Solo Queue For Island Expeditions in 9.1?

Expedition Map

Solo Queue For Island Expeditions?

Blizzard is finally releasing their new patch, Shadowlands 9.1 – Chains of Domination, next week! Therefore, I thought it would be beneficial to quickly check out the PTR and see whether they’ve successfully incorporated the long-awaited solo queue for Island Expeditions.

According to Jeremy Feasel, he was hopeful that a solo queue for Island Expeditions could be incorporated in 9.1 but didn’t hold much hope for Warfronts.

Jeremy Feasel statement for Solo Queues for 9.1


What Are Island Expeditions:

For those unaware, Blizzard introduced Island Expeditions in Battle for Azeroth (BFA). Players could approach the Expedition Map and sign up to queue for four different difficulties, NormalHeroicMythic, and PvP.

You needed a team of three players to participate, and it had a simple objective, reach the azerite goal first, and you won! In addition, Blizzard introduced further incentives and tasks throughout the expansion of BFA and made it worthwhile for players to continue participating in Island Expeditions for Companion PetsMounts and Transmog.


Why The Need For A Solo Queue?

With the release of Shadowlands and the lure of new content, players that continued to queue for Island Expeditions found it difficult to get groups due to a lack of interest. Thankfully, early in Shadowlands, there was hope. Jeremy Feasel informed the World of Warcraft community that they were trying to incorporate a solo queue. The community had hoped that the improvement was ready for Shadowlands 9.1.


The 9.1 PTR:

I quickly copied over my main character onto the PTR and hurried over to the Port of Zandalar. I interacted with the Expedition Map. To my astonishment, there was no method to solo queue for an Island Expedition.

When I hovered over the four difficulties, the tooltips expressed the need for three players to participate in the Mythic and PvP queue. However, the tooltip for Normal and Heroic had no minimum player requirement. Furthermore, all four options needed me to select find crew, suggesting there’s no solo queue yet!

With 9.1 due to release on the 29th of June for NA (30th for EU), there’s no way they’re releasing the solo queue unless they plan to release something in the next few days. So that would suggest that there’s no testing expected before the release of 9.1.


If No Solo Queue In 9.1, When?

Suppose there’s no solo queue in 9.1. In that case, I can only assume that Blizzard maybe hit a snag while making alterations to Island Expeditions. However, if they plan to release this during Shadowlands, then perhaps it will come in 9.2. It’s worth remembering that Blizzard usually waits for two expansions before making previous content more accessible for soloing.


What Does This Mean For Gold-Making?

The inability to solo queue for Island Expeditions means that players will continue to struggle to queue. Therefore, the need for offloading Island Expedition Transmog (as warned in my previous post) may not be necessary now. Gold-makers were worried that with the ability to solo queue, the demand for Transmog would drop. At the same time, the supply would increase, meaning a loss in value. What will likely happen now is the opposite, more demand and a lack of supply, slowly increasing its value!

But stay vigilant; Blizzard has in the past made changes where necessary, without warning. So expect Island Expedition Transmog to hold its value for now, but adapt if there are any late changes.


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Island Expedition Transmog in Shadowlands 9.1

Island Expedition Transmog:

I wrote a post called Island Expedition Transmog back in 2020, covering the Island Expedition Transmog you could acquire from completing Island Expeditions. Due to the low prices players were posting these items for, there was a market for flipping them for a considerable profit.

Once Shadowlands released in late 2020, and players turned their attention to the new content, the supply quickly fell. With the demand increasing, the value of these items increased significantly. For example, I could purchase the Stinkrot Smasher for 25k midway through 2020; today, it’s worth between 100-200k depending on your realm.

Sadly, players have made a valid point that Island Expeditions are difficult to queue, as you need a group of three players to participate. As a result, Blizzard has decided to introduce a solo queue, meaning it will become easier to participate in Island Expeditions. Unfortunately, this change could have a knock-on effect on the supply and demand of Island Expedition Transmog, thus driving their valuations down. 

No information has been released regarding any possible changes to drop rates etc. Any changes to the drop rates of loot will significantly affect the valuation of Island Expedition Transmog. I’d recommend checking the 9.1 Public Test Realm (PTR) as soon as it’s available and adapt accordingly.

I’ve added links to Wowhead’s Article and the interview between Jeremy Feasel and Vanion below.

Wowhead’s article confirming Solo queues

Jeremy Feasel’s interview with Vanion


Island Expeditions in Battle for Azeroth:

On the release of Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard introduced new content called Island Expeditions. Island Expeditions gave us four difficulties, Normal, Heroic, Mythic, and PvP. The aim was to pick a map from 3 choices, then your difficulty, and group up with two friends or two other players through a queue system. Once your group formed, it was a race to meet the Azerite goal; if you reached the Azerite goal first, you won, and a sack of loot was waiting for you at the end!

With new patches to Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard introduced more changes to Island Expeditions, none more so than the introduction of objectives. Completing particular objectives would influence your loot at the end of the match. However, players were still disappointed with the varied loot tables and not earning items they wanted. Finally, Blizzard succumbed to the player’s demands and introduced the Seafarer’s Dubloons and 8 Salvage Crates.

Seafarer’s Dubloons was an excellent incentive for players wanting to farm specific items. Earn enough Dubloons, and you were able to purchase one of 8 Salvage Crates. Now the crates weren’t as straightforward as you’d hoped. A weekly map cycle coincided with the type of Salvage Crate that was available from the vendor. If you wanted a specific item from Island Expeditions, you had to wait for the correct map that offered your desired Salvage Crate.


Island Expeditions in Shadowlands 9.1:

Sadly for gold-makers, the introduction of the solo queue will undoubtedly have a negative effect. As players can easily access Island Expeditions, thus the supply of the transmog will increase. As with supply and demand, the valuations of the transmog will decrease as the supply outnumbers the demand.

The only saving grace for gold-makers is if Blizzard incorporates changes to the loots drop rates and makes it difficult to obtain specific transmog. I don’t believe this will happen, but I urge you to be vigilant and adapt accordingly.

When the 9.1 Public Test Realm (PTR) is released, and you have access, please consider checking it. If there are no changes to drop rates and loot is more accessible, immediately consider changing the valuations of your transmog to get a head start on your competition. When 9.1 comes, and the transmog supply quickly increases, you could be stuck with many items you may struggle to sell.

Adapting quickly and being ahead of your competitors is where you want to be; come the release of 9.1!


High Tier List:

If you’re unsure of the big-ticket (high tier) items from Island Expeditions, then check out my list below, which I’ve had a lot of success flipping. For detailed information on the value of an item, check out The Undermine Journal; these items are ≥50k gold – EU Median Price.


Conclusion:

Upon the release of Shadowlands, the value of Island Expedition Transmog increased significantly as the demand outweighed the supply. Sadly for gold-makers like myself, this will undoubtedly change when 9.1 is released, and Blizzard introduces the Island Expedition solo queue.

If there are no other changes to the drop rates of loot, I urge you to reconsider the prices you’ve valued your items for and consider offloading items as promptly as possible. Failure to adapt quickly will leave you with a large stock of transmog that you will struggle to offload.

Accessing the 9.1 Public Test Realm (PTR) as soon as it’s available will give you an idea of the changes coming in the new patch. Use this information to your benefit and make the appropriate changes to your valuations. Continuously monitoring the market and adapting to changes is key to keeping you ahead of your competitors.


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Legion BoEs in Shadowlands

You may recall one of my blogs back in 2016/17 regarding flipping Legion BoEs (aka Legion 101 BoEs) and the outrageous profit margins that were achievable. On the first week of the release of Legion, I looted an a level 101, ilvl 850 ring, which I sold for 500k gold. In 2017 I finally surpassed the 100m gold mark, and a great deal of that achievement was down to farming and flipping Legion BoEs

Legion BoEs in Shadowlands:

Even today, during Shadowlands, I’m still successfully flipping Legion BoEs on all the realms I play on. Although the profit margins aren’t as significant as before, there’s still value in the market. In Legion and Battle for Azeroth, the territory stat: Leech (plus socket) was very beneficial and demanded a high value. Later in the expansion of Battle for Azeroth, items with the territory stat: Speed became desirable. The speed stat gave the wearer increased speed, meaning farming old dungeons and raids was more efficient. The more Speed items you had equipped, the greater the benefit. 

Sadly, there is a cap at 49% speed, as illustrated by /AGunWithLegs at Reddit.

Shadowlands introduced a level and ilvl squish (which I’ll cover later), zone scaling, and a secondary stat diminishing return. The stat diminishing return meant stacking a specific secondary stat would start losing a lot of its benefit when you start reaching a certain percentage. The developers introduced this because of the level-boosting in Battle for Azeroth and potential gearing issues when seeking your best in slot item(s). Players were exploiting their stats to help pull the whole instance and AOE the mobs, thus clearing content quickly. A great example of this was the Freehold level boosting! Other limitations included party members no longer gaining experience with characters that lock their experience.

Here’s a detailed guide by Wowhead explaining the secondary stat diminishing returns.


Legion BoEs Shopping List:


Flipping Legion BoEs in Shadowlands:

Buy low, sell high is our aim here. Only invest in the gold you’re willing to lose. Ideally, the price range I’m looking at is 2500g per item, and I look to sell at 10k plus. I will add images later to show the sales I’ve made this fortnight. The images will ultimately prove that this is still a viable/profitable market.

Please bear in mind there have been many changes since Legion, importantly, the level and ilvl squish. The level and ilvl squishes mean that searching for Legion BoEs on the Auction House has become a lot more complicated. When I shopped for Legion BoEs, I previously inputted /101/101/i835/armor, and it would filter all armor for that level/ilvl – that search function is no longer an option. Instead, I prefer to do a default search inputting every piece separated by a semicolon. For ease of use, I’ve added a Pastebin below. Simply open the Auction House, hit the Browse Tab and copy and paste the shopping list in to the search bar in the top right hand side.

Legion BoEs Shopping List via Pastebin

Once you’ve completed the search, go to the Recent Searches panel and hit the star to favorite the search. Go into the Favorite Searches panel and edit the name of the search. I named mine Legion BoEs. Feel free to name it what you wish.

You could use a TSM import string and do a shopping search via that method instead, but you could miss out on a lot of items not yet grouped. I have two TSM Strings that maybe of interest to you. One has the Legion BoEs categorised in subgroups, the other is uncategorised (this is ideal for those that prefer their own groups). They both have default operations, so be sure to add your operations. Only choose one of the strings, and be prepared, there’s over 3000 items!

Legion BoEs TSM String (Categorised with Subgroups)

Legion BoEs TSM (uncategorised)


Farming:

If you’d prefer farming for these items, I’d suggest checking out the murlocs in Aszuna [50.33] (screenshot below). I believe this spot hasn’t been nerfed yet, unlike many of the other places I used to farm at. This spot is ideal due to the amount of murlocs in the area. If possible, consider group farming or multiboxing, which will make things a lot more efficient for you. Due to zone scaling, finding a group to farm with should be easier. Otherwise, wait for Legion Invasions. The amount of mobs available is insane and they have large loot tables, so keep your eyes peeled for other loot. If you have other recommendations on where to farm, consider posting below in the comment section.

If you’re farming for a specific level requirement, remember that you need to be a specific level yourself, as the loot will scale depending on your level. Legion BoEs at a particular level/ilvl could demand higher valuations. Even Legion BoEs of the uncommon variety could be of value, especially ones with territory stats and low levels for Twinks. Check this guide out for more information.


Sales:

As mentioned before, I actually repost my expired auction once every two weeks. So my sales could be a lot greater than whats shown below. I don’t cancel/repost so I post and forget. These sales are between 14th Feb – 28th Feb.


Conclussion:

I’ll be honest, at one point, I believed these items were selling based on their stats or possible transmog purposes. But the fact that there’s trinkets and rings selling leads me to think these could be for players leveling. Upon closer examination via in-game TSM Ledger, these items were either level 45 or level 50 with varied ilvls; some had territory stats and/or sockets, meaning that they could’ve been purchased by players leveling or in need of some gear. None of them had Speed or Leech.

I’m unsure at this point, whether there’s a twink bracket that may be farming/using Legion BoEs, given all the scaling in Shadowlands.

It’ll be interesting to see what sales I’ve made when I do my next repost. I’ll be sure to add them here as soon as possible.


Feedback:

Have you been selling Legion BoEs yourself during Shadowlands? How has the market been for you? Have any farming tips that you want to add? or maybe this post has potentially opened another market for you and you might give it a go. If so, keep me updated on how you fair, by sharing your progress in the comment section. If you have any questions, maybe something I’ve not outlined in this post, please feel free to ask below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. I’m approachable on Twitter or via email using the contact me feature.


Until next time…

Ink Trader Shuffle Umbral Ink

Ink Trader Shuffle:

Before my extended break, you might have read a snippet from my previous post regarding the potential of using the new Shadowlands Ink Traders to shuffle Umbral Ink for Old World Inks. The prices for certain Old World Inks have since gone up in value over the last couple of weeks. The drastic changes could result from the new shuffle or players merely using Old World herbs and pigments to craft their own Old World Inks for crafting or selling.


Disclaimer:

Before I get started, the valuations used in this guide are from The Undermine Journal (TUJ) and for the region, EU. They are also an EU Median Price. Median is the average price of an item for the region, not the realm. Before you follow any advice detailed below, I urge you to check The Undermine Journal for the exact valuations for the items mentioned for your region and (more importantly) your realm. Failure to adhere to this advice will return incorrect values and incorrect profit margins. Also, consider crafting Umbral Inks for greater profit if Umbral Pigment is cheap enough.


The Ink Trader Shuffle:

If you read my post from August 2020 about the Roseate Pigment shuffle, you’d have shuffled and stocked up many Old World Inks in preparation for Shadowlands. Many who used this method might have finally sold off their inventory/stock and now use the new shuffle or alternative means. If this is the case, this could explain the increase in prices too. Roseate Pigment was as cheap as 15g on average before Shadowlands released, meaning 30g-45g (or greater) for Old World Inks was a lucrative shuffle. Now Umbral Ink is approximately 40-50g, and we’d need to sell shuffled Old World Inks at 75g or above to make this a viable/profitable shuffle too.

For the readers unfamiliar with this shuffle, here’s a brief breakdown.

Purchase/Craft Umbral Ink
Visit your nearest Ink Trader.
Option 1) Trade one Umbral Ink for one profitable Common Ink.
Option 2) Trade Ten Umbral Inks for one Uncommon Ink (*)

(*) I don’t believe option 2 to be profitable at this time.


Profitable Inks:

In alphabetical order. Price = The Undermine Journal’s (EU Median Price) Average price by the region!

Because Scribes require the above Inks for leveling Inscription and are necessary for crafting Glyphs, these would be in high demand. If these valuations concur with your realms valuations, I suggest using this shuffle, but only for the inks profitable on your realm.

Inks that could become profitable at a later date.

Common Inks:

Uncommon Inks: (remember to calculate 10x Umbral Ink for 1 Uncommon Ink with this trade)


The Importance of Supply & Demand:

If this shuffle isn’t profitable for you on your realm, please be patient. Umbral Ink’s valuation will continue to fall further as the quantity outgrows the demand, otherwise known as supply and demand. The population of your realm will also dictate Umbral Inks valuation, as outlined below.

Example:
Outland – Umbral Ink (20g) High pop
Azuremyst – Umbral Ink (219g) Low Pop

With a new patch on the horizon and potentially many players following this guide, Umbral Ink’s supply may fall and not meet the current demands, slowly increasing its valuation. I urge you to adapt to any future changes and monitor this market closely. Immediately stop using the shuffle if it becomes unprofitable.


Conclusion:

The ink trader shuffle has been a steady stream of income over previous expansions, and early signs show that the Umbral Ink shuffle in Shadowlands will be just as profitable. As more people get into this market, we may see a fluctuation in Umbral Ink’s value – the ink’s supply and demand and the emergence of a new patch will ultimately dictate this. We must monitor this market and immediately adapt to any changes in price, failure to adapt will lead us to lose gold and potentially lose any profit gained.


Credits:

Thank you to Wowhead for use of their data. All links for items within my blog, direct you to their site. This helps the reader understand the items within my guides.


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Ink Trader changes in Shadowlands

Today I thought I’d check out the BETA tab on Wowhead again, but this time, to check on the changes coming to the ink traders. One of the easiest shuffles in BFA was buying cheap Roseate Pigments and shuffling them for higher-priced Old World inks via the ink trader, as it was very profitable on low-medium populated realms. Upon the release of Shadowlands, the inks required to purchase Old World inks will change. Today’s blog post will delve into these changes and what it means to you if you’re like myself and shuffle inks to flip or use them for Old World crafts within Inscription.

It’s essential to begin by reminding you that this is information from Shadowlands BETA. The developers can and will make changes up until release, so please bear this in mind and check for future updates.

The ink needed to do the ink shuffle from the ink trader in Shadowlands is called Umbral Ink. To craft this, you will need three materials,

You will need one Umbral Ink to purchase one common ink, and you’ll need ten Umbral Inks to buy one uncommon ink, as highlighted below. As a kind reminder, when posting any uncommon inks to the Auction House, make sure your pricing reflects the cost of the ten Roseate Pigments. This can easily be forgotten and will lead to losses in potential profit.

Ink Trader Changes in Shadowlands - GrahransWoWGold

As with all new expansions and the influx of new items to craft, materials are going to be very costly due to the demand being more significant than the supply. As the weeks and months progress, the supply will slowly move in line with the demand, and the prices will fall to an acceptable rate. The problem is, Umbral Ink is a required material for 18 crafts, including Darkmoon Card of Death, Contracts, and Missives. Later in the first patch, will come the release of the new Raid: Castle Natharia, meaning Vantus Runes will become important too. Umbral Ink will be in high demand due to the Darkmoon Card, Contracts (to help players boost their reputations), and Missives (which adds stats to crafted gear).

The Darkmoon Card was very profitable at the start of BFA, and as history shows Darkmoon Trinkets during the first patch are normally best in slot trinkets, and will undoubtedly be again in Shadowlands. With all these crafts in mind, the Umbral Ink will have an importance in crafting, so we don’t want to use it shuffling inks. As with the current situation with Roseate Pigment in BFA, as the demand for Umbral Ink declines, the value will drop, and the need to find alternative methods to sell it/trade it will arrive and Umbral Ink will be at it’s cheapest value, as you see today with Roseate Pigment.

So our alternative is, if you need Old World inks, I suggest stockpiling the inks you need using the Roseate Pigment shuffle now, while the cheap pigments are there, trade the inks you need and store them in your bank. Be sure to trade them before the ink trader changes in Shadowlands, or you’ll be stuck with large quantities of Roseate Pigment, unless you need them for Legion crafts of course!

I have already done this method on all my characters that have Inscription. The one thing worth bearing in mind at this point is the increase in players leveling in different Old World zones. As you’ll know, you can now level in whatever zone you wish to level 50, and this means that Old World materials might start flooding the Auction House. Thus herbs and pigments currently in low supply may start increasing in supply in Shadowlands, bringing the crafting costs of previous inks cheaper than the cost of the Roseate Pigment shuffle. Currently, it’s not easy to ascertain how much of a difference leveling will have on Old World materials, but we must keep a close eye on it and adapt where necessary.

Any method of stockpiling before a new expansion is always a gamble, so please only participate in this, if you have the capital to risk it. The risk is minimal if you have a Scribe. Otherwise, always note the average price point at which you purchased your Roseate Pigment before Shadowlands and make sure you sell your Old World inks (that you traded) or Roseate Pigment at a profit to avoid any potential losses.

I hope this post highlights the new changes to the ink trader in Shadowlands and maybe opens some new markets for you, to make gold in World of Warcraft.

Thank you to Wowhead for the source of information within my blog post.

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Relic of the Past (Shadowlands)

With Shadowlands almost on the horizon, I ventured on to our trusted source of data, Wowhead, with the task of reading up on Relics of the Past. This will be the new optional crafting reagent coming to Shadowlands. The premise of the Relics, is to upgrade armor or weapons, to a greater required level and item level dependant on the Relic used. You can now increase your gear as you level. Below I’ve added some information for each Relic.

RelicItem LevelMin. Level
Relic of the Past I2315
Relic of the Past II3325
Relic of the Past III4335
Relic of the Past IV5645
Relic of the Past V8750

Each profession, Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, and Tailoring will have the ability to craft 5 Relics, using materials associated with that profession. The higher the Relic, the greater the number of materials needed.

Below are three sheets I quickly knocked up, in a bid to help readers either farm or begin stockpiling materials needed to craft these relics. Please be aware, that whilst Shadowlands is still in Beta, information and quantities can and will change up until release. Please always check Wowhead for updates.

Awaiting Blizzard for clarification on Draenic Iron Ore, which is currently unavailable to players.

Click on an image to enlarge it.


Update: On the 8th October, Blizzard released a new patch to the PTR in preparation for the Shadowlands pre-patch and the new changes/nerf to the Relic of the Past. Please check the link out here to see these changes. The new vendor materials needed can be found below:


Most of my Guild Banks have a lot of these materials already, so it won’t be an issue for me, but this might be something of interest to you going into Shadowlands. If you’d like to start stockpiling some of these items too, here’s a simple TSM Import String. This string has all the materials needed and a simple 100% DBMarket shopping operation by default. Be sure to amend this to your own operation if you wish.

On the whole, I think this is a great addition to the game this will make professions worthwhile throughout previous expansions and will no doubt extend the life of items, the more you’re willing to upgrade it as you journey to level 50 (Expected cap). With the recent changes to heirlooms, it’s great that we can in some shape or form, still equip and forget our gear as we level, bearing in mind, that you remember to use your Relic upon hitting that new level milestone. The only thing I’m not sure of is how items will scale, especially at level 50 and the gear we’ll acquire through the pre-patch event. I haven’t taken the option to play Shadowlands Beta, as I simply don’t have the spare time, but if you have access, be sure to check out where the ilvl 100 gear scales with current BFA gear. It’s also worth wondering where scaling will leave twink brackets and best in slot twink gear.

If you’d like to check out the gear that will be upgradable, using Relics, then check out this link.

If you’d like to read up more on the Relic of the Past, or maybe check for updates, etc, then please check out Wowhead for their guide or alternatively, check out this excellent video from SamadanPlaysWoW where he discusses the shuffle advantages of crafting low level gear, upgrading it with a Relic and selling the finished product to the vendor for massive profit margins.

I hope you enjoyed this post today. Until next time…