First Rule of Brawler's Guild
Well I'm breaking the first rule by writing this post, but when reading an article on Wowhead about Brawler's Guild on the PTR, I was surprised to see that you can access this content by invite only. And where does one obtain such an invite? The Black Market Auction House, or as Cold pointed out to me, through member invite. Invites take Rank 7 in the guild which this post (read it for more info) says currently requires ~75k dps on the PTR. Needless to say these non-BMAH invites won't be spreading around for a while.
|BMAH on the PTR courtesy Wowhead.com|
Now, the number of invites you see in this picture will most likely be more than that on the live servers when 5.1 comes out (maybe not though), but these are going to be a pricey commodity when 5.1 first comes out and the weeks to follow.
What does this mean?
Well, you have two options. Maybe you're one of the elite gold makers on your server and you want to try out this Brawler's Guild before everyone else, perhaps because you're after the Realm First Achievement associated with it. If your pockets are deep and you can outbid your competitors, and babysit the auctions, you can be the first to try this, and possibly get the Realm First. On the other hand you can just wait. If you're not interested in the Realm First I HIGHLY suggest this route. Sure go back and check daily what they're going for, or check trade for people selling cheap invites, but wait it out at least 1-2 weeks. Maybe even get an invite from a friend if they have one. Prices will drop exponentially by then and you can get your invitation for a great deal.
General BMAH Tactics
In general when using the BMAH you have to take 2 things into consideration. What you're willing to pay, and where you're going to be when the auction expires. If you're not going to be on when the auction expires you may very well lose the item to someone who is willing to just pay 1k more than you at the last second. You may have to pay a premium if you really want an item on the BMAH but just can't be in game when the auction expires.
Always set a price threshold. If there's an item you're interested in, decide what the maximum price you'd be willing to pay BEFORE you start a bidding war. This way you don't get caught up in a silly bidding war and end up in a situation like this:
|Click to Enlarge. Image courtesy reddit user jlwg.|
Finally, if you're able to be in game near when the auction is expiring, don't start bidding until then. This one is pretty simple, if you start bidding before then you're only raising the price for yourself, and why do that? If you're going to start a bidding war, do it as late as possible.
So, if the system goes as planned, when are you going to try to get your invite to the Brawler's Guild after 5.1 is released?
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