Tag Archives: auctionhouse

Do What You Want

29 May

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Hey all, it’s Sihx, and well, after more than 4 years of raiding with my team, I’m taking the summer off to spend more time with my family instead of my virtual family. It does feel nice to get more time at night with my wife and kids on Wed and Thursdays, but man, I really do miss the raiding scene. However, I’ve refocused my few hours of weekly play time in Azeroth into farming, I mean, literal farming, and of course, leveling alts with the 33% nerf to xp between 85 and 90. If you aren’t raiding or don’t have a weekly committment, I’d suggest you think of things you’d like to do in game, and then make a checklist, in order, of what you can get done in a short window of playing time. Perhaps it’s trying out the new heroic scenarios for ilevel 516 loot. Maybe expanded pet battles, leveling alts, killing 3 bosses in LFR, transmog runs, making a little cash in the auction house, or maybe just getting your sexy blood elf to dance on the mail box all night long. Whatever it is, do what you want, and make sure you’re having fun without taking away from someone else.

@epicdiapers

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How to Efficiently Spend Your Valor Points

19 Sep

Like my boots? Oh right, I'm a tauren.

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So you’ve been stacking your valor points and you can’t quite decide on what item to buy next. Is it the tier gloves, oh but wait, you don’t yet want to break your Tier 11 4 piece bonus. Or how about that trinket? But, it’s only 13 item levels above your current one.

If you’re having trouble prioritizing your loot, try and break it down into compartments and follow some general guidelines to make your purchases more efficient while having the best upgrade possible.

An easy first cut is to look at which item gives the biggest boost to your most important stat (strength, intellect, agility). If it’s close, look at your secondary stat increase. You can also go with the gear with the largest item level increase.

If you want a brainless approach, using a gear optimizer such as askmrrobot.com allows you to review how good each upgrade is in terms of a relative weighted point system. If the trinket boosts your points by 75, but the ring only by 30, well, go with the trinket. It also considers breaking and making tier set bonuses and procs.

Finally, in most cases, I would recommend leaving the tier 12 hands and legs for your last valor purchases if you do baradin hold every week, as these items drop off Occu’thar. It’s happened to all of us, you have just purchased the tier gloves, and they drop 2 days later.

And remember, it’s hard to balance the pew pew with the poo poo.

Sihx

You’ve Lost That Loving Feelin’

8 Sep

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I know work or school is draining, your kids and spouse are barking behind you every day, and you just dropped that delicious chocolate cake you were looking forward to munching, icing side down of course. So, after you put the kids to bed and turn on some horrible reality TV show for your wife, it’s time to…power UP that computer, plug IN that headset, and LOG ON for a little WoW time, one on one baby, oh yeah!

…but wait, it’s not there for you, you don’t feel it, the chemistry is…is…dare I say it…gone?

If you’re a little burned out, or just not feeling it when you log on, maybe you’re in a rut and need a change of scenery in Azeroth.

Change it up, stop doing those mind-numbing dailies and try some random PVP, perhaps experiment tanking with that alt that’s been collecting dust. Roll an alt with the other faction, dual box, tinker with addons, try to make some money in the auction house, work on a pet or mount collection, role play, anything that you don’t normally do in game brings about a fresh perspective and new challenges in this virtual world, which will just keep you coming back for more.

But, if none of this does it for you…well my friend, it’s time to take a break and find another hobby, because if you don’t enjoy your hobby, it’s work.

And remember, it’s hard to balance the pew pew with the poo poo.

You can hear this segment from the stream above, or listen to “The Instance: #243: Do The Humans First ” on iTunes or at http://www.theinstance.net/

Sihx

Mini-cast #2 posted on “The Instance”

23 May

Mini-cast #2 was included in Episode #230 of “The Instance.” You can find that episode’s show notes and link to the podcast at www.theinstance.net.

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In this segment, I briefly talk about how you can make significant amounts of gold in very little time. Just be efficient about it. If you have several professions at or near max, research which item(s) do best on your server and concentrate on those. I have quite a few maxed out professions, so I can zip through several toons every day to make guaranteed gold. I do the following with my professions:

Alchemist: Transmute volatile life to air (about a 100-200% profit margin) every day

Jewelcrafter: Complete the daily (not the elemental goo one!), buy a few stacks of ore for prospecting, cut profitable gems, create rings, chokers, and carnelian spikes and send to my enchanter

Enchanter: DE all green/blue gear sent to him from my alts (including JC crafted items), enchant scrolls with profitable enchants, enchant alts gear

Blacksmith: craft ebonsteel belt buckles, occasional crafting of pvp gear, craft gear for alts

Tailor: make bags if the cloth is cheap enough, craft gear for alts

I send all sellable items to my bank mule and reap the profits. It really doesn’t take that much time. There’s so much more gold I could make, but I just don’t have the time.

However, if you don’t have max level professions, and you are a casual leveler….DON’T BUY ANY GEAR OFF THE AUCTION HOUSE…EVAR! The gear you obtain through questing and dungeon drops is great. Sure, you may have a gap or two to fill, but it won’t be a significant detriment. All of those 5, 10 and 20 gold items that you purchase to last you 3 levels adds up quickly…so don’t do it.

As you quest, be sure to vendor all grey items and try and sell all white/green/blue items on the auction house. Also, your daily cooking and fishing quests are quick and profitable, and the items you fish/create with those two professions can sell quite well. Additionally, make sure you do the holiday quests for the gold rewards.

Next week, I’ll be talking about some of the tools you can use to make all of this more efficient and profitable. Time is money, afterall!

Stay epic, my friends!

Sihx