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Monday, January 28, 2013

5.2 To Kill Level 10 Twink Market

Say Goodbye To Level 10 Twinking

There's a major change coming soon to random battle grounds in World of Warcraft.  It's a huge change for twinking and will completely destroy the level 10 twink auction niche market.  Allthough level 10s will be hit the absolute hardest, there are ramifications in almost every other bracket as well.  I've already talked about this on The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast Episode #35, but I'll go into more detail here from a gold making standpoint.  So what's the big change?

Coming in Patch 5.2:
"Players in low level battlegrounds will have their effective level raised to the maximum level allowed in that battleground bracket. Players’ base stats and spells are scaled accordingly and are treated as the same level when determining hits, misses, and critical effect chance.”
So what it means is that every character in a battleground, regardless of actual level, will be treated as the max possible level for the battleground.  All base stats and spells will be adjusted up accordingly.  Gear shouldn't be changed, except maybe heirlooms scaling up to the new level, and I doubt you will be able to equip new higher level gear if you enter at a lower level.  This does have ramifications in all brackets, as far as spells and level scaling goes, but the biggest hit is to the level 10 twinks.

What is a level 10 Twink?

A level 10 Twink is a one man death dealing slaughterhouse, especially a hunter.  Level 10 is a very popular bracket for twinking because a level 10 twink can decimate an entire battleground if built and played properly.  The exploit still exist for getting your twink into regular (non-XP off ) battlegrounds with your own XP off and that's where it gets amazingly fun to slaughter undergeared players.  There are level 10 twinks out there with the highest possble honor kill achievements.  Yup, at level 10!

A level 10 Twink is so awesome because of some of the changes that Blizzard implememnted for low level players.  From level 1 through 10, all players get what I like to call, "Noob Buffs".  These are benefits that were designed to make leveling a new character faster, easier, and more enjoyable.  Problem is at level 10 you still have all the benefits and you can already enter into a battleground with level 10-14 players. 

These "Noob Buffs" are from how the game scales combat ratings and how abilities are translated into those combat ratings.  The lower level your character is, the more of a benefit you get from enchants, stats, buffs, etc.  So all level 1-10 characters get a boost to damage, as well as secondary attributes.  Level 1-10 characters also receive a huge boost to their rate of mana and health regeneration.  A level 10 twink can autoheal within seconds when out of combat, without the need for bandages at all.  If he's a troll twink it's even faster thanks to the Regeneration racial.

Lower brackets tend to favor the Agility based classes since they tend to have a ton of great enchants to add to many slots, even at lower level.  For this reason the lower brackets have historically be slanted towards Rogues and Hunters.  I love my level 10 hunter twink.  He destroys most anything in his path!

Once the new Patch 5.2 changes hit, he'll be dead and forced to level to 14 or will get deleted because 14 on 14 is, well, meh! 

Incoming Auction Market Changes

With level 10s becoming obsolete there are a few notable items to unload now before the changes come.  Most notable is the lvl 10 overpowered green Darkmoon chest pieces from the Tarot Decks.  These may still sell to levelers, but the value of them will plummet, especially on the +Agi and +Agi/+Sta leather chests as Heirlooms and crafted/dungeon/quest items become better choices at level 14.

On the other hand, Malachite Pendants could see a spike in sales and price as all the level 10 Agility class twinks level up to 14.  The +2 Agility necklace is the only option and has been a consistent seller for me at 25 gold each.  For the same reason, now is a good time to start hunting Slimey Murloc Scales to craft into belts as well.

So if you have a level 10 twink, then get to killing and enjoy your final days as a one man murder show.  You days are now numbered.



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