Monday, October 18, 2010

How the MLB NLCS & ALCS Affect The Auction House

Where Is Everyone?
Have you started to notice the overall decline in players online, specifically the online player population on evenings and weekends appears to be way down.  Why?  It's Major League Baseball's playoff time.  We are down to just the Yankees, Rangers, Giants, and my life long devoted Philadelphia Phillies.  What does all this have to do with the auction house?  As I have been detailing over the life of this blog, real world major sporting events can drastically effect your server population.  This can lower your potential buyers during a major event, but also can help you make extra profits due to a lack of competition.  Some players will post their auctions just before the game starts, then may not log in until the next day due to the games running so long.

Past Sporting Events
I have made extra gold in sales during the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup finals, the Kentucky Derby, and the list goes on.  I won the Booty Bay fishing derby during the opening Sunday of NFL football too!  With these excellent 4 baseball teams playing, there are some crazy expectations for viewers counts becasue the match ups are very intriguing and will be awesome to watch.  A lot of your competition will be taking time off during the games, posting before and after the games, or not logging on that day at all.  So I have enclosed the remaining game times.  You can use this to your advantage.  I would suspect that there will be a lot of competition the hour before the games start.  Wait until the game actually starts, then post all your auctions and you should have a better chance of selling more during the 3+ hour game time window.

All Times are in Eastern

Yankees vs Rangers

Game 3 10/18 Mon 8:00 PM
Game 4 10/19 Tue  8:00 PM
Game 5 10/20 Wed 4:00 PM
Game 6 10/22 Fri 8:00 PM  (If Needed)
Game 7 10/23 Sat 8:00 PM  (If Needed)
Giants vs Phillies
Game 3 10/19 Tues 4:00 PM
Game 4 10/20 Wed 7:30 PM
Game 5 10/21 Thur 7:30 PM
Game 6 10/23 Sat  3:30 PM  (If Needed)
Game 7 10/24 Sun 7:30 PM  (If Needed)

The 19th, 20th, and 23rd are possible dates for 2 games in 1 day.

World Series Schedule

Game 1 Wednesday, October 27 @ 7:30 PM
Game 2 Thursday, October 28 @ 7:30 PM
Game 3 Saturday, October 30 @ 6:30 PM
Game 4 Sunday, October 31 @ 8:00 PM
Game 5 Monday, November 1 @ 7:30 PM (If Needed)
Game 6 Wednesday, November 3 @ 7:30 PM (If Needed)
Game 7 Thursday, November 4 @ 7:30 PM (If Needed)

TheWorld Series is another excellent time to make some extra sales with decreased competition.  Goblins tend to be highly competitive.  Thus they also have a higher chance of watching competitive sports.


  1. I think there are more people aware of the change in game play during major sporting events than you might think.

    I am on a server where the Alliance almost never wins WG, and it was really bad early this year.

    However, we did managed to snag WG during Superbowl Sunday, and yes many a player made comments to the effect that they thought they stood a better chance during the the game as they new there would be fewer players, so us desperate folk made the time.

    It made for two very interesting Vault runs after. Likely the fastest I have seen as everyone wanted to get back to the game, and at least half it was their first kill of Toravon. It was interesting in that a lot of the people playing were interested in the game, but took the break to do WG as they new that the changed dynamic might help them.

  2. Auctioneering is my sport!..... ohhh that and football,MMA, and drinking!


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