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wow Gold Making: Preparing for Legion

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Although there isn't any new content available in game right now there are plenty of activities you can be doing that will help you to make gold both now and at the start of Legion.  Peelyon shows us how to prepare for the upcoming expansion and how to maximise your gold potential.

 

*PLEASE NOTE THIS POST INCLUDES POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR LEGION*

 

Introduction

 

With a release date now set I wanted to share with you some of the preparations I am making for Legion.  The start of an expansion can get a little crazy for us gold makers, and hopefully by following some of these steps you will manage to cash in on the early expansion boom.

 

Motivation and organisation are key to maximizing your gold, both at the end of an expansion and the beginning of a new one.  As more information becomes available on the Alpha / Beta I will be making a few more posts that will allow you to keep up to date with any relevant changes.

 

There are two main objectives at this stage of the expansion.  

 

  • Begin to stockpile items that will potentially increase in value
  • Sell any "time sensitive" items that are only relevant to current content

 

It is also important not to get "stuck" with unwanted items / materials that will no longer be of use after Warlords of Draenor has ended.  A few examples are

 

  • Consumables like potions / flasks and food (although it is worth noting some players do like to use "old content" items at the beginning of the expansion while questing / leveling).
  • Gear / Upgrade items

 

Personally, I prefer to sell these sort of items sooner rather than later to ensure I don't end up with bags full of items that then drop heavily in value (or even become worthless).   It will depend on your own particular server population and also if you enjoy taking some risk.  Tentatively research your markets and see how it goes over the next few months!

 

I have outlined a few potential markets and methods to help get yourselves as prepared as you can and to try and give you an indication as to how to use your professions in this period.  Just note it is hard for me to cover everything in one post so if you think I have missed anything or have any ideas / tricks of your own please feel free to share!

 

 

Bank Storage

 

 

 

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Storage Storage Storage!

 

Before I begin to go through items and professions it's best to start at storage.  Having extra bank storage can really help when it comes to stockpiling various items.  I currently have a number of banking alts all with guild banks attached, to help in my organisation of various materials.  With guild reputation not mattering too much right now I have even /gquit on a number of alts from my main guild in order to have some extra space just between now and the beginning of Legion.

 

The price for a guild with 5 bank tabs (just shy of 500 slots) is 4350g - so even if you have to pay for a few signatures to register the guild itself, you should still be able to keep this price under 5k.  

 

If you store the right items in there then you should easily clear enough profit to make up for this small investment!

 

Just a few side things to note about storage

 

 

Hexweave Bags

 

Prices have been dropping for most regions lately (although your individual server may be different).  It is a great time to upgrade your bags to the max size available, whether you consider your character a "main" toon or not.  Remember, even for your banking alts it can help save time if you have full mailboxes of unsold items.   I highly recommend crafting your own to save on some gold (see Tailoring section below)

 

 

Void Storage

 

Right now it looks like there are still only two tabs available on the Alpha.  This may change between now and release but it should allow for the majority of your vanity items to be stored still.

 

 

Tabards

 

Tabards are now including in the Appearances Wardrobe.  This should help to free up quite a lot of space in your bank for those annoying "unique" tabards that wouldn't ever go into Void Storage (after release of course).

 

 

Go Through those Bags!

 

I appreciate it is not the most exciting task in the world but the sooner you do it the better you will feel when it is all finished (promise!).  Not only will it help you identify time sensitive items to sell, it will free up some extra space and it will ensure you can organise your future auctions more successfully.

 

 

Now you've got your storage sorted it's time to fill it!  

 

 

 

Legion Transmog and the Wardrobe

 

 

 

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I hope to have a specific highlight for the appearance wardrobe in the near future.  For now it is sufficient to say that the wardrobe will allow players to "store" all of the various item appearances in their collections journal (SHIFT+P).  As you can see from the above it is possible to search for "Not Collected" items, and I assume that there will be some really great addons developed to enhance the search functionalities.  It is predicted that the addition of this wardrobe will cause the current transmog market to explode in value.

 

There are number of reasons for this:

 

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  • Achievements

As you can see from the picture above it seems that there will be achievements associated with the wardrobe.  I'm not sure if they will be Feats of Strength, or if it is a placeholder and will eventually have a points value attached.  Either way players go crazy for achievements and titles and if the numbers are progressive (25 / 50 / 100 etc) then it will even give value to some of the cheaper transmog items as well just so players can complete their collections.

 

  • Shared appearances

On live servers, players are sometimes reluctant to spend a large sum of gold on a transmog item that they can only use on one character.  With the addition of the wardrobe, players will be able to "share" their transmog items with other characters on that account, so suddenly the transmog item is no longer 20k for one player, but 20k for all of the characters of that particular armour class.

 

  • Lazy Players

There are a large proportion of players (like me) who would love to spend time on various transmog on a number of different characters, but struggle to find the time and motivation to get it all together.  Now that players can just grab appearances from the wardrobe for each of their characters it may actually encourage them to farm / buy some of the items they require, especially if it is for an armour class they don't normally play.

As a bit of an example, I main a priest I have very little in the form of plate transmog currently available on my alts.  However with a shared wardrobe I may be encouraged to play a little more on my paladin and grab a few plate pieces as I hunt for achievements rather than just constantly playing my priest.

 

 

How Do I Prepare?

 

If you enjoy farming take a quick look at my beginners guide to transmog farming found here.  Any items that you can obtain for yourself will obviously increase your profits.  As the expansion winds down to a close you may find you have more and more time to go farming for items (especially if you have stopped raiding / completed quests and achievements etc).

 

I don't recommend spending gold on transmog items unless you are confident in not only your server prices, but your ability to resell.  There will be gold makers who are intentionally dumping some transmog stock in the hope players will buy up items early.  This is a tactic you may wish to employ yourselves if you are already experienced in your own servers transmog markets!  Just remember, there is no way of knowing how much "stock" other sellers have, so trying to buy up items to monopolize the market may not go well!

 

The amount of storage you have and how much time you wish to spend farming between now and Legion's release is entirely up to you.  It may be useful to sort your items into particular armour classes (or maybe value) depending on what you see fit!  I am really excited about this addition to the game and the gold making potential could be huge, don't miss out!

 

I will be releasing more transmog farming area guides in the near future.  If you are looking for a few locations to get started then take a look at my available guides:

 

Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj

 

The Admiral's Den

 

 

 

Professions

 

 

 

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As with the Appearance Wardrobe, I am hoping to make various "preview" posts with regards to the new recipes and skills learned for professions in Legion.  Currently on Alpha, you are able to craft the new recipes at skill level 1.  It is not clear if your current skill level will have an impact on your ability to use certain recipes, or if it affects the number of items you may produce.  Most recipes appear to be gated with your character level and have quests associated with them.

 

This gating raises some concerns.  As recipes are aquired through quests and character level rather than skill, profession "mules" (using alts just for professions rather than general gameplay) may not be that viable on launch.  In previous expansions it was possible to grind your profession at the previous max level (so for example during MoP you could have a character at level 85 learn the majority of recipes and achieve max profession skill).  If this goes through to release it will require you to decide what character (and what professions) you want to level up first!

 

This may change of course, but it is worth noting.  

 

 

Current Professions

 

Between now and release I recommend that each level 100 character has two max professions.  If you do not have many professions or you have each profession and are unsure what else to take, then both Inscription and Tailoring are great to pick up.  They will not cost a lot to power level from 1 to ~650 skill (using Draenor recipes).

The main reason I recommend both of these professions is that the current cooldown items War Paints and Hexweave Cloth will be useful even after the expansion has finished.

 

inv_inscription_warpaint_blue.jpgWar Paints = inv_misc_ticket_tarot_wrath.jpgCard of Omens (flippable card that will always have potential to sell)

 

inv_tailoring_hexweavethread.jpgHexweave Cloth = inv_tailoring_hexweavebag.jpgHexweave Bag 

 

 

Ideally I would recommend something along the lines of:

 

Having three alchemists isn't really about preparation for Legion but I thought I would throw my own personal preference in if you are struggling what to pick.  The only reason I have three alchemists is to have one of each mastery.  At first glance it doesn't appear that masteries will have any impact on Legion crafting (the same as WoD), however it can be useful for old world materials and recipes.

 

With regards to your daily cooldowns and filling your garrison profession buildings with work orders, it is entirely up to yourselves how long you keep producing them.  Personally I have stopped crafting some of the materials such as inv_eng_gearspringparts.jpgGearspring Parts and inv_jewelcrafting_taladitecrystal.jpgTaladite Crystal.  The majority of professions have some items that can be used after the expansion ends (such as pets like achievement_dungeon_blackrockcaverns.jpgSoul of the Forge, inv_eng_metalblingronear.jpgMechanical Scorpid) but their value is already very low.  Try and use your materials on upgrade items within the next few months and try and beat the rush of players dumping!

 

 

For Legion

 

 

Herbalism, Mining and Skinning always do well at the beginning of an expansion as the mats are wanted by crafters trying to skill up.  If possible try and get at least one gathering profession on your "main" character that you will be playing in Legion.  I appreciate some players do not like dropping professions due to the number of recipes you may have acquired over the years, but if you aren't that attached to your professions it may help in your gold making in the first few weeks.   You have plenty of time between now and release to get your skill level from 1-700.  For herbalism and mining you can level slowly in your garrison without too much effort.

 

Having the opportunity to pick up herbs and mining nodes as you quest will be useful and will even give you a little experience as you do so.  It is very feasible to drop the herbalism and mining after you have reached level 110 especially if you have no intention to continue to go out into the world with to farm for materials.

 

You can then quickly retrain your previous profession back up to 700.  If you do consider doing this then it is worth stockpiling some materials for the profession you wish to switch back to.  Like mentioned above it is quite cheap to power level the majority of professions using Draenor crafting recipes to ~650 skill, and if you are fully prepared you could even have some of the soulbound items saved in your bank to craft a few +15 skill items to get you quickly from 650-700.

 

I will try and summarize the above:

 

  • Drop a crafting profession for a gathering one
  • Level from 1-700 now during WoD
  • When Legion hits farm gathering materials while you level to sell to other crafters or use yourself
  • Drop the gathering profession at level 110
  • Re-learn your previous crafting profession
  • Power level it back to 700 with stockpiled materials

 

If you don't wish to take up a gathering profession it can be worthwhile getting someone else to farm for you.  Try and ask friends / guildies or even farmers through trade chat to strike up a deal so you have ready access to some materials early without having to pay extortionate auction houses prices.

 

Remember, have all bases covered with regards to professions.  Don't leave any character with a free profession slot (fill it with Tailoring or Inscription!) and consider taking up mining and / or herbalism on your main character!

 

 

 

Old World Crafting

 

 

 

Although you may not feel motivated to do so, keep up with your old world crafting.  In this "lull" between expansions players are looking towards casual gameplay.  They have a lot of gold to spend, and nothing to really spend it on (less people using consumables or repairing gear through raids etc).  Selling things such as mounts, battle pets, transmog and items for achievements should net you a considerable amount of gold.  So keep up with your old world crafting and cooldowns. A few examples are items such as inv_ingot_livingsteel.jpgLiving Steel, inv_ingot_trillium_balanced.jpgBalanced Trillium Ingot.

I don't expect prices to change much with regards to previous content but it is worth noting that with the addition of the wardrobe some crafted pieces may become valuable again (which could lead to a rise in material prices).  So look to pick up any bargain materials whenever you can.

 

 

 

Battle Pets

 

 

 

There have been a large number of trade-able battle pets added to the game in Warlords of Draenor.

 

Items like inv_pet_frostwolfpup_fire.jpgCinder Pup and inv_pet_babyshark.jpgLeft Shark, have seen their value drop to less than 1g on certain servers.  If you have played much of Warlords of Draenor you will know that they are so widely available now that they have become almost worthless.  I don't expect their prices to rise much at all in future expansions, even with a potential influx of new / returning players in Legion.  I know a number of players that have bank tabs full of both of these pets (Left Shark Sanctuaries as they are commonly known), so it is up to you if you wish to grab a few or not.  Investing 1-10g on any item holds very little risk, so even if you spend a few hundred gold chances are you won't make much of a loss in a worse case scenario.  If you do decide to purchase a few of them ensure you aren't using too much storage space. If its a choice between storing transmog items or pets - I would pick the transmog.

 

The pets available from the garrison (such as ability_hunter_pet_chimera.jpgAlbino Chimaeraling) currently sell for around 100-250g on most servers.  I have around two full guild bank tabs with these pets at this stage of the expansion (I trade quite a lot of pets so don;t worry if that sounds a bit extreme).  I predict their prices to rise in Legion and beyond, but this all depends on if players return to their garrisons frequently in Legion (or if the pet menagerie will still exist etc).  It may be worth picking a few up if you can grab them on the cheap!

 

tooltip_crystallizedfel.jpgShard of Cyrukh is a reward from completing the Tanaan Jungle questline.  Due to the number of players having duplicate characters (who have completed the questline) there is a high volume of these around at the moment.  I have been buying these up for 300g or less and I expect the price to rise quite a bit come Legion.  Although there are achievements attached with Tanaan I don't expect many new / returning players will be in a hurry to go back and complete the quest chain there for some time.

 

The pet I feel that has the most potential to increase in value is Lil' Leftovers.  It is obtained through creating achievement_cooking_masterofthepot.jpgLeftovers which has a very small to "drop" when creating food.  As players will not be using the food itself I don't expect there to be many fish and other food materials on the auction house. Players won't want to go back and farm the items just for a small chance to get hold of a pet.  I have been buying these up anywhere from 500g-3000g.  

 

It may be worth picking up some cheap fish if / when it gets dumped onto your auction house as the expansion comes to a close and trying your luck at cooking a pet up for yourself, but in the meantime just keep scanning your auction house for the pet!

 

 

 

Stockpiling

 

 

 

There are a vast number of materials and items that will potentially increase in value after Warlords has ended.  I won't be able to outline them all, however I will give you a few examples of what I am starting to stockpile and why.

 

 

Herbs

 

p><p>I am currently buying up as many stinv_misc_herb_flytrap.jpgGorgrond Flytrap in particular I am stockpiling heavily (at current time of writing I have over 15,000 across my characters).  This is used in a number of daily cooldowns, most notably for inv_tailoring_hexweavethread.jpgHexweave Cloth which can be used to make bags.  

 

All of Warlord of Draenor herbs have some use right now and the main way I utilise them is through crafting inv_inscription_inkcerulean02.jpgWarbinder's Ink and trading them in for various inks at the ink trader (if you are unsure how then check out my guide HERE).

 

At this moment in time the ink trader on Alpha is still showing inv_inscription_inkcerulean02.jpgWarbinder's Ink.  I will try and continue to check this information as I test more over the upcoming months as it will have a massive impact on the ink / herb market.

 

Sumptuous Fur

 

As with the Gorgrond Flytrap I am trying to stock up as much inv_misc_nativebeastfur.jpgSumptuous Fur as possible so I can comfortably craft Hexweave bags.  As we are still unsure of the ability to produce work orders in the garrison (even if we can in Legion players may not want to) I think it is safer to stock up now as I can only see prices rising come the new expansion.

 

 

Socerous Air / Fire / Water / Earth

 

Prices are extremely low for these right now.  If they follow the same pattern as other previous expansion primals / volatiles / eternals, then they should increase in price and provide a fairly hefty return.

 

Just keep in mind that they are easily produced if players continue to craft their daily profession cooldowns, but I think picking these up for 1g each or less should be a fairly safe bet.

 

 

Blackrock / True Iron Ore / Raw Beast Hide

 

I don't predict these to become as profitable as herbs or fur, however it is worth trying to pick up any cheap stacks if and when you are able to.  Again it will depend on your own personal storage and how heavily you use these items in your professions as to how much you will want to buy!

 

And just to think outside of the box a little:

 

Arrakoa Cipher

 

inv_relics_6orunestone_arakkoacipher.jpgArakkoa Cipher have been very common this expansion.  As you may already know they have been available from the archaeological treasures in Spires of Arak and also through garrison missions.  The price has been very low compared to the other fragment boosts in Warlords of Draenor and as less and less players are leveling and doing missions I think these prices will rise.  Don't expect to be able to resell a large quantity of these but it is something you can pick up relatively cheaply now and just hold on to in the future.

 

 

Keep doing those Garrison Missions

 

 

However much we hate them we will miss the gold when its gone!

 

 

Wrap Up!

 

 

Thanks if you managed to make it this far!  I appreciate this may be a lot to try and take in.  As I mentioned in the introduction, organisation is a big part of being prepared.  Being motivated will encourage you to keep logging in and complete those daily tasks.  There is a lot of gold to be made between now and the release of Legion even if we are lacking general content!

 

Do you have any other preparation plans for Legion with regards to goldmaking?  What other items are you stockpiling right now?  Feel free to share your thoughts and remember...keep checking your auction houses for cheap Northern Eggs and Small Eggs ready for my Children's Week guide next week!

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@Peelyon, man that is some information you have provided. Great work!

 

So how can lazy person I am can do this? Thinking.....

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What I will say gurupak is that regardless of ANY gold making method / tactic / advice - only do it if it interests you.  So for example if you HATE farming ( / are really lazy :P) then don't farm.  You'll get bored after 10minutes and it won't net you any gold in the long run.  

 

This applies to the game in general in my opinion.  Maybe try a few of the above things and see if you enjoy it.  If not try something else.  I can't emphasize enough the importance of motivation (especially at this stage of the expansion).

 

I've recently taken a few weeks away from WoW and I feel better for it (the announcement of a 10million gold cap in Legion has got me excited again)!

 

Hope that helps!

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Awesome post, Peelyon. Very useful for getting your head around the monumental task that can be Expac prep with an alt army. 

Thanks! 

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Definitely trying to stock up on Hexweave Bags. As they haven't announced a larger bag for Legion, I imagine the prices will hopefully increase after release.

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Prices have gone from 800g to 1300-1400g in the past few weeks alone.  With the prepatch coming out players will be making new characters, and / or changing mains so expect them to keep pushing up in price!  Get the Flytraps and Fur while you can!!

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      World Boss Loot Tables
      Coerced Wizard's Cloak Mantle of the Aspiring Spellgiant Padawsen's Squished Pauldrons Padawsen's Unlucky Charm Sea Giant Toothpick Fragment Shoulderguards of Unimaginative Magic Shoulderplates of Oversized Sorcery Wrath Timewalking Dungeon Event (January 17 - 24)
      Don't forget to pick the quest A Burning Path Through Time from Archmage Timear or from within the Adventure Journal. Completing five Timewalking dungeons rewards Accolade of Victory Cache of Nightborne Treasures 1 Seal of Broken Fate During Wrath Timewalking, you can get items like Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake. Reins of the Infinite Timereaver is personal loot and the mount has a chance to drop off of any boss in Timewalking dungeons. You can start saving your Timewarped Badges for Pandaria Timewalking to get The mount Yu'lei, Daughter of Jade Pets - Infinite Hatchling, Paradox Spirit and other vanity items such as Portable Yak Wash or Shado-Pan Dragon Gun. Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
      Is back and available as a world quest every Sunday at 2 p.m. PST. More on what has changed can be read here. Insurrection Story
      The last quest Lord of the Shadow Council can be complete now that Nighthold is open. All you need to do is defeat Gul'dan . The quest reward is Headpiece of the Shadow Council. After defeating Gul'dan there will be an additional quest called "Fate of the Nightborne" (it isn't in the database yet) that will give you the Arcanist's Manasaber mount. Mythic+ Affixes (US)
      Sanguine // Overflowing // Tyrannical
      Mythic+ Affixes (EU)
      Teeming // Skittish // Fortified (will be changed and updated on Jan 18)
    • By Damien
      This thread is for comments about our Gul'dan Strategy guide.
    • By Pandacho
      The guide and Profiles to import were updated for Legion.
      Patch 7.1.5 update:
      1. A new sorting order was added for healers like me who always drives a RL nuts sorting the groups as Tanks>Melee>Ranged>Healers. Now we have it build-in, enjoy! (in-deep explanation in 'Panels' part)
      2. A new Spell Trace tracking was added. Now you can see who exactly received healing from Chain Heal, HW: Sanctify, PW: Radiance, Trail of Light, etc. (in-deep explanation in 'General' part)
       
      Patch 7.1 update: 
      Retrieval of unit facing and position in instances was disabled by Blizzard. That breaks AOE Advice, Clusters and out-of-range direction arrow - do not try to use them.
      Default custom debuffs will now always be added by spell ID - please consider a complete reset of your custom debuff settings.  This can be done under 'VuhDo Options > Tools > Reset > Buffs/HoTs > Custom Debuffs' but beware you will loose all previous custom debuff settings!
       
      VUHDO CONFIGURATION
      VuhDo is raid frame replacement that is specifically built for high level raid healing. All your healing spells or any other actions can be asserted to mouse clicks or mouseovers on those bars (Click-Heal).
      VuhDo is great for displaying all the raid information you need as a healer - Health Bars, Mana Bars, Debuffs, Range, Incoming Heals, Aggro, HoTs, Absorb Shields, Status Effects, Player Tags (afk, disconnected, dead).
      In addition:
      You can heal, decurse, target, assist or focus raid members with just one click. You can bind any usable item, command or macro to mouse clicks. You can assign up to 40 mouse click combinations to cast on raid members. You can assign any keys to cast when mouse over. You can automatically fire your trinkets and instant casts whenever cooldown is over. You can automatically resurrect players out of combat. You can easily keep track of all of your and raid buffs / debuffs. You can rebuff automatically chosing the most suitable spell and target. You can smart buff your raid automatically selecting missing buffs. Okay, let’s talk about configuration now.
      This is the mess that you get when you first install the addon. Many people just delete the addon straight away when seeing this, ignoring how amazing it is.

       
      STARTING OUT:
      If you are configuring the addon for the first time, it’s better to delete all the default frames that you've got on start:

      Click on addon icon near the minimap. Click on ‘Move!’ Click on every red X you’ll see until the only remained frame would be ‘VuhDo - BuffWatch’. The easiest and fastest way to start is to go to the ‘TOOLS’--> ‘Panel Wizard’ and to tick there the panels you want to have in your VuhDo configuration.
      It would be nice to have ‘Groups’ and ‘Main Tanks’ panels from the beginning.

      Click on ‘Tools’ Click on ‘Panel Wizard’ Tick ‘Groups’ and ‘Main Tanks’ Click ‘Apply’ After clicking ‘Okay’ in the popup menu you will see ‘Groups’ and ‘Main Tanks’ panels appearing. And then we’ll add an additional panel ‘Target’:

      Click on ‘Move!’
       
      MOVE!

      Click on ‘+’ in ‘Add New Panel.’ Click on ‘+’ on the new transparent panel that appears. You’ll now get a new panel as seen in Figure 3 in the above screenshot. Click on ‘Choose.’ Now you’ll get two downdrop menus: ‘Type’ and ‘Value.’ You can choose the ‘Type’ of panel you want - in our case it’s ‘Special’ for Targets (players and NPCs). In the ‘Value’ downdrop menu choose the ‘Target’ Many nice things to play with -  you can add a menu for Pets, Vehicles, Focus, different raid roles, etc..! There is a nice update to Special panels: NPCs panel.
      Very helpful in raids where you have to focus heal or dps specific NPCs units. No more tabbing, clicking or looking around ^^
      To add NPC panel go to Move!->Add new Panel->Type: Special->Value:NPCs

       
      Here's how it looks in the raid:

      You can build Raid frames manually too if you don’t want to use the Panel Wizard: just choose in the ‘Type’ of panel ‘Group’ type. Click the ‘+’ button on the first panel that you created to add an additional 5 man groups to it. Voila, Panel 1 becomes your 10-40 man raid frames (every ‘+’ will add a 5 man group to the frame). You have to use the same Panel for the Raid Groups so they will move together as one object.

      Now check “20” and hold the button “Test”. You will see some virtual raid and even real target, if you’ll click on somebody. It is a very useful feature for checking the results of your frames tuning.

       
      GENERAL

      Go to the ‘General’ tab. Tick ‘Main Tanks’ and ‘5 man MTs’, so VuhDo will automatically move Tanks to the ‘Tank’ panel. *You don’t have to do this or add the ‘Main Tanks’ panel if you don’t want to see the tanks in a separate panel from the raid
      Adjust everything else according to personal taste.
       
      INDICATORS (more nice options for tracking):
      You can play with a loads of possibilities here. I personally use 3 of them - Inner frame for the Paladin Beacons, Special DoT for the Role Icon and Treat Marks to track the current aggro target (very useful if you need to know when the tanks are swapping).
      Clicking on ‘More...’ button near every tracker allows you to change size and color of the icon.

       
      SPELL TRACE 
      Spell trace tracks which units are hit when a particular spell is cast. Very useful for tracking healing from 'smart' like Prayer of Healing, PW: Radiance, Chain Heal, Trail of Light, etc. You can use a build-in Spell Trace bouquet or create your personal one.
      Enable the ability here:

      and choose where to show tracked spells in HoT icons tab:

       
      SPELLS
      Here you can bind you spells, actions or macros to any button of your mouse and keyboard.

      Go to Spells→ Mouse→ Modifier Key → None Open up your spellbook and drag your primary healing spells to the ‘Mouse Key’ Left and Right Buttons and to the ‘Mouse Wheel’ Up and Down sections. Note that the Mouse Wheel section will only work when it’s mouseovering your VuhDo frames. If you scroll outside of the frames, you will zoom in and out of the screen. You can assign more spells / commands / macros to Modifier Key → Shift, Modifier Key → Ctrl and so on. All your mouseover macros will work perfectly with VuhDo frames  
      PANELS
      On the ‘Panels’ tab, make sure that General→ Ordering → Alignment → Horizontal is ticked. It’s much easier to move your mouse in the left-right directions rather than up and down. Chose ‘Grouped’ and ‘Hide Empty’ in Ordering, if you prefer to always see your actual groups in the raid. a) Leave ‘Sort by...’ with ‘Unit ID’ if your choice is to see raid as actual groups.
       
      3b) There is another option for sorting: Tank => MDPS => RDPS => Healer. It's great if you like to always know which part of the raid takes damage. If you choose this option, you have to change the ordering to Loose. It technically works for Grouped ordering too: the difference is that when you are 'Grouped', the sort method is applied for each group, not across all groups.

      Do not forget to press ‘Apply All’ to apply your changes to all the groups (and not just to the current one)
       
      On the ‘Panels’ tab, click on the ‘Sizing’ option on the right hand side. For Bar Height, choose something like 37-40 to make the bars taller. Spacing and gaps as you like.
       
      BARS
      On the ‘Panels’ tab, select the ‘Bars’ option on the right hand side. Decrease the Mana bar height to 3 - you really don’t need it any bigger than this. You can play around with the rest of the options here.

       
      HEADERS
      On the ‘Panels’ tab, click on the ‘Headers’ option on the right hand side. Tick ‘Show’ on Headers if you want to see panels names (Group 1, Group 2, target, etc.). Untick ‘Class Color’ on Header Text if it was ticked by default. TEXT
      On the ‘Panels’ tab, click on the ‘Text’ option on the right hand side. Tick ‘Class Col.’ on Bar Text so you will see player’s nickname in his class color. Hitpoints → Show → Percent. Show Text → Name & Flags (untick ‘class’ and ‘pet owner’ if it was ticked by default. You can play around with the rest of the options (text size, color, position) here.
      HOT ICONS
      On the ‘Panels’ tab, click on the ‘HoT Icons’ option on the right hand side. In the ‘Own HoTs’ section, choose one of 2 masters that shows where your HoTs will appear and use the buttons below to view your HoTs as ‘Icons’ and ‘Text.’ In the ‘HoT Order’ section, you can assign any of your or other players HoTs, Absorbs, Shields, Procs, personal and Raid CDs to any of the 6 spots shown in the ‘Own HoTs’ diagram. You should always leave Slot 7 (the middle slot) for the ‘AoE Advice’ icon. Or not...
      Another nice option here - to change the HoT icons size.
      Click on the button “More” from the right side of HoTs positioning masters and adjust.

       
      BOUQUETS
      You maybe noticed some options in the HoT Order section that are shown on my screenshot but couldn’t be find in your options. They are the Bouquets: custom groups of Buffs / Debuffs / HoTs / CDs that could be created by a player himself.
      Let’s create a custom bouquet for example for tracking of Tank personal CDs in your raid where the tanks are Warrior and Paladin.

      Go to General→ Bouquets. Type a name for a new Bouquet and press ‘New’ Press ‘Add’ button it the Bouquet Details part Type a spell name in the ‘...or enter Buff / Debuff / HoT name’ line In ‘Select default icon’ dropdown menu always chose ‘None / Default’, otherwise you wouldn't see the appropriate icon. Add all the spells you would like to track in your ‘My tanks’ bouquet. There will be situations when you’ll have multiple CDs or HoTs that were popped simultaneously to track. Because all the spell icons from one bouquet are shown in the same place, you should use the Priority Arrows to assign the importance of every one of them (e.g. the highest priority will be shown first).
      Another possibility to work with bouquets is just to edit the defaults.
      For example, we can chose a default ‘Raid Cooldowns’ bouquet and remove, add or change priority of CDs based on our raid composition.

      After creating or editing a bouquet you can use it in the HoT icons assignments.

       
      BUFFS
      As you've may have noticed, VuhDo has a separate Buff frame as part of the package. Personally, I don’t believe there is any need for VuhDo to show your buffs. I use WeakAuras to trace my mandatory buffs (on myself and others) and you should have something similar. So, I advise that you go to the ‘Buffs’ tab → General → Uncheck ‘Enable.’ If you want to play with it later - feel free to do so.
       
      DEBUFFS
      Extremely useful in raids. You can see most of the debuffs by default in your healing frames, but sometimes the addon is not updated yet for a new raid zone or the authors wouldn’t add some debuff that you want to trace. In this section you can add or remove any debuff / buff / proc that is applicable to a player.

      Go to Debuffs→ Custom Type buff / debuff  Spell ID in the line (you can find Spell ID on Wowhead in the address line. For example: “http://www.wowhead.com/spell=642/divine-shield”- Spell ID for the Divine Shield is 642). Now it will appear in the (de)Buff list. Tick the appropriate positions if you want to see stacks or timers for the debuff. Tick 'Bar Color' if you want to see a specific debuff in some different from the default color and pick the color from palette. Click ‘Save’ Do not click ‘Apply all’ or you’ll rewrite the defaults of all the debuffs.
      If you want to remove some buff / debuff / proc from the list, choose it from the dropdown menu and click ‘Delete’.
      There is an option for a complete reset of your custom debuff settings.  This can be done under 'VuhDo Options > Tools > Reset > Buffs/HoTs > Custom Debuffs' but beware you will loose all the debuff settings you customized.
       
      PROFILES
      If you ever wanted to save your VuhDo configuration for more than one toon / spec / raid size / encounter type or to share what you have with other VuhDo users, this is the place for you.
      Saving profiles for different specs / toons:
      Go to VuhDo Options->Tools Tab->Profiles.

      On the left side in 'Profiles' part you will see a line '...or enter profile name' with some name already typed in. Change it to a name that will make you remember what exactly you are saving here. I normally use a toon name with encounter type or a toon name with a group size, but if you are going to store profiles for different specs, it may be a good idea to mention a spec too.
      I stopped on profile naming in such a details because the default name is a bit weird - it's just made of a chain of nicknames for every toon you ever saved this profile for, so after having 2-4 toons in the chain it almost impossible to understand what exactly is stored there.
       
      Type a new name for your profile and press 'Save' Button. Do not confuse 'Save' with 'Apply' or you will cancel all the changes you made.
      After saving a profile, you can choose in the central part of the Tab the activation type: by group size and / or by spec. You will be able to choose it only after profile is saved, so don't be surprised if you are not able to check anything there.
      If you want to make this profile a default for all the new characters on the account, check 'Default Profile' button.
      Loading and deleting a profile:
      If you don't want VuhDo to activate profiles for you automatically or you want to load some specific profile for a new toon, go to the 'Select a profile' dropdown menu, choose whatever you need from there and hit 'Apply'.
      To delete a profile, choose it from the same dropdown menu and hit 'Delete'.
      Settings:
      Two useful buttons: 'Quiet mode' allows you to get rid of Confirmation Dialog spam, 'Lock' prevents an accidental overwriting of a profile.
      Key Layouts:
      An important note: Spell assignments are not saved in Profiles. To save, load or delete Spell and HoTs assignments you should go to Tools->Key Layouts:

      Export and share profiles:
      You can export selected features, share or receive profiles from other VuhDo users.
      To be able to receive a profile you have to go to 'Tools->Share->Receive Data' and tick 'Enable'.
      To share a profile you should click on a button 'Share' in the 'Send Profile' area. A new window will pop up: a dropdown menu with a line where you can type specific player's name and server. The dropdown menu will show your online guildies and people you are in group / raid with (disregarding of them having or not having VuhDo).

       
      Here's an example of my VuhDo profiles:
      I made a UI screenshot with opened talent tree and VuhDo HoT assignments.
      Key Layouts (how I assign spells to mouse): remember they are configured separately from the main setup and you have to import them separately too in Tools->Key Layouts->Import

      In 5-man HoT icons I track only my HoTs because obviously there are no other healers. Threat and personal CDs people may use are being tracked through Indicators (General->Advanced->Indicators). In this bouquet everyone should add his group specifics if you are aiming for Mythic+: I found a bit redundant to keep there damage mitigation abilities for all the classes.
      Regarding the Hot Keys you see on the screen - it may be a bit confusing because I don't really use all of them but:
      1,2,3 - dps abilities
      = - Tranq
      F1 - Barkskin
      F2 - Dash
      F4 - Inner
      F - Efflorescence
      G - shapeshift
      Q - Artifact spell
      D - Ironbark mouseover macro
      J - Cenarion Ward mouseover macro
      E,H - interrupts
      T - Flourish
       
      The raid setup:
      I'm raiding Mythic so my healing frames are tuned for 20-man.

      As you can see, HoT icon section changed - now I track what other healers are doing too so we wouldn't overlap with the healing and I'm be sure that assigned damage mitigation spells are used.
      The actual strings to import are in this separate thread because it's technically problematic to update them here in guide.
       
      I have to say that there are loads of options that I didn’t speak about here. But I tried to keep it short and basic.
      I always can answer any of your questions about VuhDo or you can continue to dig it by yourselves.
    • By Stan
      Lord of the Shadow Council is ready, but so are you!
      The Nighthold opens this week and finally we'll be able to put Gul'dan to justice. Our Survival Guide has all the information you need to know about the latest Legion raid.
      No prerequisites required to enter the raid. Ahead of the Curve: Xavius is removed when Nighthold opens. The raid has ten bosses and is non-linear. The first 3 bosses need to be defeated in a specific order:  Skorpyron > Chronomatic Anomaly > Trilliax After that you get access to 5 bosses that can be killed in any order. The last two bosses that need to be killed are Elisande > Gul'dan. Defeating Gul'dan on Mythic difficulty grants the Mythic: Gul'dan achievement and the "Vengeance Incarnate" title. Players will finally end the Suramar story line and acquire the Arcanist's Manasaber mount. If you've completed Unleashed Monstrosities, you can work your way toward completing Improving on History to unlock the base appearance. The Direbeak and Bloodgazer falcosaurs require Nighthold to open before you can get your mounts - Brilliant Direbeak & Predatory Bloodgazer. Glory of the Legion Raider also has some Nighthold-related achievements and rewards Defiled Reins. Raid Schedule
      Normal and Heroic difficulties are available starting January 17. Mythic difficulty and the first wing of Raid Finder will open one week later.
      Blizzard Entertainment
      Raid Schedule: Tuesday, January 17: Nighthold Normal and Heroic difficulties open. Tuesday, January 24: Nighthold Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Arcing Aqueducts) open. Tuesday, February 7: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 2 (Royal Athenaeum) opens. Tuesday, February 21: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 3 (Nightspire) opens. Tuesday, March 7: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 4 (Betrayer’s Rise) opens. (Source)
      Nighthold Guides
      Our guide section has been updated with boss guides for Nighthold, don't forget to check them out to be Ahead of the Curve: Gul'dan. Should you need any help, feel free to post in the PvE forum.
      Skorpyron Chronomatic Anomaly Trilliax Spellblade Aluriel Tichondrius Krosus High Botanist Tel'arn Star Augur Etraeus Elisande Gul'dan (TBA) 7.1.5 Class Guides
      All 36 specializations in our Class Guides have been updated for the latest patch.
      Legendary Items
      After Nighthold opens, players will be able to upgrade their existing item level 910 Legendaries to item level 940. Emissary caches will start dropping Legendaries of item level 940 by default.
      Aerythlea
      Since the release of Patch 7.1.5, we've received a number of questions relating to the Nighthold Legendary item upgrades and how that process will work. We'd like to provide some clarity on what you can expect next week.
      When the Nighthold opens next week, players who have acquired at least one Legion Legendary item will find a quest in Dalaran to upgrade a Legendary from item level 910 to 940. This quest involves collecting a number of
      Essence of Aman'Thul, which can be found in the following locations:
      Nighthold Raid Bosses Weekly Mythic Keystone Cache Emissary Bags PvP Weekly Quests Once you have completed the quest, you'll be given a Distilled Titan Essence, which can be consumed to upgrade a Legion Legendary item to level 940. The quest is repeatable, so you'll be able to earn as many Distilled Titan Essences as you need to upgrade any Legendaries you have.
      Additionally, once the Nighthold is open, any new Legendaries you discover will already be item level 940. Note that this does not apply retroactively to Emissary Bags that you may already have in your inventory when the time comes. Only new bags earned after the Nighthold is open have the chance to reward an item level 940 Legendary.
      (Source)
      Tier 19 Sets
      Nighthold is the first raid to drop sets in the Legion and we've taken a closer look at Tier 19 here.
      Nighthold Mounts
      Fiendish Hellfire Core is a guaranteed drop from Gul'dan on Mythic difficulty. The drop chance will be reduced to 1% after a new expansion is released.
      Living Infernal Core has a chance to drop off of Gul'dan on any difficulty except LFR.
      Mount Animations

      Gul'dan (Mythic Only Phase)
      This part contains major lore spoilers, proceed with caution!