Submitted by Frank Lewis on 2013-01-13 21:28:39
Darkmoon Cards Are Most Profitable, Says New Inscription Gold-Making Guide
Basil Berntsen, the knowledgeable Gold Capped columnist and resident gold-making expert at WoW Insider, believes Darkmoon Cards can rake in the most
profit for scribes.
In his year-end December 28 column, Basil posted his inscription gold-making guide
and claiming that “inscription is one of the best gold-making professions in the game.”
He went on to discuss in detail the time investment requirements and profit potential of three main inscription markets:
Darkmoon cards: Scalable time investment, massive profits
Glyphs: Massive time investment, low profit
Odds and ends: Minimal time investment, medium profit
With the most in-demand decks going for up to 20,000 Gold each, Basil believes that Darkmoon cards (12 of which when combined form a full deck) can
earn scribes the highest possible WoW Gold. But he said that it takes intricate planning and logistics to really ramp up the Gold income from Darkmoon
cards due to the constraints surrounding its crafting cooldown.
“’Going big’ increases your production and decreases your waste. How does one make a lot of cards, though? Since they're tied to a daily
cooldown, the options are to buy the cooldown from other scribes, or to have multiple scribes... If you plan to step it up and make decks, though,
you'll need to either develop a network of scribes willing to sell you their daily cooldown, or make a bunch of alts into scribes.”
Needless to say, only the most persevering players will be able to develop cultivate such a network or level up an army of scribe alts. Still, the
profits are lucrative enough to make the effort worth it.
Unlike Darkmoon Cards, Glyphs are probably not worth the trouble. Not only does the Glyph market demand an excruciating amount of play time, it also
promises a pittance of WoW Gold compared to the blood and sweat you put into it.
“The way the glyph market works on most realms is that there are a couple of people willing to put in the long hours who will have every available
glyph posted profitably, and undercut within minutes of being undercut. They all reduce the price very minimally when undercutting, and the
"competition" isn't about price, it's about who can relist more frequently.
“This is a very expensive way to compete unless you have unlimited playtime and have already done every other profitable action you can take. Every
hour I waste relisting glyphs is an hour I can't spend managing the rest of my businesses or trying to catch up on my valor cap,” Basil
Still, for those who insist on fighting the uphill battle and diving deep into the Glyphs market, Basil has one parting advice: “Make sure you have
the most efficient possible setup, and undercut really frequently.”
Odds and Ends
For scribes who can’t and won’t go all in with crafting Darkmoon Cards, an attractive alternative is to also dip into the other “odds and
ends” inscription items. Particularly popular and profitable are BoE shoulder enchants (both blue and purple rarity), Runescrolls of Fortitude and
the pair of companion kites. And if players had to choose only one of these, BoE should enchants are “easily one of the best money makers, in terms
of gold per hour” because of their consistent demand and persistently solid wow gold price