Wotlk Beta: Gold Sinks Video

10 10 2008

Recently I wrote about the many and expensive gold sinks in Wotlk. Here is a video highlighting some of the items. The hit points I am refering to on the mammoth mount is part of Wotlk’s new siege vehicle mechanic. You can even survive a 1000 yard fall on the mount, once you hit the ground you dismount and you can resummon. It can also take damage, once HP hits zero, you are dismounted. You do not take damage yourself like when you are on a regular mount. You cannot be cc’ed or slowed while on the mount. The [Mechano-hog] / [ Mekgineer’s Chopper] are also like this. Flag runners can hop on these mounts during WSG as well.

[Update] Blizzard just announced that a flying mount is required to complete leveling in the 77-80 zones. However you won’t need to buy [Cold Weather Flying], a loaner mount will be given to you so you can access this content. So this is considered a gold sink instead of a required purchase. For example the flying mount requirment to access Tempest Keep instances in TBC is not considered a gold sink.

Blue Post:

“Cold-Weather flying not required to level up at higher levels.
This is not true. You are not required to have Cold Weather Flying to complete leveling in the 77-80 zones. If you do not have Cold Weather Flying, you will get a “loaner mount” that will permit you to complete leveling in the zones.” (Source)

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Wotlk Beta: Gold Sinks




4 responses

11 10 2008

Excellent video! I hope you don’t mind, but I’ll be posting it on WoW Economist in a few days. I’ve given you credit and a link back to Warcraft Econ 🙂

12 10 2008

Thank you, thats fine.

19 10 2008

I was wondering, could the new interface system for pets and mounts, combined with the achievements, be considered a WoTLK-related gold sink? I know it’s not like a mammoth, but I bet quite a lot of people spend extra gold now to buy those vanity pets and extra mounts from vendor, since they no linger require space..

19 10 2008

Oh yes, people have been buying pets and mounts left and right. I know that most didn’t care much for the vanity items before due to bag space or never saw the point. Now with the new storage system and achivements that reward a rare pet/mount, many are starting to collect. Which means all pets on the auction house are at an inflated price, even vendored ones. They mounts in game were pretty much already a gold sink, not necessary after the first one.

50 Vanity Pets – Rewards Pet Skunk
50 Mounts – Rewards Reins of the Albino Drake

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