Each chapter of the
living story brings new details on the history of Tyria, but along with
those, it also comes along a new piece of loot, which shows how much
your hero was involved with that portion of the story in Tyria.
order to make these items, it is necessary to participate in the new
content, vanquish specific areas of the game and conquer specific
enemies, collecting specific pieces of loot.
loot comes in different flavours, soulbound, account bound or
tradeable; some of it is rare and hard to get, some of it floods our
inventory with a plethora of space-taking pieces of which we only need a
few, but get a lot.
Of course, that means most
people will just get rid of it. Since they cannot be sold to the vendor
they end up on the trading post, but since everybody is playing the
same game at the same time and getting tons of the same items as loot,
there is a huge offer and incredibly low demand, bringing the prices for
those items down to the lowest possible rather quickly.
in many occasions, this situation only lasted for a couple of weeks.
After that period of time things changed radically: the enemies were
vanquished, the area was conquered, and loot stopped dropping.
was able to get those items any more, however, nobody wants them
either, we all had our share of them and we all made our heroic items to
prove our participation in the chapter.
those actively involved, making the item was rather easy, several runs
into the content and we got more than enough to make it and we simply
got rid of the surplus by posting it to the trading post at the lower
One notable example of this
kind of heroic items is the Spinal Blades; as with them came lots and
lots of Spinal Blades Blueprint Scraps of which you only needed one of
each kind to get started in the item making quest, but you got tons of
it as loot from the Escape of Lion's Arch chapter.
has passed, players have returned to the game and new players have
bought the game as well. They see your shiny spinal blade back item and
they want one too!
It is definitely not easy
for them to get it, but it is certainly possible. The biggest obstacle
is the blade shards, they are account bound and they do not drop any
more, except for those little nodes in your home instance you got as
reward or that mining pick that drops sprockets. So, although it is not
easy, you can still get shards.
Concerning blueprints, those are just cheap and easy to get from the trading post.
Or are they?
far as I know, they do not drop any more, which means the offer of
them, as big as it was back at the time of the patch, has halted
drastically. Demand is not huge, but it is steady.
summary, an item that was junk back when introduced has been growing in
value over time and I risk predicting it will continue to do so
steadily as time goes by.
At some point new
players will realize they *can* make the blades. It is slow but possible
to get the shards and the scraps they just need to buy from the trading
post, *whatever the price*.
Toward the end of
the making process they will also find out they need Power Cores as
well, matching the blade colour they want. But those can also easily be
obtained from the trading post... right?
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear: do as you wish with this piece of information.