The long-awaited patch 9.1.5 is finally live and brings a wealth of improvements to World of Warcraft – Shadowlands. Notable changes; Legion Timewalking, improved scaling for soloing Legion content, quality of life improvements for alts in Shadowlands, and much more.
The full patch 9.1.5 notes are here.
But, above all, the long-awaited introduction of the solo queue (Private Tour) for Island Expeditions is here!
Since the Battle for Azeroth expansion ended, players have found it challenging to queue for Island Expeditions due to the minimum requirements. You needed three players to play this content, and due to the emergence of Shadowlands, no one was queuing due to the new content available.
However, developers had promised a solo queue (as early as Shadowlands 9.1) but found issues developing the changes. Thankfully, as of 9.1.5, these changes are in full effect.
Remember, there is a three-map cycle that changes every week. Each map has specific mobs, which in turn drop particular loot.
Why Do Players Want Island Expeditions?
Some players may not have played during Battle for Azeroth, or maybe didn’t have any interest at that time for Island Expeditions, and now they do and have realized how good they are.
There are a lot of items that players will be interested in – notably, Mounts, Companion Pets, and predominantly Transmog. Sadly, the Transmog available still relies heavily on the cycle of three maps available for that week.
Remember, if you collect Seafarer Dubloons, you can also purchase Salvage Crates; again, these crates will rely heavily on the three maps available for that given week, so spend those dubloons wisely!
Check out Wowhead’s excellent guide here for updates on Island Expedition rewards.
How To Solo Queue For An Expedition?
For Horde players, travel to the city of Dazar’alor within Zuldazar, and speak to Captain Rez’okun at the coordinates [44.95].
Alternatively, if you’re an Alliance player, travel to the city of Boralus within Tiragarde Sound and speak to Flynn Fairwind at the coordinates [66.33].
Select the appropriate Private Tour (solo queue) for your ability.
The Effect on GoldMakers Selling Transmog:
The new addition will undoubtedly harm the Island Expedition Transmog market. Due to the limitations to the queue, the gear was harder to obtain; supply was low, meaning players that stockpiled the Transmog could demand higher valuations for specific items. I outlined this in a previous blog post here.
Transmog will be easier to obtain with players able to solo queue, thus driving down the valuation and increasing the supply. As the quantities increase, as will the valuations continue to decrease.
The power of ‘supply and demand‘ the greater the demand that outweighs the supply, the higher the fee you can demand. When the supply outweighs the demand, the lack of value you’ll get for your piece(s).
Monitoring and Adapting to the Market:
Over the next few weeks, it’s essential to monitor and adapt as the market adjusts to the influx of Transmog. Using The Undermine Journal, we can use the data they offer and get a headstart on our competitors.
Below, I’ve chosen my trusted piece, the Stinkrot Smasher. The item has earned me a lot of gold, and you can see why. There are three pieces on my realm and a total of 122 currently within the E.U region. This piece demands between 100k to 250k each, as shown in previous sales reports.
However, these quantities will start increasing, so adjust your prices promptly, to stay ahead. If you don’t adapt quickly, you will be left behind with many items to sell, and it will only worsen – well, until the value has gone and the players farming find alternative markets.
Importantly, keep your eyes peeled on your realm’s pricing/quantity heat maps and the current regional Price graph. These graphs will show immediate changes that will assist you going forward!
Transmog – Items of Interest:
Here’s a reminder of some of the pieces that currently demand a lot of gold on the Auction House. This list will change, as mentioned above!
- Dragonriders Harness
- Duskhaven Jacket
- Duskhaven Top Hat
- Firekin Amice
- Firekin Robes
- Helm of the Tranquil Paths
- Leggings of the Tranquil Paths
- Plundered Barbed-Edge Dagger
- Plundered Biting Shot Longbow
- Plundered Blade of the Northern Kings
- Plundered Flamecaster Stave
- Razorfin Breastplate
- Razorfin Helm
- Razorfin Shoulderguards
- Stinkrot Smasher
- Vest of the Tranquil Paths
- Wild Marauder Chainmail
- Wild Marauder Helm
- Wild Marauder Pauldrons
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