I’m making gold in World of Wacraft at the moment, which is fun.
There’s not much I need to spend gold on really. I get my gems from Emblems of Conquest (and I updated my rare gems using obsolete Emblems of Heroism when epic gems were first released – what a bonus!), I enchant my own stuff and I don’t believe in spending all my gold to purchase the latest orb-required Tailoring items.
That leaves two major expenses in the game for me:
The best way to reduce repair costs is to just… not die.
If you raid and don’t die, you’ll make money. If you’ve ever been along for an Undying Naxx run you’ll know what I’m talking about. And when dying is inevitable, fortunately for me, my raiding repairs (and Fish Feasts for that matter) are paid for by my guild.
So I can turn my attention to Flasks and Potions. And they’re expensive. I try to buy Flasks in bulk when they are relatively inexpensive. But the prices keep rising. I think all the Herbalists have stopped herbing or something because herbs currently cost a small fortune on Barthilas and Flasks are going up in price each time I log in.
There are just not enough Flasks listed for sale on Auction House. It’s not uncommon to check AH on a raid night and buy out the last 2 or 3 listed for sale.
My Shaman, Xata, is a herbalist. I chose herbalism for Xata because I actually enjoy picking herbs and I thought this would be a good way to make her self-sufficient. Then I transferred Xata to Caelestraez (PVE), with a bank full of herbs to sell, only to discover that herbs have very little value on that server. And flasks not much more. Back in April you could pick up a Flask of the Frost Wrym on Caelestraez for 17g, on Barthilas they cost 25g.
Then the other night I found myself watching this video posted on Shadowpriest.com which goes through some complicated Addon setup to gather herbs very quickly in Storm Peaks.
[youtubehq 7CeUzul9_to Herbing in Storm Peaks with the Routes Addon]
Tempting stuff! I could do this!
Disgracin’ the Basin
I helped Lathere level her alt, and herbalist, Alexria, earlier this year and both of us were severely punished when caught herbing on Barthilas (PVP) by another Herbalist. Being corpse-camped by an Undead Rogue is a pretty miserable experience. He succeeded in forcing us to log out, leaving our dead bodies abandoned on the bright green Sholazar grass. Perhaps he had a bit of a chip on his shoulder for being a flower-picking assassin. Who knows?
We had Alliance players yelling abuse at us for “stealing” herbs and we had Alliance players dropping down from the heavens to snipe the herbs out from under our noses.
I haven’t actually played my Shaman for several months now. She’s at the stage where she needs to do Heroics (and pug Raids) and I just can’t quite bring myself to dedicate more play time on the same content that I run on my main. Now, if I wasn’t doing heroics on Cassandri I might be interested, but that’s another story.
So I find myself considering transferring Xata back to Barthilas just to herb. Extreme? Yes. But is it more wasteful to leave a character unplayed altogether?
I’m not sure, if in competition for a herb, I could win a duel on Barthilas anyway. And I have very little patience for World PVP in general. And I have no resilience gear for my Shaman. Even as I’m writing this I’m thinking a transfer could be a bad idea. Unless I herb at off-peak times.
The question of What to do about Xata? still remains.
After writing this post I logged in as Xata and started herbing in order to take a picturesque screencapture to accompany this story. I started off in Storm Peaks, then thought, wait, some of this story takes place in Sholazar Basin, so perhaps I’ll take a capture there.
I flew straight there. Over Wintergrasp. I found an Adder’s Tongue bush soon enough and landed, turned off my Auto Loot, hid my interface and slowly started swiveling my camera around to get a good view. In the distance is a Night Elf Rogue hacking away at gorillas, which I felt was somehow appropriate too, so I tried to include him in the screen capture. I might have been bent over, mid-loot for perhaps 2 minutes.
Then an Undead Rogue swoops down and kills me. True story I swear to god. Flying over Wintergrasp must have flagged me for PVP or something. Oh yeah he killed the Night Elf too.
I was laughing so hard. Different servers, same Sholazar, I guess.