Greedy Goblin

Friday, November 21, 2008

World of Farmcraft

There is great loot dropping in Naxxramas, however only the best can take it wearing crappy greens or crappier T6.

The rest of us need some blue-purple starter gear for two reasons:
  • to be able to provide decent damage/heal for our raid, so the boss actually goes down.
  • to be accepted to a raiding guild at the first place.
In WoW there always was one way to get starter gear: farming. It's not about to change. However the way of farming does, and in a way that makes any dishonest goblin smile (honest goblins do not exist).

In BC it was:
  • farming HC instances to get that 1 epic drop from the endboss (LFM 3 DPS and a healer to HC Mechanar anyone?).
  • farming daily HC to get enough badges for badge gear
  • grind rep to get that 1 special item from exalted
  • Afk Valley to get S1/S2/vindicator
While in WotLK there are badges and there are rep rewards, but the big shot is the BoE heaven. While the raid-drop epic BoE-s won't be readily available, the crafted ones do, and also the Band/Signet of Kirin Tor. For example let's see what can crafters offer for a PvE restodruid:
It's a nice shopping list. Eternals run around 30G, and I have not even seen a Frozen orb in AH. It will be dropped by a bosses and also to be sold for 10 badges. Since people first farm gear for badges, it's price will be very high, my guess is around 1000G. So each of these items will cost around 2000G. So gearing up from farming will cost something like 25000G, not counting the enchants, gems and such.

Why is it very different from BC? In BC the usage of money for something that makes sense was limited:
  • consumables
  • enchants
  • gems
  • power-leveling professions for BoP and profession specific buffs like ring enchants
  • mats for profession-BoP
Behind these, you could only use your money for faster mount and more bag space which was nice extra comfort but not necessary.

After these you could just waste them on extra mounts, pets, sparkling ring, giga-bag and such nonsense. In WotLK you can gear up from it and not even into lousy gear. In Wotlk: gold = ilvl 200 gear!

This will also mean that huge amount of players will farm elementals and such for materials or for sell. If you follow the goblin way, you will never-ever have to do it.

I will constantly monitor the prices to get materials for my shopping list. When it's cheap, I buy it. By the time I ding lvl80 I'll have full ilvl 200 gear.

Note to self and everyone: Moonshroud and Titansteel creation has cooldown. Most people who have the skill don't use their CD-s yet since they don't have mats or just don't care. Try to find them, offer them mats and tip. Start stockpiling these items.


Jean-Marie said...

hello, thanks for your in-depth analyses, you've gained a new reader!

One question about your Moonshroud and Titansteel tip.

Would you advise to buy the regular priced mats? or would you pay the current prices for them?

Starting to stockpile these is not really interesting if the mats cost 20% less in one month. Would the premium price balance this? What is your position about this?

Gevlon said...

Moonshroud and Titansteel creation has cooldown. A tailor can make 1 Moonshroud/day, the BS 3 days.

So the bottleneck is not the material price but finding someone who can craft. The bigest loss is if there is crafter available and you don't have mats.

So unless the materials are ridicolusly overpriced, buy them.

Esdras said...

I am a tailor and although can make me a lot of gold i HATE this.

Epix are the new blues a wise man once said to me and he could not have been more right.

Your idea is fantastic and when i get 78 i may just farm and grind for 2 levels to get good gold at 80.