Yeah, not really a big week in WoW. Bigger outside the game than inside.
- Work. Had to do that thing that keeps a roof over my head and the lights on. It was a shitty schedule of nights, followed by an exam (part of my training program), followed by more training days. To say this week kicked my ass does service to neither the kicking nor my ass.
- Gold. I made maybe a couple thousand gold, all through class hall missions that I accessed through the Legion app. I didn’t restock auctions, nor did I even post any auctions. I was that swamped, both mentally and physically.
- Logging Less. I really didn’t log into WoW very much at all this week. At the very least, I’d normally log in to do the daily profession cooldowns and/or crank out some hexweave bags. But this week, I logged on to maybe three characters and that was just to spend some Bloods on Order Hall resources. For the most part, I made sure I could run class hall missions. My focus was on Rokkthor, who will be the guy to unlock Legion flying for me. I tried to focus on missions that would help give him Broken Shore rep, to make up for the lack of dailies being done. So it wasn’t a total waste of a week.
- Muscle Wizard. I’m quite done with leveling alts, unless said alt really and truly intrigues me. While researching classes for the Pathfinder RPG that I started playing in, I came across a class that, of course, got my attention – the Muscle Wizard. I decided that maybe I could summon the strength to level one more character if I could make him that entertaining. And lo, the Orc Muscle Wizard was born.
There’s something else, but for the life of me I just can’t… Oh well, I’m sure it’ll come to me.
I don’t usually pay much attention to patch notes. Just put the content in the game, and I’ll play it if I can. If there’s changes, fine. I’ll deal. I’m a grown-ass man playing a video game. It’s fine.
However, I will admit that Patch 7.2 has had some pleasant surprises for this grown-ass man. It’s taken an expansion and turned it from being very alt-unfriendly to busting out some very forgiving catch-up mechanics for alts.
Captain Fun had just reached 110, and I’d been wondering how long it would take for him to be, well, not so far behind everybody else on my character roster. Luckily for me, Bellular had recently released a video that addressed that very issue. In fact, it’s this video right here!
It’s a great step by step process in setting an alt up for success in a Patch 7.2 world. For example –
- Get the compendium from main that boosts alt to AK 20.
- Do five quests that the AK guy will have for you @ 500 resources a pop, and voila AK 25!
- Do not do any Artifact Power quests yet, tiger!
- Now go ye forth and do the Broken Shore scenario. Follow the breadcrumb quests. Khadgar will have a quest to use a tome in three different locations. Continue on the quests until they send you back to your Order Hall. Hand in your quest and be rewarded with a tome that will bump you up to Artifact Knowledge 26 (100k% bonus to AP, as opposed to the 25k% at AP 25).
- Either pick up the crafted gear (which now starts off at an iLevel of 835 rather than 815) or run some Normal/Heroic dungeons.
- Run through the Broken Shore, kill rares & farm Sentinax and get some Dauntless tokens.
- Khadgar will give you a quest for the new dungeon, Cathedral of Eternal Night, which rewards a nice relic.
- World Quest gear scales from your current iLevel, and should reward gear at around 855-865.
- World Quest Dungeons rewards 865 gear.
- Nighthold LFR should fill in any slots that are lacking.
- Three Emissary caches and dungeons should be enough to get your Artifact weapon to Rank 35.
And did it work? Well, Captain Fun went from an iLevel of around 780, to running Heroic dungeons (iLevel 825 needed) with his Artifact weapon at Rank 34. Total run time, maybe four hours.
Well played, Blizz. Well played.
I don’t know why I do this. I make a game within the game, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to win. There is no winning. There is just playing. Maybe that’s the victory in it. Maybe I’m writing this on the tail end of a night shift and my brain is running on nostalgia, alarm bells, and coffee. Who can say for sure at this point.
I like making gold. But I’m a simple man with simple needs. I don’t raid, so I’m not spending thousands of gold per week on consumables or repairs. I tend to reuse transmog sets, so I’m not spending gold on making my toons look pretty. And while I can appreciate a good looking mount, the novelty doesn’t last very long. I’ve got a couple hundred mounts, but I use maybe six of them and those tend to be more utility based (mounts with vendors, mounts that walk on water) rather than “oooohhh pretty” (mounts that are pretty).
Function over frills.
But like I said, I like making gold. I enjoy having the option to lose my mind every once in awhile and buy a piece of gear, maybe twink out a leveling alt. Throw the WoW tokens onto the fire, and I’m motivated to have a steady stream of gold coming in. Covering contingencies and so on.
Back in WoD I set up my sweat shop, stacking alts in such a way that they could generate some passive gold for me without having to invest much time in the proces. I enjoy making gold, but I don’t enjoy spending several hours doing it. I’d rather be inventing other ways to spend my time I guess. The whole thing seems a bit fuzzy. When did I sleep last?
Captain Fun, my new leveling alt, may be moving to a new server once he’s finished the whole leveling up thing. I wanted to have things set up for him on his new server once he got there. Even though he probably won’t be raiding, should he join a raiding guild I want to contribute in the two ways that will benefit the guild the most – mats and gold.
I decided that his welcoming committee would consist of three alts, with professions I could use to generate gold without much time investment – three tailors, one with a barn and two with trading posts. Hexweave bags still sell, and sell well. To move the alts, I bought three tokens and took advantage of the WoW services sale. Naturally the token price spiked just before I decided to buy them. Rather than wait to see if the price would go down, I dove into the Scrooge McDuck vault with a mighty cry of YOLO and paid just a top hat and monocle over 100k per token.
The tailoring trio landed on their new server, and like cheap labor in a third world country they started cranking out Hexweave bags. Satisfied with the starter batch, I put them up on the Auction House. The next day I checked the mailbox, expecting envelopes fat with gold. Instead, I found the Hexweave bags I had posted. Odd, but these things happen. I reposted them and came back the next day. Again, just bags.
Dubya Tee Eff?
I started to panic. Had the Hexweave bag market collapsed overnight? Had I just wasted 300,000g moving characters that would generate a whopping total of zero gold for me?
It was at this point that I was reminded of a little Gold Making 101 knowledge. It’s not just about knowing a certain market and what to post. It’s knowing when to post things. At this stage of the expansion, people were buying bags for their alts. I posted my bags just as patch 7.2 went live. People were not interested in, nor focused on, their alts. They were attacking new content with their mains. Therefore, items being used by alts would naturally not sell. Things like Hexweave bags.
I know that sales will pick up again. The gold, she will flow. But even in a click and go world, it still pays to stop and think a little. I hadn’t given much thought to the new patch, and that could have cost me a small fortune. I think the point of this post is a “look before you leap” message. It’s been a rough night and I wanted to get this down before I forgot.
Content! Legion! Patch 7.2! Now where the Hell is my flying?
So it looks like I’m starting over.
When you have a couple dozen leveling misfit alts, several of which are the same class, everybody tends to blur together. You know, like that one toon had that one thing that you thought was cool, but got lost in the shuffle after leveling another three characters of the same class. That old song and dance, knowwhatImean?
I happened to be bouncing between servers, looking for something on someone, when I came across a Death Knight that I had leveled to 100. For some reason, despite leveling a number of Death Knights, this particular one I associated with fun. He had a PVP tabard that I liked, and had repped up with a few MoP factions that got him close to unlocking some sweet mounts and such. He was fun to play.
Fun. I like fun.
That’s when the broken pieces of my thought process started churning like spaghetti in a blender. There were aspects of Legion that I enjoyed. Why not enjoy them once again on my Fun Guy. That’s like fun with a side order of fun! I mean, what’s the point of playing if you’re not having fun, right?
Step one was getting his professions sorted out. I started this process pre-7.2, and looking back I might not have made the changes I did. I dropped Blacksmithing and Enchanting, both capped at 700, and picked up Jewelcrafting and Skinning. I had some time and some spare change, so getting both to 700 did not take much effort at all.
The Skinning I did here:
The Jewelcrafting happened thusly:
The question, of course, is why those two professions?
Jewelcrafting has gold-making potential. From what I’ve read, reaching 800 skill level is no longer an expensive nightmare grind in the Patch 7.2 world. Granted, this is also going to cut down on potential profits. But since I also ground out the Cloud Serpent rep and got the recipes for all of the Jeweled Panther mounts, there’s still gold-potential to be had. Also, I haven’t done the Jewelcrafting questline yet so it’s a slightly new way to level. Anything is better than the usual grind.
Skinning? Yeah, on the surface it doesn’t seem like a very logical fit. Skinning and Jewelcrafting seems to go together like Peanut Butter and Sardines (don’t judge). But the draw from Skinning isn’t the skins. It’s the Blood of Sargeras. Skinning can pile up the most Blood if you happen to be leveling with the Blood enchant on your shoulders. More Bloods, more chance to make gold in one fashion or another.
My Death Knight was at Revered with the Shado-Pan. I probably won’t get flying for another few months, so I’ll take a few days to get Exalted and unlock their Big Cat mounts. I also hear a rumor that there’s also another flying mount that shows up at Exalted.
So much win! So much fun!
Next: My failed 300k gold investment.
I know what you’re thinking. Maybe I’m jumping the gun a little. Blizzcon 2017 was just announced a couple days ago. Tickets aren’t even on sale yet. Why would I even mention something as silly as the Saturday Blizzcon hosting gig?
Well, after last year’s fiasco, it probably wouldn’t hurt for Blizzard to start giving this a bit of early consideration. Assuming they haven’t already, of course. If they were smart, they would have started flipping through their rolladeck to see if there was anyone willing to return their calls before the body of Thomas Middleditch got cold after Blizzcon 2016.
You remember him, right? He’s the guy from the HBO TV show Silicon Valley that drew question marks when he stepped onstage at Blizzcon 2016. His schtick ticked all the boxes – he was a nerd, a gamer, a bit awkward. Someone that Blizzard fans were supposed to relate to. Unfortunately, his comedy routine fell flat, and the fans shat on him for it. I’m not going to say bullied, but he was ridden hard. He was smashed to the point that, not only did former host Jay Mohr tweet his support for Middleditch, but Thomas felt the need to defend himself on his Instagram.
So what’s the move then? I had a couple of ideas in my post that I made just after Blizzcon 2016, and I’ll just touch on them again here:
- Blizzard seems to like having some kind of celebrity in that hosting spot. Why? Is it to attract more people to buy the stream? Fine, but stop getting comedians. Or at least comedians who don’t play any Blizzard games, or aren’t familiar with the product. Do you really need someone to make jokes at the contestants of the dance or cosplay contests? Do you need someone to do five minutes of stand-up to warm up the crowd before the contests? If ever there was a crowd that was already filled with HYPE, it’s a Blizzcon crowd. They don’t need a warm up act to set the mood. So if you just want someone with some mainstream celebrity status to slap on ads, there’s plenty of celebrities who have admitted that they play WoW – Warcraft’s own Rob Kazinsky, Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill, Fast and Furious’s Vin Diesel and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. And that’s just for starters.
- Saturday’s hosting gig is mostly to cover competitions, so have a contest for the hosting gig! There is no shortage of people putting out video and audio content as it relates to Blizzard games – podcasts, Youtube channels, Twitch streams. Give them a chance to compete to star on the biggest stage a Blizzard content creator can appear on – CENTER STAGE AT BLIZZCON, BABY!
There are about 230 days before Blizzcon 2017. It probably wouldn’t hurt to start looking now. I doubt Blizz will find a former host actively willing to volunteer for the gig. Why not change things up this year?
Fingers crossed, I’ll be there to see it unfold LIVE.
Do you have a favorite host from a past Blizzcon? Who do you think would be a good host for Blizzcon 2017?