August 18, 2009
There’s a post up over at Wowenomics which speculates about the most profitable crafting professions and how that might have changed between patches. There is no armoury data that helps us relate professions to profits, but the post prompted me to have another look at the distribution of professions in general. This is the current state of play:
|Patch 3.2||Patch 3.0.8|
There’s a lot less change in there than I was expecting, give that professions get worked over with the nerf bat just as classes do. I’ve marked the two most dramatic shifts: jewelcrafting and skinning. Jewelcrafting may indeed genuinely have been buffed to the point where people are more enthusiastic for it. The decline in skinning I’m not so sure about.
There has been a significant decline in some of the leather-wearing classes such as rogues and hunters; perhaps that has affected the crafting demand for hide. Certainly the classes that are flavour of the month want heavy metal and not the skins of small furry animals.
June 13, 2009
I see I’ve got a lot of visitors over the last day or so from here. The author of that post has come up with a simple but interesting datamining idea – producing a consolidated list of the most popular gems to aid people playing the AH.
Unfortunately it isn’t really correct to add the percentage values in my tables since they are relative measures designed to show what is popular by spec. But the population in each class/spec combination varies wildly which make it impossible to go from that to a general count.
However, your humble dataminer stands ready to help with questions like this. I ran a query on gems across the overall sample and came up with the following list. The numbers are the total count of each gem and for comparison’s sake there are 171,148 characters in this sample who have at least one gem. I’ve chopped the table off at 5000, but the list goes all the way down to various cuts of shattered and opaque Dark Jade which are worn by one toon only in the sample.
Be aware that this is not a random sample – it is biased with a lot of higher level twinks, who could be expected to be gemmed up to the gills. But since twinking players are ones most happy to splash the cash, maybe that is no bad thing.
|Runed Scarlet Ruby||67720|
|Solid Sky Sapphire||50331|
|Bold Scarlet Ruby||39622|
|Rigid Autumn’s Glow||27453|
|Balanced Twilight Opal||26209|
|Delicate Scarlet Ruby||20147|
|Smooth Autumn’s Glow||18689|
|Chaotic Skyflare Diamond||17878|
|Bright Scarlet Ruby||16895|
|Brilliant Autumn’s Glow||14784|
|Potent Monarch Topaz||11621|
|Sovereign Twilight Opal||10407|
|Pristine Monarch Topaz||10371|
|Luminous Monarch Topaz||10257|
|Sparkling Sky Sapphire||9610|
|Glowing Twilight Opal||9414|
|Purified Twilight Opal||8304|
|Relentless Earthsiege Diamond||8057|
|Enduring Forest Emerald||8049|
|Veiled Monarch Topaz||7508|
|Deadly Monarch Topaz||7491|
|Vivid Forest Emerald||7483|
|Runed Dragon’s Eye||7376|
|Royal Twilight Opal||7337|
|Thick Autumn’s Glow||7069|
|Austere Earthsiege Diamond||7066|
|Ember Skyflare Diamond||6604|
|Dazzling Forest Emerald||6482|
|Bold Dragon’s Eye||6100|
|Steady Forest Emerald||6072|
|Smooth Sun Crystal||5793|
|Inscribed Monarch Topaz||5724|
|Jagged Forest Emerald||5701|
|Perfect Runed Bloodstone||5658|
|Regal Twilight Opal||5332|
|Reckless Monarch Topaz||5136|
Let me say I’m right with you on questions about the WoW economy. The AH is one of the more inspired minigames in WoW. It’s a sort of non-zero-sum PvP where skill actually counts for something and you can’t twink your way to stardom. Even with Auctioneer, you still have to think about what the data is telling you. So, I’ve added consolidated reports to my to-do list. Anybody with other suggestions for reports that have an economic focus is welcome to leave a comment.