Solo Queue for Island Expeditions is here!

Solo Queue Island Expeditions in patch 9.1.5

Patch 9.1.5

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!


Island Expeditions:

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, MountsCompanion 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.

Stinkrot Smasher

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

Feedback:

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Fortnightly Sales Report (17th June to 1st July)

Fortnightly Sales Report

Fortnightly Sales Report (2nd June – 16th June):

Welcome to my fortnightly Sales Report from the 17th June to 1st July. If this is the first report you’re reading, I hope you can find some value from it, maybe entice you into a new market for gold-making.

I didn’t write this report to boast; it’s more of an opportunity to prove that if I can do it, you can too! Check out what I’ve been selling and incorporate it into your posting routines.

To explain why I only do my reports over a fortnightly time frame, read this post.


TSM Ledger:

If you’re unaware of the TSM Ledger, it is a great tool available from the TSM website. The Ledger collects your purchase and sales data from the app and gives you the freedom to build reports.

If you’ve not used TSM Ledger yet, and you use the TSM app, give the Ledger a try; you can find out some fascinating information about your gold-making.


The Sales Report:

For the third fortnight running [Medallion of the Legion] was top of the sales report. This fortnight, I made 4.05m gold worth of purchases and earned 7.7m gold in sales, which resulted in a profit of 3.7m gold

I managed to sell 188 [Medallion of the Legion] for a total of 889k5 [Reins of the Tamed Bloodfeaster] for 432k6,801 [Darkmoon Daggermaw] for 267k, and another recipe, [Plans: Masterwork Stormhammer], for 237k. A notable mention is the [Blade of Wizardry] that I sold for 177k.

Overall, it’s been another incredible fortnight’s worth of sales, not bad, considering I couldn’t post all my auctions as I went away on 28th June (as shown in the graph below).

Fortnightly Sales Report via TSMAddon


Selected Sales:

Below is a selection of sales from the markets I operate within. If there’s a market that interests you, click on the links added to view my guides.

Battle Pets:

Battle Pet Sales


Island Expedition Transmog:

Island Expedition Transmog Sales


Legion BoEs:

Legion BoE Sales


Recipes:

Recipe Sales


Replica Transmog:

Replica Transmog Sales


Mounts:

Mount Sales


Transmog:

Transmog Sales


Crafted Uncanny & Gladiator Transmog:

Crafted Uncanny & Gladiator Sales


Selection of Other Sales:

Selection of other sales

You can find guides regarding the items within the screenshot above below!


Feedback:

Any feedback is greatly received; please use the comment section below. If you need to contact me, use the contact me method. If you found this post helpful and believe it could be of use to someone else, please consider liking and sharing.

 

Thanks for reading.

Fortnightly Sales Report (2nd June to 16th June 21)

Fortnightly Sales Report

Fortnightly Sales Report (2nd June – 16th June):

Welcome to my fortnightly Sales Report from 2nd June to 16th June. This report is a couple of days early; this is because we have arranged to go on a week-long family holiday from 28th June. So if you’re reading this post today, I hope you can find some value from it, maybe entice you into a new market for gold-making.

To explain why I only do my reports over a fortnightly time frame, read this post.


TSM Ledger:

If this is your first look at my sales reports, and you’re unaware of the TSM Ledger, it is a great tool available from the TSM website. The Ledger collects your purchase and sales data from the app and gives you the freedom to build reports.

If you’ve not used TSM Ledger yet, and you use the TSM app, give the Ledger a try; you can find out some fascinating information about your gold-making.


The Sales Report:

This fortnight, I made 3.3m gold worth of purchases and earned 6.5m gold in sales, which resulted in a profit of 3.2m gold. [Medallion of the Legion] is still selling extremely well. I managed to sell 90 for a total of 433k.

I also managed to sell the recipe [Recipe: Greater Arcane Protection Potion] for 237k. Unfortunately, thanks to the sudden changes to unobtainable recipes in Shadowlands 9.1, now becoming obtainable once more, these recipes will begin to start losing value. For more information regarding these changes, read this post.

Overall, it’s been an incredible fortnight worth of recipe sales, proving that there’s much interest in this market. If you’d like to get involved in this market, consider checking out my guides here.

Fortnightly Sales Report


Selected Sales:

Below is a selection of sales from the markets I operate within. If there’s a market that interests you, click on the links added to view my guides. Markets without a link will have guides available in the next few weeks.

Battle Pets:

Battle Pet Sales


Island Expedition Transmog:

Island Expedition Transmog Sales


Legion BoEs:

Legion BoE Sales


Recipes:

Recipe Sales


Replica Transmog:

Replica Transmog Sales


Mounts:

Mount Sales


Transmog:

Transmog Sales


Selection of Other Sales:

Selection of other sales

Guides regarding the items within the screenshot above can be found below, more to follow!


Feedback:

Any feedback is greatly received; please use the comment section below. If you need to contact me, use the contact me method. If you found this post helpful and believe it could be of use to someone else, please consider liking and sharing.

Fortnightly Sales Report (19 May to 1 June 21)

Fortnightly Sales Report

May 19th to June 1st Fortnightly Sales Report:

Welcome to my fortnightly sales report for May 19th to June 1st. As mentioned in a previous blog, I’ve decided to delay my sales reports by a few weeks to guarantee all data recorded as accurately as possible. Previously, I was missing purchase and sales data, which meant sales reports previous to this one, were flawed.


Changes:

You will notice that as of today, I will no longer use screenshots from my in-game mailbox. Due to different graphical settings with addons, the aspect ratios differed between other clients, which meant cropping sales data looked unprofessional. Instead, I will look at adding selected sales from my TSM Ledger.


TSM Ledger:

If this is your first look at my sales reports, and you’re unaware of the TSM Ledger, it is a great tool available from the TSM website. The Ledger collects your purchase and sales data from the app and gives you the freedom to build reports.

If you’ve not used TSM Ledger yet, and you use the TSM app, give the Ledger a try; you can find out some fascinating information about your gold-making.


The Sales Report:

This fortnight, I made 4m gold worth of purchases and earned 6.9m gold in sales, which resulted in a profit of 2.9m gold. Medallion of the Legion is still selling extremely well. I managed to sell 126 for a total of 545k. Surprisingly, I sold four level 25 TCG Battle Pets for a total of 1.4m gold.

Fortnightly Sales Report


Selected Sales:

Below is a selection of sales from the markets I operate within. If there’s a market that interests you, click on the links added to view my guides.

Battle Pets:

A selection of Battle Pets sold this fortnight. For a guide on how I operate in this market, click here.

Battle Pet Sales


Island Expedition Transmog:

One of the most profitable markets in Shadowlands, check out my guides on flipping Island Expedition Transmog.

Island Expedition Transmog Sales


Legion BoEs:

Legion BoEs are still proving to be a very profitable market, and it doesn’t look like settling down as we approach Shadowlands 9.1. Check out my Legion BoEs guide here.

Legion BoEs Sales


Recipes:

I’ve been making some steady gold with BoE Recipes, including Vendor Recipes. Check out my new guide here.

Recipe Sales


Replica Transmog:

Although my stock has decreased significantly, I’m still selling Replica Transmog. If you’re not getting involved, you’re missing out! Check out my guide here to get started!

Replica Transmog Sales


Crafted Uncanny & Gladiator Transmog:

Although BFA and MoP are a distant expansion, Crafted Uncanny & Crafted Gladiator Transmog are still selling well. In addition, some of the materials needed are really cheap, so consider getting involved.

Crafted Uncanny & Gladiator Transmog Sales


Mounts:

A selection of BoE Mounts sold throughout this fortnight.

Mount Sales


Transmog:

The Transmog market is a slow, prolonged market, but it’s still worthwhile for a steady income. Pictures below are some Transmog items I’ve purchased from a vendor.

Transmog Sales


Selection of Other Sales:

Here’s a selection of sales that may be of interest to you; for guides regarding individual items sold, check below.

Selection of Sales


Feedback:

Any feedback is greatly received; please use the comment section below. If you need to contact me, use the contact me method. If you found this post helpful and believe it could be of use to someone else, please consider liking and sharing.

Fortnightly Gold-Making Sales 29.03.21

Fortnightly Gold-Making Sales

Fortnightly Gold-Making Sales – 29.03.2021

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.


TSM Ledger:

The summary of this fortnights sales can be seen below, thanks to the TSMLedger image below:

Fortnightly Total profit, Sales, and Purchases.


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.


Gold-Making Sales:

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.

Click on the images below to enlarge!

Battle Pet Sales:

Battle Pet sales

Replica Transmog Sales:

Replica Transmog Sales

Island Expedition Transmog Sales:

Island Expedition Transmog Sales

Legion BoE Sales:

Legion BoEs Sales

Raw Material Sales:

Raw Materials Sales

Selection of sales:

Selected Sales Recipes, Crafted Transmog, Mounts, etc.

Categories within these sales include: Darkmoon Daggermaw, Recipes, Nomi Snacks, Mounts, Medallion of the Legion, Toys.

Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender Transmog.

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.


How Do We Obtain These Recipes?

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)

Craft needed to discover a new Crafted Malevolent recipe. (Daily Cooldown)

Please don’t confuse Hardened Magnificent Hide, Balanced Trillium Ingot, and Celestial Cloth with Accelerated Hardened Magnificent Hide, Accelerated Balanced Trillium Ingot, and Accelerated Celestial Cloth. The accelerated versions have no cooldowns and don’t discover any new recipes.

Contender Recipes from Vendors

Each profession has its dedicated vendors that sell Contender’s recipe; this will cost you 1x Spirit of Harmony from the following vendors.

Leatherworking:

Blacksmithing:

Tailoring:


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)

Remember you can craft Magnificent Hide from 50x Exotic Leather, Ghost Iron Bar from 2x Ghost Iron Ore, and Bolt of Windwool Cloth from 5x Windwool Cloth; by crafting our own materials, we improve our profit margins. These crafts do not have a cooldown!


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.


Previous Sales:

Here are some of my previous sales to show the amount of gold you can make from this market.

Malevolent, Dreadful, and Contender's Transmog Sales
Crafted Transmog Sales

Update – The Mage Tower:

Following the release of the new World Event: Legion Timewalking and the reintroduction of the Mage Tower, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s gear is in high demand. When these items are applied with either a Relic IV or Relic V, they scale extremely well, due to the gem sockets and enchants that can be applied.

As with the increase in the value of these crafts, you’ll notice that the materials are in high demand too; and have tripled in value on some realms. If you’re able to farm materials during this event, I’d suggest checking out my new blog post, covering the materials needed during the World Event: Legion Timewalking and the Mage Tower.

Also, check out my other blog post for more information regarding other crafts that are selling during this event!


Feedback:

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.

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.


Feedback:

Any feedback is greatly received; please use the comment section below. If you need to contact me, use the contact me method. If you found this post helpful and believe it could be of use to someone else, please consider liking and sharing.

I hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading.

Island Expedition Transmog

Today’s blog post is concerning Transmog from Island Expeditions. Since the release of patch 8.3 I have been regularly buying up cheap Transmog from the Auction House and successfully flipping them for profit. Today I will inform you how you can either earn these running Expeditions or buying them off the Auction House; for flipping now or in preparation for Shadowlands.

This post is written to help those unaware of this market, maybe dipping their toes in to something new. However, if you feel this may help someone, or offer some different information than highlighted before, please feel free to share.


What’s the Benefit?

At the moment, the Auction Houses are saturated by Transmog from Island Expeditions. The Expeditions are a great way to level, and some of the rewards are extremely good, ranging from Transmog, Mounts and Battle Pets. With the lack of content, people are farming; thus, a lot of these items are on the Auction House cheap waiting for players like us to soak them up.

We should buy these up, so when Shadowlands is upon us, and people are enjoying the new content, the supply will drop, increasing the value of the Transmog. As with most things in life, the best items will always demand a higher price, so keep your eyes peeled. I will add later some of the items that I believe are of interest.

Always remember, Transmog is a very fickle market; an item might look nice to you, but may look entirely different to someone else and vice versa. So always take care when purchasing Transmog.


What is Island Expedition Transmog.

The Transmog from Island Expeditions is armor of ilvl 310 or weapons (Plundered) at ilvl 325. These have recolor skins of previous raid/ expansion content.

Island Expedition Transmog sets.


How to earn Transmog Doing Island Expeditions.

Most people use Island Expeditions to power-level characters/alts, complete their weekly objective or farm for Transmog, Mounts or Battle Pets. At the end of each run, you will receive loot and  Seafarer’s Dubloon based on objectives completed and how successful you were. If you didn’t earn any Transmog on your run, don’t worry, you can purchase salvage with  Seafarer’s Dubloon from your factions vendor. They’re situated by the Expedition Table.

Alliance – Boralus
Captain Nightrunner

Horde – Daza’alor
Captain Kitt

These vendors sell a salvage crate from between 50 to 175  Seafarer’s Dubloon. The crates change on a weekly cycle dependant on the current maps. You also have the chance to receive Mounts and Battle Pets, so if you’re farming for these too, this is a great way to obtain them. Click on one of the vendors above, to check the crates available as each crate has different/specific items.

Island Expedition Strategies


Alternative to Running Island Expeditions.

As the Transmog is bind on equip (BoE) we can purchase them off the Auction House if we deem them cheap enough. Remember, the gear is currently saturated on the Auction House, so prices of some items are extremely low. When the demand and the supply change in Shadowlands, so will the prices. Be prepared when the prices change, to make the most amount of profit, adapting is key!

Make sure you consider the size and economy of your realm. Check out The Undermine Journal and see how much 310 and 325 items are. Also, don’t post too many of any one item as the posting costs are extremely high!

I recommend grabbing yourself a few pieces of each, but only spend what you can afford to risk losing. After all, we’re gambling here, and you don’t make large amounts of profit, without taking a calculated risk.


Items of interest

Duskhaven Top Hat
Flamecaster Stave
Stinkrot Smasher
Firekin Items*
Beacon-light Bulwark
Bear-Carved Fists
Tranquil Path items*
Razorfin Items*
Blade of Northern Kings

(*Helm/Shoulder/Chest items demand a higher value) Bracers will be the lowest.

(To be Updated)


TSM Import String

Here’s my TSM import string for Islands Expedition Transmog. There are no operations, but they’re simple to create. The values within the groups are merely for reference.


Screenshots

I can understand that some of you reading this blog post may seem very sceptical of all this. But to provide some reassurances, I’ve added some screenshots below, covering some of my sales. Bear in mind these sales are during Battle for Azeroth, and these prices will only increase once Shadowlands releases.


Have you been buying and selling Island Expedition Transmog? how’s your sales? Do you have a sufficient inventory ready for Shadowlands? Let me know how you’re getting on, in the comment section below.

As always, a shout-out to Wowhead for use of their database. All links directed to them. If you enjoyed this post, please share. Thanks for reading.

The Secrets of The Darkmoon Faire (Revisited)

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Since the Shadowlands pre-patch, this post is now outdated, please check my new page Darkmoon Faire for up-to-date information!

Hello to all my readers!

Today, I felt it was a good time, to revisit an old blog post, that needed updating: The Secrets of The Darkmoon Faire This was originally posted back in 2015, and I felt it was in need of some love. As with a lot of markets within World of Warcraft, they’re continually changing; especially prices and the demand for items! A lot of what I recommended back in 2015, has since altered over time and it’s only fair that I update those changes and offer some advice that may be profitable on the realm you play on!

It’s important to point out, that this is a guide that outlines what I do, if you wish to take this information on board and incorporate this on to your realm, be sure to use all the information available to you, to maximise your profit. Helpful websites/addons posted below, that can show current/average prices, realm populations etc. I use these, and they’re an important foundation to every Gold Makers success!

WoWProgress
Wowhead
The Undermine Journal (TUJ)
Wow-pets
Wowuction
TradeSkillMaster (TSM)


What is the Darkmoon Faire:

The Darkmoon Faire is a World Event that is only available to you for one week from the 1st Sunday of each month. To see if this event is available, open the Calendar in-game, and you’ll see when/if it’s available.

The Darkmoon Faire has a lot to offer, from completing profession dailies, (helping you increase your profession level), fun mini-games and some rare bosses to conquer, with some decent loot, i.e. the Darkmoon Rabbit as a reward (if you’re lucky!). Most of these tasks, reward you with  Darkmoon Prize Ticket which if used correctly, can purchase some profitable items, which you can sell on the Auction House.


Class Trials No Longer an Option!

Now it’s important to start by informing you, that Class Trial characters, can no longer access The Darkmoon Faire, so the exploit to farming Replica gear has been fixed. So what does this mean for us? Well, the over-saturated Replica market, will slowly dry up, as the demand outweighs the quantity available and has the potential to result in another rise in prices.

Alternatively, you have two options. Levelling Death Knight’s through the starting area, rinse & repeating as originally pointed out by Sheyrah & Xionik or creating an allied Race character which starts at level 20 (be aware, that you cannot hand in all quest items and buy Replica items – as these have a level requirement of level 60). Still, you can purchase Companion Pets/Battle Pets from Lhara or Darkmoon Faire cosmetic Transmog from Chester as there’s no level requirement.


Darkmoon Faire Quest Items:

Darkmoon Faire Quest Items, are the most essential items to loot (if you’re lucky). Be sure to have the  Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide in your inventory! Now if you don’t have one, visit Selina Dourman who will give you one on completion of the quest The Darkmoon Faire. If you’ve lost it, she’ll also offer you a replacement. If the RNG Gods are against you, and you’re not fortunate enough to loot any/all of them, then you can purchase them from the Auction House, but do so before The Darkmoon Faire comes to Town. The prices sky-rocket to about *500g2000g each (dependant on realm population) I’d recommend buying them up mid-way through the month when it’s closed, where you can buy these up anywhere below the *500g mark as players try to clear their inventories. There are also great to flip!

(*) Denotes current changes to Darkmoon Faire Quest Item prices since the release of Battle for Azeroth. Check this blog post for a detailed explanation for the price changes.

With a lot of markets in World of Warcraft, these prices greatly depend on the size of the realm you play on, and supply and demand. High populated realms, tend to have a lot of these quest items; with increased competition, bring lower prices to the customer. Low populated realms, have lower competition that bring higher prices. To take advantage of all of this, buy your quest items when The Darkmoon Faire is closed! Once we turn all these quests in, we’re rewarded with some gold and 80  Darkmoon Prize Ticket!

Reminder: If you’re not exalted with The Darkmoon Faire, or max level be sure to hit that Carousel and activating War Mode before handing these quest items in, as you’ll receive an increase to your reputation and experience gain. War Mode can give you up to 30% extra experience gains. The % is dependant on whether you faction is outnumbered, the greater you’re outnumbered, the higher the % up to 30%.

Also: Be aware that you can only hand in one of each quest item per Month. There are 9 in total, which I’ve added below, including a TSM import string for your convenience.

Darkmoon Faire Quest Items:

Monstrous Egg (10  Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Fallen Adventurer’s Journal (5  Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Banner of the Fallen (5  Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Captured Insignia (5  Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Imbued Crystal (10  Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Mysterious Grimoire (10  Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Ornate Weapon (10  Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Soothsayer’s Runes (15  Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
A Treatise on Strategy (10  Darkmoon Prize Ticket)

TSM Import String:


With this information we have 2 options;

  • loot/buy the quest items to earn  Darkmoon Prize Tickets, to purchase a range of items available from The Darkmoon Faire vendors (as outlined later)
  • loot/buy the quest items to flip at a later date when the demand for them is far greater (ideally, the first Saturday of the Month, before the Faire is about to open).

Silas’ Secret Stash Quest:

You can also earn  Darkmoon Prize Tickets, completing the quest Silas’ Secret Stash This is a treasure hunt, that can only be completed ONCE PER CHARACTER! To get this quest, either fish up 100  Darkmoon Daggermaw or purchase them from your local Auction House (you’ll need to pay approximately 25g-75g per  Darkmoon Daggermawthen purchase  Faded Treasure Map from Galissa Sundew.

A great Gold-maker called OldBess, who creates fantastic World of Warcraft Gold Making content within the community, has created a great video showing you how to complete this quest chain. Please do like, share his video if you found it helpful. Also, please do subscribe to him, as you will get updates on future content, thank you!

If you’re unsure whether your main or alt character has completed this quest, click the image below and copy and paste the script from Wowhead, be sure to upvote the comment to keep it at the top of the comment section.

DMF Silas' Script

Enter this script in to the ingame chat.

  • True = Quest completed.
  • False = Quest not completed.

An alternative to earn  Darkmoon Prize Ticket, is completing the Profession & Mini game dailies on Darkmoon Island; also not forgetting the two Pet Battles Jeremy Feasel & Christoph VonFeasel (which can be completed every day till the Faire closes!) and The Den Mother’s Demise!


Spending your Darkmoon Faire Tickets!

Now hit (C) to open your character info, and check out the currency tab, here it will show you how many tokens you’ve collected and have available to spend. Ideally, if the competition is low on your realm or prices are high, we will be looking at spending our tokens on Replica Transmog, but there are alternatives with Battle Pets if you prefer.


Replica Transmog:

Replica pieces can be very profitable to sell on the Auction House and are purchased from Barum & Baruma. If you wish, you can also purchase the Heirloom replica’s; these are available from Daenrand Dawncrest. For the Belts, Bracers, and Gloves, these items will cost you 50  Darkmoon Prize Ticket each, and for the Helm, Chest, Legs and Shoulder’s, these will set you back 75  Darkmoon Prize Ticket each! Be sure to use The Undermine Journal, to see what the most profitable piece is for your realm.

As a rough guide, the minimum you could sell one piece for is approximately 40k on a medium to low populated server. On a high populated server, anywhere around the 25k mark! Now, I know many of you will be sceptical, that’s only natural, so what better way to prove it by using our trusted friend Twitter! Head on over to Twitter, and in the search box, add the following #Replica #Transmog this will show you all the tweets tagged with Replica Transmog! The Tweets from the top, show you recent sales/activity, during Legion, and if you scroll down, you might be lucky to see sales from previous expansions, which will outline, how drastic the prices have changed over time/expansion.

To help with posting, or maybe buying the Replica gear for flipping, I’ve added below the links of the gear sets and a link to my Replica TSM Import string at my Pastebin for your convenience.

Replica Sets:

Please click HERE for my Replica Transmog TSM Import String.


Companion Pets/Battle Pets:

If you delve into the Battle Pet market like me, you’ll be interested in this section. Lhara is the Darkmoon Pet & Mount Vendor and sells a collection of pets that you can cage and uncage to sell on the Auction House. These pets can be bought for 90  Darkmoon Prize Tickets each and can sell at level 1 for approximately 10-15k each! You may wish to level them to 25, to gain that extra 5k-10k each. If there’s a pet of interest, be sure to check out wow-pets and see what the current average price for that given pet is for your realm, It’s a great source of information, if you dabble in the Battle Pet market.

Reminder: Be sure to kill the Darkmoon Rabbit too, this pet still sells for a nice amount if you manage to loot one. People are posting at 20k-30k, but I’ve been managing to buy them up to sell at 50k-60k still.

Again, for your convenience, you can find my Darkmoon Battle Pets TSM Import String from my pastebin HERE. This also includes, rare (and uncommon where possible) level 1 and 25 pet IDs and also the Darkmoon Rabbit IDs.

This is all the Darkmoon Faire stuff I deal in, but there’s an array of things, that you can do, that I’ve not even touched on. The best guide that I can recommend is from Wowhead, and it’s the one I use, when I need to do profession dailies on my alts, check it out HERE! Be sure to give it a rating and leave a comment if you found it helpful!


Many thanks for reading, I hope this updated guide, helps you understand a little more of what I do within this special event and the changes to the prices and improved emphasis on the importance of realm populations to maximise your profit, because, that’s what we’re all thriving to do as Gold Makers – make the most amount of gold as possible, with the least amount of effort/time.

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Until next time, take care!

Legion & Sales Update

We’re well into the second month of World of Warcraft‘s LegionLogo_lessglow
new expansion Legion and the early signs on social media and individual press releases, suggest this is the best selling expansion since Cataclysm, as subscriptions soar up to *10.1 million. The fact that the subscriptions haven’t tailed off yet, can only mean, that the advice the community gave developers has well and truly paid off! It might be too early to get too excited, but the signs do look very reassuring and probably prove, that Warcraft isn’t dead after all… Be prepared, as there’s another influx of new players as of today, with the release of Warcraft – The Beginning available on DvD.

On the gold making front, this has been by far the best start to an expansion I’ve experienced. Not only have I been prepared, but I think I’ve taken full advantage of a lot of players, that still hold a lot of gold, from Warlords of Garrisons…lol. I’ve managed to get myself into a lot of different markets too, which has reflected in the gold I’ve made to date. For me, Cooking, Leatherworking and Enchanting have been the best professions so far in this expansion, but an honourable mention to Jewelcrafting and Alchemy, thanks to the resurgence of prospect shuffling and the ability to obliterate. Sadly, the value in obliterating had subsided, but it was excellent whilst it lasted. However, it may make a decent return in 7.1, depending on how the developers manage crafted gear. Early reports suggest that developers are looking into adding another obliterum upgrade, but I very much doubt this will be enough to get the prices back up.

Old World crafts have been a massive profit too, especially within Enchanting & Leatherworking. The amount of Mists of Pandaria crafts I’ve made and sold is incredible. It’s fair to say Transmog has really taken off this expansion, thanks to the new Transmog Wardrobe. As well as MoP crafts, I’ve also made an absolute killing on the Replica market too! I’ve managed to sell on average 7 Replica items per week, which is a massive improvement from pre-Legion sales.

If I have one tip for you, get out and farm! Yes… FARM! There’s so much gold to be made from farming ore and herbs in Legion. Everyone needs materials for crafts, and consumables for raiding and at the beginning of every expansion/patch, materials are in high demand and can fetch a heavy price tag. So if you have a Herbalist or a Miner, go and farm till you hearts content and make an >insert expletive here< amount of gold…lol.

You’ll also notice from my previous blog, that, Ive been in the Legion BoE market too! This has been incredible to say the least! To be honest, I hardly got into this market, at the beginning of WoD, but I’m truly made up, that I took the big step into this market so early this time around. I’ve been doubling my investment on every item I’ve purchased and even started flipping the ilvl 850+. At the beginning of every expansion, there’s a lot of demand for BoE epics, due to the stats and ilvl they offer. This helps make levelling easier and quicker and also helps enter ilvl restricted Dungeons and raids. If you’re looking to level an alt etc, check your Auction House for these items, they’re an excellent addition to your gear if purchased at the right price!

To finish off, I’ve managed to endure the hard task of logging in to all of my alts, to get an update of my Total Gold Earned and I’ve added a couple of screenshots below. Please bare in mind, I play on 2 wow accounts, so added and labelled both. To date, my total gold earned is 58,585,540g

If you’re not aware of the addon Total Gold Earned, it’s an addon that adds all the gold earned from the Auction House on all your characters. This information is made available from your achievements. Simply log into the character you wish, enter /tge in chat to bring up the addon up in-game and it will automatically check your achievements and add your gold earned to the addon. Once you’ve logged in to all of your characters, you’ll have a grand total and voila, that is your total gold earned. Gold obtained via trades, are not included!

Thanks for reading guys and good luck!

*Figure has been taken from Tom Chilton’s interview with Pixel