I've recently found a way to prove several points I've made, and to clarify one thing for myself (that will be tomorrow's post).
People kept telling me that I should join a HC guild, which I cannot do because of my time schedule (have to wake up 6:00 AM every workday, so I cannot raid after 22:00). I also don't want to do it because I find no fun in repeating content.
I don't know why did I not think about the solution earlier. Maybe because it's completely unorthodox in WoW, even among businessmen. But I finally found it: I joined a HC raid guild for just one raid by paying them for the spot. I've approached the GM telling I want to raid but have no time, so I pay. I told I don't need any loot, but I pay for loot if no one needs it. 2 HC guilds turned me down. The third accepted the offer. We agreed in 6K for Maly25, 4K for Naxx25, 1K for every piece of loot.
First point proven: the goblin way is the fastest and most cost effective way of reaching content, even if we calculate with pitiful 2K/hour (anyone can reach that if he cares to visit the AH). So one can get into the hardest content raid with 3 hours of work, done in his own schedule. Forming a PuG (including replacing "DC") takes more time (6+5 hours Naxx10, ouch). Joining a HC guild means mandatory raiding according to their schedule. A quick clear of the farm content (VoA25 + Naxx25), takes more than 3 hours every week.
Second point proven: skill is much more important than gear, after the "good entry level" gear, the further gear gains are marginal:
- learning the fight
- adapting to the more experienced druids spell rotation (WG every CD, rejuv when no one need heal)
- using my own brain (I asked to be placed in the tank group and used Tranquility when Malygos took a deep breath in P2)
And my performance did not go unnoticed:
I'm so tired of people who blame gear (money, social status, previous education, economical situation, political environment, whatever) for being unsuccessful. If you have something between your ears and are ready to work too, you can reach anything. If you don't, you have only one to blame.
Third point to prove was: the easiest way to get things is the market. Since this guild farmed Naxx25 since forever, they put 90% of the gear to offspec or DE, so it worth not much to them and they cannot sell on the AH as the items are BoP. So here comes the goblin, paying 4K entrance fee + 1K for every pieces for a farmraid: Naxx25. My new gains:
- Tunic of Prejudice
- Unravelling Strands of Sanity
- Valorous Dreamwalker Leggings
- Valorous Dreamwalker Spaulders
- Swarm Bindings
- Seized Beauty
- Idol of the Shooting Star (to moonkin offspec)
You may see a contradiction between the second and the third point. In the second I've claimed that top gear is not needed, in the third I shown how to get top gear easily. Well, I've never claimed that it's smart to pay 11K and spend an evening for one more Naxx raid for these pieces. I've just proven that it can be done, and anyone who wants gear for whatever reason may follow this way.
This is a great way for HC guilds to fill their bank. Instead of disenchanting items or collecting them into second offspec, they can be sold to paying customers.
Goblin raiding is also great for new, skilled player who want to join HC a guild. He can apply with some epics and farm content raid achievements instead of blues and 5-mans only.
Summary: a goblin can see content and collect gear for minimal effort, simply through business.
PS: I've concluded Maghteridon-EU Gevlon's experiment with the result that 1.5-2K/week can be made with less than 1hour/week work in a practically deserted side. Now let's get back to the big business: