Yesterday (05.05.21), Blizzard made another policy change regarding multiboxing within World of Warcraft. It is now prohibited to use software or hardware mechanisms to mirror commands (input broadcasting keystrokes) to multiple World of Warcraft accounts.
Players found to breach these new conditions will receive warnings, account suspensions, and, if necessary, permanent closure of the player’s World of Warcraft account(s).
These new policy changes will affect many players, myself included. So this morning, I approached Blizzard’s Support and opened a ticket to clarify whether the use of Joe Multiboxer (JMB) was safe to use. If you read my review on JMBhere, you can see that JMB doesn’t input broadcast keystrokes to multiple accounts. Thanks to Blizzard’s term “streamlining” I found this vague and felt it was essential to get some clarity.
My Conversation with Blizzard’s Support:
Please find below a copy of the support tickets from today’s conversation with Blizzard Support. The last response is vital as the GameMaster expresses that as long as the program used (JMB) meets the criteria set out in the policy change, then it’s okay to use.
Original support ticket:
I also attached a screenshot from JoeMultiboxer’s website outlining the inability to broadcast keystrokes to multiple World of Warcraft accounts with their program.
First GameMaster Response:
I felt the response was very vague, pretty much a copy and paste job (from the policy itself), so I carefully worded my response in the hope of getting a definitive answer.
My Response for further clarity:
Second Response from a GameMaster:
As mentioned above, this final response from a GameMaster clarifies that as long as JMB doesn’t breach the criteria set out in the policy change, then it’s okay to use.
As I only use JMB for their window layout manager and the program doesn’t have input broadcasting to multiple accounts, I will continue to use JMB. The only players banned so far are those that have participated in Group Farming or World PvP. A result of other players reporting them.
Since the original policy change in November last year, I haven’t done any Group Farming, Dungeons, or PvP. My sole purpose for using JMB is to reduce my posting times; when I post my auctions. This is possible with their window layout manager and using multiple accounts.
Blizzard’s Support is extremely helpful and approachable, and I understand the guidelines they must adhere to when responding to players. However, I hope this blog post today offers a little reassurance to you if you use JMB.
Thank you to the GameMasters for their time and continued efforts.
Today’s blog post reviews the gold-making sales for the fortnight ending 5th May. The eagle-eyed readers amongst you will automatically notice a discrepancy in the dates. The discrepancy is because I’ve decided to include the data from 14th April to 5th May in a bid to get back up to date on my fortnightly sales reports.
In addition, with the three accounts having 20 days left on their game time, I needed to act quickly to get the gold, guilds, and level 50 players transferred to other accounts and prevent the need to purchase 60 day game time.
These transfers took precedence over my gold-making, and the posting times that generally take two weeks to complete increased to more than three weeks. Today these transfers have been completed, and I can finally post today’s fortnightly sales review. Again, I apologize for the delays.
Purchased WoW Tokens:
The WoW Tokens purchased to complete these transfers are not included in the sales reports, as the TSM Ledger doesn’t track these purchases. So my outgoings for this fortnightly review are significantly higher than shown in the image below via the TSM Ledger. I thought I’d make that clear in a bid to offer complete transparency.
Fortnightly Review (14th April – 3rd May)
Although the dates shown are greater than two weeks, rest assured, these sales are based on one fortnightly reset as explained here.
I earned 4,446m in sales and spent 6,696m meaning I recorded a loss of 2,249m. As explained above, with characters transferring to new accounts, I invested heavily to help alleviate these WoW Token costs in the future. Simply put, by checking The Undermine Journal (TuJ) and comparing items between my current realm to my destination realm, and purchasing items that are profitable, I stand to make the cost of my WoW Tokens back at a later date!
Another poor showing with the Uncanny crafts. As pointed out in my previous fortnightly review, if sales didn’t improve, this may be a result of a competitor. Extremely likely that I may need to adjust my settings.
I made some decent Recipe sales, but it’s difficult to look past the Enchant Gloves – Fishing sale. 172k is an excellent return!
I didn’t do too well this fortnight, this could be a result of increased competition in this market. I will see if there’s any improvement in the next fortnightly sales report, before taking any action. However, three sales for 210k+ is a great return on investment!
This fortnight saw another impressive return on Battle Pet sales. This is a great market to be involved in. Battle Pets are extremely versatile, if they don’t sell on one realm, cage them and move them to another realm.
Some cracking sales this month. As mentioned already, Nomi Snacks did well, sold some more mounts, and there appears to be no letup on the Medallion of the Legion sales. Without a doubt, the sale of the Hard Khorium Battlefists for 193k was the highlight. A further reminder, not to neglect your professions, there’s gold to be made!
It’s been a very busy fortnight, it took almost 3 weeks to complete my Auction House posting, and it’s great to see I still made a decent return. Yes, I made a loss, but I made some great investments, which means I will make a profit in the long run.
I love to continuously reinvest my gold, after all, there’s no point in it sitting there doing nothing, it’s not like it gains interest sitting in the bank! If you’re looking for ideas on where to invest your gold, look at my sales above, check The Undermine Journal and see what you can incorporate from my results and guides, and implement them into your own routines.
I can’t stress this enough; if you have more time than me, to post, cancel, and repost your auctions, you have a greater chance of being as successful as me. My limitations prevent me from posting more frequently, but this gives others the opportunity to make sales too. So do what I do, and make the most of your time in-game!
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This fortnightly reset has been very busy on the gold-making front, hence the sales report’s slight delay. With the Darkmoon Faire, Outland Timewalking, and Noblegarden, there have been many opportunities to invest my gold in many different markets.
I created a post regarding the event, Noblegarden, and the brief collapse of the Swift Springstriders, which came to fruition on most of my realms. I purchased some mounts where the value dictated. Hopefully, you got in on the act too. Remember, you want to start posting these in a couple of weeks/months when the market stabilizes. The event introduced more mounts meaning the supply significantly outnumbered the demand, driving the mounts valuation down. The valuation will return to normal once the supply falls in line with the demand.
For clarification as to why I only post fortnightly, please check this article for further information.
TSM Ledger For 30th April to 13th March:
As expected, I’ve made a loss this fortnight due to purchasing cheap mounts and other bargains within other markets. I made 4,3m gold in sales, notably flipping, Exotic Leather, a Pattern: Shifting Cloak, 61x Medallion of the Legion, and a selection of mounts. I’ve added screenshots below outlining a selection of my sales, categorized where possible.
This fortnight proved to be another great result on the Island Expedition Transmog front. Investing in late BFA on the Stinkrot Smasher’s is proving to be rewarding. I was buying these for between 15-35k before the release of Shadowlands.
I won’t lie; I was disappointed in this fortnight sales return, and rightfully so. It’s hard to gauge why, but it could be the lure of other content; if it is the case, there should be an improvement next fortnight. If not, there could be competition undercutting me, preventing sales.
There was a standout sale this fortnight, the sale of the Pattern: Shifting Cloak for 300k. There were some more minor sales, showing that there’s still value in operating in this market.
If you saw my tweet on Twitter during the week, you’d have seen the mailbox I opened with a substantial amount of Replica Transmog sold on one realm. Believe it or not, but you can get many sales towards the end of the Darkmoon Faire as players check the Auction House for missing items to complete their set.
At the time of posting this article (15/04/21), I had 1,144 visitors this month, of which 172 visitors read my article on Replica Transmog. To explain the significance of this number and how popular this market has become, I had 2,873 visitors last month, of which only 10 visitors read my Replica Transmog article. As this market increases in popularity so will competition, looking for that sale, be sure to adjust your valuations accordingly.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen this many Battle Pet sales. Remember, these are just the best sales. The image(s) would have been too large had I added them all.
I managed to sell a considerable amount of Exotic Leather, Golden Lotus, and Spirit of Harmony. I took advantage of these materials when developers nerfed The Golden Stair farm in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. As players slowly move away from the content from the final patch of BFA, the amount of materials gathered from Pandaria slowly falls, and the demand increases, increasing their valuations. The sales above illustrate the rise in MoP raw materials demand and valuation.
If you’ve read this sales report today and some categories have sparked some interest, be sure to check out the links to be directed to my guides. I post auctions once a fortnight and don’t cancel or repost, so if I can make these sales over a fortnight, imagine what you can achieve if you have more time to post regularly or cancel and repost.
For more information as to why I only post once a fortnight, check this article.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop them below in the comment section. As ever, if you enjoyed this post or any other article I’ve created, please consider liking and sharing.
The Undermine Journal (TUJ) is, without doubt, one of the most crucial websites/add-on resources for gold-making in World of Warcraft. Using TUJ website, add-on, and TSM together and knowing how to use them efficiently will maximize your gold-making potential.
Within all my gold-making articles, I always express the need to access TUJ website so readers that consider following my advice (incorporating my markets into theirs) can get up-to-date auction house data for their region and realm. Having this information to hand before getting into a market is the difference between knowing you’ll make a profit or record a loss.
The article today will hopefully give my readers (that are unfamiliar) a better understanding of The Undermine Journal website and add-on.
What is The Undermine Journal (Website):
The Undermine Journal (alternatively known as TUJ) is a website that offers auction house data for the specified Region/Realm you require in World of Warcraft. TUJ acquires this data via snapshots from Blizzard’s API, which is updated every hour.
Once you’ve selected your Region/Realm, you can input any item in the search bar, and it will offer you essential auction house data for that item. With this auction house data, we can correctly value our item(s), making buying and selling as efficient as possible.
What is The Undermine Journal (Addon):
The Undermine Journal in-game add-on shows realm-specific pricing in tooltips for all items and battle pets on all US, EU, and KR realms. Data includes:
Average market price for your realm over the past 3 days
Average market price for your realm over the past 14 days
Standard deviation of market price for your realm over the past 14 days
Number of days since the item was last seen on your AH
Global median market price right now
Global average market price right now
Global standard deviation of market price right now
Prices are aware of item bonuses and pet breeds as well, so, for example, Heroic items have separate prices from Heroic Warforged, Mythic, etc.
The add-on is updated twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Update your add-ons regularly to have the latest release available in-game.
The Author of The Undermine Journal (TUJ), Erorus, has added five Youtube guides helping players understand the statistics available from the website, and how using these statistics correctly is the difference between making gold and losing gold.
It’s difficult to believe at the time of this post; there were only 65 views! This should be a lot higher!
Use the Watch on Youtube feature within the video and be sure to like, subscribe, and add any feedback to his guides.
If you found any of Erorus’ guides helpful, appreciate his website and add-on; please consider becoming a Patreon and rewarding him for his work. I’m a Patreon as I believe what he’s created is fantastic. Rewarding him for his hard work can only be good for the website and add-on going forward.
A portion of this article was directly from The Undermine Journal to offer precise information about the add-on. I’ve added the Youtube guides, this should not affect your view count – my intentions are to help increase it. If you wish anything to be removed, amended, please contact me, and I’ll immediately edit where necessary. I created this article to help promote your website, add-on and guides to new and experienced gold-makers within my blog.
I wasn’t aware of this software until one of my readers, Moorea WoW was kind enough to share it within the comment section to one of my multiboxing articles. Moorea informed me that WoW Open Box is a “safer and free alternative to Joe Multiboxer (JMB) with a better UI and opensource options.”
For an explanation of how WoW Open Box is safer, click here.
WoW Open Box is an open-source multiboxing software released on November 22nd, 2020, available to players in time for World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands release.
Window Layout Wizard
Get your game windows exactly how you want them.
Instant window swapping
Hotkeys designed to help switch between any specific window
When my JMB subscription ends, I will be using WoW Open Box. What’s appealing it’s free, and it offers the same features that I use from JMB – meaning I lose nothing when I make that transition. If you’re looking for a free alternative option to JMB, consider using WoW Open Box for your multiboxing needs.
There have been some big developments on the multiboxing front due to Blizzard’s change in stance on multiboxing. A month shy of World of Warcraft’s release of Shadowlands, Blizzard changed their policy on players using third-party software to input broadcast keystrokes between accounts, meaning IsBoxer was illegal to use within World of Warcraft.
Many felt that these changes were necessary for the game going forward due to the number of players botting. By eliminating input broadcasting from third-party software/programs, it made it easier to highlight botters. Sadly, even to this day, botters are ever-present. It appears the only people that took the brunt of the new policy changes were the players that abided by Blizzard’s ToS.
Introduction of Joe Multiboxer (JMB)!
Thankfully, the team at IsBoxer worked tirelessly to introduce a new program, which was released a couple of days before Shadowlands, called Joe Multiboxer (JMB). The program had some of the original benefits of IsBoxer, but without the ability to broadcast keystrokes. This decision and improvement meant Joe Multiboxer was within Blizzard’s new policy and terms of service.
Since the changes, I have used Joe Multiboxer, purely to post auctions on different characters/accounts at the same time. The program gives you the ability to launch multiple WoW clients simultaneously and apply a window layout depending on the number of clients used. I normally use three clients at a time, but occasionally I’ll use four clients, and they fit very nicely on one screen.
The addition of new agents into Joe Multiboxer will help develop the program further as time goes on.
I know there are people successfully multiboxing, PreparedWoW has adapted to Blizzard’s policy changes by moving from software broadcasting of keystrokes to multiple clients to hardware broadcasting instead. His setup looks very complicated and costs a lot of money to set up. It’s worth checking him out if you want to incorporate his build into yours!
According to Blizzard, the use of hardware to broadcast keystrokes between different clients appears to be okay. The fact PreparedWoW openly streams his multiboxing content on Twitch and, on many occasions, has publicly informed Blizzard of his hardware setup via emails – to prevent other players from maliciously false reporting his players/accounts.
WoW Community Happy with Blizzard’s Policy Changes!
Many people in the World of Warcraft community were happy with these changes; hell, I even admitted in my original article that “multiboxing was a contentious subject within the WoW community,” but none were as happy as Asmongold when Blizzard released their policy change. He’d fought tirelessly to bring multiboxing to an end, as he believed it gave players an unfair advantage.
How to Get Joe Multiboxer:
If you’re interested in using Joe Multiboxer, be aware that this is a subscription-based program (P2P). For details of the plans available, please check Lavish Software. They have a free 30-day trial if you’re unsure whether the program is for you. You must have a subscription to access Joe Multiboxer.
Also, I have a referral code that can benefit us. I believe that this is still valid, I will amend it if not.
Good afternoon guys. This week we’re fortunate to have three World Events available to us. Tomorrow is the first Sunday of the month; this means the return of the Darkmoon Faire. There are also two other events: Noblegarden (Monday), and the Burning Crusade Timewalking event (Wednesday).
Check your calendar in-game for further information.
You don’t have to compete in all the markets that I advise, but do what you feel is better suited to you and your realm. Check The Undermine Journal (TuJ) to see what markets are profitable on your realm.
On Monday, we will see the return of the event: Noblegarden. If you deal in the Swift Springstrider market, be prepared for the prices to start plummeting. The Auction House will start becoming oversaturated by these mounts, driving down its valuation. This is a great opportunity for gold-makers to purchase cheap Swift Springstrider’s to sell once the event has finished.
If you intend to farm these mounts, it’s important to remember that the mount Swift Springstrider is a unique mount. This means only one of them can be present within your inventory (including your personal bank) at any one time. I suggest using a Guild Bank to help store these.
Also, this Wednesday (reset day), we’ll see the Burning Crusade Timewalking event. Due to my unforeseen break a couple of months back, I missed the last time this was available, and thankfully I’m here this time around. This event is a great opportunity if you require recipes that are locked behind a specific Burning Crusade reputation.
If you’re like me, you may have many alts that have collected Timewarped Badges; although the badges are not Bind on Account (BoA), the reputation tokens are. Log in to your alt(s) and visit the vendor Cupri. Once you’ve purchased your badges, access the mailbox and send them to the character that needs the specific reputation badge.
It’s worth noting if you have no interest in Reputation Tokens, scaled gear and you’d like some recommendations, check out the Bag of Fishing Treasure for 150 Timewarped Badge. You have an 11% chance to loot the following Companion Pet from the bag.
If you earn one of these Companion Pets, learn it, and cage it to post on the Auction House. Depending on your realm, you can sell these from 10k each. Slightly more, if leveled to level 25. Check The Undermine Journal (TuJ) for detailed valuations for your realm.
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Today I bring you my gold-making sales report for the previous fortnight 15.03.21 – 29.03.21. It’s been another excellent fortnight of sales, and what’s more, you can do it too! I have some helpful guides and posts all linked below. I will be adding more in the comming weeks, so keep those eyes peeled!
I experienced a lot of issues during this reset, mainly regarding my internet service provider. There was an issue with the broadband and telephone line to the house from the exchange, meaning that I experienced high ping and low download and upload speeds.
The knock-on effect meant that although I was successfully posting auctions, albeit very slowly, I could not carry out as many shopping scans as I’d liked; this resulted in me having a positive profit margin this reset, compared to the previous fortnights reset.
The summary of this fortnights sales can be seen below, thanks to the TSMLedger image below:
My Posting Routine:
I can only post once every two weeks to clarify why and what my posting routine consists of; check out My Posting Routine for more information.
Below you can see my sales, categorized with helpful links to my guides/posts for those who are interested incorporating these markets into your posting routines. More guides will be comming!
When consolidating all the sales into one category, some parts look distorted; this is merely due to the different mailbox sizes and aspect ratios when cropping to one image. This scenario happens when I multi-box to empty mail on some characters, and when I take screenshots of my mailboxes obviously the aspect ratios will differ compared to those that use the default World of Warcraft applcation.
What is Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender Transmog?
If you played World of Warcraft during Mists of Pandaria (MoP), you would be familiar with this crafted gear from Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, and Tailoring. These items were called Crafted Malevolent, Crafted Dreadful, and Contender’s gear. During MoP, these crafts were very valuable, thanks to PvP content and their bonus sets. Even to this day, they still hold a reasonable valuation and offer me a steady income.
To view the Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender transmog via Wowhead. Click on the links provided to view their item sets.
Leatherworking has the best return when operating in this market, as it crafts both Leather and Mail items. However, it comes at a price, as you’ll need to learn more recipes than the other two professions. The Malevolent and Dreadful recipes are locked behind a specific craft that has a daily cooldown; meaning you need to craft an epic material to discover a new recipe for your profession. Below is a summary of the crafts necessary for each profession.
Craft needed to discover a new Crafted Dreadful recipe. (Daily Cooldown)
Crafting Your Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender Transmog!
Once you’ve learned your recipes, start crafting your gear. The materials needed to craft the items are straightforward and easy to acquire, either from farming or purchasing from the Auction House. I urge you to check TheUndermineJournal (TUJ); this will give you an idea of your materials and crafts’ value and ultimately help you decide whether it’s beneficial to farm or purchase your materials.
Material shopping list (RMA = Region Market Avg from TUJ)
The Benefits of Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender Transmog:
What makes this gear valuable is the transmog aspect; they have some excellent skins. With the introduction of Shadowlands and the Relic of the Past, this gear can help players level efficiently. The relic can manipulate the item’s ilvl and level requirement, meaning this has some value for lower-level players. The bonus for equipping 2 or 4 pieces may be beneficial.
Here are some of my previous sales to show the amount of gold you can make from this market.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post; I hope you found this post informative. Please do consider commenting and sharing. If you found any errors, please contact me, and I’d be happy to resolve any issues. Thank you to Wowhead for the use of their website’s data to add helpful links.
The best part of gold-making in World of Warcraft is when you access your mailbox, and you have a vast amount of gold to collect from the sales you’ve made. To increase the number of sales you can make, simply follow some of my suggestions below.
While it’s imperative to be the cheapest auction on the Auction House to guarantee sales, (i.e. cancel scanning and reposting) it also helps to have a wide range of auctions on the Auction House. I’m sure you’ve heard of Joe Bloggs; he solely operates in the Transmog market but he often complains that he doesn’t get many sales. However, I also work in the Transmog market, but I also complement it with other markets, Battle Pets, Raw Materials, Recipes, etc. Diversifying your auctions through different markets will help you engage with more potential customers, thus increasing your sales per reset. Operating within many markets will have its drawbacks, more significantly, the increased posting time needed to post all your auctions to the Auction House.
Here are my previous fortnightly reset sales for 28.02.21 – 14.03.21. Please check out my Posting Routine for a detailed explanation as to why I only post fortnightly.
The gold-making total for this fortnight was 4,9m gold, I sold 25083 items. I continued investing, where the market allowed me, and purchased 268593 items, spending 5,3m gold. This equates to a 384k gold loss. If you have the gold it’s important to continue investing and building your inventory. Remember what I explained above about diversity and operating in many different markets to maximise your sales – this is also a solid basis for trading outside of gold-making in World of Warcraft.
These stats were collected and calculated using the TSM Ledger.