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How To Make Enough Gold to Purchase WoW Tokens

How_To_Make_WoW_Gold_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!

Programming Note: As of 5/10/2015, you may purchase ten in-game tickets per week on any single account. At any given time, you may have a maximum of ten tokens in your backpack, or you won’t be able to purchase additional tokens. Instead, you’ll get the in-game Warcraft error message ‘You have too many of that item already’.

I was getting the error message when I tried to purchase my eleventh token- I hadn’t ‘used’ any of them so far, as I was trying to hoard my tokens in my backpack for screenshots- and that was the response I got from submitting a ticket.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

Have a Lot of Alts

The more alts you have with a Garrison, the more Treasure Hunters you can have, the more likely you are to get lucrative missions, and the more missions you’re able to complete in total. If you can stomach it, get all the alts you can into a Level 2 Garrison at the least. The most effective alts have a Level 2 Inn to recruit new Treasure Hunter followers. For each level 100 alt I have, I make about 1,500 gold a day. HaveALotOfAlts

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!

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.

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!

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

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

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:

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Glyphs

Take these glyphs:

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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

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.

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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.
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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.

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Talents are reset and opened to 90
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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