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The Bronze Age

Bronze Bars present an interesting value proposition to students of WoWenomics in that they benefit from having both a relatively high demand and a limited supply. Due to this combination of factors, and the fact that this material is often overlooked or forgotten about by maximum-level players, the bars can be an otherwise neglected market from which to profit. Bronze Bars will frequently sell out completely from the AH. In fact, we tested 14 auction houses at different times over the past week and found that approximately half the time the metal was sold out. In the occasions that the bars were in stock, the prices varied wildly suggesting that the bars go through lulls with no buyers and then peak when someone is power leveling an alt or switching the profession of their main. This presents a further opportunity for the astute WoW trader. Put another way, the majority of the prices we observed were on par or higher than those of Saronite Bars.

Demand

Bronze Bars are an essential part of the leveling process for Blacksmiths, Jewelcrafters and Engineers. For several of these professions the bars are integral to not only direct crafting of goods but also the crafting of component goods that go into other items so the metal has the somewhat unique position of being necessary for a higher than average part of the leveling process. This causes additional demand and is a key part of the reason that the bars will often sell out in bulk, regardless of price.

Supply

Unlike most other metals in WoW, Bronze cannot be made directly from an ore. As with the real world, no such raw ore exists. Bronze is made from mixing two metals, tin and copper. This slightly more complex process leads to a lower supply of the bars themselves. Many ore farmers just dump their supplies of the farmed ores into the AH without giving a thought to the possibility of making more gold by combining the two cheaper metals. Indeed, our favorite way to profit from the bronze trade is to find the two cheaper metals in the auction house and combine them, reselling the produced bronze for a hefty mark up.

Watch the Bronze Bar market yourself and see if you can’t identify some opportunities for profit that would otherwise be overlooked.

Here’s an interesting side note for you: Every student that has ever completed an elementary history course understands that the Bronze Age proceeded the Iron Age. What most people do not know is that the iron remained the inferior alloy at the time, with bronze being both stronger and more resistant to corrosion than the more popular and accessible wrought iron. So instead of an evolutionary process leading to the adaptation of a new metal, disruptions in the historic supply chains of tin (a key component of bronze) caused the cultural shift to the less sturdy ore. Ultimately, as smelting techniques improved, humanity progressed wholly into the Iron Age. But, in an interesting correlation to the WoW valuation of bronze, the tight supply of tin caused the metal to retain the property of being a semi-precious metal throughout the ages and, to a significant degree, even today.

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Choosing a Profitable Profession

There are many, many ways to make gold in WoW and even more opinions about which methods are the best. The truth of the matter is that, similar to making money in the real world, the best way to generate an income is whatever way you find the most interesting. Surely, one might make the argument that a particular method is ‘more profitable’ than another but the fact of the matter is that even if this were accurate, it wouldn’t hold true for very long if everyone followed that same advice. If everyone decided at once to make money by becoming say, scribes for example, the market for his or her crafted goods and services would quickly crash thus making inscription the least profitable profession. Besides, who would be left to strip in front of the bank for tips?

In fact, you may already be experiencing something similar to this effect if you have fierce competition for your profession’s market on your home server. There are those players who have mathematically calculated their dynamic costs of production and will then undercut you, sometimes even at a loss, just to chase you away from your chosen profession. We hear stories like this all the time. In these cases, you are left with several choices as to how to deal with the competition: A) Become even better at their game attempting to drive them away B) Work around them- Sell when they’re not on or in the secondary markets they may have overlooked or C) Become a supplier to the competitor- underbidding them with the intent that they will buy you out for reprice.

If you’re not having issues like this already than it is possible that the competition is weak or even that you’re already the dominant one on the server. Either way, if this sort of competition appeals to you than by all means have at it. Just bear in mind, however, that all of these strategies involve being better, smarter or faster (or all of the above). If you’re not up to the challenge that’s fine but it is still no reason to sit around and be broke.

Trends

Something to bear in mind with WoW professions is that, similar to other aspects of the game, Blizzard seems to constantly be having issues with balance and equality. Just as there are specs and builds and classes favored by the community at large, there seem to be professions that reap in more gold than others given comparable investment of your time and effort.

As of this writing, the top five gold generating crafting professions appear to be:

  1. Inscription
  2. Jewelcrafting
  3. Enchanting
  4. Tailoring
  5. Alchemy

In the previous expansion pack (The Burning Crusade) the most profitable professions were:

  1. Jewelcrafting
  2. Alchemy
  3. Tailoring
  4. Enchanting
  5. Leatherworking

In ‘vanilla WoW’ the most profitable professions were:

  1. Alchemy
  2. Tailoring
  3. Blacksmithing
  4. Enchanting
  5. Leatherworking

Now you can make all sorts of arguments about the above lists and, of course, many of them would be sound and plausible but bear in mind that the lists are certainly just opinions and based merely on anecdotal evidence. There are as many wealthy blacksmiths as there are poor scribes (who’s favorite argument, incidentally, is that the opportunity has long since passed and competition is now too fierce). The point is, then, not to say any one profession is ‘better’ than another but rather to acknowledge that the winner today is often not the winner tomorrow. Just as Warlocks were long considered the dominant PVP class, then Ret Pallis, then Death Knights and so on, what success really depends on is the person behind the keyboard. So if we can argue (arguably) that certain professions are ‘better’ than others at certain times in the lifecycle of the game, than we should also be able to agree that there are indeed trends.

The trends we note above are that the newest professions seem to be the most successful and that there are a few older professions that seem to be fairly consistent. So either take up a newer profession for profit with the understanding that in a future content release it will no longer be the big bread winner or go with something tried and true and make flasks or bags or similar. Or do something else entirely.

What I suppose we’re saying with these lists is that, feel free to take any issue you want with the above rankings but by doing so you’re missing the point entirely. The point is that things change since this game is an evolving environment. There are trends, techniques and specific professions that produce more gold than others but the winners of today will not necessarily be the winners of tomorrow.

In fact, were you to take only one thing away from your entire WoW gold making endeavors we would hope that it would be that you must learn to be flexible in your efforts. Be willing to become familiar with the markets and fluctuations and adapt as necessary

Gathering

There is, however, one constant to all the fluctuation and turbulance in the long-term gold generation meta-game. Each WoW profession thus far is based the need for raw materials gathered from the land. Thus, if you’re not sure where to start in your WoW gold making endeavors, or even if you’re a seasoned gold making pro looking for an ‘easy way’ to make more dough, you might want to consider dual gathering professions. Dual gathering (or Farming) specification is a fantastic way to get started in gold making for several reasons:

  • You will become familiar with the markets for a wide variety of gathered goods on your server.
  • You will make more gold than the standard gathering + crafting setup that most players use since you will be selling in two markets instead of one with the further benefit of not using up any of the materials you would previously have used for crafting needs.
  • If you build a business alliance and choose your gathering professions wisely, you will always have whatever consumables or crafted items you desire that you could have crafted yourself anyway since you are now a supplier of the raw materials.
  • You will optimize your time spent out questing or farming mobs in the world.
  • You will spend less gold as you are no longer a consumer of raw materials.

Let’s touch on that last point just a bit. The biggest impact you will see from being a dual specced gatherer is that you will spend less gold. No more expensive plans. No more wildly fluctuating materials markets. No more BoE crafted items sold for a loss while you level up. No more BoE crafted items that you replace within your first few weeks of raiding. Not spending cash on any of these activities certainly adds up.

A further, less obvious, benefit is that as a gatherer, switching to a new profession is a lot less painful as you wouldn’t have ever paid for an expensive leveling process or exclusive recipes. When and if the next great hot profession comes out and it is the most profitable and everyone is cashing in and you want to join the gold rush, simply switch out your gathering professions to the new one and move on. Interesting side note: check out the date on that old post from Tobold that we just linked and just note that he eerily called many of the changes we eventually came to see in the game. Just sayin’…

Mains and Alts

If you are going to go dual gathering specs for reasons of profit than we suggest you do so on your main. As your main, by definition, should be out and about in the world more, the chances for gathering should be much greater thereby granting you access to more gold. The exceptions to this are in the event that you want the passive skills gained from certain professions due to your preferential play style or content focus (e.g., many competitive arena players chose alchemy) or for lore reasons (you just love the way your mage looks on a magic carpet). There is also the argument that having a crafting profession on your main can grant you access to high level items as was true in The Burning Crusade expansion pack as the highest tiers of items were Bind on Pickup but in the most recent iteration of the game Blizzard seems to have moved away from this design choice. If you still wish to pursue crafting professions, and the above considerations do not apply, do so on your alts or your bank alt.

The Easiest Professions

Be sure to pursue whatever method of gold generation it is that is profitable AND enjoyable. On Wall Street we’d tell you to follow the profit but even on the street we understand the value of niche markets. There are lots of ways to make gold and the truly easiest way to do so is to experiment and find what you most enjoy doing. It may not be calculating profit margins and scanning auction houses. It might not be flying in circles and farming. What ever you decide make sure it is fun and than you’ll be playing while making money instead of working. Heck, maybe we’ll even toss you a few gold ourselves the next time we see you stripping in front of the bank.

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Maximizing Exploration Profit

Although we’ve mentioned this sort of thing before it is worth mentioning again, given the goals of the current WoW world event, that there is significant profit to be made from traveling the zones of WoW. Many vendors around the world sell various items and recipes that can be resold for a hefty profit in your faction’s auction house. As you make your way through old world areas, be sure to stop by the vendors of each area and purchase the things that can be resold with a markup. Cooking recipes are particularly profitable these days as many more players are cooking than there were previously and a large amount of these players leveled cooking after they were already experience level cap and thus may have missed key purchasable recipes along the way.

A few key profitable vendors to watch out for are:

Don’t forget to, where possible, purchase multiple recipes or items and mail them to your AH alt for reselling over the long term. Don’t crash the market and post them all at once. Rather, extend your current business by slowly bleeding these into the market one or two at a time and reaping a nice profit over the long term. Making money this way is particularly attractive because the tricks above require no specific skills or professions and can be done as you travel along completing other quests or goals.

Bonus- Here are two handy BoE recipe guides:

Book of Warcraft
Blizzard Guides

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Recovering From a Bad Trade

Everybody makes mistakes…whether it is buying an item at too high a price or crafting an item when the materials would have sold for more, at some point every active trader will slip up. Here are a few strategies and thoughts for recovering from bad trades.

Identifying the Issue

The first, and arguably most important, aspect of fixing a trading mistake is the ability to identify the issue in a timely manner. The faster that you can figure out something’s not going right, the faster you can fix it. Now, you’ve still got to be careful to not jump the gun and go immediately into repair mode just because your target market has dropped a few gold, but there is something to be said for being able to tell when things have just gone south for the long term. And this type of thinking requires essentially two things experience and honesty.

Experience trading in the market in question (and AH trading in general) will give you wisdom to make educated and not just emotional decisions. The basic premise is that you want to be able to tell the difference between a market cycle and a market decline. Further, experience with the item will tell you if the item is likely to recover in the longer term and if the loss you’re seeing is part of a normal cycle or indicative of a long-term deflationary process. If you don’t understand a market fully, observe it casually or trade very lightly until you do. Additionally, understanding the full value chain of the item will greatly enhance your knowledge of an item’s market. Knowing what materials go into making an item will help you better decide on the fair price of that item. Do not go blindly into a complex market- get some knowledge first.

In terms of honesty, you need to apply a good hard look at your own habits and make a few decisions. Are you trading a given item for short or long-term gains? Did you, perhaps, buy this item at a high instead of a low? Are you experienced enough in this item’s market to make a clear judgment call? Further, is the item something that you might get use out of beyond profit? If it is an epic set of armor that might eventually be an upgrade, is it worth it to keep it rather than reposting it over and over and losing the deposit fee or selling at a loss? There are other applications to this sort of honest introspection as well. Is the item still profitable, but perhaps not as profitable as it once was? This is an issue we hear frequently with WoW profiteers complaining about ‘losses’ in the Titansteel market. Upon further investigation, we often find that Titansteel is still profitable, just not as much as it once was. If something is selling for more than the material, and time cost of making it, then it is still profitable. End of story.

Placing Blame

Often, when we make a bad trade, the first inclination is to place blame on someone or something else: “Damned Undercutters!” Stupid Blizzard!!!”Freakin’ Auction House!” All of these are pointless arguments. In fact, one of the things that differentiates a Wall Street professional trader from an at-home amateur is the ability to separate trades from emotions. You won’t ever hear a pro say things like “Man, Microsoft is killing me today,” or “Oil is making me a mint!” No, instead they will say something along the lines of “I am making a killing off of oil today!” which correctly places the responsibility on the trader and their decision-making. In other words, Microsoft didn’t do anything to you. You make the decisions when to buy and sell. You have to be honest and experienced enough to know when, what and how. Educate yourself and get in the right mindset. The natural human tendency is often to blame another for big mistakes. A classic example is blaming your financial advisor for losses. Sure, they said to buy it. Sure, they said the market looked good. But you, not he, bought it. You didn’t do any further research. You didn’t investigate yourself. And, perhaps, you didn’t research your investment advisor himself. No excuses- Don’t be a victim of the markets, trading advisers or auction house idiots. Do your due diligence and you won’t have to place blame on anyone anyway.

One final note on blame. They say that hindsight is 20/20. Unfortunately, in trading we don’t have this luxury. Don’t even bother with excuses like “I made that mistake because my kids were distracting me,” or “I wouldn’t have bought those things if I wasn’t in a rush.” It doesn’t matter. A mistake was made and you have to press on. If you weren’t in the right mindset then learn from the mistake and don’t repeat it. Or, apply some of that honest introspection we mention above beforehand, and then you might know better than to make those trades to begin with anyway.

In short, it is nobody’s fault but your own so why bother with placing blame at all? Take a step back and treat your new trading session as a fresh start and not an extension of the previous session’s losses.

Why is this Important?

It is important because if you can’t remove your emotion from your trading you’re likely to repeat your mistakes, or even worse, to try to recover based on emotion. If you make a few hundred gold a day, and you’ve just made a mistake that cost you several thousand gold, the emotional reaction is to try to recover those thousands in a single trading session. This is simply unrealistic. As any gambler can tell you, it is much easier to lose money than it is to make it. Remove your emotion to your investment, minimize your losses and move forward. Continue making your few hundred gold a day trades and look for new opportunities. You cannot recover everything at once, and stand to lose even more, if you trade emotionally like that. Emotional traders lack discipline and make inefficient decisions. They are also some of the best people to buy from.

Strategies for Recovery and Minimizing Losses

There are several ways to minimize losses and/or recover. Here, in no particular order, are a few:

Dominate the market- with limited supply items you can attempt to dominate a market by purchasing all of an item and re-posting them all at a higher price. This is, however, a highly risky move and unless the item is in a very limited supply you stand to have many other players re-post more of the same and undercut you thereby increasing your losses. Also, be aware that some players are looking for people that try to dominate the market to take advantage of them. One of our team members loves to do this. Whenever he sees all of an item bought out and repriced, he starts posting more of his own, one at a time, for one silver less than the attempted dominator’s price. The attempted dominator is usually watching closely and will buy out the item to continue his domination effect. At which point our team member will re-post another… over and over until the dominator gives up our team member runs out of item and leaves with a hefty profit.

Thin your losses- another strategy is to continue purchasing the lower priced items at the new lower cost than your initial purchase price. By continuing to buy, you spread out your average cost of the item. For example, say you purchased 10 overpriced items at 100 gold each. The market quickly drops to 80 gold per item. Instead of selling your ten items at the new lower price, you buy 10 more at 80 gold. Now, your average item cost is 90 gold (since unique items have no fixed worth). Now, any that you sell above 90 gold will be profitable. This also helps to increase prices as you’re buying them and decreasing supply while increasing demand. This is a kind of risky move and requires a basic understanding of mathematics.

Diversify- any financial advisor worth his fees will tell you to diversify your portfolio. The same is true in WoW. Be involved in no less than 10 markets (ideally 20 or more) that have little or no correlation with one another. This is not a risky move. In fact, diversification is all about mitigating risk.

Unwind the trade- this is the art of posting counter trades to account for your own losses. It is much less risky than other forms of recovery and is the trading sister of diversification. If you’re well diversified you might be naturally doing this, in fact. An example of a deliberate unwind might be if you take a loss on Ebonweave cloth that you then buy low and sell higher on Frozen Orbs. The idea behind an unwind is that you still come out with a loss on the initial item, but you end up for the day.

Wait it out- are you sure that the market won’t recover long term? Many items return in value some months later. Make sure you’ve got the bank space to wait long term. We have team members that keep items for years just to avoid a loss. Perhaps after the next expansion pack the items you have now that are so low priced due to supply will increase in value significantly?

Strategic liquidation don’t just throw all of your items back into the marketplace at once. Bleed them back into the market strategically to keep the prices high.

Donate- might you donate the item on which you’ve taken a loss to your guild bank, a friend or a new player? Sometimes the loss might be looked at as an investment in good will. Those new players that you help out today may be your best guildmates and fellow raiders at a future point.

Remember that everybody makes mistakes. It is in how we learn, adapt, and ultimately overcome, those mistakes that separates the best from the rest of the pack.

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Hot Item of the Week- Glacial Bag

We are always interested in storage. Since effective inventory management is essential to many aspects of making gold in WoW, we are always looking for the best options to maximize our inventory vs. slot cost ratio. From the very moment that Glacial Bags, the 22-slot bag of WotLK, were introduced we’ve been watching prices pretty closely. Over the past few weeks the going rate of these bags seems to have hit a norm.

We tested 15 auction houses (6 Horde and 9 Alliance) at random intervals during the day for the past two weeks and found that the average going rate of glacial bags was exactly 683.1749 gold. The lowest listed price we found at any given time was 575 gold. The highest equivalent was 800. It should be noted, however, that this test was hardly as standardized and regulated as our normal testing methods since testing was accomplished at different times of the day in each instance and different servers were used to attain prices as opposed to using the same server for every Horde and Alliance measurement (hence the reason for the uneven number of servers tested). However, we feel that two weeks of daily testing in this format is still sufficient to produce a realistic price, even if that price is more anecdotal than scientific.

At any rate, the argument might effectively be made that as long as the price of a glacial bag is lower than 1,200 gold, it is a good deal. Of course, you don’t get a fancy achievement with the glacial bag but such is the cost of a bargain. And, as long as we’re talking reasonable price limits, it is worth mentioning that the bottom limit is the sum of the cost of the materials required to craft the bag.

And it is through examining the cost of materials that we find our value. While many of the servers tested continued to show the previously observed decline in prices of high-end cloth, the prices of the Glacial Bags remained stable. If you can cheaply attain the materials for one of the bags, and effectively find a willing tailor with the recipe to craft one, you stand to make a significant amount of gold on the trade.

Glacial Bags present a nice opportunity for profit because they mix several WoWenomic factors in a single item: A fairly uncommon recipe, declining materials cost, stability in price, a vendor sold item to offer as a standard price comparison and a high level of demand. Through this conflux of factors the glacial bag has earned a spot as this week’s Hot Item of the Week.

A Few Tips on the Glacial Bag:

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Hot Item of the Week- Frost Lotus

We already had this week’s Hot Item of the Week feature written. We were planning to post about another item entirely when, in just the past 48 hours, we began receiving tips from readers suggesting that the market for Frost Lotus has increased significantly. On these tips we asked the WoWenomics team members to take a look at the herb on their individual home servers and, sure enough, they confirmed these reports. We’re not the types to go on circumstantial evidence, however, so to the test servers we go.

Of four servers tested, both Horde and Alliance sides, every single instance of testing showed an increase of more than 50% in the going rate for this item. The average price increase across all 8 tests was an impressive 68%. The fact that all four servers on both team’s sides showed significant increase tells us that this is more than just a few people manipulating the market. We won’t attempt to explain why the price increase is occurring but it stands to reason that, as we initially predicted, flasks are in higher demand due to the new content and most players have already sold of their stocks of the Northrend Lotus.

What’s most interesting about our findings is that not only is there a significant increase in price for these items but just how fast that price increase has happened. You see, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the prices of all Northrend herbs since we made our initial 3.1 predictions. In fact, in our initial post on the state of the post-3.1 economy just a little more than a week ago we didn’t even bother with posting the specifics of Frost Lotus as the prices remained only marginally higher than pre-3.1. Yet, in just the past 48-72 hours, the prices spiked across the board.

Is it a fluke? That, we can’t say for sure. However, if you’ve got a bunch of Frost Lotus stashed away you might seriously want to consider selling them off now. If your server is showing no change in the price of Frost Lotus you might want to consider investing in them in anticipation of the trend hitting your server in the coming days.

It also stands to reason that if Frost Lotus prices are up recently, then the price of flasks shouldn’t be too far behind. We have already seen a small increase in the going rate of Northrend flasks but nothing like what we’re seeing with Frost Lotus. Perhaps the flask price hike is just around the corner? It might not be a bad idea to pick up any flasks that you can get inexpensively for repricing should the market shift. And, as a reminder, don’t forget to revise your flask bid/ask levels as appropriate. Further to this point, if you anticipate needing flasks for your own purposes in the next few weeks you may want to think about picking them up now while they’re still cheap.

It would seem, for the time being anyway, that the Northrend herb has finally turned the corner towards profitability.

Tips on Gathering Frost Lotus

  • WoWhead lists the drop rate for Frost Lotus as 5% for all Northrend Herbs but our experience is that it seems to have a higher propensity to drop from the higher-end herbs, Lichbloom and Icethorn.
  • Wintergrasp has a few spawns of Frost Lotus specific nodes. These nodes have a 100% drop rate for the lotus.

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My First Gold- Harnessing Big Profit from a Low-Level Zone

My First Gold is a regular column dedicated to helping players level 20 and lower to start building their WoWenomic empire. Following these tips should help new players (and alts) expand their WoW wallets to afford training, trade skills and have a few gold left in their pockets. Higher-level players may find benefit in these tips as well, but every tip herein is intended to be within the capabilities of a player below the 21st level.

We are not big fans of farming (at any level)- we find it to be impractical as compared to other gold-making strategies unless you can group up several tasks at once for maximum efficiency. Today we’ll explore just such a grouping opportunity that can allow even a low-level character to make a couple of hundred gold in an hour while only having to deal with mobs lower then level 10.

Cake and Ingredients

It is rare that a lower-level player has the opportunity to sell an item to a player at the level cap. Yet the Children’s Week meta-achievement provides just this sort of opportunity.

As we mentioned last week in our Hot Item of the Week feature, Delicious Chocolate Cake is a required item as part of the Bad Example component. In that post, commenter and fellow WoW blogger Glinda pointed out the profit potential of supplying the other junk foods required for the achievement. This, in itself, is great advice since at least one of these items is sold in the cities on both Alliance and Horde sides. So it’s simply a matter of picking them up and putting them in the AH. Keep in mind that you should first check the AH price of the items prior to attempting to purchase them from a vendor for resale to be sure that you can still make money on the trade (prices are much lower now, half-way through the event, then they were at the start).

Another way for a player under level 21 to make gold this week is by supplying some of the materials required to make the aforementioned cake. The ingredients for the cake are as follows:

8 Simple Flour– sold by vendors (cooking)
4 Ice Cold Milk– sold by vendors (various)
4 Mild Spices– sold by vendors (cooking)
8 Small Eggs– looted from certain low level mobs
1 Flask of Port– sold by vendors (inn keepers and bartenders)
3 Mageroyal– looted by herbalists (at least 50 skill required)

A Closer Look at Profit Potential

While there is certainly opportunity and a small profit to be had by going to various vendors and selling these ingredients in the AH for a small margin, the big opportunity for lower-level characters comes in the form of farming Small Eggs and Mageroyal. Both of these items are easily gathered by almost all players but often a high-level player will not want to bother with going out to get them. Thus, an aspiring lower-level player can go farm them, while picking up some experience points and perhaps some gear, and resell them in the AH for a nice sum.

A list of all the locations from which you can find Mageroyal spawns is listed here.

A list of all the mobs that drop the Small Eggs can also be found on WoWhead.com via the link posted above. Ideally, choose the mobs with the highest listed drop rates.

Note that when you’re selling the ingredients and other achievement materials you don’t want to flood the auction house and push the market lower. List five or six at a time at most and re-post as needed.

A Unique Strategy to Maximize Your Profit

Our particular favorite place to get small eggs is Azuremyst Isle, the Draenei starting zone. An Alliance area, this zone is much easier to access to those on the alliance side but still reachable by Horde as well. There are several mobs in the zone that will drop the eggs that we’re after (with the further benefit of a comparatively high drop rate). These mobs are fairly well spread throughout the zone but this gives us ample opportunity to farm a few other items along the way.

First, for Alliance toons, note that one of the unique benefits of this zone is that there are no less than five ‘drop quests’ available from mobs within the area. All of these are quick and easy to do as they involve no effort beyond killing a few low-level mobs (all of which you’ll encounter as you search for your egg mobs) and take a minimum investment of time.

Of the mobs that drop these quest items, one of them is the Blood Elf Bandit. This mob should be searched for and killed every time you see him as he drops a highly profitable item, the Blood Elf Bandit Mask. This head-slot item has an extremely low level requirement (5), does not bind on equip, has no armor type requirement and looks pretty darn cool to boot. We regularly sell them for 40 gold each (confirmed on two different servers) in the AH. The drop rate is about 10% so you may have to kill a few mobs before you get one. As the target is stealthed, you might want to refer one of these maps for spawn points. Further, using a macro such as ‘/tar blood elf bandit’ will help you locate him if you’re having trouble.

Remember that, as with the eggs and herbs, you don’t want to flood the market if you pick up more than one mask so you can keep the price high. List one at a time and maximize your profits. You may also want to develop a bid and ask strategy for the item in the rare but possible event that someone else on your server is also farming the mask.

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