Wowhead Economy Weekly Wrap-Up 195 | How to Value Items and Set Prices

WoW Economy Weekly Wrap-Up
Hello! Welcome to the 195th edition of the WoW Economy Weekly Wrap-up!

My name is Samadan and I am a content creator focusing on making gold using Professions and TSM. I have a number of guides over on YouTube and I also stream my adventures on Twitch.

I’ll also be covering the article live on my Twitch stream shortly after publication, if you’d like to join in and ask any questions!

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Hand of Salaranga Mount Hotfix On the Way – Breaking the Chains Achievement To Be Account-Wide

As of the latest Kyrian assault, players are able to complete the last achievement for the Breaking the Chains Korthia meta achievement, On the Offensive. However, players who have completed this achievement since did not receive the mount reward for the achievement, Bracelet of Salaranga.

Blizzard has developed a hotfix for both achievements, making them account-wide and properly awarding the mount. Considering the wording of the blue post, this should be live within the next hours.

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Dratnos and Tettles Discuss the Mage Tower, Legion Mythic+ and Affix Nerfs in Patch 9.1.5

This week, Dratnos and Tettles are here to discuss the confirmed Mage Tower in Patch 9.1.5, the upcoming nerfs to affixes and Legion Mythic+ Timewalking!

It’s official! Blizzard has confirmed that the Mage Tower is returning and it will reward some nifty cosmetics! As Dratnos and Tettles discussed last week, the speculated tier 20 Mythic recolor sets are indeed rewards from completing a Mage Tower challenge, but there are a few extra goodies that weren’t yet known!

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Pirate’s Day Celebration – September 19

Pirate’s Day Celebration – September 19

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hoist sail and make way for Booty Bay because Pirate’s Day begins September 19!

Bring Your Sea Shanty to Booty Bay

Pirates have taken over the goblin town of Booty Bay and Captain DeMeza is recruiting any scurvy dog she can into her buccaneer ranks. Visit her or her henchmen in the capital cities if the pirate’s life is for you!

Feeling out of place in Booty Bay without a proper costume? Don’t worry. /Dance one little jig with the Dread Captain DeMeza and she’ll be impressed enough to press you into her crew and outfit you properly. If you get attached to your new look, you can do the quest You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat!! Succeed, and you’ll get an Emergency Pirate Outfit (or five) for when Pirate’s Day is but a distant memory and your inner pirate is clawing to get out.

What good is a pirate without an avian companion on their shoulder? Captain DeMeza (for the exchange of a few shiny coins) can help you call forth a temporary companion named Petey to take with you wherever you sail.

From time to time the captain will shout for a brave party to take on a terror of the deeps–an elite shark known as Ol’ Eary. Make sure you have a hearty crew with you or you could become just so much chum in the waters of the bay.

Join the Beach Party

Once you and your crew have helped the captain handle Ol’Eary, you can celebrate with the crew at a little beach party just south of Booty Bay. Those with the Feat of Strength “Advast Ye, Admiral” can also purchase a toy from Edward Techt–the Jolly Roger to show off their dedication to the cause.

If you’re really feeling generous, you can also purchase a Big Bag of Booty from Captain DeMeza and spread the wealth around to all your pirate pals in a burst of glittery glory.

Dissecting Archivist’s Codex Improvements with Patch 9.1.5 – Faster Progress, Account-Wide Unlocks

With the latest PTR build, Blizzard has added a number of improvements to the The Archivists’ Codex reputation progress and its related rewards. These changes include faster progression through later ranks and a number of its rewards and unlocks being made account-wide.

Official PTR Notes
From Blizzard’s development notes:

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Chains of Domination Soundtrack Now Available on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music

Chains of Domination Soundtrack Now Available on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Chains of Domination Soundtrack is now available for listening on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music.

The album includes 17 songs composed by several Senior Composers (David Arkenstone, Neal Acree, Jake Lefkowitz and Glenn Stafford) and Senior Producer Charlotte Pyle.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Title – Author – Duration

  1. Sanctum of Domination – David Arkenstone – 01:41
  2. Domination In Chains – Neal Acree – 02:07
  3. Broker Market – Jake Lefkowitz – 01:55
  4. Broker Hospitality – Jake Lefkowitz – 01:46
  5. Korthia – City of Secrets – Glenn Stafford – 01:59
  6. Korthia – Lost Archives – Glenn Stafford – 02:39
  7. Broker Cartel – Jake Lefkowitz – 02:11
  8. Broker Curiosities – Jake Lefkowitz – 01:54
  9. Uther Devotion – Glenn Stafford – 01:47
  10. Uther Reflection – Glenn Stafford – 02:04
  11. Broker Engage – Jake Lefkowitz – 02:30
  12. Broker Patrol – Jake Lefkowitz – 01:51
  13. Draka Bound By Blood – Glenn Stafford – 02:27
  14. Go’el Bound By Blood – Glenn Stafford – 02:25
  15. Revendreth Sired – Jake Lefkowitz – 02:07
  16. Night Warrior Tides – Glenn Stafford – 01:55
  17. Zovaal – David Arkenstone, Neal Acree – 01:20

Diablo II: Resurrected Developer Interview – New Content Isn’t Being Ruled Out

Two of the visionaries from Vicarious Visions overseeing Diablo II: Resurrected spoke to Windows Central in a group media interview about the upcoming release of the classic Blizzard game. Studio Design Director Rob Gallerani and Project Lead Michael Bukowski discuss post-launch plans, classic bugs, and keeping the core game intact.

Diablo II: Resurrected releases on September 23rd, with enhanced graphics in up to 4K resolution!

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Chains of Domination Original Soundtrack Now on Available on Digital Platforms

The full World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Chains of Domination soundtrack is now available on Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music. The album is comprised of 35 minutes of original orchestral music across 17 tracks, created by veteran Blizzard composers Glenn Stafford, Neal Acree, David Arkenstone, and Jake Lefkowitz, alongside producer Charlotte Pyle.

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Patch 9.1.5 PTR: Battlestone and Pet Leveling Changes

This past week’s PTR update included some interesting changes to Battlestones and pet leveling. [source]

Battle-Training Stone Changes

Upcoming changed Flawless Battle-Training Stone

Currently, Flawless and family-specific Battle-Training Stones award one level each. This will change in 9.1.5 — these battlestones will grant a flat 2k experience. (PTR example pictured right)

Similarly, Fel-Touched Battle-Training Stones will no longer give 5 pet levels per use in the upcoming patch, and will instead provide a flat 10k experience.

  • Flawless and family-specific Battle-Training Stones now provide a flat 2,000 experience (was the amount required to gain one level).
  • Fel-Touched Battle-Training Stones now provide a flat 10,000 experience (was the amount required to gain five levels).

It’s estimated that these changes will mean fewer of these types of battlestones will be necessary to fully level a battle pet to 25. This is great news for players that may not have a large stockpile of stones!

As with all things PTR, the experience granted from the Flawless and Fel-Touched Training Stones could change. Regardless, saving up battlestones for some quick levels in the future couldn’t hurt.

Pet Experience From Battles
Battle pets leveling up
Pet experience earned during a battle will also be changing somewhat in 9.1.5. More experience? Yes, please!

Pets closer in level to the enemy will receive double experience. The bonus only applies if all pets on your team are within 2 levels above the wild pet team. (Image above unrelated, experience shown doesn’t represent this new boost.) It would seem this only affects wild encounters, but more testing on the PTR may be necessary.

Additionally, any pet that dies during battle can still earn experience, albeit a smaller amount than if it had stayed alive, as long as it was active for at least one round during the battle. This might add some leniency to “carry strats” and give more room for error.

And last but not least, pet experience from battles will be increased by 50%! To balance this, the buff from the Pet Battle Bonus Event (currently 200% experience) will be reduced to 100%.

  • Battling wild pets with a team of comparable-level pets now provides double experience. Pets on your team are eligible for this bonus if no pet on your team is more than two levels higher than any pet in the wild team.
  • The experience penalty for a pet dying has been reduced to 50% (was 100%). Pets still need to be active for at least one round to be eligible to earn experience from a battle.
  • All pet experience earned in battles is increased by 50%.

    To compensate, the Pet Battle Bonus Event buff Sign of the Critter has been reduced to 100% (was 200%). The net effect of this is that pet experience gained during the Pet Battle Bonus Event will remain unchanged from current values.

  • Developers’ note: Pet battling is a fun and exciting mini-game, but the current incentives result in esoteric strategies being the only optimal choices. This results in a barrier to entry that discourages players from engaging with this system. We believe this set of changes will widen the range of optimal behavior without nerfing any existing leveling strategies.

What do you think of these upcoming changes? Will it change how you level your battle pets? With over 1400 battle pets to level, we hope these updates make it a little less daunting to upgrade pet collections!