Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What is Heroic Progression like? Heroic Siegecrafter Kill

     So, quick time out from gold making for an announcement: SIEGECRAFTER BLACKFUSE IS DOWN! After about 200 pulls we killed him, and it was amazing. We had a lot of close calls in there and a lot more absolutely miserable attempts, but as I was watching over some of my footage it reminded me of the time before I was raiding when I wondered "What is it like to raid with a Heroic Progression team." I remembered being able to find a whole bunch of kill videos but a not-very-surprising lack of wipe videos. Granted, we aren't in the 14/14H-in-the-first-month club, but we push hard, strategize, have an orchestrated rez order to minimize time between wipes, and (for any other progression guilds reading) are doing about as well as a team with a Bear+DK tank setup can (yah, I know /cry). So, I put together this video, so y'all can get a taste of some of the mindless wiping, tank death, raid leader frustration (read: language warning), and in the end, elation of victory. Raiding has been my motivation for my goldmaking since the start so getting down one of the most difficult bosses to date while it is still current is a huge in-game achievement for me on a couple different levels. Hope y'all enjoy!
Watch: What is Heroic Progression like? Stagecrafter Kill 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Are Role-Playing Servers Better For Transmog Sales?

     Someone on my YouTube channel left a comment yesterday claiming that transmog is worthless. While some people just rage that "lol greenz can't sell for 500g!" his basic point was more thought out; while transmog will sell on any server, it's only really a viable market on a Role Playing server where there are enough people transmogging to drive sales. As goldmakers this is an important thing to consider and I think we would all agree with that on the surface, or at least we would agree with the general rule of thumb that "Transmog sells better on RP servers." However I don't know of anyone who has delved into the topic analytically to find out if it's actually true or if it's just hearsay. So let's do that now!

If you aren't reading the Daily Blink, you should. 
     Before we see how many individual pieces people buy, let's look at actual mogs they wear at any given time, which is the driving force of the issue. We'll study how many people actually take each slot of their gear and transmog it and then see if there a significant difference on Role Playing Realms. While there are 11 moggable slots if you include the duel wielders, some classes only single wield, so I lumped together "Weapon" into one to simplify for a total of 10 moggable slots.  i.e.Fury Warriors who only mogged one of their two maces got counted as having a total weapon mog.

     I looked at a large sample of toons on each of four different servers: my home realm Tanaris (PVE- Ally pop 54,000), a large pvp server Darkspear (PVP - population 171,000), and then two popular Role playing servers Earthen Ring (RP - population 48,000), and Moon Guard (RP - Ally pop: 89,000). Before we get into the important analysis, there are a couple unimportant things that I learned inspecting a couple hundred toons, like:

  • You'd be surprised how many mog just the hands
  • You'd be surprised how many mog just the belt
  • Heroic raiders go all the way or nothing at all
  • PVPers never bother mogging their equipment (except of course for their weapons)
  • The majority of moggers actually have a pretty decent sense of style, or I have none.
     Ok, on to the good stuff. after looking at all these toons, the total mog rate is higher on average  for RP realms (some rates were the same or lower on Earthen Ring). Combining everything, 43% of the population on PVE/PVP didn't mog anything at all, while RP servers had only 23% completely unmogged. Interestingly though, when you take those people out of the sample, both RP and PVE/PVP players both mog exactly 54% of their available slots. and those that mog do so in the following priority system:

1. Weapon 80%
2-4. Head/Shoulder/Chest 70% (RPs order is Shoulder/Chest/Head with head devalued but let's call it a tie) 
5. Hands 62%
6. Legs 58%
7. Waist 53%
8. Boots 52%

     Something missing from the list? Oh right! Well the Legendary cape quest chain absolutely KILLED the cape transmog market; only 6% of people have a cape mog right now. Come to think of it though, cool cape transmogs might be something to stock up on for Warlords of Draenor that a lot of sellers might not have once everyone starts hitting 100 and the 608s become obsolete. #SadDay

     Moggers mog the same no matter where they are, however there may be more of them on RP servers, although not as overwhelmingly so as the grapevine may lead us to believe. If you're looking to enter the transmog market, focus on things near the top of the list and ignore capes and bracers, and be wary of boots and belts. Don't server transfer to take advantage of the phat mog markets on another server though, because that is mostly a myth. Although, we may need to do another test looking at sales data...

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gold Raid 2014: The First All-Goldblogger Raiding Event!

WTBGold proudly presents a raid over 100 million gold in the making!
#GOLD RAID  2014

     On February 8th we will be livestreaming an All-Goldblogger flex raid featuring all of your favorite members of the goldmaking community.  This is going to be freaking awesome! Anyone and everyone in the goldblogging community is going to be there, and the confirmed toons range in ilvl from 378 to 574, so even if we don't kill Garrosh "knock Garrosh unconscious," you're in for a fantastic show. Come and show your support on the night of the event, root for your favorite blogger, ask questions about goldmaking, or try to just get to know the faces behind the blogs. This is the first time everyone has come together live in one place, so share the news with your friends and guildies!

GoldRaid Participants:
Matticus World of Matticus
Faid ClockworkRiot
Jim Younkin PowerWord:Gold
Phat Lewts Phat Lewts Gold Blog
Profitz WowProfitz.com
Xsinthis TheGoldenCrusade.net
Twitchie Twitchie Enterprises
Selltacular Copper to Gold
Stede Late Nite With Stede
Gold King WoW Gold King
WowDotBen The Gold Blog Method
Thairus Thairus' Creative Accounting
Kuja Kuja's Gold Mine
Goblin Raset The Drunken Mogul
Reckles WTBGold

Livestream Participants:
Soco Vault of Light
NevAH Auction House Addict
Grayz WoW or Gold
GimpsGold Gimps Gold
8BitBruce Every Last Copper

Official Stream:

     If there's a blogger you'd like to see that's not in the above list, send them a tweet and let them know about the #GoldRaid. We all write for you guys, and this is a great chance to give back. I got ahold of everyone I could but couldn't reach everyone without letting the cat out of the bag. :) So, email, twitter, or comment at them, and let's see if we can make this a 25-man!

     If you're a blogger and I wasn't able to reach you, but you would like to participate, you can reach me on Twitter of by sending an email through the "Email Me" section on the sidebar of the blog. Feel free to also contact me in game at Reckles#1635. It will be an Alliance US raid, and if you only have a lvl 85 or something like that, never fear. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get you leveled and in decent gear in time.

     We will also be giving away 2 Spectral Tiger Cubs on the night of the event. 1 to a random livestream viewer, and 1 to the winner of the Twitter contest.
To win, just Retweet this post.

See you there!
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