• BoE Stockpiling - An Opportunity Overlooked?

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    *Note: Many item changes have been reverted on the beta realms. Take heed entrepreneurs, investigate your items before committing to a purchase!


    This is a follow-up of my previous blog on stockpiling glyphs in preparation for Cataclysm and patch 4.0. As feverish discussion continues in the speculation threads, entrepreneurs are beginning to establish which items will be worthwhile in the Cataclysm stockpiling effort. Notable mentions include:
    • Glyphs.
    • Crafting materials of all kinds.
    • Gems.
    • Various items required in Legendary crafting.
    • quest line rewards.
    • Zul'Gurub vanity items.

    A good mix of the above nearly guarantees to yield profit in Cataclysm. However, I feel that a certain market has been grossly overlooked: bind-on-equip items. Preliminary discussion about this has already taken place between Cold and Markco. Check them out here and here. With the addition of two new races in Cataclysm and the revamp of the old world, we can expect very live and bustling low-level zones following the expansion's launch. As swarms of new Goblins and Worgen rush to 85, we will see unprecedented demand for sub-57 rare and epic quality items. Coupled with inflation, I believe most of these items will easily yield up to 400% ROI. Before jumping into specifics, we must first acknowledge a very important change; the itemization revamp. Blizzard announced that certain stats were being removed from the game in Cataclysm. What they forgot to mention is that most items currently in-game will have their stats adjusted so that "useless" items are hard to come by. More specifically, items with spirit/strength or agility/spirit are being re-itemized to be (far) more attractive. This list sums it up:

    [item lang=cata]Rakzur Club[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Razor's Edge[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Onyx Claymore[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Pysan's Old Greatsword[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Beazel's Basher[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Dreamslayer[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Sword of the Magistrate[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Tanglewood Staff[/item]
    [item lang=cata]The Minotaur[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Stoneraven[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Mugthol's Helm[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Twig of the World Tree[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Talon of Vultros[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Dark Phantom Cape[/item]

    [item lang=cata]Blush Ember Ring[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Gazlowe's Charm[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Enormous Ogre Belt[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Skibi's Pendant[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Ring of Precision[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Helm of Narv[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Icemail Jerkin[/item]

    You'll notice I've grouped these up. Group 1 are items in contention with heirlooms in Cataclysm. They may very well be out-done by said heirlooms, so again, invest with care. Group 2 have been buffed outright, or are easily best-in-slot for their level range. Take a look at the new - what a beauty! In the same vein, I suspect that blizzard may completely eliminate of the Boar (spirit/strength) and of the Wolf (spirit/agility) items from the game Ė or rather, modify their stats and rename them. These items can often be found at the AH for dirt cheap. Items with the of the Monkey suffix and of the Eagle fetch pretty penny at the AH. I've yet to find these suffixes at the beta AH... but it's not like the beta AH is very popular anyway.

    Of course, don't limit yourself to the above items. I've been running searches on 11-54 rare/epic items and sorting by % price level. Pick up anything you see as a good deal. Given the inflation we'll see in Cataclysm, you could blindly invest in any random items in this category and still turn a profit. But inventory space is limited, unfortunately. In my opinion, some great investments:

    And any sub-56 BoE epic item, really. One must be careful, however. Not every investment is without risk. Blizzard is nerfing several twink items in hopes of making room for heirlooms. For example, take [item lang=cata]Talon of Vultros[/item]. Invest with caution! One must also be wary of items in the 55-59 range - these are quickly outdone by outland greens, and buyers know this. A general rule of thumb is to avoid these.

    Be wary of the following twink items, as they are being nerfed in Cataclysm. These items in particular are going from amazing to average - don't invest too heavily in them. Pick them up only when you see a good deal:

    [item lang=cata]Shadowfang[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Claw of the Shadowmancer[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Assassin's Blade[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Silvershell Leggings[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Petrolspill Leggings[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Hotshot Pilot's Gloves[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Vendetta[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Mantle of Thieves[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Miner's Hat of the Deep[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Expert Goldminer's Helmet[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Monolithic Bow[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Pendulum of Doom[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Mindthrust Bracers[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Keller's Girdle[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Plains Ring[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Night Reaver[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Caverndeep Trudgers[/item]
    [item lang=cata]Pugilist Bracers[/item]

    The above list may be incomplete, but encompasses some of the most coveted twink items in the game. Gone are the days of flipping for 40,000 gold. Conversely, some twink items remained untouched, or are now best-in-slot:

    [item lang=cata]Gloves of the Fang[/item]

    (of the Monkey)

    (of the Monkey)

    (of the Monkey)

    (of the Eagle)

    These are almost sure investments - besides the cloaks, helms and chestpieces (in contention with heirlooms). Again, if you find some candidates to be missing, join the conversation and I'll fix things up.

    I should mention a very specific item here as well - . With the large influx of Death Knights at the release of WotLK, we saw certain commodities such as selling for astronomical amounts. I personally unloaded at least a dozen for over 800 gold in the early days of WotLK. I expect this to re-occur on Cataclysm's release, despite the availability of heirloom weapons. Goblin and Worgen Death Knights will be the target buyers, supported by occasional warriors/paladins on their way to 85. Iíve got on my snatch list for 500g. I suggest you do the same!

    Since I know people will probably ask for this - perhaps I should share my latest beta ventures. I've been exploring several zones in hopes of finding worthwhile investment opportunities. My adventures have been mostly fruitless - besides these noticeable changes:

    • I could not find Harlown Darkweave in Ashenvale. He sells the limited-quantity, alliance-only . This pattern is not taught by trainers on the beta.
    • Jubie Gadgetspring is nowhere to be found in Azshara. She sells . Her friend, Blimo Gadgetspring, was also missing in action. He sells .

    Could these folks have been victims of Deathwing's shenanigans? Could these items be the next ? Likely not, but given their price, they are worth a shot. I haven't been able to explore every zone and every NPC. If you'd like for me to track down a specific NPC on beta servers, just ask.

    The inside scoop on

    The ultimate fate of this item is still unknown. Some players report that Polymorph: Turtle is trainable on beta servers. Luckily for you, I have verified this myself and can confirm that the spell is not trainable on beta servers. I suspect these false reports are indeed intentional - social manipulation is in the works! However, I wouldn't be surprised if blizzard re-introduced the item once the new ZG is complete.

    And that's all for today folks, thanks for reading!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: BoE Stockpiling - An Opportunity Overlooked? started by Sterling View original post
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      Sterling -
      Wonderful. Blizzard went and nerfed at the very last minute. At least I can still count on inflation to provide a decent ROI.