WoW Economy Weekly Wrap-Up: Recruit A Friend, Booty Bay Gazette, Realm Layering
WoW Economy Weekly Wrap-Up
Welcome to the 94th edition of the WoW Economy Weekly Wrap-up! In this edition we're taking a look at the return of Recruit A Friend, the Booty Bay Gazette plus concerns around realm layering in Classic.
If you're new to this series or want to re-visit past posts, you can
check out the previous articles right here on wowhead.com
My name is
and I’m the lead moderator for the
and the accompanying
. I am also the Support/Community Manager & User Evangelist for
, the Auction House addon suite for World of Warcraft. I stream on Twitch for
and my focus is on mentoring and tutoring the WoW community in all things gold-making. I hope to cover and showcase some of the interesting topics, discussions, content and guides that have been going on over the last week in the gold making community. Some that you might have missed as a veteran gold maker, or you might be interested in checking out for the first time as a new or aspiring ‘goblin’.
The format will not be that of a traditional guide, but links to further reading with commentary and opinions of my own. I will be looking at the bigger picture, the decision making and thought processes in being a gold maker – rather than a step by step instructional list. As the saying goes, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.
Recruit A Friend Returns
Blizzard this week announced that the Recruit A Friend program has made a return to World of Warcraft. There is a huge list of new rewards and perks for recruiting a friend which was
covered in a post here on wowhead.com
Even if you don't have a friend to recruit, fear not, this is a perfect opportunity to expand your gold-making on to multiple accounts and earn the rewards by yourself and for yourself. One of the main reasons to explore this route is the fact that it is not possible to open the Retail and Classic WoW clients at the same time. If, like many goblins, you had hopes to manage your auctions on Retail while waiting for a dungeon group in Classic - you can do this with ease across two accounts.
You may even end up earning enough gold to cover the game time costs for the secondary account and the primary account, just because you're spending way more time at the AH than you otherwise would.
Some things to consider doing on a second account include:
Parking alts at a rare spawn
Sending your crafted goods to post from a dedicated bank alt
Stacking up on professions for additional cooldowns
Sniping the AH with TradeSkillMaster
Playing Classic on both accounts would also up more efficient vendor or crafting shuffles since you can do two steps at the same time
Some of the rewards you can look forward to:
- 1 Month
Game Time – 2 Months
– 3 Months
Title: – 4 Months
Game Time – 5 Months
– 6 Months
– 7 Months
Game Time – 8 Months
– 9 Months
– 10 Months
Game Time – 11 Months
Renowned Explorer’s Attire – 12 Months
In order to recruit 'yourself', entering your existing battle.net email address will allow you to add an additional WoW license to your current account, instead of needing to make a new one.
If you were also interested in setting more than a second account to multibox in Retail or Classic, this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. With the reintroduction of the Recruit A Friend program, there is also a
promotion running through to the end of the month with a heavy discount on the Battle for Azeroth expansion
. Recruiting yourself then making use of this discount is the best way to set up anywhere between 2 and 5 (or more) accounts. It even works out cheaper to pick up a new account to buy BFA for the level boost, than just buying a level boost during this promotion.
Have you recruited yourself before? How many WoW accounts do you have and are they used for gold-making purposes? Would you consider getting a second account in order to play Retail and Classic at the same time?
Booty Bay Gazette, the Classic Undermine Journal
Erorus the mastermind behind The Undermine Journal has rolled out the first beta of a
classic version named the Booty Bay Gazette
. It's available for NA realms first, with plans to bring it to EU realms in the near future.
You're at the auction house, and you have an item in mind. Maybe you're buying mats, or selling something you've crafted or looted. You're just not sure about the price. Sure, you can run a search to see the current market, but what was the price yesterday? A week ago? Every day this past week or two? You're not sure of the current trends, and you don't want to waste your coppers.
Booty Bay Gazette scans every item on every auction house, multiple times a day. We give you full pricing history for every item with just a quick search. Find the price on your realm, and all realms, easily. Search by seller to understand your competition, or seek out more deals.
We also include lists of items for every profession, to get a quick view of what's profitable and which markets are under-served. Go further with our market notifications and we'll send you an email when market conditions you specify are observed. Want to snag a deal? Looking for that rare item? We'll tell you when we see it.
At the moment it is accessible on a free trial basis, however with the increased costs of running this for Classic compared to the luxury of having data provided by Blizzard in Retail, there will be a charge to use the service in future.
Erorus explains further in an impromptu AMA on reddit
and provides the info on the site itself:
Yes, there will be a small subscription fee to use Booty Bay Gazette. Yes, The Undermine Journal is free, with ads. TUJ also has the luxury of using the Battle.net API, which Blizzard does not provide with WoW Classic. Because there is no official API, our costs to obtain the data are much higher. The costs to run this service are significant. Database servers, web servers, scanning servers, and WoW accounts cost money every month. We did not want to risk the financial stability of this niche product on unstable income like ad revenue or donations. To help ensure the health of the site, we decided to go with a subscription model.
Booty Bay Gazette
How are you tracking prices in Classic? Have you noticed any interesting trends so far? Which market are you finding most success in?
Layer Hopping Abuse
There were rumblings in the general Classic WoW community about players being able to exploit the 'layering' system, in order to get access to more farming nodes and gather more materials than would be possible under normal circumstances. Blizzard broke the way 'server hopping' worked in Retail and there were concerns that the way the systems behaved in Classic would lead to some players gaining an advantage. First posted earlier this week on Wowhead, Blizzard published a reply talking about this possible exploitation of layers in Classic - and how this could potentially affect the economy on Classic WoW.
Official WoW Forum post
suggested that people have been exploiting layers to the point that they're able to farm thousands of
, but the blue post has assured that this is not the case - Even the most full population realms do not have enough layers at any given time for this to be a possibility.
We’ve been monitoring players’ use of layers, and we agree that we should add a delay between subsequent layer transfers. Under the hood we have all the controls I talked about in the Reddit AMA before launch, a few secret weapons we haven’t discussed publicly, and we’re working on deploying some additional controls to further restrain layering from being exploitable.
However, we also want to assure you that the issue is a much smaller problem than some people are claiming. We’ve been closely monitoring the effect layering is having on economies and other aspects of the game, and many of the stories we see posted are wildly inaccurate. We’ve seen screenshots of banks full of rare crafting materials, which we’ve investigated and proved false.
Another popular theory is that you can determine your current layer by doing a /who in a capital city, and comparing the results against the /who your friend does. That doesn’t work because /who returns results from the entire realm, not just from your layer, and if the result set is too large it truncates the results before sorting them. This means every player gets different results, but those differences in result set have nothing to do with which layer you’re on. This has led some people to claim that they’ve discovered dozens of layers per realm, but that claim is completely
All realms have a single-digit number of layers. Most of them have a
Rest assured that there are
people running around with banks full of (Thorium) Arcane Crystals or Black Lotus.
A lot of these situations arise from small number of players deciding that something isn't working as they expect it to, without any understanding of how it works or the underlying technology. Despite this, Blizzard did also roll out a hot fix which increased the cooldown time before a 'layer' switch is possible for an individual player this time last week.
We recently developed a hotfix that restricts frequent layer-hopping, without impacting those who simply wish to play with their friends. Following realm restarts earlier today, this hotfix is now live in all realms in the Americas and Oceania region.
Now, each time a player moves to a new layer, there will be an increasing amount of time before that player can move to another layer. If a player moves between layers multiple times over a short timeframe, the cooldown can increase to a duration of several minutes (or longer) before they can change layers again. The cooldown will then decrease over time for players who don’t change layers.
This hotfix will become active in other regions following their next realm restarts.
Blizzard have often taken the stance, and acted upon it, that abnormal farming behaviour is not intended. Aside from the server 'hopping' mechanic being broken, they have also nerfed particular farms for solo players and group players. Reducing the spawn rate, or removing the items that drop from the loot table.
What have you been farming in Classic? How much gold have you made from that? Do you think farming is a waste of time?
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or in the accompanying
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