Friday, July 29, 2011

Deep Undercutting

Deep undercutting is a method used on the Auction House of continually undercutting by large amounts. This is to discourage AH campers.

This method can work very well against campers asuming you can get below their posting threshold.

When you deep undercut just for the sake of deep are a douche.

I hate when people in the gem market undercut gems by 50-100 gold. It is annoying and dumb.

Sorry, Im just hating. I am a nickel and dime undercutter. I undercut everything by 1 silver generally. I can't stand deep undercutters. I will still undercut them, but they are cutting into my profits. On occasion, I will buy them out and reset the market. This is in the hopes that they dont have too much stockpiled.

I wonder if deep undercutters dislike nickel and dime undercutters as much as we dislike them.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gold Making Meme

Ok, so there are always meme's running around WoW blogs (if that is what they are actually called). I have a few questions for other people around here. If you want. feel free to post it on your blog and answer the questions there.

1) What is the most gold you have ever owned?

I am currently at my high amount of gold at around 1.3 million.

2) What is the most gold you have made in a single day.

I actually havent kept an accurate count on this, but I know it is somewhere between 30-40k as I have several 30k plus days for sales.

3) What is your favorite market?

For me it is currently jewelcrafting with enchanting coming in second. Back in the day, it was inscription but I find it much less profitable for the time spent.

4) What is you favorite "unconventional" way to make gold.

I would have to say that flipping recipes of all kinds would be my answer here. I make a nice mint grabbing stuff for cheap and flipping. Low level blue items would come in second here.

5) What frivolous things do you spend your gold on?

I dont spend a whole lot on my self, but I do have a vial on my main. For my wife however.....I have gotten here a vial of the sands, two mammoths, and a whole crap ton of pets.

Feel free to answer the questions in the comments or post it up on your blog and tag someone else to answer if you like.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Auction House Tip: Resetting Prices

This is going to be a quick tip and based off of my experience in my gem market. Different markets will vary.

I tried to reset the Inferno Ruby prices on my server this weekend to 250 cut per gem. I bought a ton between 95-110 gold. Unfortunately there is one guy in the gem market who seems to deal only in red gems. He undercut all of my auctions down to 125 within minutes of coming online.

I was hoping that he would run out, but he appears to have a never ending supply of inferno rubies.

On the other hand, one of my competitors (the only one that I actually have converstations with) pretty much reset the orange and purple gem markets. Most cuts are going for more than inferno rubies are right now.

What I am saying is make sure that you know your market and competitors. You will make a lot more money in the long run. I will make a small profit on the 40k in inferno rubies that I bought, but it will take me probably a week to unload all of them.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Reader Request Answered

"Dear Darraxus, Sorry about the post in this section I didnt know where to put it. xD Well my friend and I are currently leveling as druids for RaF and we are doing instances. I specced as resto at level 10 and he went balance. I found myself healing really stellar till we got to Strat. (I have always hated Strat.) Anyway i found myself to the point where the tank would pull too many mobs and would take way to much damage for me to keep up with the damage. He may have just qued for the highest level dungeon that he could and then the mobs were to high of level so he took a lot of damage, I dont know. But my healing was really good before then and then *blehhh* horrible healing. Do you think you could help me? Thanks Kelluid (level 49 Resto Druid)"

Well, I am no Druid expert, but have done quite a lot of healing on mine. The first thing I would ask is "What is your rotation"?

My rotation may not be optimal, but I always put up three lifeblooms on my tank and a rejuvenation. I will then use nourish/healing touch to refresh the lifenbloom as needed during the fight. If he takes a big splash of damage, swiftmend is your friend.

I think that the main thing to do is to utilize your hots. I used to use Regrowth a lot more than I once did, but generally only use it when I have a clearcasting proc at this point.

The other issue of course is the tank. Once you start getting into the 30s and 40s, tanks should actually be....tanks! They should not be tanking with two handers unless they are a Druid in bear form. They may also be biting off more than they can chew.

A lot of people think that you can faceroll through low level instance with any gear/spec with no problems. This is mostly true, but a fury warrior or ret paladin "tank" can mess up you instance flow real quick.

So, utilize all of your heals in the most comfortable way for you.....make sure you have some kinds of healing addon (I use healbot for one click heals), and make sure your tank isnt a fuckwit just pretending to be a tank for quick instance queues.

If anyone else has any questions for Salty Uncle Darraxus, feel free to leave a comment.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Seriously. Where has all the ore gone. There is barely any available on my server and it is going for 50ish gold a stack. It is very difficuly to keep up with gem demand when you dont have any gems.

I wonder if there was a mass bot banning recently. Normally there would be pages of ore on the AH and plenty of competition. Recently there are maybe one or two pages total to choose from.

The one good thing coming out of this is that orange and purple gems have gone up in price and I am actually selling some for more than I am selling rubies.


Just an update on my weekend. Dailies. That is all. Lots of dailies.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Seriously. Every damn Tuesday morning. I log on. Maintenance. Crap. Guess I will watch some music videos or something on Youtube before I head to work.

So, for this maintenance period, I would like to share a bit of a gold making tip with you guys.

Recipe: Undermine Clam Chowder was one of the recipes that went bye bye when Cataclysm hit. Well, they put it back in the game last patch. Not a lot of people seemed to notice.

You can now get this recipe in the Badlands in limited supply.

I have sold 3 or 4 for around 1000 gold each since the patch came out. I have gotten a bit of competition a time or two, but otherwise the market has mostly been mine. Definately something worth looking into on your server.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekend Update

What did I do this weekend. A lot of frickin dailies. Yeah.

Beside that, I also did quite a lot of auctioneering.

I bought out the entire inferno ruby market and reset it to 250 gold. One of my competitors came in and moved it down to 200. Then another posted a monster wall at 125. I bought them all for 85-110 gold, so I will make profit on them, but the second guy is a douchebag. I made sure I was lower than him for the rest of the day.

I also healed a Heroic with my Druid which was actually pretty decent.

We got Heroic Deadmines, which I find to be a pretty enjoyable instance. We got through the first couple of bosses on one shot. It took us about 5 tries to get down the stupid robot boss. We got killed by an add every time we wiped. The mage got kicked because he was doing around 7k dps. I think the real problem was that he was getting killed constantly.

We went on to one shot the rest of the bosses. I got a pair of feral boots for my trouble.

These firelands dailies are going to take forever.

You turn in the 20 Marks of the World Tree of unlock the Firelands.

You turn in 150 to two different factions to unlock the next part.

Then after you do that, they ask you to turn in 125 more to three different vendors! FFS!

On a postive note, my wife is almost done with the Argent Tournament which means no more jousting for me WOOHOO!

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 15, 2011


Yeah, Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ark)
Oo-ooh-ooh, hoo yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

7PM, getting home from work
Gotta log on, gotta update my patch
Gottaget buff food, gotta have fortune cookies
Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the Firelands
Gotta catch my Gryphon, I see my guildies (My guildies)

Kickin’ in the Mammoth
Sittin’ in vial of sands
Gotta make my mind up
Which mount can I take?

It’s Raid Day, Raid Day
Gotta kill bosses on Raid Day
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to some DKP, DKP
Raid Day, Raid Day
Not gonna wipe on Raid Day
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to some DKP

Pullin it, pullin it (Yeah)
Wiping it, Wiping it (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to some DKP

7:45, we’re pulling the first boss
Burning so fast, I want time the boss to die
Loot, Loot, think about Loot
You know what it is
I got this, you got this
My friend is int he fire
I got this, you got this
Now you blow it

Kickin’ in the Mammoth
Sittin’ in vial of sands
Gotta make my mind up
Which mount can I take?


It’s Raid Day, Raid Day
Gotta kill bosses on Raid Day
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to some DKP, DKP
Raid Day, Raid Day
Not gonna wipe on Raid Day
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to some DKP

Pullin it, pullin it (Yeah)
Wiping it, Wiping it (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to some DKP


Yesterday was Patch day, Patch Day
Today i-is Raid Day, Raid Day (WINNING)
We-we-we so excited
We so excited
We gonna pull a boss today

Tomorrow is another raid
And more raids comes after...wards
I don’t want this raid ID to end

[Rap Verse]

D-W, Darraxus the Warrior
So chillin’ in the mammoth (In the mammoth)
In the vial of sands(In the vial of sands)
I’m pulling, shield slamming (Yeah, yeah)
New phase, switchin’ adds
Wit’ a Priest up on my side (Woo!)
(C’mon) Passin’ by is a Resto Druid in front of me
Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream
Check my time, it’s enrage time, it’s a raid wipe
We gonna corpse run, c’mon, c’mon, y’all


It’s Raid Day, Raid Day
Gotta kill bosses on Raid Day
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to some DKP, DKP
Raid Day, Raid Day
Not gonna wipe on Raid Day
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to some DKP

Pullin it, pullin it (Yeah)
Wiping it, Wiping it (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to some DKP

It’s Raid Day, Raid Day
Gotta get loots on Raid Day
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the Raid End, Raid End
Raid Day, Raid Day
Bosses down on Raid Day
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the Raid End

Pullin it, pullin it (Yeah)
Wiping it, Wiping it (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to some DKP

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Do You Deal with Guild Drama?

I dont.

I joined my current guild at the beginning of Wrath. Since I have joined, it has been pretty much the same core group of people with a couple of additions here and there. I don't really do a lot of participating in guild activities, so maybe there is drama, but I havent really seen it.

My guild history starts way back in Vanilla WoW with my first guild. It was called The Red Dragon Clan. I first joined it at around level 20 when the guild started. It was a fun time. We went out to Loch Modan and shot off red fireworks to celebrate. I dont remember a whole lot about the guild, but I did keep in touch with one guy off and on over the years after the guild broke up. He helped me out with free health potions when I was a young warrior that couldnt kill anything.

I then joined a guild called The Drunken Fist. It was a pretty casual guild, and I ended up leaving it for a guild called House IIMKI (If it moves kill it).

I had some of my most fun times in this guild. We ran 5 mans daily and I made a lot of friends who I still keep in touch with today. Well, one day during BC, one of the officers in the guild basically rage kicked everyone who was not an original founding member over a loot dispute (level 40 something being dragged along in the horseman event rolled need on and won the helmet over the level 70 warrior).

From there, most of the guild who got kicked out reformed in a guild called Reborn. I was with this guild the rest of BC and into Wrath. We had great times raiding and eventually got into the Black Temple. When Wrath came out, the guild started to die. People were not leveling at the same pace. The ones who wanted to raid RIGHT NOW jumped ship. I hung on for as long as possible, but it was apparent that the guild was dead.

I then joined some of my former guildies who joined my current guild...MeleeStorm. This is the guild I have stayed in during that time. A lot of the people that I joined the guild with have moved on to other guilds or have quit the game. I still toil on. It could be that I dont notice that there is guild drama because I mostly keep to myself these day. Or it could be that the core of the guild just generally enjoys each others company. I am glad I dont have to deal with drama. Drama is for real life....not a video game.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Holy Dailies Batman!

Good god these dailies take up a lot of time. I am running them on two toons currently with my wife. I do all of the Hyjal Dailies including the flying jousting one.

On top of that, my wife is only able to complete two more dailies by the end of the day. She is doing all of the Hyjal dailes as well as the Argent Tournament dailies. I am having to do all of the jousting dailies for the Argent Tournament. I am so sick of jousting having previously grinded out the Crusader title on Darraxus.

There is one thing that bothers me about some dailies and most quests in general. Why wouldnt the quest giver just tell you everythinh they need at one time. Seriously. Cant you ask me to kill 10 orcs AND their chief at the same time. Why do I kill 10 orcs. Come back turn in. Go collect 10 fanny packs out of their camp. Ummmm....ok. Turn it in. Ok, now kill their Chief. Seriously couldnt tell me that before. Come back. Turn in. Thank you Warrior. Now I need you to bomb their fortress and take them out once and for all with this Gryphon carrying nukes. WTF MAN....I COULD HAVE DONE THAT FIRST AND SAVED SOME TIME.

Fuck you quest givers.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Selling Kits for Gold

I was reading an article on the Consortium Forums about selling profession leveling kits. The idea is that you basically provide all of the required materials for a character to go from 1-525 in a given profession and charge them around double what you paid for the materials. Obviously the article is much more detailed, but you would have to read it.

This got me thinking about selling other kinds of "kits".

The first one I thought of was a "leveling" kit. This could come in two different ways.

The first one would be a gear kit that would get them from their beginning roots to the level cap. I think that this kind of kit would be best sold to aspiring tanks. Tank gear can be hard to come by while you are leveling. Having a Blacksmith could, you would be able to craft a lot of the gear.

The second one would be a powerleveling kit. You would charge a fee per hour....say 2000 gold per person. You would grab the lowbie and give them a ride to the instance of choice (assuming you have a mount capable of carrying two people). Time starts when you arrive. They pay you the gold, you put the looting on free for all and kill the crap out of everything in site. This would work best with a pair of refer a friend toons I think. For 4k, they will probably both end up gaining around 20 level between them.

The last idea for a kit I had was a twink kit. You make or buy all of the materials you would need to give someone a starting twink kit. You could even do some twink dungeon runs with said twink for gold. I think that there could be a decent market from something like this if it was advertised properly. What do you think?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Weekend Update

Welcome back after another weekend that went by too fast.

I got quite a bit done over the weekend although it felt like I was mostly busy keeping gems up in the auctionhouse. I made about 50k in sales between Saturday and Sunday, and I need to get back to prospecting the 400 stacks of elementium I picked up on the cheap.

I finally started playing my level 80 Horde Warrior a bit over the weekend as well. I ran some quests over in Hyjal and then decided I wanted to start leveling his JC. I am currently at 478 and picked up my first Cataclysm cut.

I actually ran a Heroic with my wife. She really wants to get the pug and agreed to run one on her Druid. She picked up two upgrades and did decent DPS considering her gear level. Speaking of DPS....someone told my sister that you should not be doing regular Heroics unless you can do at least 13k wut? Some people are fucking retarded.

Dailies.....Im am sick of them. Did all of my Hyjal dailies on Darraxus and unlocked them on my Druid finally. My wife did a ton a dailies. All of the Hyjal Dailies on her Druid and Pally as well as all of the Argent Tournament Dailies on both of those toons....the only problem is that I am the one having to do the damn jousting quests. I am good at jousting, but I hate it. It feels like wasted time. She want the mana wyrmling, so hopefully we are not too far off (just need to get exalted with the Silver Covenant).

I also picked up herbing and mining on my level 70 Shaman this weekend. I plan on making him a second Alchemist/JC and figured I could gater the mats and gain XP at the same time. I got my herbing over 200 and my mining to around 125 or so. I have collected a crap ton of mats.

That is pretty much it. How was your weekend?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Darraxus' Comprehensive Guide to Auctioneering!

Step 1: Download Auctioneer or Auctionator
Step 2: Sell anything that isnt vendor trash on the Auctionhouse
Step 3: ????????
Step 4: Profit!

Seriously. An easy way to make gold it to use the in game auctionhouse. It may seem dumb, but there are people out there who either don't like it or don't know what it is.

I have a friend who never used the AH unless it was for something that could sell for a very large chunk of gold. He didn't like posting things for whatever reason.

On a kinda related chat sucks. If you try to make fair market value on an expensive item, prepare to be flamed. "12k for that!!! I will give you 1k and you would be lucky to get that much."

I see shit like this all the time. People think they are being trade chat heroes or something. They are similar to the people who undercut to less than material costs because selling it for too much is "wrong".

Another trade chat related issue for me.....people asking for price checks on items. I normally wont give them a price check, but will ask them what they want to sell the item for. If it is a deal, I will snatch it up. If it isnt, I will try to negotiate or give them a ballpark number. I don't know how many times I see someone ask for a price check (or barking to sell for that matter) where someone comes back with the VENDOR price for the item. People really are idiots.

Anyways, move along. These are not the tips you are looking for. Move along. Move along. :p

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What is Your Play Style?

I think in the course of playing WoW, I have done just about everything at one time or another.

In Vanilla, I was an incredible noob turned dungeon tank. I had around 100 HKs, one character at level 60, and my next highest alt was around level 20 (my Hunter).

In BC, I really did a bit of everything. I leveled three characters to the level 70 cap (Warrior, Warlock, Paladin). I raided everything up to and including parts of Black Temple. I did a lot of PvP and Arena on my Warlock. I started getting into gold making a bit by selling terocone and netherweb spider silk. I also ran tons of Dungeons. Karazhan was a weekly even that I led every Saturday night. We were down to 1.5 hour clears before the big patch at the end came out.

In Wrath, I focuses on Dungeons and Raids. I mostly pugged my raids as I did not have time on guild raid days to join them. I also got pretty deeply into gold making with the inscription market. I hit the old gold cap during Wrath.

In Cataclysm, I have been a gold maker. Sure, I have done a little bit of everything, but Dungeons are much less enjoyable than they once were and many of my friends have left the game.

So, at one point or another, I have been just about every kind of player. At this point, I guess I am a hardcore gold maker and a very casual dungeoneer.

What do you do with your play time?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Making Gold on a Roleplaying Server

I play on a roleplaying server. Roleplaying servers can be a bit different than you standard server when it comes to making gold.

On roleplaying servers, there seems to be a premium on vanity, and not when it comes to raid gear.

On RP server, things that make a good outfit are highly sought after.

You can sell a lot of these items at a very significant mark up.

What kinds of items am I talking about? Shirts, pants, dresses, hats, and other miscellaneous headgear.

Tops: If you are a tailor, there are quite a few of these that sell well. I find that the ones that sell the best are the Swashbuckler shirts. I dont know if it is the name or what they look like, but they sell of a fairly regular basis. Other fairly popular shirts include the Black Silk Shirt (perhaps because it is black) and Pink Mageweave shirts. One that I have sold for 120-150 gold each are the vendor "shirts" that you buy from the first aid vendor in Dalaran. There is a anticeptic dressing and wound dressing (or something close to that). They look like you took some wounds and are bandaged up. Nice touch depending on what kind of roleplaying you are doing. I also sell the Tuxedo shirt on a fairly regular basis.

Dresses sell on a fairly regular basis as well. The wedding dress and the one of the black dresses sell pretty well. I have also grabbed and sold a few of the Hanbocks from the vendor in Moonglade.

Pants: The only pants I generally sell are the Tuxedo pants. If you sell these, you stand a chance of selling the rest of the set if it is on the auctionhouse.

Head: There are several good options for the head slot. I sell the Admiral's hat for between 25-75 gold. They cost very little to make. Engineering is also a pretty decent profession to make head pieces. You can make a couple of different kinds of goggles which may or may not sell. As a Jewelcrafter, you can make some pretty cool monacles. I have only sold one of the amber ones, but it sold for 1500 gold.

If it looks cool, it can sell....especially on an RP server.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Weekend Update

Welcome back from the Holliday blog readers!

I did get to play some WoW this weekend with my wife and had some great fun.

First thing we did is get both of her characters caught up to the Hyjal dailies. She had already finished the zone on both of her toons, so there was no problem. I on the other hand am having to slog through the zone on my Druid to catch up.

The reason for doing the Hyjal dailies? Not the epic loots. She is doing it to get the pets that you receive at the end of it.

We also ran her through Underbog a bunch of times to get her exalted with Sporregar on her Paladin for another pet. To be honest, she ran me through it a bunch of times as I saw this as a nice opportunity to gain a couple of levels on my then level 62 bank alt rogue. I wore my banking clothes and just looted Hibiscus for her. I ended up at 64 and out of rested XP.

We also got in a little bit of time on out lowbie priests. We are going through some of the Kalimdor quest areas as we have never done them. I always end up going the Dward quest route or the Human quest route after a starting area.

There was also a nice chunk of gold made over the weekend. Gems and enchants are still going very well. I have been selling the Greater Intellect to Cloak enchant for 600 a pop and going through around 5 per day.

I have also been flipping items as always. I picked up the Strength to Bracers enchant for 150 gold and a Shadowspirit cut for 25 gold. They should net me around 8k.

Ore prices are starting to fall back in line with what they were pre patch, which will be good. Hopefully it continues to fall.

How was your weekend?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Hope you have a wonderful Holliday with friends and family! If not, enjoy the fireworks in WoW.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Weekend Gold Tip

This is the first weekend after the new patch. You may have noticed sales slowing a bit. Not to worry!

The weekend warriors will be logging on in force this weekend and you can make a killing. Make sure to be well stocked on gems, enchants, leg armors, spellthreads, belt buckles, and maybe even vanity pets.

Good luck and happy gold making.

RAF Idea

So, they are doing all kinds of things to get new players to join the game.

20 bucks for Vanilla and BC now. Trial accounts do not end. RAF up to level 80.

I have an idea that would get them some more money. RAF between two existing account.

Say it costs 10 bucks for 3 months, which is what it probably cost someone to just purchase vanilla.

You and a friend link your account. You now get to level characters on the account that you want to. You dont have to start some account that is never going to be used again.

10 bucks from each player.....sounds like a good deal for Blizz. I would certainly sign up for it with my wife.

There are characters I would love to level, but dont want to spend the time leveling. This would make it so much easier.

I think that Blizzard should get on this ideas ASAP.