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In Part 3 of our Wotlk Preparation series, we realized that a huge amount of honor is needed for the new level 80 PVP gear and that you should be trying to hit he honor cap of 75,000. In Part 4 we will find some tactics that will give you an edge on leveling to 80. This can include consumables, gear, and even being the right spec.
There are many ways to speed up the leveling process and reduce your downtime once you hit Northrend on launch day. Blizzard has already provided us with two starting zones (Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord) to reduce the lag and competition for quest items. Lets take a look at some of the ways to provide you with an advantage on leveling.
As you can see, there are many ways to give you an extra edge on leveling. Use them to your advantage since you may eventually pull ahead of the pack of levelers. Once you do, the zones you go into will have much less players and thus less competition over quest items and mobs. Also don’t forget the opposing faction will be in the starting areas as well, so moving to a higher level less populated zone is a good thing. Hopefully we will all have some fun with the leveling rush to 80!
In [Part 5] we will attempt to answer the question of how much gold is needed in Wotlk. The amount needed is fairly low, if you just want the basics. As you may know, we at Warcraft Econ want more, from multi-passenger mounts to crazy gold sinks. Stay tuned!
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In Part 2 of our Wotlk Preparation series, we will discussed liquidating your items, organizing, and freeing up bank slots in preparation for all the new items and mats you will be collecting in Wotlk. In Part 3 we will crunch some numbers to see how much Honor Points you should save up in preparation for the new level 80 PVP gear. There are 3 different sets of PVP gear per season!
As you can see, Blizzard is trying to provide everyone with arena gear by providing 3 sets rather than 1 set with rating requirements like in season 4. With previous season, some of us were able to stock up on honor for all the accessories, belt, boots, bracers, etc. which was about 75,000 (honor cap) total. I had logged on to the beta Build 9155, and noticed that this was no longer possible. The honor cap is still 75,000 but the cost of all the PVP has gone up significantly. We all knew that Blizzard had announced that honor points will not be reset, but all the gear would have their prices increased. You bet that they kept their promise, prices are as high as 62,000 honor for a Deadly Gladiator belt! Even for the full 5 piece set of blue quality Savage Gladiator gear, it costs 50,000+ honor along with 1500 arena points. Now add the cost of all the rings, cloak, belt, bracers, trinkets, and weapons. You are looking at 100,000+ honor for a full set of gear! So the only advice I can give is to hit the honor cap, which is 75,000 honor. I did noticed that on the beta you have the option of purchasing Savage Gladiator gear with either a combination of honor/arena points or just honor points. The honor only option however costs about 60,000 honor per piece of armor. I am not sure if this will change once Wotlk goes live, but that much honor for blue quality gear still seems a bit steep.
In the current beta build there is no requirement of battleground marks for any gear. So on live you are can turn in your marks for 314 honor, however there is a new and better trade in system on the beta. You may be thinking right now that it will take forever to get all your PVP gear since some items cost almost as much as the honor cap. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to gain honor in Wotlk as well as in increase in honor rewarded. An interesting note here, you are able to do PVE content to get PVP rewards. In the most extreme cases, you can do a 25 man raid for Deadly Gladiator gear which normally requires 1800+ arena ratings. Here are some ways to gain honor that I have found in the current beta build as well as other ways to obtain your PVP gear with out cashing in honor.
With all these different ways of obtaining honor and PVP gear, 60,000 honor for an item doesn’t sound as bad now. So get to it, start working towards that honor cap of 75,000!
In [Part 4] we will find some tactics that will give you an edge on leveling to 80. This can include consumables, gear, and even being the right spec. Stay tuned!
In Part 1 of our Wotlk Preparation series, we talked about hitting level caps and saving materials to get a head start in leveling professions. In Part 2 we will discuss liquidating your items, organizing, and freeing up bank slots in preparation for all the new items and mats you will be collecting in Wotlk
Liquidate your assets: Time to do some spring cleaning in your banks. Many items are going to lose their value when Wotlk launches, like when essences dropped in price when new primals were introduced in Burning Crusade. Lets start by taking a look at what’s taking up your precious bag space first.
This should conclude your inventory cleaning, if you are still unsure about certain items and their use after Wotlk, just hang on to them. After Wotlk gets release, you can free up even more old world junk if you don’t see a need for them. After you have liquidated all your assets, do a quick organization of all your items. In my extra bank slot bags, I usually separate things into categories like gear, consumables, quest items and marks, crafting materials, old trinkets and vanity items, etc. Some of you may prefer to put all the old world items into a few bags, and leave the rest open for new incoming Wotlk items. I wish the very best to all of you in your quest to organize and liquidate your assets, I know this can be a chore for some of you. Suggestions are always welcome and please let me know if I had missed any items.
In [Part 3] we will crunch some numbers to see how much Honor Points you should save up in preparation for the new level 80 PVP gear. There are 3 different sets of PVP gear per season! Stay tuned!
Over the next few weeks before the launch of Wotlk, I will be talking about how I am preparing for Wotlk as well as offer advice to our readers on how to prepare for it. It seems to be a question that keeps coming up as we get closer to launch (November 13th 2008).
Hit level caps: From a profit standpoint, being at level cap with your character, professions, and skills will make you the most money. If you are not level 70 yet, try your best to get there before the expansion. This also goes for your professions, including gathering skills and secondary professions. Bring them up to 375, this includes cooking, fishing, and first aid. The price of some materials have dropped significantly so getting the rest of those skill points shouldn’t be too expensive. Even if you don’t plan on using your secondary professions, it is still a good idea to since it will unlock the daily quests for them. You can always sell the rewards from them like [Northern Spices], which will be in high demand at first. However I still recommend using cooking to turn all that meat you will loot into profit by cooking it.
You may also consider leveling your weapon skills to their cap if there are not there already. Some people still are not at cap with their ranged weapons like wands, or maces for healers. This can mean the difference between killing that totem or finishing off a player when you are out of mana. By doing this, you will save some time later on when you have to level them in Northrend. After all the whole point in preparing for the expansion is to do what you need to do now, while you have the time, rather than later, when you have better things to do.
Save materials for your professions: Once you get to one of the Northrend starting areas, you can train to become a Grand Master in your professions and start leveling past 375. Some of your recipes from Burning Crusade may still be green, yellow, or orange. You can check at www.wowhead.com to see which recipes go grey when. Start to save up some mats to level some of these to get a head start in leveling the profession. Of course some end game recipes would not be reasonable to craft because of the high cost of materials. I would only do that if you really wanted to get that extra edge.
I’ll take cooking for example; [Spicy Crawdad] is still green, [Fisherman's Feast] and [Hot Buttered Trout]will still be yellow at 375. I have already started saving up a few of the mats for these so I can save my Northrend meat and fish for better recipes. Kaliope over at WoW Crafting Blog has attempted to level cooking in the beta and has reported that it is going to take a lot of mats to get those final skill points to 450.
I don’t know about all the professions, but please leave a comment if you know of any reasonable recipes that you can use to give you those few extra skill points in Wotlk. My only trade skill at the moment is Leatherworking, and the drums are the only reasonable things I can make to get some extra skill points before I start with Northrend mats.
In [Part 2] we will cover liquidating your items, organizing, and freeing up bank slots in preparation for all the new items and mats you will be collecting in Wotlk. Look for it in the next few days.
Whether you are on a PVE or PVP server, there will always be end game raiders. This means there is always a demand for raid food. Although cooking at its’ current state isn’t the biggest money maker, it is a small market with very little competition. Also take into account the low number of people to actually spend the time to level to max cooking, it is down there with leveling fishing as peoples’ least favorite professions. I personally love both. I have been using cooking to my advantage ever since they implemented the cooking daily’s. Your average stack of raid food will sell for 20g, not anything too amazing, but for the time involved for the gold gained is very worth it. It takes 40 seconds to cook a stack of 20 food, add about 20 sec for buying the food and your up to approxamatly one minute spent per stack. If each stack sells for 20g with an investment of 10g, that’s 10g X 60 stacks an hour, which equals 600g per hour. Obviously prices will fluctuate between your servers and which type of food you are making. Below is my process for providing my server with raid food.
Cooking can be a profitable profession, especially if your in the world killing things that drop meat. Some may not like the whole micro management aspect of it, but I don’t mind and it’s a nice consistant market that has items that are always in demand. If anything, the profit I make from cooking offsets all those auction house cuts and fees. If you are a max level cook, you may want to give it a try or add it to your current list of markets you participate in.
Wotlk Beta: Cooking was buffed tremendously in the beta. This is great for cooks who profit off this profession. They have introduced a new semi-rare reagent called [Northern Spices], which a only a few are rewarded from the Wotlk cooking daily quest. In addition, you can also use your daily cooking token, [Dalaran Cooking Award] to purchase 10 of these spices. The tokens are also used to buy some of the higher level recipes so it becomes a balancing act on buying spices vs. recipes. All the high level food require one of these spices to cook one piece of food. So if you wanted to cook a stack of the new raid food, it would take you two days just to get 20 spices to make it. This implies that level 80 raid food prices will be closer to potions and elixirs. These spices are only used for recipes 400-450, however there are some decent buff foods before that. The mats are just standard one meat to one food, so you will still be able to afford that stack of your favorite raid food. For example; [Shoveltusk Steak] has +35 Spell and +30 Stamina, vs the version that uses spices, [Firecracker Salmon] which has +46 Spell and +40 Stamina. Also note that the duration has been increased from 30 minutes to 1 hour. I hope to write more about this when Wotlk ships, I really like where cooking is going now, as well as fishing. Here is a sample of what Wotlk cooking looks like, note the new “tracking” foods. [Wotlk Cooking Screenshot]
We have all seen or heard about it, the infamous motorcycle mount! A few posts ago I wrote about some gold sinks in the beta, but I left out crafted items since it was still hard to gauge the price range of these items in the beta. The [Mechano-hog] / [Mekgineer's Chopper] had spiked my interested, this item for sure in my mind was going to be an expensive gold sink. I had looked up the mats on wowhead and found that half the items were sold from a vendor in Storm Peaks. I had visited the place with my premade level 80 on the beta, however Roxi Ramrockethad nothing to sell to me. Recently I had learned that you need to learn the recipe to be able to buy the mats, the prices now are available, and they are quite scary. Below I am going to at temp to estimate the price of the horde version of the mount with this new data. Engineers will most likely be able to make some big money with this item, since it is BOE (Bind on Equip) and can be sold on the auction house.
[Schematic: Mechano-hog]- Req. Exhalted Horde Expedition, 450 Engineering, BOP (Bind on Pickup)
So your looking at about 27,000g+ on the top end and a minimum 12,500g just from the set vendor prices! Plus the mark up when engineers list them on the auction house. If the prices stay the same when Wotlk ships, that is still a minimum of 12,500g just for the vendor parts. Please keep in mind my estimates on the other materials are loosely based on average server prices of equivalent items; ie. Cobalt Bolts and Fel Iron Bolts. I tried to keep inflation in mind since everyone will be making more gold in Wotlk, therefore increased prices. This mount may even end up more expensive than the [Reins of the Traveler's Tundra Mammoth] which sells for 16,000g at exhalted reputation. Finding a miner willing to blow their [Smelt Titansteel] cooldown for you may be hard when everyone is trying to level up their professions. These numbers are still estimates and the vendor prices may change when Wotlk launches. For now, we know this mount has a minimum price of 12,500g, that is if you farm and mine everything else. We now have a ball park figure we can use, which is a whole lot better than what we had to work with before.
This may be another gold sink I am interested in. With its’ 10 day crafting period and expensive price, this will become a pretty exclusive mount at first. However, the Mammoth has vendors, reagents, and repair ability which I simply cannot pass up. Between the two I would have to get a Mammoth since it has more features.