We have hit the infamous “brick wall” in game, the time between expansions that seems like everything comes to a crawl. I see it as the time to start investing in the future, in this case the future is MoP. This lull in between expansions will do some crazy things to the Auction House; prices will probably have erratic ups and downs tied to the summer (kids are home) and the increase in alt leveling and people preparing for MoP while some are still finishing their Cataclysm raiding and achievements. I see this time as opportunity.
First let’s look at what we want to stockpile. We can learn lessons from the past expansions and our gold making lists to gain insight as to what may be of value in MoP. My shopping list includes the following: (Some of these are from WoTLK expansion and should not be overlooked)
Ores – Pyrite, Elementium, Obsidium, Titanium
Volatiles – Air, Fire, Water, Life, Earth,
Herbs – Whiptail, Heartblossom, Azshara’s Veil, Cinderbloom, Twilight Jasmine, Stormvine
Gems – Uncut Uncommon gems and Uncut Rare Gems
Leather – Savage and Heavy Savage Leather
Enchanting Mats – Hypnotic Dust, Maelstrom Crystals, Greater Celestial Essence, Infinite Dust
Inks – All lower level inks for glyphs
Cloth – Embersilk and Frostweave cloth!
The items in bold are my priority for stockpiling while the others will get some of my attention. Be wise on your stockpiling by watching the market over the next several weeks and try to buy when prices are hitting new low points. Be careful because there will be some new low points coming in the next few weeks due to an influx of kids home from summer, people bored and a lot of people unloading their banks before MoP.
How much to invest? This is all about your comfort level and the amount of gold you have on hand. I plan to invest about 10% of my current in game gold which translates to about 150-200k investment, but I expect that this will give me back over 1 million gold within 3 months of MoP release.