Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thoughts About Currency Changes

I've been doing some thinking about the upcoming currency changes in Cataclysm where honor and badges will be exchanged into gold or justice points. I'm going to be thrilled to finally see those old badges of justice turned into something I can finally use.

Blizzard's Math
The following items are immediately converted to gold:
Emblem of Heroism = 5.5 gold each
Emblem of Valor = 5.5 gold each
Emblem of Conquest = 5.5 gold each
Badge of Justice = 1.833 gold each

Your New Honor Points total will be the sum of the following amounts:
Old Honor * 0.024
Old Arena Points * 0.85
Battleground Mark of Honor * 2.976
Wintergrasp Mark of Honor * 19.08
Stone Keeper Shard * 1.6
Venture Coin * 3
Spirit Shard * 1

Your Justice Points total will be equal to (Emblems of Triumph + Emblems of Frost ) * 2.75

Again, the softcap for both Honor and Justice conversions is 4000 points. This means that if a character converts to above 4,000 points, it will not be possible for them to earn more until they fall below the 4,000 cap.

A hardcap will be implemented in a following patch before Cataclysm's release. At that time, any excess points above 4,000 will be converted as follows:
Honor points above 4,000 are converted to gold at a rate of 35 silver per point of Honor.
Justice points above 4,000 are converted to gold at a rate of 2 gold per point of Justice.

Emblems for Gold
So I began thinking if it would be worth it to start grinding out heroics and farming as many Triumph emblems as possible then exchange them for Emblems of Conquest that will be converted for 5.5g each. I could easily farm several hundred of these in that time but for the time being trading in 15 emblems of triumph for one crusader orb is an immediate 100g profit. But the problem is how long will that price last this close to Cataclysm? I am thinking that the stocking up on emblems will net a higher profit, but this is just speculation.

Honor for Gold
As far as honor I think that this may be more difficult to pull worthwhile gold from. If you were honor capped you would only convert to 1800 of the new honor based on, old honor * 0.024. To reach the cap of 4000 you would need a bunch of other pvp marks or tokens to even take advantage of the gold conversion above the cap of 4000. Is it possible? Yes, but I don't think that it is worth it.

Not Written in Stone Just Yet
Although this may all be for naught since blizzard has stated that these numbers could possibly change by the time Cataclysm hits the shelves if they think the conversion amounts are too much.

Questions for Comments
What do you think about these numbers? Are you going to stock up on emblems?


Anonymous said...

What are your thoughts on Primordials once these new points go away? The only source would then be drops. Assuming Blizzard give people extra gold for killing those older bosses.

Marxman said...

I'm stocking emblems, but for a different reason. I need to have a cap of Justice Points for 85 in case there are items I can buy with them when I hit level cap.

At 5.5g each, it's more profitable on my server to turn the emblems into Dreadstones/Ametrines and cut them for a 75-100g sale. Unless your gem market has completely tanked already, I imagine it's the same story for most people.

Also, BAD! Don't buy Crusader Orbs! BAD! Buy Orange/Purple gems!

NakedJay said...

@ Anon,
I would say that stocking up on them should give some serious gold once Cata arrives. Guilds will still want to make the shadowmourn for the guild achievement so the price should skyrocket since there will be scarcity in the marketplace.

NakedJay said...

@ Marxman,
I just about have to buy crusader orbs because some times I can catch a surge in price for 120 to 150g. The JC market really tanked on my realm the last two weeks.

Anonymous said...

I highly doubt that Blizzard will allow Justice points from 80 carry over to 85. They won't even carry over arena points anymore. I'm anticipating the justice points we have to cash out at 81 or be wiped to 0 once we hit 81.

Blizzard is pushing the gear reset so hard, why would they allow anyone to have an advantage at 85?

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