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Prepare for the Expansion: FotM Vendors


Hello everyone,

Today I want to talk to you guys about how to prepare for the incoming expansion in a little bit more detail. I will keep this very basic, since there is a lot of new players who will sooner or later stumble upon this site and might not have all the knowledge which we acquired over the past years (on top of that, i do not want to give away concrete items and / or materials because i do not want people accusing me for trying to manipulate and market etc but it should not be too difficult to more or less spot what I will be talking about if you get your head around the bank and trading post and so on).

Please note - this is all personal opinion, based on previous experience and conclusions from discussing this topic with several experienced players!

Personally, once i heard about the incoming heart of thorns expansion, i made a plan on how i want to go about it in terms of investments and what the smartest things to do would be.

The first thing which popped into my mind was one very simple word - Hoard! - and this is what I will mainly be talking about today.

With all the information which was leaked by aNet over the past weeks, we got to know that there will be tons and tons of new and shiny stuff such as new legendary weapons, armor and weapon skins, legendary armor, new types of food and much, much more.

One example is that we will be able to buy fractal weapon skins from the vendors inside the FotM, probably for an absurd amount of Fractal Relics, but it will be possible! So if you always wanted to get one of those, you might want to consider starting to save up for it.

So what I have been doing is literally hoarding everything I can, may it be materials, Laurels, Fractal Relics, Bandit Crests and so on just so you can immediately jump into investments made by these coins or "parallel currencies". I am certain that there will be new ways of converting these into gold :)

Quick side note - I don't think the incoming changes will affect any of the dungeon tokens, so keep doing your thing for some daily gold with the dungeon NPC's ;)

Just like the last time, some concrete tips for those of you who bared with me all the way through the article:
I know - I already mentioned this in the previous post - but I just cannot stress it enough that everything can be flipped! Literally everything you find on the trading post, no matter how useless it seems to you. It is just a matter of patience and knowing how to set your buy and sell orders.

Just make sure to stay at a profit range of around 25% (after having taken away the fees). With this range you should be safe most of the times and guaranteed a sale!

Also, before investing huge amounts of gold into one market, use the provided tools to look at some graphs to get a brief idea of the past shifts and demand/supply towards weekend days etc! :)

Stay tuned for more information in the following days and make sure to hit me up with any questions either ingame (ThisIsFkinMine.1356) or via mail at  -  mxismine@gmail.com

Top 10 Gold Making Articles of All Time


While I did quit GW2 a long time ago, this website has continued to exist thanks in large part to you and your articles. I thought it was long overdue that I contribute something, so here are the top 10 gold making articles of all time for the Guild Wars 2 Trading Post blog.

1. Damn This is a Gold Guide

My first attempt at a gold guide, and it ended up spawning the forum this site now sells.

2. 50 Items You Can Flip for Profit

This is a terrific starting point for people who are new to the game, or ones that aren't used to exploring the trading post for flips.

3. Best Way to Turn Kharma Into Gold

Fastest method by far to turn your Kharma into Gold. There are a few others on this site as well.

4. Easy Gold Making Flipping Rare Dyes

An all time favorite. Return fluctuates as people learn about it and then give up on it.

5. Flipping Guide Part 1

Great little series on flipping. A good addition to the Damn This is a Gold Guide.

6. 99 Tips For GW2 Trading Post

A list post within a list post. Pretty meta huh?

7. 12 Gold Per Hour Flipping Method

Not as good now, but a good strategy none-the-less.

8. Easy Gold Ore Farming Spot

The game is full of little spots like this one for all types of ore. Just gotta find them!

9. Skill Points to Gold

Use Miyani the Mystic to make gold from your skill points (if you have extra).

10. How to Make First 100 Gold

How I did it and you can too!

Heart of Thorns and GW2 F2P


Hello everyone,

With the Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns finally just a footstep away and the core game of Guild Wars 2 going free-to-play, a lot of old gw2 players are finding their way back to the game as well as many new players joining the communities.

Even several youtubers who usually create totally different content have picked up a copy of the free-to-play gw2 and advertised it on their channels.

Now, let's get to the interesting part of all these amazing changes (there is so many interesting points, which I will only slightly touch on and go into more detail in future articles!)

- The new maps & their own currency:
With the introduction of new maps, arenanet decided to introduce more "mapwide currency" (like in Silverwaste and Dry Top). Once these maps are released and people start farming those maps other maps will be less populated and certain items / materials might become "overfarmed" and lose in value just like several T6 materials have dropped in price with the introduction of the Silverwastes map and vice versa!

- Legendary Weapons, Armor and Back Item:
With the incoming expansion, new legendary items have been announced. These new items will be account bound and therefore not be found on the trading post. Everyone seeking to get one of these items will have to craft it completely himself! Looking at recipes of current legendary weapons will give you an idea of what is needed to craft one and since the new legendary items. If the recipes stay somewhere equivalent to the current recipes, the demand of the needed materials might increase immensely!

- Ascended changes:
Yes, we will finally be able to salvage ALL ascended pieces (including trinkets!!!), so make sure to hold onto all those trinkets which you've gathered over the years! Not only will you possibly need the stats for future builds in HoT but also will they give you items required for the new legendary items when being salvaged.

- New Specializations, new Profession and new Encounters:
It has been announced that the new PvE content will finally shift the existing player base away from the "zerker meta", by the implementation of new encounters with a variety of skills and an unpredictable combat log. Like it or not, but these changes will make things like hybrid builds, debuffers and buffers, healers, tanks etc a lot more viable and a full glass cannon (hopefully) impossible to use in the new PvE content. Not only will this let us use the amazing specialization system to its full potential but also will it increase the demand of equipment with other stats than Power - Precision - Ferocity.

Do not forget - this is only a very brief introduction into what will happen to Guild Wars 2 with the incoming expansion. There is a lot more to it, which we will get into over the following weeks.

For all those who have stayed all the way to the end of the article and are waiting for some more concrete and now applicable hints, here is some advice from me:
Do your world completion before HoT hits.
If you have several Gifts of Exploration lying around, try yourself in crafting legendaries and selling them before the expansion! If you don't have enough gold to craft a full legendary weapon, go halfs on it with a friend or even with several friends! There is no shame in sharing ideas and completing them together :).
As far as flipping goes, remember that everything will sell eventually. Be patient and don't shy away from doing a dungeon here and there to fill up your wallet with more gold which can be used for more and better investments.

For questions and concerns, you can hit me up via mail at  -  mxismine@gmail.com 


Playing with Big Money


Hey guys, Alfa here again and today I am going to share a question that I recieved from a fellow trader not too long ago.

Really appreciate the articles you write on the site, they've helped out a lot. As a matter of fact I'm just a few days away from finishing predator, and I intend to sell it. I was wondering If you had any advice as to what to do to make the money (around 2500g at current price) grow?
I've never really spoken to anyone trade-savvy enough  for any amount of time to know what I'm doing, but I've met people with 20,000g+ and I'd like to have that level of security~
Thanks :P

Well, when it comes to dealing with big money/gold there are several things that you should keep in mind.  Here are some tips that I suggest for any trader with any sum of gold and wants to make their gold grow.

Keeping Track of Your Trades
When it comes to dealing with more gold, chances are that you will be buying a lot of different items (remember diversity is key!).  Keeping track of the quantity of items bought at a certain price is a good way to keep track of profit and losses.  A really, really good website that I would suggest is http://gw2tp.net/.  It allows you to keep track of your buy orders in an organized manner while also seeing the potential profit/loss if you were to sell the item on the spot.  You will need to create an account on the site in order to keep track of your transactions.  It is also a good way to see profitable items that can be flipped by simply looking at the main page.  Alternatively there is the old fashion pen and paper method you can use instead to keep track of your trades!

It might seem tedious to keep track of every single trade, but trust me: it worth it in the long run.  The history section of the trading post is nice, but really disorganized since often times your orders are fulfilled by many different buyers making it difficult to keep track of your items.  Being organized will allow you to make smarter selling decisions which will can yield you even more gold :)!  

Investing in Many Different Items
When it comes to investing with, say 2500 gold, you definitely should not "go big or go home" on a single item.  In fact, I would advise against it even if you are dealing with any sum of money.  It's incredibly risky, especially if you are really inexperienced and are still learning the "do's" and "don'ts" of GW2 trading.  Try diversifying your gold into several different items (not one or two).  Spreading out your investments on several items will reduce the risk significantly and save you a ton of gold from potential flop investments.  Of course don't forget to do your research before making any decisions!  Using GW2 Reddit or watching Wooden Potatos on Youtube is a very good idea to stay up to date with news in GW2 to help you make smart decisions when speculating future patches and content.

Crafting Legendaries
With 2,500 gold, it wouldn't be a bad idea to use that money to craft legendaries and sell for large profit!  Many people who you have met with 20,000g make their gold primarily off this method (as I too have met many people with over 20,000 gold that do this).  The only things that you cannot buy that takes a little bit of time are: map completion, obsidian shards (just do the silverwastes shovel train), gift of battle, and the dungeon specific gift.  If you are willing to do those things then you can be making hundreds of gold in no time (or as fast as you can finish the non purchasable items required for legendary). 

These are just a few suggestions that I can offer.  There are several other great posts on the blog that you can find very helpful to making much more gold!  Especially the smexy secret forums :D

As usual, feel free to shoot me an email at Dinosoarex@gmail.com or pm me in game at Dinosoarex.6594 if you have any questions :).  Also feel free to ask questions in the comments section!  I will likely be posting a article regarding speculation sometime soon :D

Alfa Q

The Maize Balm Farm


You can make tons of gold really easily by simply using maize balm to farm trick-or-treat bags.

How to Farm:
(1) Organize a party of five guardians (guard works best imo)
(2) Each player buys 25 maize balm off the trading post (doesn't have to be 25. any amount is fine)
(3) Get a low level staff and have everyone remove armor
(4) Go to a location with lots of ambients such as Queensdale or Bloodtide Coast 
(5) Have one person use their maize balm on the ambient creature to transform them into candy corn elementals
(6) Kill the candy corn elementals for trick or treat bags
(7) Once everyone uses 25 maize balm sell your trick or treat bags
(8) Profit

-Really easy gold. If you are tired of grinding SW or doing dungeons, I find this a pretty good alternative to keeping things "fresh".
-If you enjoy gambling, you can always open all your bags and sell items for profit. Typically what you get from opening the bags will be less than just selling them outright, but you will still make a profit. You do have a small chance at the rare Refractor amulets and an endless tonic which sells for hundreds of gold!

-There will be assholes who ruin the farm by kill stealing. Typically when I see someone nearby, I wait for them to leave to avoid trolls and kill stealers. If they persist to interrupt your farming, try heading to another location.

Additional Tips and Info
-Try to get 3 ambiet creatures in the maize balm AoE. Of course, this is easier said than done, so getting 2 per balm is also OK.
-Once u get a hit on one of the candy candy corn elementalists, don't hit them anymore to allow the rest of your party to get kill credit.

-Bags are currently at 4s 13c.  Killing the maximum number of elementals possible with a full party that uses 25 maize balm each will yield you  1125 trick-or-treat-bags or over 45g at the current rate.

You can buy forum credit that supports me >>>HERE<<<.  I check the forums on a daily basis and there are also some other active, helpful, friendly moderators such as Draco444 and hype!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently.  I will try to make posts more frequently, but please be aware that I have been really busy for the past month!  As usual you can email me any questions or concerns at Dinosoarex@gmail.com or pm me in game.  Please note that if I am in a dungeon I probably will not respond to any messages that you send me so please hold them until afterwards xD

Alfa Q

Potential Free Gold Daily in Seconds!


Hello everyone.  This is Alfa Q again, and today I am going to teach you all how to have the chance at making aprox. 1g and 50s per day in a matter of seconds.  There is no penalty for failure!

How to do this:
(1) You are going to need a character at or between lvl 21-39.  This can be done immediately with one of those birthday scrolls and a tome of knowledge!
(2) Head over to LA and complete any jumping puzzle.
(3) Open that chest at the end of the puzzle and pray to RNGsus that you get a silver doubloon!  You can simply "park" or leave your character in front of the chest so that you can open the chest again after reset!

How it Works:
Silver Doubloons can only be obtained by characters between level 21-36 via jumping puzzle chests or through opening certain bags of materials or via the mystic toilet.  As a result, they are really expensive on the trading post due to the scarcity of players who obtain them.  The fact that they are also used in the Gift of Juggernaut also keeps the supply extremely low and the price pretty high.  Leaving your lvl 21-39 character at the end of the jumping puzzle will allow you to have a chance at a silver doubloon by simply logging onto that character and opening the chest at the end of the puzzle!

Tips & Extra Info
- On characters level 37-38 there is a chance at obtaining silver doubloons and gold doubloons.  Since gold doubloons are really cheap, it would be best to use a character level 21-36 for the best chance at obtaining a silver doubloon.
- Completing the Weyandt's Revenge jumping puzzle will have a magnificent chest at the end, which will give you higher tier equipment opposed to the other puzzles in LA.  This can allow you to sell the items you get for more money.
If you would like, you can always do other jumping puzzles to have a greater chance at Silver Doubloons, but typically this is time consuming and not worth it because of RNG.
- If you have an alt account from that GW2 75% off sale, you can always park a character on that account at the end of a jumping puzzle for two chances at a silver doubloon!  You can do this while getting the daily reward on your alt to kill two birds with one stone :)

In the next few days I will be making an announcement regarding the Secret Forums and will be posting special gold making methods there soon! 
You can purchase forum credit that supports me >> HERE << 
This will help me afford a computer that can actually run GW2 on graphic settings higher than the lowest available and also obtain more than 15 FPS (1-5 FPS against world bosses).
Alternatively there is the large button at the top you can click that does not give me anything :(

As usual, you can pm me or mail me in game!  Also you can email me at dinosoarex@gmail.com if you have any questions or post in the comments section!

Alfa Q

Don't forget the Unidentified Dyes


Alfa Q once again.  Today I am going to remind you of the good ol' Unidentified Dyes and explain why you can still invest in them to make a good amount of profit in the future!

If some of you have read Markco's past articles, Unidentified Dyes were (and still are) a great investment.  Ever since Unidentified Dyes flooded the market at a mere ~30s with the creation of account bound dyes, they have slowly been creeping up in price.  Even at 83s (at the time of writing), they prove to remain an excellent way to keep your gold in items. 

There are only 3 ways to obtain unidentified dyes (aside from the trading post), each of the methods being extremely cost or time inefficient.  Thus, they explain why Unidentified Dyes will continue to remain expensive and grow more expensive over time (and it also explains why you should be buying them now!).

Method 1: The Laurel Merchant
The first method to obtain an unidentified dye is by buying one unidentified dye with 5 laurels from a laurel merchant...  ONE DYE FOR 5 LAURELS!!!!  
At first, the conversion rate appears... well... extremely outrageous.  With 5 laurels you can easily buy 5 bags of T6 crafting materials which will yield you approximately 5g.  

So why would the rate be so ridiculously expensive?  Because Anet wants Unidentified Dyes to remain really expensive (otherwise the conversion rate would be much lower).  They are doing this on purpose.  This is also evident as they removed Unidentified Dyes as being a potential drop from mobs.  Because of Anet's stance on keeping Unidentified Dyes expensive, it is an incredibly safe investment!

Method 2: BL Chests
Another method to obtain Unidentified Dyes is through Black Lion Chests.  At the moment, this method is obviously very ineffective since it costs over 10g worth of gems for a key (at the time of writing).  In addition, there is only a small chance that you will even obtain one (and for +10g it isn't worth it anyways... for now at least).  Since farming Black Lion keys is no longer viable anymore, the current people who open BL chests will not drastically increase the supply of Unidentified Dyes.  It is just another small way that Unidentified Dyes can be obtained to continue to enter the market.

Method 3: Personal Story
When completing your personal story, you will be periodically rewarded "Bags of Loot" which has a very small chance of dropping an Unidentified Dye.  This is very time inefficient though since the chance to get a Unidentified Dye from the bag is really low.  This is another reason why the supply of Unidentified Dyes will remain very low.  The scarcity of Unidentified Dyes will lead to an increase in price over time.  As more people open dyes, the more expensive Unidentified Dyes will become!

Since the patch, the amount of sell orders in dyes has dropped dramatically from 85,000 Unidentified Dyes in supply the day of the patch to around 16,000 Unidentified Dyes (as of writing).  Now is a great opportunity to stock up!  Even if you can't buy massive amounts in bulk, try buying 10 or so.  Give it a try.  You might be thanking me in the future xD

As usual: this is speculation.  You should always do your own research before making any decisions!
Of course, post your thoughts or questions in the comments!  Alternatively you can message or mail me in game!

Alfa Q

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