.y s.l.o.w.l.y.

Minimum: Level 2, to turn Garrison Resources into follower upgrade tokens
Optimal: Level 3, to get a daily quest for a weapon or armor upgrade token

The Salvage Yard

The Salvage Yard gives you a chance to get a bag of salvage when your followers return from a mission. Generally you get junk which you can sell for a hefty whack of gold, but you also have a chance to get follower upgrade tokens and every now and then, some fantastic transmog or upgrade piece that will sell for thousands on the Auction House.

Building the Salvage Yard requires completing a quest series in Spires of Arak.

Minimum: Level 1, which just allows you to get any loot at all
Optimal: Level 3, which returns the best loot from the bags

Add-on Required: Auctioneer
Add-on Required: Crap Away!

The Trading Post

Especially if you are just leveling or have leveled recently, you’ll need many more Garrison Resources than you have access to in the world and by waiting for your Garrison Cache to be replenished. Even after you have paid out all the Garrison Resouces you need to build all the buildings, the Bunker will continue to soak up resources at a regular pace. I recommend building the Trading Post as soon as you are able.

Minimum: Level 1, to process Garrison Resources
Optimal: Does not need to be expanded unless you would like to process more Garrison Resource work orders at once

The Auction House

If you’re like me, you don’t want to juggle hundreds of auctions on the AH; you just want to have a system in place to sell the rares that pop up from your Salvage Yard, or the occasional battle pet you get doubles of. I have a dedicated banker who lives in Stormwind. Especially if you have a lot of alts, it’s easier to mail all high-return Salvage Yard drops to one character to keep up with. To know what’s trash and what isn’t when I open up my salvage bags, I use the Auctioneer add-on. When I hover over the item, I get a suggested Auction House price. If it sells for more than 200 gold, I auction it. If it sells for less, I sell it to a vendor.

I also use my banker to keep up with my cash flow. I have eight alts with a level 2 Garrison, and six who are level 100. They generate a lot of cash, so every day or so all of my alts mail all of their cash- minus 200 gold for operating expenses and to keep their spirits up- to my banker character. That also helps me keep up with how much money each alt is making in general, since I know that anything over 200 is their profit over the last day or so.

Be sure to buy your tokens when they are at the price minimum. Prices fluctuate about 4,000 gold over the course of the day, so follow WoWTokens on Twitter and wait until you see the price floor before shelling out your hard-earned gold.

Add-on Required: Auctioneer
Add-on required: Postal

Additional Ways to Get Cheap Gold

If you want to get still more cash and you have a little time on your hands, run old raids for a chance at pet drops. They have the benefit of selling for a good price on the Auction House and simultaneously of costing very little to post (the exact reason why selling weapons on the Auction House is a fool’s game!).

Another great way of making more money is to have more alts. It may seem obvious, but for every level 2+ Garrison owner you have, you’re going to be able to crank out double the Treasure Hunters, double the Salvage trash, and double the cash. Some alts, too, just seem to get lucky; my monk always gets the best Treasure Hunter missions and rare drops, even though I loathe him with a passion. Stupid gnome!

And So:

You can rake in a lot of cash with your alt Garrison farming army, without logging in for very much game time at all. The more alts you have, the better off you are. The more Treasure Hunters you can recruit, train, and gear, the more money you’ll rake in at the end of the day.

Good luck in funding your own Warcraft token adventure!

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Boost To 90: A Beginner’s Guide to Discipline Priest Healing in Warcraft

It’s finally happened. You upgraded to Warlords of Draenor or purchased a level 90 character upgrade and have made the best choice of your life: you’ve boosted a priest.

Congratulations on your decision-making skills!

But now that you’ve transmogged your gear and picked out that perfect matching mount and pet twinset, you are, as the British say, for it. You’ll have to learn how to play your new priest. Not to worry! Your favorite* disc priest is here to take your grimy little paw and lead you to the promised land. You’ll be smiting like a pro** in no time at all.

* I assume.

** This guide is a basic introduction to the rotation of a Discipline Priest. It is in no way, shape, or form intended to include all of the nuances of the class or spec. My aim is to give you the basic tools you’ll need to become a solid, middle-of-the-pack healer †. With any luck, you’ll enjoy the basics so much that you’ll seek out advanced enlightenment in the ways of the Discipline Priest.

† If I see any theorycrafting/not-the-way-I-do-it-as-a-Heroic-raider/wiener-waggling nonsense in the comments, I will reach through the internet and slap the glasses right off your face.

Basic Information for Healing as a Discipline Priest

Discipline Priests heal using a combination of direct healing on a friendly target- i.e. Shield, Prayer of Mending, Prayer of Healing- and indirect healing generated by damaging an unfriendly target- i.e. Penance, Holy Fire, and Smite.

Your first challenge will be becoming comfortable switching targets between a tank and an unfriendly target. If you are not using addons- I’ve used none for the purposes of this tutorial- you may find it is helpful to right-click on the main tank and choose ‘Set Focus’. You can then easily find your tank in the hurly-burly of a raid setting and switch quickly between her and her target (her target will appear directly under her portrait).

Setting Up Your Quick Bar

As Marlo Thomas reminds us, we are free to be you and me- so don’t hesitate to experiment with your own setup once you feel comfortable with the basic Disc Priest healing rotation.

Here is my quickbar, without any addons or fancy keybinds:

Discipline Priest Healing Quick Bar | Disciplinary Action

Basic Rotation

Buff yourself using Inner Will (it is not timed but will fall off if you die or change specs).

Buff your party using Power Word: Fortitude.

Primary Rotation for Discipline Priest Healing Quick Bar | Disciplinary Action

Most of the time, your spell rotation will be fired off at a hostile unit. Weird, right?

  1. Target an unfriendly unit
  2. Cast Penance > Holy Fire > Smite
  3. Use Penance and Holy Fire when they come off of cooldown; use Smite as filler
  4. Whenever Archangel procs, use it

Your secondary rotation requires targeting a friendly unit. I generally wait until Penance is off cooldown and if I’m lucky, when Power Word: Shield or Flash Heal- or both- have procced.

  1. Target a friendly unit
  2. Cast Penance, a raid-wide heal
  3. Cast Power Word: Shield and Prayer of Mending
  4. Cast Flash Heal only if it has procced (can proc twice in a row)
  5. Target an unfriendly unit and go back to your Penance> Holy Fire> Smite rotation

Advanced Maneuvers

You can run a decent healing game by just using the rotation above. You can. I often do, too, when I’m healing a raid but also simultaneously watching Downton Abbey, getting coffee, or doodling.

Discipline Priest Rotation - Quick Bar Spells and Mana Return | Disciplinary Action

Mana Control

After you feel somewhat comfortable with your primary rotation, you’ll most likely be going out of mana regularly and will need to learn your Mana Control spells. Your options are:

  1. Inner Focus: Reduces the cost of your next Flash Heal, Greater Heal or Prayer of Healing to 0 mana. I personally like to use Inner Focus in conjunction with Prayer of Healing, a spell that heals and creates little bubbles for five people in a party. Useful if you’ve remembered to target the tank, and even more useful if both of the tanks are in the same party. Don’t bother using it with Flash Heal, since Flash Heal will proc one or two free casts regularly.
  2. Shadow Fiend: Spawns a fiend that attacks your current target and returns mana to you. Use this during your attacking phase, since if you don’t have a target he’ll just stand there and look at you.
  3. Hymn of Hope: You stand in one place and channel mana back to yourself. Any movement or damage interrupts it, so wait until you can find a safe-ish spot before casting.
  4. Mana Potions: Use them.
Cooldowns

An advanced Disc Priest rotation takes into account your three major cooldown abilities: Pain Suppression, Spirit Shell, and Power Word: Barrier.

  1. Pain Suppression is a pain in the ass. You cast it on a friendly target to dramatically reduce the damage they’re taking, BUT it also reduces their threat level dramatically. Since tanks who are taking a ton of damage are almost always trying to maintain threat, you can really screw up two tanks’ taunt/stack situation if you’re not paying very close attention. Use with extreme caution.
  2. Spirit Shell creates absorption bubbles instead of direct healing when you cast Heal, Flash Heal, Greater Heal, or Prayer of Healing. Your main problem here will be that you’ll forget to use it, though if you think of it try to cast Inner Focus > Spirit Shell > Prayer of Healing for a nice, big, free bubble fest.
  3. Power Word: Barrier is your only positional spell. It increases the healing that you do for everyone standing in your little bubble, which is useful when the raid stacks in one place, like on the Calamity phase of the Fallen Protectors fight.
  4. Desperate Prayer: A free 30% self heal. No more, no less.
Utilities

Dispel is your… um, dispelling spell, which you’ll need in fights such as the Sha of Pride. You also have Mass Dispel, but it has limited uses as many debuffs are currently immune to it. I accidentally dragged it off my quick bar a few months ago and haven’t even bothered to put it back.

Leap of Faith drags any friendly player from where they are standing to where you are standing, which is excellent for expressing your well-founded irritation in LFR.

Levitate is a slow fall spell.

Fade drops your threat temporarily. It won’t save you from certain death like the night elf racial Shadowmeld, but if your tank is alive and you need to get an add or two off of you, casting Fade can give your tank a moment to pick them back up again.

I have Renew on my bars almost as a utility spell; I only use it when people are running back from a wipe and I want to top them or myself off.

Talents

Take these talents:

Discipline Priest Level 90 Talents | Disciplinary Action

Glyphs

Take these glyphs:

Discipline Priest Level 90 Glyphs | Disciplinary Action

Major Glyphs: Glyph of Power Word: Shield, Glyph of Holy Fire, Glyph of Smite
Minor Glyphs: Whatever the hell you want. Glyph of Confession is pretty funny.

Advanced Information

As you get more familiar with your priest and- with any luck- want to pursue your disciplinary adventures, check out these resources for a more nuanced look at the Discipline Priest rotation:

Icy Veins Disc Priest Site

Ten Ton Hammer Guide

A forum thread I just happened to like on WoW Reddit where people start having romantic feelings for Spirit Shell

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Boosting a Warcraft Character from Level 60 to Level 90: An Illustrated Guide

Pre-ordering the Warlords of Draenor expansion gives your account the ability to boost any character on your account to level 90. You can boost a level 1 character all the way to the top, or you can level them up to 60 and then apply the boost. Additional boosts may be purchased for $90.

Why bother leveling a character all the way to 60 when you could just apply it right away? One word: professions. If you choose to boost a level 60 character who has already learned two professions- even if they’re sitting at 1/600 skill points- those will immediately max out to 600. Professions can be very lucrative, but leveling them can cost you thousands and wipe out the tidy profits associated with them at end game.

I pre-purchased the Warlords of Draenor expansion as soon as it became available, and after an awful lot of hemming and hawing, decided to use my free level 90 boost on my Paladin, Acima, who had stalled out while leveling in the 40’s and never really recovered. I already had all the professions leveled on other characters, so I wanted to choose the best ‘overlap’ profession for money-making cooldowns. After asking around on Twitter and doing a bit of research, I decided to make her an alchemist/herbalist. I already had a Transmutation-specialized Alchemist on my Shaman, and many Twitter friends suggested Acima should pick up the Flasks specialization.

Click on the images to enlarge.

Level 60 to Level 90 Character Boost: An Illustrated Case Study

Character: Acima
Class: Paladin
Spec: Protection

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Note the changes to the spell bar; everything has been moved around.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to UI

Character Pane view at 60 (left) and after boosting to 90 (right)

Class Specialization: The primary specialization is chosen at the loading screen; secondary class specialization (dual spec) was reset.
Reputations
: No reputations change. No Pandaria reputations are learned if you did not already know them.
Talents: All Talents reset and all were opened to level 90
Glyphs: All glyph slots were opened and all glyphs reset. No new glyphs are learned.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to Talent Pane

Talents are reset and opened to 90

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to Glyphs

All glyph slots are now open; no new glyphs are learned.

Professions: I chose Alchemy and Herbalism; no new recipes are learned.
Profession Specialization: If you choose Engineering or Alchemy, you will not learn a specialization.
Secondary Professions: Cooking, First Aid, and Fishing
Secondary Boosts: Only First Aid was boosted to 600. Cooking and Fishing remained at 1/600.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to Professions - Alchemy and Herbalism

Your primary professions are boosted to 600, but no recipes or specializations are learned.

Quests: Your account-wide quests remain active, and the quest A Flash of Bronze, which gives your character access to the Timeless Isle, is added to your log book.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Quest Log pane

The Timeless Isle quest ‘A Flash of Bronze’ is added to your quest log.

Gear: All gear replaced with 483 iLevel items; item ‘look’ is the same as the Mists of Pandaria items purchasable from ‘Adventuring Supplies’ vendors throughout Pandaria.
Bags: All existing bags are replaced with Embersilk Bags. Everything is emptied out of your bags, and then mailed back to your character (from you to you).
Flying: Character learned Flight Master’s License, Cold Weather Flying, Expert Riding (level 60), and Artisan Riding (level 70), but NOT Master Riding or Cloud Serpent Riding

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Changes to Bags

Bag contents are removed and mailed to your character; bags are replaced with 22-slot Embersilk.

The Boost Process: Once your character is level 60, if you’re choosing to get her there for the profession boost, you may click on the gold shield to the left of your character list in the WoW character login page. From there, the level boost process moves forward. Your character is deposited in the Eternal Vale at either the Shrine of Seven Moons or the Shrine of Seven Stars, depending on your faction.

Disciplinary Action | Warcraft Guide Boost to 90 from 60: Boost Leveling Process Screenshots

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LFD Explains Lore | The Black Morass

Sometimes you just get a great LFD. You can’t make it happen, but when it does, it’s fantastic. In the first installment of a new series, LFD Explains Lore, a great group comes together to explain the opening of the Dark Portal, Ner’zhul, and the role of Medivh in bringing the orcs to Azeroth:

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LFD Explains Lore | Black Morass | @DiscoPriest

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A List of Portals and Quick Travel Transits in Warcraft

Entry

Destination

Type

One Way?

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Deepholm

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Mount Hyjal

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Twilight Highlands

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Vash’jir

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Uldum

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Stormwind/Orgrimmar

Pandaria

Portal; north of city in SW, on tall rise in center of city in Org

No

Darnassus

Exodar

Portal; city centers

No

Theramore

Menethil Harbor

Boat; Alliance NPCs on boats

No

Booty Bay

Ratchet

Boat

No

Orgrimmar

Thunder Bluff

Zeppelin; Horde NPCs on zep

No

Orgrimmar

Warsong Hold, Northrend

Zeppelin; Horde NPCs on zep

No

Orgrimmar

Warsong Hold, Northrend

Zeppelin; Horde NPCs on zep

No

Stormwind

Valiance Keep, Northrend

Boat; Alliance NPCs on boat

No

Menethil Harbor

Valguard, Northrend

Boat; Alliance NPCs on boat

No

Sholozar Basin

Un’Goro Crater

Large pillared portal; requires flying on Un’Goro end

No

Blasted Lands

[All major cities]

Portal located in same room where one ports into the city

No

Shattarath

Isle of Quel’Danas

Portal; center of Shattarath

No

Deepholm Center

Temple of Earth

Portal

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Dalaran

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Darnassus/
Silvermoon

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Exodar/Undercity

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Ironforge/Thunder Bluff

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Shattarath

Portal cluster in inn

No

Golden Lantern/Shrine of Two Moons

Stormwind/
Orgrimmar

Portal cluster in inn

No

Use: Kirin Tor Rings

Dalaran

Purchased in Dalaran

Yes

Use: Wrap of Unity

Stormwind/
Orgrimmar

Purchased from Guild Vendor upon guild achievement

Yes

Use: Cloak of Coordination

Stormwind/
Orgrimmar

Purchased from Guild Vendor upon guild achievement

Yes

Use: Hearthstone

[Destination set by user]

Available to all players. Replaceable by Innkeeper’s Daughter

Yes

Use: Blessed Medallion of Karabor

Black Temple, Shadowmoon Valley

Reward from long quest chain

Yes

Dark Portal, Outlands side

Stormwind/

Orgrimmar

Portal

Yes (the return portals are in a slightly different location)

Please let me know if anything is missing from this list, and I’ll continue to update it. Special thanks to dlanod for much of the information.

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A Complete Idiot’s Guide To Making Money on the Warcraft Auction House: The Adventures of Banquetto

There comes a time for us all when funding your adventures in Azeroth seems like an uphill battle: you’ve got alts who demand fast flying, fancy capes with major transmogrification potential, and professions to level on all fronts. Questing and dailies bring in a steady flow of cash- especially out in the wilds of Pandaria- but for serious streams of revenue, the Auction House is your best bet.

You look it up on the internets, but the sites you find are dedicated to the hardcore millionaires. You’re not interested in conquering the gem market or making millions, you just want to fund your altoholism- and maybe have a bit left over to drop a dime on pure luxury goods (there’s no shame in getting that mammoth two xpacs late).

With me so far? Let’s get started. You’ll need:

BEGIN

  1. Roll your banker alt. Make him or her look as sexy as humanly possible, and consider his or her starting outfit when choosing their class. If you require a sexier shirt or pants, force a friend to roll an alt and make them send you their low-level clothing.

    Disciplinary Action's Gold Making Guide for WoW

    You have to look like a million bucks to make a million bucks.

  2. Send your banker four bags and at least 20 gold. Move your banker to the main city that best matches his or her hair. Auctions houses are located in [Horde] Thunder Bluff, Undercity, Silvermoon, and Orgrimmar / [Alliance] Darnassus, Ironforge, the Exodar, and Stormwind.
  3. Load the Auctioneer and Lil’ Sparky add-ons.

USING AUCTIONEER

Auctioneer is the only add-on I use for the Auction House, and I only use it to keep track of prices. It has a lot of complex functions that I just can’t be assed to figure out, and since this guide is for my fellow idiots, let’s assume you, too, cannot be assed.

  1. Perform a Get All Scan. Speak to an Auctioneer in any major city and go to the top of the Auction House window. You’ll have a single triangle button, a couple of greyed-out pause and stop buttons, and a blue double triangle button. Click the double triangle button (you’ll have to click it again after a warning pops up).

    Disciplinary Action Gold Making Guide to WoW

    Perform a ‘Get All Scan’ by clicking on the double triangle button

  2. Post Using the ‘Post’ Tab. With Auctioneer installed, you have additional tabs along the bottom of the Auction House window. Click on the one labeled ‘Post’ and drag your items into the square posting window. Auctioneer will automatically price the auction to either undercut the existing competition by 5%, or will suggest a price based on previous Auction House scans. Just double-check to make sure the price isn’t zero, which happens if Auctioneer doesn’t have enough information (this usually only happens when you start using Auctioneer, since it hasn’t scanned the AH often enough to make an educated guess. It happens less as you scan more).

    Wow Gold Making Tips and Strategy at Disciplinary Action

    Moments after this screenshot was taken, ‘Pwnerss’ was viciously undercut in the Netherweave market.

TEN TIPS FOR MAKING GOLD ON THE AUCTION HOUSE

  1. Sell Gear: Sell all greens and blues you come across in your travels. After every hour or so of questing, find a mailbox and just ship it all to your banker. Don’t bother using it to upgrade yourself- you’ll get better stuff as quest rewards- and don’t waste your time disenchanting it, unless the market for enchanting materials on your server is truly mind-blowing.
  2. Sell Crafting Materials: Leveling your professions is a great way to lose money, as any Engineer can tell you. Selling craftable items is a good way to make money back.
    – If you don’t already have a DK on your server, roll one and give them two gathering professions. Check the AH on your server to see if herbs, ore, enchanting materials, or leather sell for the most money. (And do me a favor and think of Enchanting as a gathering profession.)
    – Look up the prices for second-tier craftable materials to see if they sell better: bolts of cloth instead of cloth scraps, ink instead of herbs, prospected gems instead of ore, and the like.
  3. Sell Vendor Items: Distant vendors frequently sell rare recipes, particularly for cooking. People will often pay top dollar to pick up a cooking recipe if it means they don’t have to schlep all the way out to Blade’s Edge Mountains. Whenever you play in a new area, check to see if there are any rare recipes.
    List of Cooking Recipes
  4. Perform a Get-All Scan every two days. Before re-posting your auctions, do another Get-All scan of the AH to keep the listed prices current.
  5. Use the Lil’ Sparky Add-on. Lil’ Sparky uses auction house data culled from Auctioneer to put an auction price in your crafting tabs, to the right of the name of the item. When leveling up your professions, choose the items with the highest resale price. Crafted items don’t sell well as a rule, but at least you can minimize your loss.
  6. Wait For It: If the bottom suddenly drops out of a market that’s been selling very well- bolts of Netherweave, say, drop from 150G a stack to 5G a stack- just put all your Netherweave in your bank and wait. Really. Just wait. If a strong market drops precipitously, chances are good that once a group of people finish leveling that area, prices will rebound to your previous arm-and-a-leg rates.
  7. Time Your Posting: Always post all of your auctions for 48 hours. Post them all at once, so that they expire in one big group- it’s more time efficient to post everything together. Don’t get too hung up about timing your posts to coincide with raid times and weekend ups and downs, but do put off re-posting all of your auctions until after the server reset on Tuesday morning, especially if there is a patch scheduled. While the server is down, your auctions are still counting down their 48 hour timers, so you may as well wait until the server comes back up to post.
  8. Post In Reasonable Quantities. Posting one Blindweed herb fifty times is not only obnoxious for buyers, it’s obnoxious for you. Picking up those unsold Blindweeds from your mailbox one by one is not an efficient use of your time. For posting items that stack, post in stacks of 20 or in stacks of 5- or even better, both.
  9. Learn To Love Low-Level Mats. Nothing seems to sell as reliably as the low-level mats needed to level professions. Price them very high if there are no competitors.
  10. Craft At Max Level. While crafting materials sell most reliably, high-level crafted items sell for the highest price (not including great, rare BoE drops, but you can’t control that). Having at least one main character at max level who can crank out raid-quality gems or gear or enchantments will provide you with a nice nest egg.

ADVANCED TRAINING

  1. Start a guild on your banker. Advertise in the Trade or General channels that you are willing to pay for guild signatures- the going rate on my servers is about 50 gold per signature- or ask your Battletag friends to help you out. Guild masters are located near guild tabard vendors in all capital cities.
  2. Kick everyone out of the guild.
  3. Open a guild bank. Click on the guild bank next to the regular bank location, and a dialogue will pop up to purchase a guild bank. The guild bank costs 100 gold, and guild banks tabs cost 250 gold, 500G, 1000G, 2500G, 5000G, 10000G, and 20000G, respectively. Fill it with raw materials for crafting or overflows that your bags cannot contain.
  4. Get the Mobile Auction House app. The Mobile AH is free to use these days, and is a great way to relist your auctions on the fly. Be warned that the items in your guild bank will not show up in the Mobile AH, though things from your bags, mail, and personal bank will.
  5. Have a Nemesis. On Drenden, my nemesis is an unknown entity named ‘Groosome’. I hate Groosome. I assume Groosome hates me. We compete in a highly specialized market,  undercutting each other by a few copper at a time, neither of us giving more than an inch. Personal feuds and vendettas fuel the fire of the money making game, keep you coming back for more and make the whole process infinitely more amusing. Pay attention to the names you see regularly and consider making a nemesis of your own.

Have an Auction House tip? Leave it in the comments. Enjoy your own Auction House adventures. May fortune smile upon you!

Edit: Several people have mentioned the Postal add-on, which I do use myself- I didn’t include it in the original post because I figured auction house millionaires who are only just starting out on their road to riches wouldn’t have that many items for sale.

That said, Postal is an absolutely invaluable auction house add-on which empties your mailbox in one click. One click, I say! So if you’re serious about your financial endeavors, you can pick it up over on Curse.

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Warcraft: Faction & Race Icons and Backgrounds

I stumbled across an absolutely beautiful series of Warcraft race icons, and immediately had to start playing with them. The original images for these icons were created by the wonderfully talented ropa-to, who created them as a series of tattoos- check out all of his awesome work while you’re there!

I thought it would be fun to run his original black and white designs through Illustrator to create some variations on ropa-to’s theme, taking inspiration from Vector Mill’s crate packages (creator Ryan Putnam also runs the indispensible free vector tutorial site vectips.com).

The first series is a ballpoint pen style, and the second is a carved wood style.

As ever, enjoy the icons and backgrounds for your personal, non-profit use.

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Warcraft Basics: Organizing & Planning for Classes and Professions

Download Character Spreadsheet Template  (Excel)

There’s nothing I love more than a plan.

When you have a plan in Warcraft, you can organize your limited resources to the very best of your ability. When you’re playing, that resource is almost always time; whether you want to pick flowers or move to the top of your raid rotation, you’ll maximize the bang for your minutes with just a little bit of groundwork.

As you continue to play you’ll begin to accumulate a number of characters. They may be spread out over a number of servers, or they may be grouped on one or two. Personally, I’ve found that I maximize the support my characters can give one another if they are grouped by faction: One server holds only Alliance characters, another has only Horde.

When I level a new class or grind professions, I want to ensure I have as little overlap as possible on the same server. If I already have a high-level Herbalist and Alchemist, for example, I can use her to provide all of the herbs for a new Inscription alt. Instead of picking up herbalism, the new alt now can take an additional profession that I don’t already have- say, Enchanting- and provide all of my characters with more money in the long run.

I created a simple Excel file to track my alts, their levels, and their professions:

Character & Profession Tracking: Some information has been changed to protect the guilty

I separate each set of characters out by realm, and add a note in front of the realm name to denote if the characters there are all either (A)lliance or (H)orde:

The overall organization of the spreadsheet is by realm

Next, I fill in the character information. The current level of the character, an abbreviation for their class, and name are all filled in, and sorted by level. I try to ensure I have only one character of each class type per realm (my personal exception to that is disc priests, who are distributed at fixed levels through multiple realms for testing):

Character Levels, Class and Names: Needs moar paladin

The next section to tackle is the Professions. Here, professions are distributed into primary and secondary chunks to keep the information clear. Not every character will keep the same profession over time; frequently, I’ll level a character as a dual-gatherer to maximize XP, then switch over to their permanent profession at a higher level. I use ‘x’ to denote professions a character needs to drop and ‘!’ to indicate which ones they need to pick up. Using this method lets me quickly see if I’ve accidentally doubled up on a profession in a certain realm, or if there are any gaps. The professions I already have are bolded, and the ones I still need are un-bolded:

Matching Characters to their Professions

In the last section I leave space to add any notes to myself about plans I have for this character- Does he need to do a certain daily? Did I tell myself that Warlock needed a certain rep?- which I often find I think about when looking at the spreadsheet, but can’t remember when I’m actually in the game. This is also a good place to note the appropriate zone for each character’s level (Zones by Level):

Note to Self: Plan World Domination

Finally, I make a note to myself which heirlooms are on this realm. The character currently wearing the heirloom is marked with a matching, bold ‘H’ to remind me where I’ve left it- I’ve had to email Blizzard customer to track down lost heirlooms too many times to want to do it again. It’s sometimes useful to know who will be the fastest leveler when looking at your spreadsheet:

Did I transfer those heirlooms to another realm, or are they at the bottom of a bank alt's bags?

You can download the Excel file template to create your own Character Spreadsheet here. With any luck you’ll be maximizing your professions- and profits- in no time at all!

Good luck!

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