Wow. Just realizing I haven't posted in over 2 weeks now. This isn't where I make my obligatory I've needed a break from WoW or I've been playing Diablo 3 post, I have been playing WoW.
In fact I've started up on a new server to partake in the Great Stormspire Scavenger Hunt. It's a competition among some gold makers where the objective is to get as many items off a list of rare/expensive items as possible, to score points. If you are interested in how the scoring will take place, you can read more about it on the site.
How I'm doing it.
I'm not going to divulge too much information, but I figured a basic outline could benefit my readers. I started off with a DK with mining/herbalism. Yes. I chose gathering professions. It's very hard to powerlevel a crafting profession when your goal is to buy expensive things the second they come available. I did not however use these professions at all the first week of the competition, but I was able to make a truck load of gold. During the first full week, the Darkmoon Faire was available, and those of you who know about the gold making potential of the Darkmoon Faire know I was fishing the pools of wreckage like a boss. Doing this I managed to net about 1,000g per hour, when I had no competition fishing.
I'd also like to note that I chose the Horde for my DK, because according to realmpop, horde has a slightly larger base on the server chosen for this contest, although the split is about even. I'm currently collecting items, but I haven't been sending them in for scoring yet, I like the element of surprise. I'm considering farming a few of them due to lack of availability on the AH, and the time constraints of this contest. The Sunwell patterns in particular seem rare on this server and make up a large portion of the contest. There are about 32 patterns and each has a .2% chance of dropping off a mob, so its an ESTIMATED (that's right internet!) drop rate of about 6.4%, more realistically 6.2055%, modeled as a binomial random variable with a 99.8% chance of failure.
Once I had my initial pool of gold, I started flipping items on the auction house. Doing this I used theunderminejournal's deals page to find some cheap things to flip. In particular I was able to buy 20 Brilliant Inferno Rubies for a 60g per bid, and resell at 90g, which is nice because they sell almost instantly. I was also able to win 2 Brilliant Inferno Rubies for a less than 1g bid. The AH was basically giving me gold. By no means am I expecting this to be the norm, but I was able to find some good deals, and it's something to look into.
That's going to be all for now but if you have any questions as to my method or something I may have skimmed over feel free to ask them in the comments and I'll address them ASAP.
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