The TSM ledger didn’t exactly work the way I had hoped, but I attempted to check out my sales from the release of Shadowlands (Nov.23) until today. I’m not sure how accurate it is, I know there were times I didn’t have TSM running, multiple computers, a few moves. I took a five month break (twice?) because of real life and I never got into legendaries nor did I make much from Shadowlands crafting until just this week. I did fish, and that’s where almost half of my gold came from this expansion.
I personally consider myself a very casual goblin due to the time restrictions I have. Yes, I do now have 27 alts who have all leveled up through pet battles. I do have covenant tables on 1/2 of those, and it’s a nice means of passive gold – but you need anima, faction, and time to get everything set up. I am not optimized in the least.
That being said, I’m proud of my gold making efforts! No, it’s not hundreds of millions, but for two low population servers, given the time I invested, it’s not half bad (this is just gold earned from sales, it does not include vendor).
To be honest, I did not particularly care for Shadowlands (hence the multiple breaks I took). I thought that Torghast was an amazing idea VERY POORLY implemented. Almost everything about The Maw (including the story surrounding it) made me cringe. It wasn’t until around 9.1 that I FINALLY found myself getting invested. I appreciated the updates that followed.
I hated everything about legendaries. I think it’s silly that people had to spend SO MUCH GOLD to get to the point where they could craft them. Those who hung in there were rewarded if they could control the market on their server, but many others never recouped that loss (ultra casual players, in specific). Of course later on the expense was GREATLY reduced, and if you made your gold back by then you didn’t care, but if you didn’t it was almost a slap in the face.
Dragonflight? Well, I’m a fan of Blizzard and I love World of Warcraft despite the numerous flaws we all seem to find, so yes, I am excited. I’m excited because the people I have chosen to surround myself with are also excited, and I love that. I love their enthusiasm, and the way it affects me. Will it be a good expansion? I have no idea. We’ll just have to see. There’s no doubt in my mind that Shadowlands was an absolute gold printing machine for a lot of people. It was probably one of the best expansions (minus WoD) when it came to the ease of making a profit. Figuring out where that profit was, and how to exploit it, was another beast all together. I imagine the same will be said about Dragonflight.
As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!