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postheadericon Warcraft Elite Guide – The Material Master

The material master is provided free for registered users of this guide. It is the tool we used to track prices across servers.

Initially it had Visual Basic coded in to parse the “auction house” and “post box” data we retrieved from the game engine.

The template for this data is still included in a tab called “Historical data”. If you understood the section on price indexing then this sheet might be of use to you. If you do not then please leave the data in this tab alone.

The rest of the spreadsheet is in two tabs labeled  “Your Data” and “Profit Graphs” these should prove very valuable to you if you adopt the strategies in this guide.

Warcraft Material Guide These 8 columns are used to put your average price data in. Starting with the left most column.


First of all  filter your “items” list with your chosen portfolio by putting a “1” in the tagged items column next to the items name.

The next thing is to decide how often to take the average price from the auction house. We recommend using either 2 days or 3 days between readings.

A reading involves going to the auction house and noting the average price of sale for each item as described earlier in this guide. Repeating this for both Alliance and Horde auction houses, and noting the values in the appropriate column.

After 6 to 8 readings you will have enough data to make good judgments regarding price.


Warcraft Material Graph

Put the item number from your portfolio in the top left box (number 1 is the topmost item in your list, number 2 the next etc) THIS IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO INPUT ON THIS SCREEN. IF YOU PUT OTHER FIGURES IN YOU WILL FOUL THE SPREADSHEET.


The red and blue lines represent the Horde and Alliance average price from the auction house as recorded by yourself over a period of time as discussed on the previous page.

The gap between the lines is your potential profit for cross market trading.(That is buying from one faction – moving the stock through the Neutral auction house – then re-selling at the opposing auction house)

The variation on a single line is the profit potential within a single market (that is to say, buying low – waiting – then selling back through the same auction house)


Warcraft Market Analysis Table

This display gives you the information you need to make your tactical buying and selling decisions. It tells you whether an item is worth keeping in your portfolio or not.

What market strategies are recommended based on .

  • Alliance Single Market – You can buy from Alliance Auction house in a market dip, hold stock, then resell, and you will meet your required profit potential
  • Horde Single Market – As above but within the Horde Auction house only
  • Cross Market Selling – Buying from the market shown in the “Source” box, moving through a neutral house, and reselling  at the opposite factions auction house.

NOTE. The extra cost for selling through the Neutral Auction house is already factored into this figure !


In the “Your Data” tab, in cell “AF1” there Is a cell where you put your desired minimum Profit percentage. It is set as standard at 25%

This is a decent lower level. All calculations take into account basic auction house selling tax.
Please see the appendix for more details on AH Taxes – and please factor in the deposit in case your items do not sell.

When you are experienced, then these individual prices will begin to mean more to you. Although the automatic calculations take the averages and standard deviations into account, you may want to see if any particularly high or low costs can be attributable to seasonal factors.

In general though, we have found following the advice given on this screen has given us huge profit without ever needing to grind at all.


Aratha's Tears Market Trend


The historical long term trends graph is filled in automatically for each item

This second graph is taken from the "Historical Data" tab. It is a VERY normalized set of data taken over 22 servers and 18 months of sales history.  There are 5 basic price models. This will give you an idea early on of what you might expect for each item over a period of time. Though please remember Blizzard alter the game all the time – we will keep these models up to date with each patch for Gold Consortium Members.

You might read this graph as an example of an item that has a gradual fluctuation in price.

This would make it a safe but not particularly exciting investment if you bought when the market was low. Again the proof will be when you populate the “Your Data” tables with actual prices from your server. This graph is a rough guide only.

It is worth noting that this is not the prices in gold pieces,. It is based on the price indexing techniques we have shown previously, with the highest price from the vending faction given a price index of 1.00 (one point zero zero) and all other prices expressed as a ratio of this.

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