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Recently Farli from The Overcut put out a post about how he theoretically plans on making 1M Gold in MoP. I too have a strategy for making tons of gold when the expansion comes out, but there are a few road bumps in the way that I think that I, as well as most, will have to deal with.
If you are an experienced gold maker, you know that there are very few times when farming is a viable (in terms of gold per hour) way of making the most gold in game. The first month or so of a new expansion is one of those times. For me, gold wise, the best thing for me to do would be to get my farmer (mining/herb) to 90 ASAP, get Pandaria Flying, and start farming. This is easily the best source of not only profit, but materials to level my Alchemy/Jewelcrafting alt, which is my first priority.
This is NOT an easy task for me, and probably not most. My main isn't my Tauren Druid farmer. My main is a Belf Mage that I love to play, but does not need to be max level to get the most out of her professions (Tailoring/Alchemy). Will it be hard to put my main on the back burner? Yes. In fact I'm considering going after server first 90, which although daunting, and not likely, is something I think I'd have fun going after. The thing is once you spend all the time leveling, when you could have been leveling your farmer, it cuts into your profit. So the real question is what matters more to you in game? Now in the long run will maybe 20 hours or so really cut that deep into your pocket? Probably not. But herbs and ores are going to be insanely expensive the first few days, and the faster you can get your hands on them, the better it is for you. Just something to consider.
MoP: Money or Pandas?
Another thing that may cut into your money making on the first few days is Pandarians. If you are like me, you most likely won't have access to the beta, you will probably want to get the full Pandarian experience first hand within the first month of the expansion. My advice for this (from a gold making standpoint) is to hold off as long as possible. Every decent or better gold maker out there will tell you that time is money, and gold per hour is a very REAL thing. Every minute that you dedicate to leveling a panda is worth 16g 33s for every 1k gold you make per hour. If you end up (theoretically) making somewhere around 10k gold per hour the first week of the expansion, every minute you play a panda is costing you over 150 g!!! Just something to consider.
My Battle Plan
From launch my goal is going to be to get my main professions maxxed ASAP. My (loose) priority is as follows, again with (considering) doing the "max the gatherer first", but not including it in the list:
3) 2 other Alchemists
4) 2nd JC (for faster tokens (more cuts = more gold))
8) Whatever's left.
That's just my loose order, not necessarily static, and based on market price. What's yours?
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