Some may recall one of my 20 Days posts all about the outfits I have been putting together for my toons that I published recently. Well since that post, I have race changed both my Druid and my DK (Caeridwen) to Night Elves. Here is Solaes, who has also changed a few pieces – I changed to sandals because I love how they look on Night Elves, I recently got some PvP upgrades, and I changed her chest piece because it matches better.
While I was on vacation over the Christmas holiday, I discovered the AH.
No, I do not mean I had never previously used the Auction House, but I have never really utilized it fully. I have never really felt I had a niche – I can only bring myself to farm when I have a specific goal (ie. a piece I want to craft, or needing more pots or elixirs for raiding), I am a horrible packrat (I might use those Dark Iron Residue and level 20 healing pots someday!) and I tend to stockpile cloth, low enchantment mats and rep items (most of which have been left behind in each of my server moves) rather than sell them.
One thing that I picked up on and ran with when I was playing on an RP server was making outfits to suit my characters. That was truly where my screenshot obsession started – character pics! At that time, the RP gear was only useful to run around in Stormwind or a similar city with, since it did little to help you in a dungeon, battleground or while questing. Even my DK would have had a tough time tanking in her Darkcrest Set. But my packrat side was in full swing and even my low level characters had banks full of cool looking random armor pieces – from quests or dungeons or random drops.
I started to become familiar with certain sets I was fond of. On Wyrmrest Accord, I acquired a large amount of such items.
Lazheward has full Lawbringer, Conqueror’s and Bloodscale sets, even though I will probably never let him be seen in them now that he is male. My Night Elf Hunter, Skeiron, is decked out in a combination of Bandit and Scouting gear. My Worgen Hunter, Amaeris, is sporting a questing set that is similar to the Glyphed Set. Gaeladrial is wearing a set from questing in Western Plaguelands. And then there is Maeyv, who is using gear that would not even work for transmogging. 😦 But I am slowly gathering together the alternate, transmoggable pieces, some are already on Sifaol (who looks funny in that outfit as a Worgen).
When I transferred to Elune, I made sure to bring a good deal of these pieces with me. One of my first days on vacation, I marched Solaes into the Auction House, and listed a good chunk of them. Once they were listed, I started looking for other items – items I knew would sell better because their attractive skin – to both flip and keep for myself. I setup my 2nd account (the one Solaes is on) to be my massive banking/auctioning/storing place. DK Effy holds all the plate sets I like, Skeiron has all the mail sets, Solaes has all the leather sets and Æthelwulf has all the cloth. My lil Mage, Kiiræ, is my everything else banker.
I banked 30k on her between that first day (after having to start her off with a 1k loan from another toon) and going back to work – which has grown to 40k now. I have never in my whole time playing WoW ever had more than 5k all at once, and that is between all my toons. Usually if I needed something, it was a matter of cleaning out all of my other toons.
I am using Auctionator. It is a far better addon than the Auctioneer I swore by for so long. Auctionator lets me setup Shopping Lists – so I have one for each armor type and a random piece list. Each evening when I get online, I run down the lists and pickup items I think I can sell for more than the 1-30g I usually find them for. Then, on Friday night, I list everything.
That makes for exciting times logging onto my Druid. 🙂
I am now so familiar with many of the sets that I am adjusting my characters one piece at a time. “Oh, this would match just a little bit better than that…” And I am also finding myself hard pressed to not make suggestions to others.
About a week ago, I mentioned to our guild Shadowpriest that his Avatar helm and shoulders would look really good with the Aurora Robe. He excitedly agreed, but unfortunately, he and I have been watching the AH since then with no luck. I feel so bad!
I have moved away from feeling confined into making an outfit out of all set pieces, and I am moving towards building them around pieces I like.
Solaes is a great example of this.
In fact, I could use a good challenge. Anyone who is interested in building a set for their character, please let me know. Give me something to go on, even just a color, and I will see what I can put together. 🙂