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Run With Running Azeroth: Race Day Meetup

The Running Azeroth series has gotten a great response! I’ve really enjoyed hearing about people running and biking their way through Warcraft, and have certainly enjoyed running and biking them myself (is there anything better than flying down those Grizzly Hills on a bike?).

I’ll be doing more Running Azeroth episodes, but wanted to do something a little different for the next one- Running Azeroth: Race Day. The only thing better than running dungeons with your friends is running Azeroth with your friends!

This event will record a whole bunch of players running on foot to simulate the feel and excitement of a race. The event will be filmed just like the other Running Azeroth episodes and uploaded to YouTube. We can all then run our Azeroth race on demand on our treadmills and bikes any time we want!

Running Azeroth: Race Day will take place on Saturday, January 31st at 7pm CST. We’ll meet on the US server Dalaran, Alliance-side, at the entrance to Blackrock Mountain. The race will run through the Burning Steppes, Redbridge, Elwynn Forest, and end at the main gates of Stormwind. It should take about 20 minutes.

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FAQ

What do I need to do to participate?

Show up on the US server Dalaran-Alliance on Saturday, January 31st at 7pm CST (8pm EST/7pm CST/6pm MT/5pm PST). If you’d like to let me know you’re coming, you can @ me on Twitter, but no RSVP is necessary. My in-game character will be Liala.

I’ll be hosting the race with Rezznul; you can get an invite to the raid group by adding Rezznul#1254 or DiscoPriest#1856 as a friend and putting ‘Running’ in the message space.

I don’t want to run the race; how can I participate?

I’m glad you asked! We need people- lots of people- cheering at the beginning of the race and along the race route. You can mount up and get ahead of the runners, and cheer and set off fireworks along the route. At the end of the race, we need people cheering, jumping, and setting off fireworks of all description, using all of those toys that you have in your shiny new Toybox. You can use a mount to get ahead of the pack, or a flying mount to keep tabs on the runners’ progress.

We also need one person to act as the starting and ending Race Official. This individual will need to be highly reliable: they will start the race with a firework, and end it with a line of circular raid lights. DM me on Twitter if you would like to be this highly reliable person.

Update: My good friend Rezznul has offered to be the highly reliable Race Official; look for him as Rezznul at the start and finish line. Thank you, Rezz!

Can I wear a costume?

You MUST bring the absolute most fabulous transmog you can possibly muster to the race. Whether you choose to transmogrify yourself a runner’s outfit or a Carnival-worthy headdress, dressing your best is required. Since we won’t be fighting you can leave shoulders, etc. empty for a more highly customized race day look.

Can I use a mount?

No. All runners must run on foot. You can certainly choose to run ahead, but the camera (me) would no longer be able to see you.

Can I cheat?

YES. I highly encourage all forms of Mario Kart warfare. Cast your very best sprinting spells and player-on-player crowd control. Yank back that druid with a Leap of Faith, put on a burst of speed with Power Word: Shield! I will try- try!- to get everyone into a raid so that we can use spells on each other.

Just remember: If you get too far ahead, the camera (me) won’t be able to see you.

The camera (me) will be bobbing in and out around racers, sometimes getting ahead and sometimes falling back. I’ll try my best to get every runner in the shot, and at the end of the race I’ll be filming every runner as they come across the finish line- more on that below.

Can I bring a pet?

Sure! Ground pets are preferable to flying pets as they won’t obscure the runners as much.

What if I have a question in the middle of the race?

I will be running as my disc priest, Liala, but during the race I will need to turn my UI off completely to film the run. I won’t be able to see anything that anyone is saying to me or shouting or anything. If you have a question, you’ll have to direct it to the highly reliable Race Official. They will be available at the starting and finish lines, and should be able to answer your questions mid-race.

What do I get if I win the race?

Nothing. This isn’t a race to see who is fastest; it’s a bunch of people running together to create a Running Azeroth video that we can all watch and run later. Crossing the finish line first will just take you out of the range of the camera.

What happens at the end of the race?

I would LOVE IT if the camera (me) could cross the finish line first, so that when we run it later, we can all be the winner of the race! However, we all know that sometimes we get carried away with in the heat of the in-game moment and that probably won’t happen. But that would be great!

Either way, when the camera (me) crosses the finish line, I’ll run ahead a little ways and then turn around slowly and film all the action of the finish line as people cross the line and fireworks go off. Please do not stand in front of me at this time. It will be hard to me to move around at that point, and people standing in front of the camera (me) would obstruct the view of watching the racers come in and celebrate, which will be one of the most fun parts of running/watching the race later.

I have another question!

Get in touch with me on Twitter at @DiscoPriest.

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Running Azeroth 3 & 4: A Warcraft Treadmill Workout

The third and fourth installments of my Running Azeroth series are seamless, and may be watched together for a longer (~50 minute) run or bike. These two treadmill/stationary bike/elliptical machine point-of-view video explore Northrend in World of Warcraft. The first runs through Borean Tundra, winds south to Dragonblight, and ends at the bridge crossing into Grizzly Hills. The second picks up at the bridge and winds through the dirt trails of Grizzly Hills, through and around the forested areas of the zone.

To use, just open your phone/tablet/laptop, stick it in the magazine rack of your favorite treadmill or stationary bike, set the video to full screen and run your way through eastern and central Northrend! Location suggestions welcome; just ping me on Twitter or comment on YouTube.

I’m having a lot of fun both creating these and running to them, so I’ll keep them coming as long as there is interest. When I’m out of Warcraft ideas, I’ll move on to Skyrim, Wildstar, and anything else I can think of!

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Running Azeroth 2: A Warcraft Treadmill Workout

The second installment of my Running Azeroth series, this treadmill PoV video explores Southern Stranglethorn and Northern Stranglethorn, runs through Duskwood, Elwynn Forest, and Stormwind, ending at the Cathedral of Light.

I’ve messed with the recording settings and have gotten much higher-quality results (will be using these settings moving forward for future runs. Moving forward? Gettit?!).

To use, just open your phone/tablet/laptop, stick it in the magazine rack of your favorite treadmill or stationary bike, set the video to full screen and run your way through southern Eastern Kingdoms! Location suggestions welcome; just ping me on Twitter or comment on YouTube.

Stranglethorn to Stormwind | 32 minutes

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Running Azeroth: A Treadmill Warcraft Workout

I run a lot, and when weather or circumstance forces me inside onto a treadmill, I stare at a spot on the wall until I pretty much lose the will to live. To help with The Spot I downloaded the BitGym app, which streams awesome HD running videos that you can watch on your phone, tablet or laptop- hike through the Alps! run through Chicago! bike the California coast!- that has made treadmill running approximately ten million times better.

I’ve always wanted games that could be physically inhabited; swing that sword and walk to the next town in real time, turn immersive play into immersive workouts. Technology hasn’t gotten there yet (yet!), so while we wait I’ve put together a point-of-view running video based on BitGym’s excellent example so that we can, at least, run through Azeroth.

To use, just open your phone/tablet/laptop, stick it in the magazine rack of your favorite treadmill or stationary bike, set the video to full screen and run your way through northern Kalimdor! If there’s interest, I’ll make more of these, as I know I’ll be personally using them often. Location suggestions welcome.

Running Azeroth: Lor’danel to Orgrimmar | 27 minutes

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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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World of Warcraft Halloween Music Playlist

Warcraft has an amazing soundtrack- five amazing soundtracks, really, if you count each expansion and the original- and lots of those songs are absolutely perfect for Halloween. Karazhan alone could provide a creeptacular aural backdrop to your Halloween festivities, but I took a little time to put together a full playlist of Warcraft Halloween songs. My friend Rades at Orcish Army Knife recommends adding the music of Vash’jir track, and I completely agree.

If you already own all the soundtracks, it’s just a matter of setting up a playlist on your iPod (or musical earphonic device of your choosing) and rounding up the Undead for an All Hallow’s Eve party:

Halloween music playlist using the World of Warcraft soundtrack music

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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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