Thursday, October 08, 2009
Auction house PvP
On my server and faction in World of Warcraft there are currently 15,098 auctions on the auction house. Of that, more than a quarter, 4,550 auctions are for glyphs. Of the glyphs, more than a quarter, 1,339 glyphs have been posted by me. Somehow I don't think that Blizzard planned the inscription profession to end up this way.
On the one side crafting and posting a thousand glyphs has all the excitement of an Excel spreadsheet. But on the other hand there is an element of player-vs.-player competition involved: Ruthless businessmen trying to undercut each other, hoping to push the competition out of an overly profitable market. Unfortunately that didn't work out as planned, a recent inscription guide at MMO-Champion has instead brought in more and more players into the business. Up to now it is still profitable, but sooner or later the market is going to crash. Quite interesting to watch, actually.