I’m usually a terminally broke WoW player, and it’s solely my own fault for not thinking out of the box for such a long, long time. See, I always thought you had to go out and farm for hours to make any kind of real money. Such as grinding dailies, or flying around harvesting nodes. I was mystified how some people could make so much gold they were swimming in it, not knowing what to do with it. I was always the deadbeat unable to afford gems and looking at that epic BoE on the AH wistfully.
Yesterday I was relatively flush with cash simply from selling 2 Primordial Saronite on the auction house, and it struck me just how much spare cash can be made, not by grinding like an automaton, but by analysing supply and demand.
Right now, there are a ton of ret pallies, dps dk’s, and fury/arms warriors itching for their own legendary. Common sense be damned (Bryntroll, 2nd BiS, drops from Marrowgar 25 normal and Ramaldni’s Blade of Culling drops from 10man Saurfang, both are only slightly worse than Shadow’s Edge/Frostmourne), they’re willing to spend tens of thousands of gold to buy the Primordial Saronite to have it crafted. There are two ways to get it, from 25main raiding drops or from buying it with Emblems of Frost. I’m not advocating gimping your main’s gearing by blowing your frost emblems otherwise used for upgrades, but if you have alts – and who doesn’t – why waste emblems gearing them up in T10 when T9 level gear will serve just fine for doing the daily heroic and the weekly raid? A quick bit of napkin math shows that if you do the daily and weekly each week without fail, that’s 19 Frost Emblems per character. Primordial Saronite costs 23 Emblems, and sells for around 2 thousand gold for 1 on my server.
That’s a fair chunk of change. I have only 1 80 alt, a mage, and I’d been doing the dailies and weekly often enough with him to have enough emblems saved up for 3x Primordial Saronite. Now, he’s DPS so the queue time is a bit of a bother, but doing the daily cooking and perhaps one or two other quests while I wait works out. Even better, though, would be if I had a healer alt, or another tank. So my plan now is to get my shaman transferred over to my new realm, gear him up as resto and get a second source of Frost Emblems churning out the free moneys.
See, ideally what you’d have to really cash in with this scheme, would be to have a healer alt AND a tank alt over and above your, say, DPS main, which would bring in about 1.5 Primordial Saronite per week on average. That’s a guaranteed weekly income of 3 thousand gold, for about 15 minutes ‘work’ per toon, per day. Also, you’d want to gear up to be good enough for the easy heroics but not good enough for the harder ones – quicker runs are more profitable. And the best part is, you’re not ‘grinding’ something unpleasant solo, but perhaps gearing your alts too and doing it in a group (albeit random). As an added bonus you’re getting some cash for doing the daily, and you’re getting a steady influx of Emblems of Triumph, which can be used to buy Crusader Orbs – these are still quite in demand for crafting ilvl245 epics – or epic gems which will always be in demand. And there’s DE’d mats, again a perpetual source of cash.
So you can make quite a profitable living simply by doing 5mans. Granted, 1 toon isn’t enough – the more tank and/or healer alts you have, the more your income skyrockets. As an added bonus, you’re learning the intricacies of tanking and healing and thus becoming a better raider and player in general, to boot.
Farming mining/herb nodes for spare change to fund repair and consumables costs? That’s so last year.