Along with a lot of changes to classes, quests, dungeons and more, the next patch to hit WoW will have a pretty significant impact on Archaeology. Anyone who has been digging around in the dirt of Azeroth as much as I, have no doubt noticed and been disappointed concerning the vendor price of the worthless gray artifacts you accumulate while looking for rares. To quote the blue post concerning the change to these vendor prices in the next patch, “The sell value of all common artifacts has been doubled, while a small subset of common artifacts have had their sell value increased far beyond that.” MMO-Champion was kind enough to post a list of the updated vendor prices along with their current vendor price for comparison. At first glance this really didn’t seem like a big deal, but as I scanned down the list I got to wondering, how much gold have I missed out on by vendoring the grays I’ve found before this change? I decided to find out!
About an hour later I’d compiled a list of all the gray quality artifacts, their vendor price, their vendor price to be, and the amount of times I’d solved each. I discovered that I’ve made around 300g so far by solving and vendoring gray artifacts. I knew this number would be fairly small in comparison to how much time I’ve actually spent with Archaeology now, as most only vendor for a few silver. I then figured out how much money I would have made by vendoring these grays after the patch, which was about 3800g. That means I’ve missed out on around 3500g that I would have made had I only been starting Archaeology post patch. Lol, oh well, at least my casters have been enjoying their Staff of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan.
The artifacts that have had their vendor price increased the most drastically are the Word of Empress Zoe, which is a Dwarven artifact I’ve found twice that did vendor for 10g and will be changed to 1000g. The Silver Kris of Korl (Dwarven) I’ve found 4 times and vendors for 9g currently, but is changing to 180g. Finally the Scepter of Nezar’Azret (Nerubian) was 5g, will now be 100g and I’ve found it once.
I am really hoping that these changes in combination with auctioning the Keystones will lead to Archaeology making me a decent amount of gold per hour while I finish searching for a few more of the rare BoA artifacts that have been eluding me thus far! It can be a very frustrating profession when you don’t get what you’re looking for, so this could make it much more bearable for the players who just couldn’t get into it before!
What are your thoughts on this change?
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