Jul 11th 2011 5:56PM If you are not playing the toon intensively, you may be able to make fairly easy money playing the ups and downs of the AH (probably varies by AH, but I've done this on three realms so far). Look for under priced materials (stick to mats that you understand), especially on weekends. Many mats can be found as bargains on weekends, and sell higher during the week. In addition, sometimes prices are just down or up at more random timing. Leathers are often good for this, as are silver ore, fel iron ore, and others that you'll find.
Feb 18th 2011 9:24AM The vendors by the battlegrounds feel pretty dated too.....gear doesn't match current brackets for battlegrounds all that well, and isn't all that well itemized (you can get daggers and staves, but no slow 1H weapons for example).
Dec 23rd 2010 9:26AM Definitely worth writing a comment for :)
Nov 5th 2010 3:20PM *sigh* I guess then I'd better either get comfortable never going past BC endgame content, or set some money aside....amazing how quickly a free trial can turn into $250 gone into the game in a year! (all four licenses plus 8 more months of subscription)
Nov 5th 2010 12:05PM Any word on whether Blizzard is planning a 'Battle Chest' style bundle of Wrath and Cataclysm? (or else a price drop on Wrath once Cata comes out). Right now it is not too expensive to get the game through BC ($50, includes two months of play, so only an $20 or so). But then it is $80 ($50 once you take out two months of play), to get caught up to Cataclysm. It would be nice if they made that barrier a bit lower, given that the new product gives incentive to keep forking over monthly subscription fees.
Aug 3rd 2010 12:47PM I just started playing this year, so when on of my characters ventures into a dungeon it is often my first or second time there. My main is DPS (and has mostly done solo questing) so that doesn’t matter as much. But a while back I made a warrior (opposite faction, different server), and in tanking it is a big deal. No amount of reading is a full substitute for actual experience, at least for me (or maybe I just don’t have a good enough memory for written detail to make a good leveling tank?). Almost all of my tanking wipes have been due to not knowing the dungeon well enough (not pulling a pack back to a safer place, not expecting the patrol coming in from behind, etc Some mistakes we’ll recover from, but not all). I do tell people I’m new, but I suppose if they’ve never tanked they may never have picked up on some of those details! (although it is amazing how few people can give clear directions from a graveyard to instance portals, even when they just sprinted there themselves. Perhaps people are just bad at describing things?)
On the rest of the tanking front I mostly do OK, but when dealing with DPS a couple of levels higher, especially when they are impatient, it can be pretty hard to hold aggro on all of larger packs of mobs. I don’t recall any actual wipes because of loss of aggro on any normal pulls, and bosses are generally not so hard to keep aimed my way, but it still feels like a slap in the face when DPS are getting hit by mobs—and that is even if they are not complaining. When they do complain, it is pretty hard to move on, mentally speaking. (OK, the ones who seem to _want_ aggro, they can get hit as much as they want!). It is actually the kind complaints that are hardest to get over for me, the ones who politely let you know you are not doing a good job. There ARE runs where I love tanking, and that is what keeps bringing me back to it, but there are runs after which I can’t face tanking for a while.
I go through cycles where I love tanking for a bit, then I’ll hit a couple of frustrating runs and my tank anxiety level gets too high. So then for a while I’ll go questing through some zone I haven’t explored yet, or simply play other characters for a while. After a while I’ll get over the shame and the anxiety, and the allure of tanking will pull me back in. So I guess that is my best advice on tank anxiety.....give yourself some space and time until you are ready to try again.
One other thing I’m considering, to lower my tank anxiety, is to start selecting specific dungeons, so that I can learn a few of them well instead of bumbling through a larger number of them.
Jun 8th 2010 9:38AM I'm pretty torn about getting this.
I was using the beta most days, not so much for my main bank alt, but for an alt I'd started on another server, where I'd not made a bank alt yet. It was mighty convenient to finish a quest with full bags one evening and simply hearthstone to an inn. Then auction everything with the web feature during lunch the next workday, maybe check for gear upgrades at a good price or see if anything on my short list was at a bargain price. The next time I got onto the character it was good to go, with maybe just a quick stop off at the mailbox to pick up new gear.
Things that I was flipping on the AH I could just leave in the mailbox, so they didn't clutter up bag space, didn't need to run to the bank and back, etc. For that matter, there was one evening where I logged out in the middle of questing, loaded a bunch of stuff onto the AH to clear bag space, then logged back in to continue--it was much faster that getting to the AH and back from where I was.
It certainly was not perfect--others have listed all the issues already so I won't repeat them. Short form: it is not a replacement for having a character at the AH, but it means that you don't have to have a character at the AH all of the time, as well as that freedom to do things without logging in.
It is just a question of: am I addicted to the AH enough to pay $3 a month for it? I suspect I might be, but I'm going to hold off for a while and see how life is without it, then decide.