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The Eagle Has Landed

The Jade Forest

My first Pandaria screenshot; The Jade Forest

 

Initial thoughts

Mists went live at 8am yesterday morning. Since I (foolishly) didn’t book any time off work, I’ve not been able to play for more than a few hours last night but I feel I can sum up my initial feelings in one (very fitting) word… Wow. This is Blizzard at their absolute finest and I really am blown away by what they’ve done. Pandaria looks beautiful, full of life and exquisite little details wherever you look. The fantastic vista that Blizzard have created is perfectly complemented by a truly epic soundtrack worthy of a blockbuster movie.

Obviously I’ve known the inspiration for this expansion for a long time. I’ve seen the screenshots from Blizzcon and from the beta but none of them really do it justice. The visuals really bring to mind movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers. (The Jade Forest especially reminds me of the scenes in the bamboo forest from the latter.)

While my absolute number one WoW moment will probably remain the first time I arrived in Howling Fjord my first steps in Pandaria are a very close second. My hat is off to Blizzard for delivering on everything they promised and I’m really looking forward to being able to attack the content properly over the coming day, weeks and months.

 

First Steps

As per my plan, posted on Monday, I first took my Rogue out mining. I figured that most of the profession realm firsts are done and I’m not in any massive rush so I took my time and did a little exploring. Not being able to fly always makes the world seem bigger and The Jade Forest is certainly no exception. It took me a good 2 hours to explore the zone and there’s still a couple of areas I can’t figure out how to get to! During that time I picked up 20 stacks of Ghost Iron Ore with very little competition, maxing out mining along the way. Being 10 hours behind the first wave meant that there were less people around but it was far from deserted. I had one instance of someone “stealing” an ore node from, literally, under my feat while I was killing a mob and a couple of cases where someone beat me to a node fair and square but that was it.

I mailed all the ore I collected across to Jez and prospected it down. I didn’t get all that many blue gems, but I did get plenty of greens. Seemingly Blizzard tweaked the levelling for professions before release as I was able to get 3 points off most orange patterns and ground out 585 fairly quickly before running out of mats (for patterns that give skillups). I’m now left with the daily researches and blue quality gems to level on when I obtain more ore.

I was a little impatient with Inscription… I logged in briefly at lunch time and bought a couple of stacks of herbs off the Auction House for ~450g a stack just to get my research done. Neither scribe learned anything especially exciting (Glyph of the Cheetah and Glyph of Marking) so I didn’t bother crafting any. By the time I checked the Auction House before bed Green Tea Leaf had dropped all the way down to 23g per stack so I bought & milled 10 stacks.

 

That’s about it for now, more to follow in the coming days!

T-minus 24 Hours And Counting

Mists of PandariaMists goes live tonight at midnight and I finally got around to purchased my copy yesterday (nothing like waiting ’till the last minute!) I’ve been cleaning and organising and I think I’m about as prepared as I can be;

  • Vixetta’s professions have been switched over to Alchemy/Inscription and maxed both out. Unfortunately, Blizzard updated the material requirements for the Transmute mastery quest already so I haven’t been able to do that just yet: You now need to provide 4 Living Steel so this will be one of my first tasks once things go live.
  • Gomjabbar (Rogue) hit 85 recently and has maxed out her Mining to go with her Engineering.
  • All my glyphs are crafted and banked ready to start selling in the coming weeks.
  • Bags are cleared on all my toons ready for questing.
  • I’ve cleared as much junk as possible on my banker to make posting auctions of new stuff as easy.
  • Full set of Frostweave Bags crafted for my Monk.

My only real concern is with my Warlock: Everything that I’ve read points to only needing to be level 80 to train professions to 600 skill and I’m really hoping that this is the case as my Kinetick, my main scribe, is only 81. I’ve been meaning to get her to 85 for a while, but I’ve just not had the time; something else just always seems to be more important (either both in-game or out). I did manage to knock out 80-81 in around an hour or so last weekend so I expect that, if it turns out you do need to be 85 to train, I can probably power through in a fairly reasonable timeframe.

Launch Day Plans

For me (playing on US servers from the UK) the expansion will go live at 8am tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, I’ll be on my way to work at that time so won’t be able to log in until the evening. Sure, I could have booked the day off work but I decided not to bother. This means I’ll probably miss out on any realm firsts but that’s not really a big loss. I’ll probably hit 90 fairly quickly anyway and MoP is going to be around for a while so why rush?

So what do I intend to do on launch day?

  1. Gathering:
    I’ve just spotted something on Wowhead: Mist-Piercing Goggles. My first goal will be to get at least one pair of these crafted. To this end, I’ll be taking Gomjabbar (Miner/Engineer) out first. I have a feeling that these will sell for a LOT of gold in the opening weeks of the expansion, though the market risks becoming quickly saturated. The limiting factor here is going to be the requirement of two Spirit of Harmony. If these turn out to be easy to obtain (seemingly anything can drop them) I’ll consider farming them for a bit. Regardless, once I’ve got my pair crafted I’ll work on mining up the ore I’ll need for Jez’s Jewelcrafting (see below).
    Once this is done, I’ll send my (second) set of goggles to Wizzadora and take her out herbing firstly for Inscription then for Alchemy.
  2. Inscription:
    There’s no real need to rush Inscription to 600 on release day, the key thing here is to get both Kinetick & Vixetta to the trainer and learn Scroll of Wisdom (needed for the new Darkmoon Cards). This will give me access to one of the new glyphs which (assuming the market hasn’t already crashed) I’ll want to get up on the AH as fast as possible. Given that I’ll be losing a good 10 hours to the competition I’ll probably miss out on the best profits, but I’m hoping I’ll still be able to make a reasonable return on whatever the RNG gives me. The new glyphs are orange all the way to 595 as well so these should be a profitable way of levelling Inscription.
  3. Jewelcrafting:
    Something tells me that JC is going to be rather expensive to level. Everything needs gems and gems need ore, I would guesstimate that 525-575 will take around 50 stacks of ore. There only appears to be one type of common ore in Mists: Ghost Iron Ore for which there’s currently no prospecting data on Wowhead’s MoP site. So this estimate is based on the following assumptions: 1 stack of Obsidium Ore gives you (on average) 1.5 of each green gem, Elementium Ore slightly less. Assuming these probabilities continue (there’s no reason for them not to) levelling on Ornate Bands and Shadowfire Necklaces you’re going to need 50 of each green gem. Assuming a worst case, I think that 50 stacks for 50 levels is likely. With any luck, those 50 stacks of ore should also yield sufficient blue gems for the remaining 25 levels.
  4. Alchemy:
    Transmute: Living Steel is the goal here. Unfortunately, this requires 600 Alchemy. Wowhead has no information on where recipes are obtained yet, but broadly speaking I’d guess I’m looking at something like the following…

    All told, I’d estimate needing 30x Silkweed, 60x Rain Poppy, 25x Green Tea Leaf, 55x Fool’s Cap and 25x Snow Lilly (multiplied by 4 alchemists!)

That lot should keep me pretty busy! I expect there to be a fair bit of competition for resource nodes so the goggles should be a big help and I’ll want to get them crafted ASAP. I suspect I’ll end up levelling up one toon’s profession at a time, unless I end up with an abundance of lower level mats. Blizzard have, unsurprisingly, adjusted all the skill up bands for Cataclysm patterns such that they’re not viable for grinding very far beyond 525 so the ability to go back and do this is cut.

I’ll be sure to check the Auction House before heading out farming as you never know, the hard-core farmers might have already have driven prices down to where it’s viable to buy them off the AH (unlikely).

Inscription Update – 2

Last time I posted that I was a little over the halfway mark. I’m happy to report that I milled ~50,000 herbs and crafted all the inks I need for this little project. The final number of inks came in a little over what I was aiming for as I picked up a few extra stacks of herbs here and there which I added to the pile for milling. All told, I ended up with ~14,700 inks crafted with a couple of days spare before the patch.

 

Next comes the crafting…

Prior to the patch I took the decision to start crafting glyphs. I went on the assumption that Blizzard weren’t going to write off all the glyphs and would instead opt to reuse the item ids. As it turns out, in about 99% of cases, they did reuse the old ids and I only ended up with 1 stack of grey items which vendored for a few gold. (30 inks wasted, which is nothing compared to the total volume I’ve been building).

I’ve gone back and updated my spreadsheet with all the new glyphs and established which ones I’m missing. I’d read several posts suggesting that if you knew all the discoverable glyphs before the patch you’d know them all after the patch. I’ve tested this and can confirm it appears to be the case (ie; no new discoveries have been added to either Minor Inscription Research or Northrend Inscription Research). Based on this, it’s safe to conclude that the remaining glyphs I’m missing (about 20 spread across the current 10 classes, plus about half the Monk glyphs) are going to be learnt from crafting Scroll of Wisdom. Crafting this item triggers a “resets at midnight” cooldown so scribes are limited on how fast they’ll be able to obtain those missing glyphs. Assuming I do my “research” every day, I should have everything learned in a little over a month.

As I posted the other day I’m in the process of changing my DK’s professions over from Herb/Mining to Insc/Alch. This isn’t going to affect my plans all that much but will, hopefully, speed up the pace with which I can learn the new glyphs and get those on the market a little faster. My Warlock will continue to be my “main” scribe but I’ll split the sales between the two toons (DK –> Paladin on one, Priest –> Warrior on the other). As my DK learns the glyphs she’s missing I’ll gradually switch production over to her as well to reduce the need to mail glyphs about.

 

To date, I have created 10 of each (known) glyph for: Death Knight, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Priest, Paladin & Rogue. My Warlock has 11 Packs of Endless Pockets of which I have completely fill the 7 in her bank already (hence the need to split my sales) and I’ve just bought 6 for my DK for when she’s ready to switch professions.

Slight aside… Something I noticed when the patch hit was that they’ve updated the UI for the bank slightly and added room for a second row of bags. I’ve not seen anything mentioned about this anywhere else but I thought it was kind of interesting. This suggests to me that there’s a small possibility that Blizzard are considering allowing you more bank space, which would be great news!

 

Sales

With the exception of listing a couple of Fetch & Bear Cub glyphs on patch day, I’ve not yet started selling any of my glyphs. The Monk glyphs you can learn from the trainer started out selling for ~500g in some cases but crashed to the 15-20g range in less than 48 hours. I expect these will shoot back up once people can actually start making their Monks though so I’ll be crafting these (along with everything else) in anticipation of this.

At the moment, the ink-traders are still accepting Blackfallow Ink, rather than Ink of Dreams (despite the UI suggesting otherwise) so the market is still very active. My current intention is to get my glyphs crafted, possibly top up my stockpile of inks, and then wait for the expansion to ship. The assumption being ink traders will get “fixed” when the expansion goes live and that, given Pandaria herbs will likely be very expensive for the first few weeks (at least), glyph prices will rise accordingly.

Inscription Update

Last week I posted about my plans for returning to the glyph market. I figured now would be a good time for a quick progress update.

 

Milling

I started out with a target goal of crafting 14,600 inks to enable me to create 10 of each glyph and have some mats over for restocking. With some help from my wife, I’ve so far milled down somewhere in the region of 28k herbs and produced almost 8,000 inks, so I’ve past the half way mark in 6 days. Which puts me in a great position of achieving my goal before the ink trader stops accepting Blackfallow Ink (I’ve seen a couple of people posting that this has changed on the 5.0.4 PTR so it’s a good bet that it will happen next Tuesday).

Costs have been a little higher than I would have liked as herb prices have been creeping up (doubtless as a result of *ahem* someone buying out almost all the Whiptail on Eitrigg). This has been offset a little due to the fact that my wife has been picking anything and everything while out doing archaeology, every little helps and I’m certainly grateful for the assistance. I’m still well within a “comfortable” range of expense and anticipate coming in around 50k invested in this project.

 

Storage

My Scribe started out with 4 Packs of Endless Pockets. Earlier in the week someone was selling these for under 50g each (the mats are worth ~200g on my server) so I bought 6 more. Since I’m not planning on levelling her any time soon and since she has very little in the way of anything in her bank I’ve got plenty of “local” storage to hold crafted glyphs. This said, I’m way short of the mark for holding on to all the inks I’m producing so I’ve moved my scribe out of our guild and in to our bank guild. I’ve dedicated 3 tabs in the Guild Bank to holding inks which I’ve already filled.

 

Crafting

8,000 inks take up a lot of room. That’s 400 stacks you need to find space for! Yesterday I reached saturation point having filled the space I’d allocated in out Guild Bank and 4 32 slot bags in my scribe’s bank so I decided to start crafting glyphs, my logic being that 1 stack of 10 glyphs requires 1.5 stacks of ink. I was going to have to do the crafting sooner or later anyway, so I might as well get a shimmy on. Death Knights & Druids are done and banked ready for sale.

 

Left-overs

Milling all those herbs has left me with a large amount of Inferno Ink that I’ve needed to get rid of. At the beginning of the week, someone was selling Volatile Life really cheap (I’m talking 50s each here). I can only assume that they were dumping their stock before Mists and just wanted shot of them. Whatever the reason, I bought about 700 of them and started producing Darkmoon Card of Destruction in the hops that I could possibly recoup some of my expense. Out of about 30 cards produced I’ve sold 8 making ~2,500g. More than the mats cost, but not great. I’ve been trying to sell the remaining 20 as a job lot in trade with no success, maybe the faire in a couple of weeks will improve that, regardless I’m not going to be making more as the price of Volatile Life had gone back up over 2g each last time I looked. The rest of my Inferno Inks I’ve been selling as-is getting about 40g per stack. Pocket change compared to what I’ve been spending on this little project but I’ll take whatever I can get.

Taking a Punt

punt (intransitive verb)

1. Games To lay a bet against the bank, as in roulette.
2. Chiefly British Slang To gamble.
I’ve read a lot of posts recently speculating what will sell well and what people are stockpiling for Mists. To date, I’ve not really been stock piling anything much;
  • Alicite Pendants – I have maybe 20 of these, figuring that people are going to want the iLevel boost to help get their Monks & Pandas in to Cataclysm instances. My confidence isn’t that high, hence the low volume.
  • Greater Celestial Essences & Hypnotic Dust – These are more of a long-term investment. Once people stopped running LK content supplies of Greater Cosmic Essence and Infinite Dust started to dry up and the price went through the roof. I’m counting on the same thing happening again so I’m sitting on all the essences and dusts I’m producing from the Elementium Shuffle.
  • Gold – Other than the above, I’ve been keeping most of my capital liquid. My thought process here is that I want to get my foot in the door of Jewelcrafting early on in Mists and will need the finances in place to support this.

 

Inscription

Back when I was levelling my Warlock I was making (what I then considered) reasonable gold selling glyphs. I’ve been out of the market for quite some time now, probably getting on for 2 years, however I have the benefit that she knows every glyph currently available in the game.

Mists brings both a new race and a new class for people to try out and all those new characters are going to need glyphs. Add to this the fact that there are big changes to glyphs due to appear right before the expansion hits and I can foresee that now might be the time to make my re-entry to the scene.

I did a bit of research (Google) and figured that what I needed was a list of all the glyphs along with their materials. There’s a downloadable csv file on El’s Professions but it’s not 100% up to date so I set about building my own spreadsheet. What I have ended up with is an Excel workbook with each class on it’s own tab (including Monks) showing me: The name of each glyph, the type of ink it uses and the type of parchment required. I’ve then got an extra tab which counts up all the glyphs requiring each ink. Here’s some stats for those interested in such things:

  • Total glyphs: 404 (this includes new glyphs being added in Mists, it’s currently around 370 on live)
  • Unique inks used for glyphs: 9
  • Average number of glyphs per ink: ~45
  • Most commonly required ink: Ink of the Sea (127 glyphs)
  • Least commonly required ink: Blackfallow Ink (1 glyph)
My initial goal was to craft 10 of each glyph with spare mats left over. With this in mind, this was my shopping list:
Ink Used For To Craft 10 Rounded
 Midnight Ink  44  1,320  2,000
 Lion’s Ink  49  1,470  2,000
 Jadefire Ink  36  1,080  1,500
 Celestial Ink  23  690  1,000
 Shimmering Ink  21  630  1,000
 Ethereal Ink  70  2,100  2,500
 Ink of the Sea  127  3,810  4,500
 Blackfallow Ink  1  30  100

Until the Mists pre-patch you can trade Blackfallow Ink for any of the others on this list. Current market trends show that Cataclysm herbs are the best choice with Whiptail & Twilight Jasmine offering the best chance of yielding Ashen Pigment (2-4 pigments on average).

As I’m writing this post I’ve just realised that I made a rather critical error in my calculations yesterday… Here’s what I’d based my calculations on:
  • ~370 glyphs
  • 10 crafts per glyph
  • 3,700 total glyphs
  • 3 inks per glyph
  • 11,100 total inks
  • 2 pigment per ink
  • 22,200 total pigments
  • 2-4 pigments (assume an average of 3) per herb
  • 7,400 total herbs
  • 20 herbs per stack
  • 370 stacks – Rounded up to 500 stacks to be safe

See where I went wrong? It should be 2-4 pigments per milling (of 5 herbs) not per herb, so I’m quite a ways out when I get to the end. Here’s how my calculations should have ended:

  • 2-4 pigments (assume an average of 3) per milling
  • 7400 millings
  • 5 herbs per milling
  • 37,000 herbs
  • 20 herbs per stack
  • 1,850 stacks – Rounded up to 2,000 stacks to be safe

Last night I bought 10k Whiptail (500 stacks) for a combined cost of ~10k gold. To achieve my goal I now realise that I’m going to need to buy another 30k herbs (1500 stacks) resulting in my little venture costing me closer to 40k gold than the 10k I originally anticipated. Not a big deal I can absorb the extra I’m just a little annoyed with myself for dropping the ball like that.

Bottom Line

Since I’ve already bought 1/4 of the raw materials I need to do this I figure I might as well go for broke and buy the rest. Assuming that prices remain around the 20g/stack mark (the general trend for raw materials is downwards at the moment), this will bring my total investment to ~40k gold.

Taking current average glyph prices in to consideration and assuming that there will be at least a small spike in demand as Mists releases I’m going to base my estimated return on a sell price of 25g per glyph.

  • Assumed sale price: 25g per glyph
  • Estimated sales based on materials available: 4,000 units
  • Gross profit: 100,000g (raw takings)
  • Net profit: 60,000g (gross profit – costs)
  • Return of Investment: 150% (net profit / costs * 100)

Best case, if this turns in to “Glyphmas 2” as some bloggers are predicting prices *could* spike as high as 100g per glyph (possibly even more given that some glyphs already sell for ~400g each). If this happens, my profit will rocket up to and it’s entirely possible I could be looking at upwards of 400,000g gross profit (a staggering 900% RoI).

I guess time will tell if this was a good idea or not!

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