Thursday, November 12, 2009

Money, Money, Money & Some PTR Notes

Well as I stated in my previous post I have been in the process of putting every tradeskill bar Herbalism onto my team. I have just recently finished of Engineering and made a Jeeves repair bot. Today I got my Blacksmithing to around 425. This allows me to make alot of cheap goods that I can disenchant. It also means I can make Eternal Belt Buckles.

So since I've been stockpiling a huge amount of Saronite Ore I decided to generate some Dream Shards. I made 300 Deadly Saronite Dirks and used most of the Dream Shards to buy up every recipe on the Shard Trader for my Enchanter. I then sold a large portion of the shards which are now starting to rake me in a tidy sum of cash.

Eternal Belt Buckles are selling nicely too - but quite slowly. Lets hope that the new 5 man instances next patch drop alot of awesome new belts for people. Large Prismatic Shards are also selling excellent as I can generate these very quickly with a speed clear of Kharazan and Heroic MgT. These two are only going to get much much easier next patch as it looks like we are going to ahve the new Fire Nova spell which lets you burst out the same AoE damage as a fire Nova Totem would have done prior to the patch.

And even better, Fire Elemental Totem is getting reduced to a 10 minute cooldown and Glyphed at the moment on the PTR its 2 minutes! Going to be very crazy for BG PvP, Wintergrasp and Instance Farming!

I've decided to completly pull out of the Glyph Market. I will keep learning all of the new Glyph's that I can but I might look more into it again come the expansion. With all the other markets I am investing in on the AH Glyphs just seem like far too much work for so little profit - sure its steady and if it was the only thing you did you would get very rich over a long period of time - but at the end of the day I'd like to play the game and not just live for crafting and selling things on the AH.

Oh and to top it off, as well as acquiring Jeeves I decided to buy the Travelling Tundra Mammoth today on a spur of the moment because I couldn't find some Enchanted Vials I needed before a raid its very useful!

Just Skinning/Leatherworking Alchemy/Tailoring to go. I'm thinking I might leave Skinning/Leatherworking till last - some of the AoE changes come up will make it heaps faster and I'm in no rush.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One man army... or trade union?

So after hitting 80 I toyed around with what trade skills my shamans should have. My paladin was already a miner/JC and I had found it very profitable and of great benefit with the prismatic gems.

I had a think about it and realized I had two paths to go down:
  • Min/Max: I could take all the same tradeskills simple for their added benefits. I think at the moment the best combination would be JC/Blacksmith. This would give you 3x Prismatic Gems as well as 2 additional gem slots for epic gems.
  • Self-sufficient: Cover all tradeskills to have access to all cooldowns and special items as well as more utility.
While min/maxing would be insanely expensive if skilling up simple using the auction house, I did have access to a miner so if I wanted to farm the materials I could have. I did some calculations and worked out I would need something to the tune of 4000 thorium ore alone which sort of blew my mind.

I decided to leave it for awhile and I did a bit of PvP and Heroics. I leveled Enchanting and Inscription on Slatza - who always seems to get the best of all the drops - I figured if I ever had to just take my tank and one shaman specced Resto with me somewhere it would most likely be Slatza. After doing a whole bunch of old world instances and filling up my bags I realized that giving one of my characters Engineering would give me access to Jeeves - a 1 hour cooldown repair and reagent bot.

On another note - I had started to get into playing the auction house quite heavily, you may notice alot of my other blogs I read are about the wow economy and people blogging about hitting the gold cap. With access to every tradeskill I could easily play many markets at once and buy raw materials to convert cheaply into enchanting materials or resale.

So I worked out who was going to get what tradeskill:

Slatters - JC / Mining
Slatza - Enchanting / Inscription
Slatzb - Engineering / Blacksmith
Slatzc - Leatherworking/ Skinning
Slatzd - Tailor / Alchemy

 So far I have completed JC/Mining/Inscription/Enchanting/Engineering all to 450. My next focus is going to be to finish up Blacksmith and then probably Tailoring and Alchemy. I think I'll leave Skinning to last because its going to be the most time consuming and I have a few days off coming up soon where I can sit and AoE some low level mobs.

I'm curious as to which path other boxers take and why?