The cat was just sprung out of the bag on a major change with the next patch. You remember those Timeless Coins that you have a couple of hundred thousand of extras? No one wants to buy your Harmonious Porcupette from the AH. So your stockpile of coins is sitting there just wasting away.
With the next patch (5.4.8) our best Timeless Coin merchant, Mistweaver AI is about to unleash a new coin. The Coin of Valor will cost 3000 Timeless Coins (what it costs on the PTR currently) and will give you 100 Valor Points. Valor points can be used for multiple items including upgrading any gear that you currently have, future gear upgrades and some BOE valor items found on the different vendors in Stormwind/Orgrimmar.
But before you rush out and buy all of those BOE gear to drop on the AH. With the next patch you will be able to upgrade all of your items another 2 levels (4 upgrade levels total). This includes those Bind On Account gear from smacking Garrosh around. This should put a lot of players into being able to accomplish more with their raiding SOO. The more equipment players are able to obtain, the more chances to purchase your enchants and enhancement items from the Auction House.
There is also a chance that this will impact the Blacksmithing and Leatherworking crafting items. Leatherworking and Blacksmithing have belts for healing, casting dps and melee/ranged dps. Beets are particularly annoying to have dropped in SOO. So to complete a powerhouse set players are going to be looking for these items at a reasonable price from the Auction House.
Most changes in the economy and sales of coins/valor points have a rippling effect across a server economy. So watch for trends in the gear and item enhancement market and be ready to spring into action to ride the wave.
This is all on the PTR could be changed pretty quickly. Especially the cost of the Coin of Valor. 3000 coins are very easy to farm from the island (kill two elites on the island and your netting 2 to 3k coins) so I won’t be surprised if this raises a little higher. Either way this will be an excellent way to drop your timeless coins into something profitable and useful.
It is pretty much a guarantee that the star of the show both live and on PPV was the unveiling of the new Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor.
Along with all of the other games that were there to tease players into coming back to Blizzard: World of Warcraft is still the lynchpin of the Blizzard Empire.
There was so much to offer that any gold goblin had their heads spinning around and around. New mounts, New UI, Boosting one character instantly to 90 (someone wants to teach the newbie how to tank?). But the big one that got my mind a wandering was the introduction to personal housing. This will end up being the major gold sink in WOD (O great, another acronym).
All of the other information was shock and awe when it came to the new areas. With the entire group going back through the Dark Portal and traveling through time (woohoo!!!!) it will be interesting just how they counterbalance a savage land with the requirements that players have gotten used to. Remember how annoying it was to be in Shattrath and having to port to your home city just to post up auctions?
Speaking of Shattrath we get to see how it was when the Draenei were in charge. Showing videos and artist sketches gave the depth and even the sorrow of how the city became lost during the War.
Time travel is going to end up getting a lot of grumpy mcgrumpers calling for the death of World of Warcraft. Mostly because many players just like to hear themselves complain. But if they can pull off the wonderful scenery that was Mists of Pandaria and the epic storyline contained in the expansion pack the majority of players will be happy.
So keep those money engines a roaring for the next 3-4 months and start stacking away the coin. Your new housing unit is waiting for you to build it.