Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Final Countdown (Day 12) :: Ready for the Floor

Time for a bit of judicious recycling ^^

Back BEFORE Pandaria was announced, I did a seven day guide on how to prepare for it. Looking back a lot of that guide is still relevant, so much so it still gets hits on the Webby even now. Because I'm out for most of the day watching people be relaxed (and hopefully feeling the same myself but this IS Central London we're talking about) I though it would be a good time to bring back the guide but update it for the current situation we find ourselves in. I'll need a better title (obviously) but for now here's part one of beginning the process of preparing yourself for a new Expansion... because we know it's coming... :D


Having a Plan [TM] for when the Expansion finally hits is not only sensible but pretty much essential if you want to ensure you're fully prepared once Launch Day arrives. By this I don't just mean a character ready to level, I also mean ensuring everything attached to your character is in tip-top shape and maximised to ensure that when your XP Bar opens up again, you can get a jump on everyone else. For that, we're going to do some housekeeping to begin with...

Bankalt says 'Hello!'

1. Start Simple.

Seriously, I don't need all of this. Question is, what stays and what goes?

I have a thing about bags. This may be because I'm female and do enjoy the odd handbag purchase now and again *cough* but I think it's more about latent OCD calling me to task. There is much to be said for organisation in game, especially with the huge amount of raw materials you can currently accumulate when playing. If you look at my bankalt's bank above (which I'm using as an extreme example) there is actually method in my madness: Fish, crafting materials, gems and leather all live in their own specific bags... but I'm getting ahead of myself here.

The first thing I'd like you to do is open the bags of the character we're helping prepare and ask yourself one simple question:

What do I need to keep, and what can I get rid of?

This is where you you're going to need to be brutal: once you start levelling again, space will be at a premium. You'll want to spend as much time as possible 'in the field' and as little time at vendors and so the more empty slots you possess... Next, ask yourself the following:

  • Do I really need to keep it in my bags?
  • Do I really need to keep it in my bank?
  • Could it be sold on the AH to make me some money instead?
  • Could you use it for Mogging? If not, could someone else?
  • Can it be handed in for reputation?
  • If I do absolutely need to keep it, could it go into Void Storage instead?

The first two questions are of course the key: the object of this exercise is to make some space. If at all possible we'd like to make you some money to boot, which is why you should be looking at the subsequent questions with care. The key to this is simple: if the item is of white quality and above, and it's not soulbound, there's a chance that someone might want to buy it.

Take your character, go stand next to the AH, and check to see if anyone else is selling the items you have. If it's armour of a certain type (Lord's Girdle of the Bear) just type 'Lord's' into the search window. I'm not here to make you a fortune via Mog items, I'm here to make you spend an hour seeing if you can make more money with an AH listing than simply going to a vendor... so make time to do this. You may be amazed at what you end up selling.

When you are sure your items aren't needed, and you can't make money with them ANY OTHER WAY, then go find a vendor.

The question concerning reputation is also a valid one, and we'll look at that in more detail tomorrow. Needless to say, if you do have a bunch of reputation items in your bags and you're not maxxed with the faction in question, GO HAND THEM IN.

Once you've done this with your bags, go do the same with your bank.

2. Consider Expansion, Check your Options!

If, even after all of the above, you're going to insist on carrying all three of those fishing rods with you at all times, it might be time to look at getting bigger bags. Notice I don't just suggest you go to the AH and buy yourself some space either. There are a great many options for 'basic' storage that do not involve simply purchasing an increased sized container. Above 16 slots (because I'm assuming you've at least sorted yourself out an improvement on those Small Brown Pouches you got from the starting area) there is, as it happens, a vast wealth of choice

24 Slots:
Tattered Hexcloth Sack (quest reward), Grummlepack (quest reward)

22 Slots:
Dragon Hide Bag, Enlarged Onyxia Hide Backpack, Papa's Brand New Bag (mob drops)

20 Slots:
Papa's New Bag, Pit Lord's Satchel, Sun Touched Satchel (mob drops)

18 Slots:
Halaani Bag (reputation)

All the bolded bags are FREE: however, they are also unique (so you can only carry one) Most (with the exception of the Hexcloth Sack which is a quest reward from Heroic ZG) are attached to raid bosses that can be easily soloed by most classes, yes even Priests :P. All these bosses also drop gold, mogging items and in many cases have a chance of a mount, plus achievements attached. If you want a method that expands your bag space AND makes you some gold, this might be a route to try.

This time around, there is also a fairly good chance that a lot of the 'vanity' toy and game items, plus tabards will get their own storage spaces. As a result, I'd suggesting the strongest terms possible, that you DON'T CRAFT ANY BAGS AT PRESENT until we know what is happening from Blizzcon.

3. Long-Term Investment is Acceptable.

Look at all that space. Spaaaaaaaaaace!

I am still amazed at the number of people who haven't embraced the concept of Void Storage. I think the problem is twofold: the 1000g you need to hand over to open it (with the 25g deposit fees) and the fact you can't just shove anything in it. Suffice it to say with an Expansion coming you're going to find lots of items (especially those linked to Seasonal Events) that you won't want to get rid of but you could do with moving out of your bank: although Void Storage can't accommodate them all, it can take a fair few. It's also a great place to keep your mogging gear (as in most cases that has neither gemmage or enchanting to worry about losing) so you're closer to the Mog Dude when you need to change a new item to fit your look.

Again, this form of storage (which, let's face it is only a gold sink when all is said and done) may become largely redundant if the new Storage options are indeed a reality. I did a quick sweep of my own bank last night and I'm looking at being able to free up over 50 bankslots if everything I think should be relegated to storage ends up there, but as was clear when Void Storage launched there are only certain things that will fit in it. I'm guessing my Scepter of the Shifting Sands, for instance, will always need a slot. You know what, that's absolutely fine with me :D

So, what are you waiting for. It's Time to Clean! If all else fails it'll give you something to do in the UNDER TWO WEEKS we have before Blizzcon starts! :D


Kamalia said...

Now there's also the Kor'kron Supply Satchel, a unique 24-slot bag that is still available as a rare drop from Kor'kron mooks in Northern Barrens.

Oy vey, the amount of my bagspace and void storage that is taken up by soulbound items I'm hanging onto for future Transmog use! Since mogging from void storage was implemented, I've found it more useful to put only green/blue/purple quality items in void storage and keep my non-moggable holiday clothes in my regular bank. I'd rather not be spending 25g to put my party clothes back into void storage after every time I wear them.

The Godmother said...

Did they not vanish at the end of 5.3?

Kamalia said...

I haven't tried to farm a Kor'kron Supply Satchel myself since 5.4 arrived, but the comments on Wowhead say it can still be obtained (tho the drop rate is really quite horrid). I think there was even a blue post that mentioned it in the same sentence as Gahzrooki and the Brawler's Guild thingamabob as things that would still be available as rare drops even when the Battlefield: Barrens event was over.