It's January 15th, and you know what today is? Besides marking the birthday of a pack of famous people, January 15th is also the 10th birthday of wikipedia itself... what an eerie coincidence. But anyway.

Today's even more important than that. Today we reveal our first batch of entries to the (bi?) monthly article writing contest! Here's how it's going to work; I'll release the entries in batches, so that everyone can soak them up good. Once all entries have been released, I'll put up a poll and we can all vote on our favorite entrants. Here's a list of all entrants:
  • Cold.
  • EU -Zoxy.
  • Brouck.
  • Sinshroud.
  • Stede.
  • Zenit.
  • Xandamere. (removed, semi-exploit and outdated )
  • Altolycus.

If you have entered the contest but do not see yourself on this list, please contact me. Maybe I forgot about you! We'll start this off with Cold, Zoxy and Brouck's entries;

Cold:
First entry.
Second entry.
Third Entry.

Zoxy:
First entry.
Second entry.
Third entry.

Brouck:
First entry.
His second entry is was formatted for these forums:

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The past few days, I have spent trying to figure out the most lucrative manner in which to blow my transmute cooldown. As a half ass gambler, I wanted to use my transmute in a manner that produces the greatest amount of gold, based on the least amount of luck (or procs).

The way I see it, there are only four widely used ways of burning one's transmute CD.

1. Buy all mats for Truegold, transmute (hope for procs) and post on AH.

2. Offer your Truegold transmute to the masses, for a fee (including procs)

3. Offer your Truegold transmute to the masses, for a lesser fee, keeping any procs for yourself to put on AH

4. Transmute: Living Elements in Uldum and post Volatile Airs on AH.

We're going to look at these four methods with Wowhead's Prices and Average Prices from my server

First Wowhead

1. Truegold Mats include 10 Volatile Fire @ 17g/each, 10 Volatile Air @33g/each, 10 Volatile Water @ 4g each and 3 Pyrium Bars @ 24g/each. For a grand total of 612 gold. Wowhead lists Truegold at 927g. Bringing our total profit to 315g (927-612).

315g x 7days = 2205g/week
1 proc = 3132g/week (likely)
2 proc = 4059g/week (probable)
3proc = 4986g/week (unlikely)

2. The average transmute CD giving away procs sells for between 250-300g. We'll assign it a total of 275g.

275g x 7days = 1925g/week
Price remains sale regardless of procs.

3. The average transmute CD for Alchemists who are non-transmute specced or keeping their procs is between 200-250g. We'll assign it a total of 225g

225g x 7 days= 1575 g/week
1 proc = 2502g
2 proc = 3429g
3 proc = 4356g

4. 15 Volatile Life @ 8g = 120g

15 Volatile Air @ 33g = 495g
Profit of 375g x 7 days = 2625g/week

* Calculating Procs gets more tricky as blue posts have stated the proc is in now way related to the zone you are in. Therefore I am using a composite average of the five volatiles, which works out to be 14.2g

1 proc = 2838g/week
2proc = 3051g/week
3 proc = 3264g/week

Clearly using Wowhead's data choice one is the way to go. The data however changes slightly when using the average prices found on my server

Fires 27g
Water 20g
Air 48g
Pyrium Bar 44g

This totals the mats to be 1082g.

Truegold is valued at 1336g. Making a profit of only 254g

Where as Life is valued at only 9g x 15 = 135g Making Transmute Living Elements profit = 585g

Choice 1: Buying mats and selling Truegold.

1778g per week

1 proc = 3114g
2 proc = 4450g
3 proc = 5786g

Choice 2: Selling Truegold CD in trade with procs

Remains the same 1925g/week

Choice 3: Selling Truegold CD in trade keeping procs and listing them on AH

1575g per week

1 proc 2911g
2 proc 4247g
3 proc 5583g

Choice 4: Transmuting Living Elements in Uldum for Air

4095g per week

*Avg. proc = 24.6 * 15 = 369

1 proc = 4464g
2 proc = 4833g
3 proc = 5202g

What this data all boils down to is whether or not you think you will proc at least three times in a single week. My own personal experience is that I proc once, maybe twice a week. Therefore on my server, I'm sticking with choice 4, and marching my butt to Uldum every night.

Cheers - Brouck

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And that's it for today! Come back soon for more contest entries