I recently wrote about stuckness. Bigjimm is stuck with nothing to do. My schedule changed, I play in the morning and early afternoon, and can’t raid with my guild. I even ran out of things to spend my gold on (I don’t want a Mammoth; I have a Chopper). So, I’m doing a few things: first, I stepped down as an officer and raider, and I left my guild. Second, I’m spending time trying to devise a new way to make gold in game (and, thereby, stay a little closer to P3P’s normal content). Finally, I’ve taken it upon myself to find a way to spend the wad of gold that I already have.
My method? I’m buying a few runs through raids from the #1 guild on my server.
I’m on a low population server (Anetheron-US). Being on a low pop server has both drawbacks and advantages, but a definite disadvantage is the caliber of raiding. In my experience, it’s hard to find a capable raid group period. I’ve heard there are servers where you can PUG endgame hardmode content. (Mal’Ganis-US? Anyone know if this is true?) On Anetheron, I can’t even PUG the Weekly consistently, and that is a serious bummer.
Riot Act is an aberration on my realm. I’m a good player; before I left, my guild was 9/12 in ICC 25. The folks of Riot Act are some of the best players in the world. They’re a Top-100 guild worldwide. (They seem to float above and below 100 on WoW Progress.) They’re currently 11/12 in ICC 25 Heroic. (The Lich King kill is immanent as well, I’m told.) They transferred to my server due to the low lag in instances, and they’re currently head and shoulders above any other guild there. And, because they’re so good, they sell runs. Me? I’m buying.
Since this is a gold blog, let’s account for what I’m buying. I’m buying:
-A Yogg+0 25m kill. This will get me nothing, but I want to see the content, and to get the drake I’d have to get Yogg+1 anyway, so I might was well go all out. Cost: 5,000g.*
-Finally, I’m buying a Lich King kill. I think this will be in 25m normal, but I’m not sure. This will get me the Kingslayer title, as well as potentially some loot. We’re still negotiating whether or not I can get tier tokens, how much they cost each, etc. Cost: At least 10,000g.
(*Riot Act only sells these achievements because I’m already in there, getting the drake. So they will not, for example, sell a Yogg+0 run for 5,000g unless you’re buying the rest of the run to get them in there.)
Total cost: at least 65,000g.
What else am I getting for my 65k? I’m getting to see some of the coolest content in the game. Ulduar has been my favorite expansion of WotLK. The most fun I’ve had this expansion was in my old 10m group, running Ulduar when it was current content. Now I’m going to be able to go back and finish the one raid I really want to finish, and I get the mount I covet the most in the process. (Alas, I would also pay a ton of gold for a Black Protodrake, but that’s dead and gone.)
Also, I get to see the Lich King die. I don’t think I’d be as interested in any other boss, but I’ve been playing the Blizzard games since Warcraft I. (I play on a Mac, so it’s not like I’ve had a lot of options.) I played through Warcraft III over and over, and so paying 10k now to watch that jerk go the way of the dodo is worth it. I’m excited to watch that sob go down!
Finally, with the exception of ICC, I get to keep all the loot. While Ulduar 25 is two tiers gone at this point, there still are a few interesting pieces that might drop. And, if you’ve had as bad luck as I have with trinkets, a valuable piece might actually drop. And I might get some ICC loot; as I said, we’re still ironing that out. So, that’s all good too.
I make gold in WoW for a few reasons, but the main reason is that it makes other things easier. Buying a run is a great example of this. I haven’t ever bought a run before, but I have high hopes. I’ll try to document it and see if I think it’s worth it or not, and give you all some feedback. This is all scheduled to happen Monday, 5/3/10, so I’ll let you know how it goes down.
I’m eager to know what everyone thinks. Let me in on your thoughts in the comments. As ever, thanks in advance for the feedback.
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