Thursday, July 29, 2010
First off I very much enjoy your writing. I found your blog via "just my two copper".
On my server I'm seeing the price of low, medium, and high level blue armor, jewelery, and weapons either take a nose dive or a slow downward spiral depending on the item.
Are these items ideal for purchasing now with the expectation of flipping after the expansion?
Will the demand for these items return or will some game mechanic (i.e. mastery) render them much less useful. Are new midlevel quest items going to suddenly start providing mastery for example?
Thanks so much!
"The Mastery bonus that was unique to each tree will now be derived from the Mastery stat, found on high-level items, and Mastery will be a passive skill learned from class trainers around level 75."
"As characters move into the level 78+ areas in Cataclysm, they'll begin seeing items with a new stat, Mastery. Once they learn the Mastery skill from their class trainer they'll receive bonuses from the stat based on the tree they've specialized in."
So items with Mastery will only drop in the higher level areas.
As far as the drop in BOE gear prices, I suspect its due to many players being gone this late in the expansion and not many poeple levelling these days are without BOAs. Then the Random Dungeon Finder makes it very easy to get good gear thru dungeoning instead of predominantly relying on quests and drops for gear as you level. For this reason I wouldn't recommend anything to buy and flip in the mid to high ranges. I would recommend grabbing some of the lower level items to flip in Cataclysm, because then there will be in an influx of new players and more importantly (since they have gold to spend) old players returning to the game to play new characters.
I predict just as bags and BoA Enchants will see record sales, so will the BiS levelling items that are made for low levels, such as Spider Silk Boots, Deviate Scale Belts, Barbaric Bracers, etc. Those items that are really good and last you a long time before replacing are well worth it to the experienced player levelling a new character while spending previously earned coin. Beyond those baseline excellent items, people should be decently geared with all the new levellers using the LFD tool, and with all the new characters and players those queues should be pretty short, thus providing easy access to blues as they level and grind dungeons.
Thanks for the questions Daniel!
Anyone else feel free to share any others ideas or recommendations.