Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Great Success!

It has been a good few weeks.

I've been amazingly busy recently and that won't change, so my blog posts are going to be sporadic at best. However, this is due to a few things that have been absolutely amazing in my life

First off, my job just changed offices, and with that move came a huge promotion for me. I will be making approximately double (or more) my old income, and the work is not a whole lot different. There's more pressure, but that's to be expected!

The only bad thing about it is that the job now contains a decent commute of ~320 miles/week driving, and my car is... well... it's special.

As far as WoW is concerned, I'm back over 250k (for the 4th time) and recently my guild has been working on some achievements.

Namely, Glory of the Cataclysm Raider. And we finished it tonight. Server first, and US 14th Drake of the East Wind!

So, I'm stoked. =) It's been a good day!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

On keeping to topics

As anyone who trolls TUJ obsessively knows, Cold and JMTC have recently been having what I would call a lover's quarrel. Both of them have dedicated posts to flaming the other, over some small amount of RL gold.

Guys, no one cares. Take that crap off of your blog. No one wants to see it.

If I see a new post on TUJ, I assume it's a new post talking about how to make gold. I don't want to hear about your deep hatred of another gold maker, that doesn't interest or concern me in the slightest. Post about something relevant.

On that note, I decided to do something probably foolish. I learned my seahorse =). I never could move it, and after the price dropped to ~150k on my server with multiple people still trying to unload it, I just decided 'why not' and learned it. It looks cool, but I kinda wish I hadn't xfered to get it! heh.

- Bryan

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Sorry about the hiatus, I've been exceedingly busy the last week or so and haven't had a chance to post (and slight writers block, but that's ok)

So, 4.2 is imminent. We all know what that means! There's some excellent opportunities to make massive quantities of gold, in a short period of time.

So far, here's what I've distilled from the patch notes and other sources (I'm looking at you, gold bloggers!)

1) The shuffle is getting nerfed again. This was to be expected, but don't let the new 'soft cap' of 16g fool you, that ore is still worth a bunch. All it really means for me is that the zephs I vendor drop in value significantly. That's ok, it's a small nerf and I look forward to even more people giving up on the shuffle, letting me profit even more from slightly more scarce enchanting mats.

2) A dearth of new gear is coming out. This of course means that enchants and gems will sell like lemonade on July 4th for a short period of time. I'm prepared, are you?

3) Some glyphs are changing. The huge overhaul with books/research is NOT happening, but some glyphs will see an uptick due to changes in BIS setups.

4) Summer is here. This yearly cycle will of course throw some markets off, but that just means more opportunities to make gold to me!

I've got about 80k worth of enchanting scrolls saved up (which I expect to be worth much more at that point) and hundreds of rare gems, as well a ton of the other items that will spasm upwards like truegold, leather, and dreamcloth. I'm also stocking a large quantity of Volatile Fire, which I expect to more than double in price.

On another topic, I recently spent a ton of gold on a quartet of mounts; 3x Reins of the Crimson Deathcharger and of course that epic seahorse that I snagged on another server. I managed to move 2 of the deathchargers for about 20k profit, but I'm having trouble moving that darn seahorse. I expect it will sell eventually though, and that will provide me with enough capital to potentially break 500k liquid before the patch. I certainly will afterwards!

I'm excited =)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lets raid!

So I hear you like raids. I also hear you like PvP and maybe just like to watch other people play games. So we put a game in your game so you can game while you game. Pro.

In other words, announcing my live stream!


The stream will be active pretty much any time I'm not at work, so check it out!

Schedule right now (all times in CST):
Tues 9pm-1am Raid. Heroic mode BoT and either BWD or T4W to follow once its clear.
Weds 9pm-finish Raid. Heroic mode BWD/T4W, whatever wasn't done on Tues.
Thurs 9pm 5v5 Arenas.
Fri-Sun, TBD.

I hope you're as excited about it as I am about hosting it. =)

Watch live video from Mallrat's WoWtv on Justin.tv

Oops I did it again.

I spent all my gold. =/

Well, not all, but I'm definitely back down to 250k ish. I spent 25k on that Reins of Posiedon (which will come back to Illidan late this week and hopefully be sold quickly thereafter, although with such a big ticket item I don't expect it to sell immediately) and I bought a cheapish Reins of the Crimson Deathcharger for 60k. I should be able to flip the deathcharger in a couple weeks for 100-150k, but if not, it was a decently cheap new mount for my priest!

Sigh, I have gotta stop doing this. =)

I have an important announcement tonight, so stay tuned for more goodies from Mallrat!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Book of Glyph Mastery

All of us who use inscription know what this little gem is and how it works right now. For anyone who doesn't, BoGM and the two daily research crafts each have a specific set of glyphs, and once you've completed that set you no longer need to do any more of that type - but you do need to continue any you have not finished.

As is, you need over 50 BoGM to learn them all. Because this is a WotLK item, I've decided that the long term value of the books will only increase. Therefore, I had started stockpiling them, buying out any under 450g and relisting at 500g for storage. Well, two things occurred that changed my perspective.

First, these books started selling in mass quantities at 500g, double the average I was buying them at. This was due to me emptying the market out and essentially resetting it at 500g, so I stopped posting them.

Secondly, I noticed this today from the Q/A #7 - Professions:

Will you provide a way to speed up the acquiring of glyphs usually acquired through research and glyph books? Glyph books (Book of Glyph Mastery) are hard to come by now that people spend so little time in WotLK content. - Furlqt (NA/ANZ), 에르네스트린덴만 (KR), Kånê (EU-ES)

Yes. We will be changing the discovery spells so they can teach all possible glyphs, and the books will simply provide a no-cooldown method to do the same thing.

Wait. What? People will now *need* 0, but rich folk can just buy some 200 books and just learn everything instantly?

What does this mean? Well, for me it means that I plan on holding a ton of these books, and once this change goes live... /evil chuckle. I think I'll go for about 2 bank tabs full, or ~2000 books. That seems a nice number, and I'm already 10% there. =)

This just goes to show you, be aware of all blue posts, not just patch notes!

Other things of interest:
- Chaos Orbs will be unbound in future patches. This generally means *new* orbs will be unbound while existing ones are unchanged, so I would not stockpile them.
- Archaeology has some interesting changes in store, but nothing really concrete yet.

Happy goldmaking!

Extreme mount sniping!

I bought gold today, I confess it.

I did it totally legit too! I was browsing the AH via undermine, and did a search for rare mounts/pets using the given tool (by the way, check that tool out if you haven't - "companions" under "enhancements") and saw that someone had Reins of Poseidus up for 250k.

Like any good goblin, I immediately checked its page out to see what kind of prices this sold for elsewhere. I found that 250k was a good price but very slightly high. most sold for between 200-250k, with the max being 450k and... what's this.... one up now for 20k on some backwater server?

Surely not. 20k? I had to see this for myself.

It was up. I immediately added the seller to friends, and told him I'd give him 25k to unlist it while an xfer went through. I then transfered a mage over with some gold, and bought it.

Total resources invested: 25k, $25, and 1 hour. Estimated return? 200k+.

I essentially bought 150k gold for 50 bucks xfer fees.

And in 3-4 days, when this mage transfers back, I'll be one exceedingly happy goblin!