This Week

This Week 7.23 to 7.29

I think over the weekend I came with this realization that while my goal with this website was to stand out, to be above the rest and not just be another one of the blogs in the mass of them all.

In that realization, I’ve discovered that many of my readers have missed out much of my content. One of the things I’ve try to do is limited my post to a set number of words, I’ve shot for about 500-800 words or so. Honestly I think I’ve done a good job with it.

However, I’ve posted a solid three post each day, I try to keep the mix and balance between the hunter and the game play itself (How-To Guides, news, updates) of the class itself and gold making.

Personally I knew in time I would start to burn out and feel as if I’m forcing myself to keep up with such a crazy posting schedule.

Those of you have followed me and been readers have shown me that I don’t need to be so extreme just to stand out. That I can move to a single daily post schedule and still stand out. Because my content speaks for itself, and yes I do make mistakes and errors; I’m only human after all.

This Week’s Posts July 23rd to July 29th

For anyone who end up missing any one post due to my posting schedule this past week (and really the last two months), here is a collection list in order of the post starting on Monday July 23rd and ending July 29th 2012. Starting this Monday my posting schedule will moved to a one post per-day posting schedule.

  1. PTR Live When is Mist Coming?
  2. Hunter AoE Overview
  3. Wild Pet Trading Removed
  4. Simple TSM Transmogrification Groups
  5. Compare & Contrast Art of the Gold
  6. Mists of Pandaria Coming September 25
  7. Ding Level 70! Hunter Project Update
  8. The Great Pet Crash of 2012
  9. Transmog Friday – Engraved Fiery
  10. TSM Accounting Data – July 27 2012
  11. Call to Feedback!
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TSM Accounting Data – July 27 2012

Last week I did a full reset on my TSM Accounting data, mainly the reason I did this was so I could get a clear-cut look at the last seven days of auctions. I also made a few small changes in how I was selling. Right now my two sellers are Shadowolz and Soulcharka.

Below is the TSM Accounting Summary in how much gold I’ve made and spent on Drenden US in the last 7 days.

I was doing a bit of flipping this week and I found someone posting a butt load of cheap Greater Celestial Essence up which I pick up at 20g each. I mean really.. I know they can go for more than that. I’ve put together a small stockpile of them. Nothing crazy, maybe they will sell.. maybe not. If I can sell them for at least 40g I would double my gold back.

So I’m not too worried about it. I’m still looking for a good solid way to export my TSM Accounting data fully and put it into some kind of spreadsheet so that I can look at the data and give some kind of overall list of items I’ve sold this week. If anyone out there knows of such a tool.. please let me know as that I think would be useful to me as well as my readers. It’s one thing to say this will sell for this, it’s another to see the raw data itself.

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Transmog Friday: Engraved Fiery

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition to Transmog Friday! Today we’re going to be taking a look at the ‘Engraved’ set that my good friend HoneyTrap put together for her orc Hunter. I have to say that the set itself is rather nice looking and a different look of fire theme like last week’s set, Flames of the Hunter set I put together and currently using as my pve set.

HoneyTrap plays on the EU servers and while I’ve only played with her a little bit, as of right now my EU account is disabled due to not having the money currently to pay for it. Hopefully in the coming weeks I’ll be able too and before all my mail from my auctions go bye bye too yikes!

Fiery Set

Head: Malefactor’s Eyepatch
Shoulders: Flickering Shoulders
Cloak: Phoenix-Wing Cloak
Chest: Engraved Breastplate
Wrist: Engraved Bracers
Gloves: Gauntlets of Divinity
Waist: Engraved Girdle
Leggings: Engraved Leggings
Boots: Engraved Boots
Weapon: Terokk’s Quill
Range: Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Longbow

The Engraved Mail set is one of those Transmog sets that earlier on people where selling, I wouldn’t expect it to be too hard to find cheap, if you don’t care paying the high price people charge, you may get the set for about 200-600g each, which isn’t too bad.

The off sets require some farming of Firelands (for the shoulders), the eye patch is a quest reward in Blade’s Edge Mountains. The Cloak is a drop off Al’ar, in the Eye. For the gloves you need to kill Scarlet Commander Mograine who is the last boss in Scarlet Monastery Cathedral. The range weapon is from the current season 11, which requires you to earn at least 7200 Conquest points.

Overall it’s a very nice set and HoneyTrap did a great job putting it together. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @HoneyTrap2.

What is your transmogrification set? Do you have a hunter? Submit your set to me to be feature in future Transmog Friday posts, you can do this a number of ways. You leave a comment on this post, you contact me using our online web from or you can send me a tweet on Twitter.

Remember to include a screenshot, a list of what items you’ve transmogrification too and/or an armory link if you don’t want to bother with making the list or taking a screenshot. In which case the screenshot will be made in WoW Model Viewer.

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The Great Pet Crash of 2012

I’ll be the first one to admit when I’m wrong and as some of you are aware, and even some people stopped following me on Twitter due to my strong opinions on the change to remove us from being able to trade wild pets. First off I want to say that I am bitter about it, but all personal feelings aside and the work I put it to write 4 solid post about pet battles became down right need to be rewrote now due to this out of the blue change.

Why Its Bad

Some people have pointed out that allowing us to trade and sell rare wild pets for gold would ruin the spirit of the game. Blizzard clearly feels this way as done many players. In fact the thread the blue post came from was from someone in beta who was given a high level pet and they went to a higher level zone to catch higher level pets. They felt they where cheating.

First off, yeah that IS cheating however there is one important factor you need to understand before you judge it. There are also people who believe that this would cause an imbalance, I read such post on twitter and on the forums. To be fair, it wouldn’t cause any other imbalance in the game then anything else would.

I guess people seem to forget all about the Cataclysm Ore Shuffle that last for so long that down right made people millionaires. One such person is Jim from Power Word Gold. To his credit he is an amazing gold maker and has fresh ideas for the community. However, he has stated in his live stream when asked how he made his gold, he said his first 300k was from the lazy Cataclysm shuffle he said his first good sum of gold was from the Cataclysm Shuffle.. but that’s beside the point I’m getting at. The question comes, if you made out by doing the Cataclysm shuffle, would you still have made out had you not been able to cut and vendor gems?

NOTE (update: July 29th 2012): I mean no disrespect to Jim or anyone else who made out by the shuffle. However personally I feel those who made out doing the Shuffle early on in Cataclysm who didn’t fully do the shuffle as it was met to be. I mean by simply buying ore, cutting gems and selling to the vendor for profit is lazy in my own opinion. Again that’s just one man’s opinion and shouldn’t be taken as a fact. To those people I offended by my comments I humbling apologies.

Pet Battle is NOT a Gold Sink

Maybe it was just my arrogance’s that got out of control and if I offend anyone with my comments about this I am truly sorry. But the fact still stands, that selling pets to other players is not a gold sink nor is selling any item in-game to another player a gold sink.

A Gold Sink is something in the game that removes wealth from players. A good example of this would be the Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth, and coming in Mist of Pandaria, the Black Market Auction House is another good solid gold sink. The game needs gold sinks and simply put, the pet battle isn’t one. If I have a level 23 pet and I turn around and put it up for 100k and you buy it. All you really did was given me 100k, that gold is still in the game.

But if I where to buy something off the vendor, even the smallest item, that is a gold sink. So I hope that’s clear to anyone out there who thought this was going to be some kind of gold sink.

This is BETA

Another thing to remember and I think many people, mostly other gold makers who have put out posts already this week on a number of subjects about the change. That this is beta. Even know Blizzard did come out and say that this would go live. YES they did say this could change later on. It could change before then. Even know there are people who are for the change, I think their reasons are flawed.

I saw two common themes when people saying this was a good change. First was a shocker, that the wild pets, mostly rare ones where being sold for crazy amounts of gold on the Auction House, and this is some how unfair to players who don’t have that kind of gold. Well sorry to burst you bubble here.. but its BETA.

Don’t know about you, but I do not care about how much gold I have, how much I spend on items in beta. They could whip it clean and say “Sorry please recopy your characters” I level up Inscription to 600 and I spend 5k, 9k, 10k for stacks of herbs on the Auction House. I would not EVER do that on live even if I had a million gold. That’s simply stupid and to think that because the prices of beta are so high that how it’ll be once it goes live.

To be honest my stance on pets are simple, I’m still stockpiling; yes I have changed what pets I’m stocking up more. Even if the change goes to live and we get back all the extra pets back in our mail boxes (I really don’t see it happening personally) in the months head those pets will be out of the game.

I think there is on truth however; the pet market will crash and burn. I don’t know what the limit will be on how many of any one pet you can have. I mean can you have 5 max levels of any one pet? Or can you only have one at a time? Pets will only sell base on how many new players come into the game who don’t have mains with all the pets already. Its going to destroy the crafting pet market. We’ll just have to wait and see, it’s a huge risk on my part but even if I end up losing out early on.. it’ll just be a slow grind to get rid of them.

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Ding Level 70! Hunter Project Update

Just about a month ago I came up with an idea to build a hunter army. The goal was to have one hunter of every Alliance race by the end of Cataclysm at level 85. At the moment, I have two level 85 hunters, with my third coming alone slowly but getting there.

Kalashot, my Night Elf Hunter, he’s finally reached level 70! Oddly enough, I level her from 1 to about 65 with no BoA Gear, I didn’t do any PVP and I didn’t do any Dungeons. Why? A challenge I suppose you could say… but as I started to think about when Mist of Pandaria could come out.. and I did the draft post for what would later become my When is Mist Coming Post, I knew I had to step it up.

At the moment Focushot is my main hunter with Jewelcrafting and Engineering. Shadowolz is my alt with Enchanting and Alchemy. Between the two I’ve been able to fun this little project of mine on Drenden US. Now those aren’t the only level 85 characters I have. In fact, I have a Mage, Paladin, Death Knight and Druid all level capped. I have a Rogue at 83 and a Warrior at 67. My Priest which I gain from Scroll of Resurrection is level 80 still.

For a while, I debated on moving them to my 2nd account which I gain using the Scroll of Resurrection feature, giving one of my odd ball accounts both Wrath and Cataclysm, while my two other original Reefer a Friend Account (which I had far before you needed to merge your WoW accounts into Battle.net) that are still Battle Chest (level 70 capped).

There was one change to my project at least for the time being. First off, the original plan was to level each hunter with a crafting professions and Alchemy. This as you can guess for the daily transmute procs. My original profession army that I’ve been building since I started the game was Lightcade (Blacksmithing, Enchanting), Frostium (Leatherworking, Tailoring), Deathcade (Inscription, Alchemy) and Necdrucla (Alchemy, Herbalism).

In Cataclysm I wanted to level a Rogue, Warrior and Warlock finally, and that goal didn’t go so well. I still have not reached level cap on any of them and I don’t even have a warlock at all. Just couldn’t get into them and was bored with them past level 20ish.

Pushing to 85 on Kaimatrix, Kalashot and Naarultra is going to be a lot of work. Outland is the slowest part of leveling and once you hit 80, it takes a whole lot of time. Hell it’s 4 million experience from 84 to 85 (or something long those lines). Funny thing is, they nerf Northrend experience by I want to say by half. It has to be something crazy like that. I’m already by the time I even decided to release this post hit level 75 already. I wish they would do that with Outland, compare to Northrend (which I enjoy leveling there) Outland is horrible out-dated when you look at 1-60 content and then 70-80 content.

Having Gathering Professions for Mist

At last however, the final stage of my project was to build two farming characters, a Death Knight and Paladin. I wasn’t sure yet of the mix between what two of the three gathering professions I was going to go. I was going to simple pair them both with Mining and Herbalism so no matter which one I was on I could farm the same. Then my Shaman which was on the server at level 65 was going to have Skinning.

This has changed, there is no way I can get those on top of three hunters to 85 and be ready to jump into farming once Mist of Pandaria hits. I just wont be able to do it, even when I got lucky and found I had a level 35 Paladin on one of my accounts I turn on for 2 months only just so I could get the new RaF Mount for myself.. I level to 40 easy doing Dungeons but without some kind of outside help, RaF or just powerleveling it just not gonna happen.

I’ve decided that each of my hunter will have a gathering profession so when I hit Pandaria content I can farm. Kalashot I put skinning on her pair with Leatherworking, Kaimatrix has Blacksmithing pair off with Mining, and lastly Naarultra is going to have Inscription pair with Herbalism. My Shaman right now has Inscription and Tailoring. I sort of should level him to 80 at least to be able to do 600 Inscription. I’ll be dropping Tailoring on him in place of Alchemy at some point and putting Tailoring on my new Panda Hunter.

With the changes to Inscription, I think having two wont be such a bad idea, that is if I can get them up to speed in time. Once I have least one of my gathering characters to 80 I’ll be dropping the gathering part on both Kaimatix and Naarultra and replacing it with Alchemy. Given my setup I’ll have 6 Alchemy cooldowns. Ideal I could take my Death Knight and Paladin, given one Mining with Alchemy and the other with Herbalism and Alchemy. This would give me a total of 8 alchemist!

This leaves the final part of skinning, should I leave skinning on my hunter or drop it for another alchemist? My last character I plan for will be a Monk, which I’ll have as Alchemy and Engineering, that is 10 characters total, leaving room for one more (was thinking of a horde character for cross faction trading). Leave me a comment do you think I should take skinning off or would more than 8 alchemist be over kill?