Sunday, February 23, 2014

Guide To Booster Pack Gambling For WoW TCG Loot

A Guide To Gambling For World of Warcraft Loot Codes

Reign of Fire Booster Packs

Demand and Loot Code Use As A Blogger or Podcaster

As a World of Warcraft blogger, I learned one thing early on:  Warcraft players love their WoW Trading Card Game Loot!  Many players are willing to buy multiple booster packs and cases of WoW TCG boosters just for a chance to win some loot codes.  More specifically, players are always on the hunt for the super rare and expensive mounts and pets and buying the actual booster packs for a chance at opening a rare is often a more affordable option for many players, since prized treasures like the Spectral Tiger Mount can cost $500 or more.

As a Warcraft blogger, I also learned another key bit of wisdom:  Buying WoW TCG loot cards for giveaways is an incredible efficient way to expand and advertise your blog!  I've often purchased handfuls of WoW TCG pet loot cards to use as contest awards and giveaways.  Whether you are holding a blog birthday celebration, looking for new followers on twitter, need ideas for podcast giveaways, or are building your email newsletter subscriptions, WoW TCG pet codes and WoW TCG vanity codes are super efficient advertising tools to incorporate into your advertising budget.

Many times you can find pet codes for under $5-$10 each on Amazon and I've bought some pet codes for as little as $1.99-$3.99 each.  That $5 investment into a giveaway is super cheap for advertising that actually works to bring you new and returning traffic as well as new subscribers.  And for the big celebrations, giving away WoW TCG Mount cards will really bring the traffic and subscriptions home, if you wish to invest a bit more for those more expensive mount codes.

So if you are a World of Warcraft blogger or podcaster, then I highly recommend grabbing some WoW TCG loot cards to use as giveaways and advertising tools.  It's a great low cost marketing investment idea that actually works.


The 2 Main Types Of WoW TCG Booster Pack Buyers

Some players prefer to gamble for a chance at winning, as opposed to buying the loot cards specifically.  This can be a lot of fun or a headache if you gamble and don't get what you want.  Try to remember that this is a form of gambling, not all booster packs are going to contain loot cards, and it's never cool to leave a horrible review on a booster pack purchase just because you didn't get the loot card you wanted out of your booster packs!  I see it all too often!

WoW TCG Booster Pack Gambling

This guide should help to serve two types of buyers:  The Gambler & The Add-On Shopper.

The Gambler is the Warcraft player that loves to buy the WoW TCG Booster packs and cases of boosters in hopes of pulling an expensive loot card to either use for their own Warcraft characters in game or to have a real life investment item that they seek to flip for a real life profit.  Yes, there are players who buy cases in hopes of finding a rare mount to sell for cash.  When the booster pack cases are on sale and deeply discounted, this tactic has the potential to be very rewarding.  

The Add-On Shopper is the Warcraft player who is already shopping on Amazon and buying something for themselves that isn't that expensive.  Amazon has a policy that you get free shipping on many items if your pre-tax shopping total of Amazon purchased items is $35 or greater (current policy and subject to change).  The Add-On Shopper knows about the free shipping requirement of $35, so when his shopping cart totals to just $25, he adds a few unopened WoW TCG booster packs to his order to bump the total to just over $35 to get the free shipping option.  This option is a wise one because instead of throwing away money on shipping alone, you spend a tad bit more and get booster packs and can gamble for a chance to get one of those expensive mounts or pets!  Remember to think like the Add-On Shopper when your next Amazon purchase totals just under the free shipping threshold of $35.  

War of the Ancients Booster Packs

Which WoW TCG Booster Packs Contain What Rare Loots?

For those players that are interested in buying their own WoW TCG booster packs, it helps to have a breakdown of what exact loot cards can be found in which booster packs, since there are a ton of already released expansions for the Warcraft trading card game and not all of them contain WoW loot codes.  

Rarity is also important to keep in mind.  The rarest of the loot cards will almost always be the mounts within that expansion.  The vanity items and pets will usually be either common or uncommon distribution, but the mounts will almost always be the rarest and hardest to find.  While it is possible to buy just a single booster pack and get a rare mount, it is also very unlikely.  Buying a case of TCG booster packs increases your odds of getting a rare loot card, but still is not a guarantee.  Although buying a sealed booster box is a guarantee that you will receive some loot cards, it doesn't guarantee that you will get a mount card.

Make sure to check the prices between booster packs and cases because some of these sets you can buy a full booster box for under $25!

Breakdown of WoW TCG Booster Pack Expansions & Potential Loot Cards

  • Booster Pack Expansion Name: Single Packs Link & Booster Packs Link 
    • C- Common
    • U- Uncommon
    • R- Rare

  • War of the Elements Expansion:  Booster Packs (Sold Out) & Case of Boosters
    • C- Landro's Lichling
    • U- War Party Hitching Post
    • R- Savage Raptor

  • Icecrown Expansion:  Booster Packs (Sold Out) & Case of Boosters
    • C- Paint Bomb
    • U- Ethereal Portal
    • R- Wooly White Rhino

  • Servants of the Betrayer Expansion:  Booster Packs & Case of Boosters
    • C- Papa Hummel's Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuit
    • U- Goblin Weather Machine - Prototype 01-B
    • R- X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME

  • Fires of Outland Expansion:  Booster Packs & Case of Boosters (Sold Out) [See Archives & Reign of Fire Expansions]
    • C- Goblin Gumbo Kettle
    • U- Fishing Chair
    • R- Reins of the Swift Spectral Tiger

  • Archives Expansion:  Booster Packs & Case of Boosters
    • C- Sandbox Tiger
    • C- Papa Hummel's Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuit
    • C- Tabard of Flame
    • C- Paper Flying Machine Kit
    • U- Banana Charm - Bananas Monkey Pet
    • U- Rocket Chicken
    • U- Fishing Chair
    • U- D.I.S.C.O. Ball
    • R- Spectral Tiger
    • R- X-51 Nether Rocket
    • R- Riding Turtle
    • R- Big Battle Bear

  • Reign of Fire Expansion:  Booster Packs & Case of Boosters
    • Contains ALL previously released loot cards, with increases chances to get loot cards in packs, and a chance at a God Pack, which is an entire pack full of all loot codes!  This was an amazing expansion!

Hoping To Get A Spectral Tiger Mount Code?

The most common gambled for loot card is the Spectral Tiger and the original packs that they appeared in are both rare and expensive, but you have better options.  If your main goal is to get a Spectral Tiger Mount card and you don't want to buy a Spectral Tiger outright, you actually have 4 options.

The Spectral Tiger Mount Can Be Found In These Options:
  1. Fires of Outland Booster Packs - Original appearance, but rare, hard to find, & expensive.
  2. Wrathgate Expansion Booster Packs - The Spectral Tiger has a chance to appear in Landro's Gift Box.
  3. Archives Expansion Booster Packs - The Archives Expansion was an all foil released set of the most popular WoW TCG loot cards from the previous expansion sets.  A reprint set with another chance to get a Spectral Tiger.
  4. Reign of Fire Expansion Booster Packs - The final expansion ever to be released for the WoW TCG, which includes all previously released loot cards, but with better odds of winning.  This one is a hugely popular set because you have a chance to get any of the loot cards ever made.
  5. Check eBay for WoW TCG Loot Codes

If you've had good luck promoting your site with loot card giveaways or have had some great luck opening booster packs for loot codes, then be sure to share your experiences in the comments!



  1. Excellent article and a great evaluation. As someone who has moved away from World of Warcraft and to the finance side of a card games, Cold has made some really points. I did want to touch a little more on risk though.

    A common occurrence with TCG games is box/pack mapping. This basically allows you to know what is inside a pack before you open it. In the Magic community at least, this is frowned on. You won't stay in business for long if you're selling mapped packs. My point here, is make sure you're buying from reputable retailers like Cold provided. Don't ever buy lose packs on eBay. You should always assume they have been mapped. Buy through Amazon which partners with reputable dealers.

    The other thing I'd point out is you need to remember that these cards are now out of print. So card shops are liquidating their inventory because the player base of the game will disappear. What won't disappear is the desire to obtain the loot cards inside. So while prices may be low now, it's safe to assume as long as WoW remains popular, once the initial surge of card shop liquidation ends, the average booster box cost will go back up.

    1. Yeah, some cards are climbing in value already. The Reign of Fire Booster Pack boxes opened at $99.99 sale price and are all the way up to $199.99 currently.

  2. As a fellow blogger, I've taken a lot of advice from Cold over the last year or two and my readership/visitor numbers have grown considerably thanks to him. One of the tips he gave me early on was to run a few Giveaways using the WoW TCG Loot Code pets which I did for my 2nd blog birthday and a Christmas in July one.

    Having set up the subscription system too (also on his advice!) I've occasionally run giveaways purely for subscribers and I've been really pleased with the responses each time.

    The other great thing is the no shipping cost to my winners - it also means that I don't have to worry where my winners are located as I would if I were giving away a Blizzard store pet.


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