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Written by Murven.

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.

In 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.

That 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.

But 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.

Nobody 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.

For 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 possible price.

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.

Time 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?

As 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.

In 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.

Buy Snowflakes Now Before They Melt

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Written by Draco.

I think all of the snowflakes are currently at a great price to buy at these levels. They all traded between 4-10 silver  for most of the year.

Delicate  -  Glittering  -  Tiny Snowflakes:
Dirt cheap! You can spend about 20 gold for a nice block, even if it goes wrong, you not out a lot of gold. Upside potential is unreal!!!  If we just hope for a rebound of only one half of last year's average levels due to an increased and slightly continuous supply, your due a great payday! I would call these the most riskiest play of the flakes due to the massive increased supply due to this Wintersday event.

Pristine Snowflakes:
Currently just under 2 silver each right now. Again, if these only go one half the average of last year we are looking at 2-3 times profit!

Flawless Snowflakes:
Currently under 20 copper, demand is almost double the supply. Upside potential is huge.  If this only hits 2 silver you can make almost 10 times your investment!

Unique Snowflakes:
Currently about 20 copper and demand is more than five times the supply! This was trading between 6-10 silver most of last year. I think this is the gem of all the flakes. I'm looking for a big payday on this one.

As with any recommendation I make, please do you own research and arrive to your own conclusions. If you follow my recommendations, and they flop, we flop together. If I'm right, we make some nice profit together. I provide these recommendations hoping that we can all make a good few good coins.

Hoping a great New Year for everyone,

Draco

How to Earn 5 Gold Daily

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Written By Evan:
 
All of us have different schedules that impact the time we can spend online in GW2. Some of us have more time than others. I myself don't have much time to play each day, and I love being able to obtain gold quickly. Even for those with time, you definitely still want to grab that gold as fast as you can. Today I am here to present my surefire way to obtain quick and easy gold. The daily run I am posting takes at the most 1 hour, and should be able to fit into most people's schedules.

It will make you at least 5 gold each day. 

If followed through on most days a year, lets say 300, you will make 1500 gold simply from this each year. Then, lets take what you earn from simply playing the game(PvP, WvW, PvE) and cancel that out with what you spend. You probably will spend more than that, so lets end up with 1200 gold each year. 

1200 gold. 

Now lets get to what the daily run actually is all about. Up here I will be offering you an explanation of how it works for those who aren't familiar with runs. For experienced players who just want to get at the information, it is bulleted below. 

Step one is to do the dungeon Citadel of Flame. This dungeon is "infamous" in GW2 for how quick it can be completed and used as a gold well. After completing story mode for a dungeon, you have 3 paths that you can complete an unlimited amount of times. For this dungeon, we only want to do paths 1 and 2 for their speed. Each path, upon completion, will give around 26 silver and an additional 1+ gold for daily completion. THIS IS IMPORTANT - The daily additional reward is what we want. It resets, or comes back, at 8 PM EST daily.

Step two is another dungeon, Sorrow's Embrace. Very close to the speed of Citadel of Flame, and it gives a lot of champion loot boxes, something I thoroughly enjoy. For this dungeon, we want to stick with paths 1 and 3. Same deal with above for rewards obtained.

By now, you already have AT LEAST 5 gold. However, if you are blessed with a good group, you can have 15-20 minutes left over. After this, you can implement that additional time to fill up your pockets with some more gold. Steps three and four are suggested, but optional. 

Step three is getting those dailies done!!! They can give over 50 silver a day, and also loot chests/boxes along with it. Also, it gives Achievement Points which are useful as well. You can pick your quickest way to do it, but I love doing them on WvW. It gives a fun competitive break to the repetitiveness. 

Step four is champion farming. This is when you join a train/zerg to essentially kill champions across Tyria to grab the often rewarding loot. This is arguably faster than dungeon paths, but because this is somewhat based upon how lucky you are, dungeon paths are a safer method. An extremely helpful site for this is <http://dulfy.net/2014/04/23/event-timer/>. If you want to use this but don't have overlay(A good one is Overwolf!) or multiple monitors, do Alt-Enter to switch back and forth.

That's it for the run! Thanks for reading!

For those who just want the quick steps or want a refresher on what to do, here it is:

1. Citadel of Flame
-Path 1
-Path 2

2. Sorrow's Embrace
-Path 1
-Path 3

Optional but Suggested

3. Dailies and Monthlies

4. Champion Farming

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