Expansions and patches in World of Warcraft are the absolute best time to make gold. Coming into the update we typically have all the information we need, which glyphs are being added, which raids, which bosses, what will go up in demand and so on. Making gold during the days and weeks after the patch is the most lucrative way to make gold in the game. Players have made well over 100,000 gold in a single day. In some ways, Diablo 3 is the ultimate World of Warcraft expansion.
Buy Nothing, Sell Everything
The first principle I’m going to follow, or try to follow, is to buy nothing and sell everything. Honestly, for the first 24 hours of the game you’re not going to need any extra gear. I’m speculating that we’ll be able to level to 60 relatively fast without buying best in slot items and such. There’s no reason to level your blacksmith right away, but instead sell every subtle and shimmering essence you find as quickly as possible. The market is going to move fast, so undercut, take your profits and move on. Once you reach level 60 you can decide if you really need your own max level blacksmith or not, and if you do you’ll be able to buy back the Pages of Blacksmithing and materials to level and craft for a fraction of the price. Most casual players are going to jump at the opportunity to play the lottery and craft their own gear (which we’ll be taking a close look at in the next few days).
With prices dropping for both gold and items, you can make a killing by selling everything you find right away. I will also be selling my gold early on since the real money for gold price will probably be at its highest.
I’m sure I won’t be the only one going straight through, but I’ll have time set aside to dedicate to maximizing my playtime to ensure that I’m one of the first characters to complete Normal and Hell difficulties. Once I reach Nightmare I will evaluate the difficulty to determine if I need to change my strategy and buy equipment or continue burning through until Inferno. The ultimate goal is to be able to farm Inferno content. To get here, it’s going to require focus and commitment. There’s no time to waste changing classes and no time to waste screwing around.
Once I can complete Act I in Inferno I’ll be testing the farming strategies that have worked in the beta. This will include farming Exquisite Essence, Iridescent Tears and Fiery Brimstone. This may come to play during Nightmare difficulty depending on how well Blizzard does making Inferno difficult. Either way, I will spend extra time farming before the casual players find the spots and take advantage of them too.
Most importantly I’m going to stay flexible. I’ll be watching forums and blogs for things I missed and to spark new ideas. I’ll be sharing my insight, planning and results here at Diablo 3 Artisans.
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