Athene has achieved level 85 on a warlock and apparently is planning to release a video on how he did it. Having listened to the stream he posted on youtube I can tell you exactly how he did it:
A group, possibly 4-10 people, killed mobs for athene after he tagged them (probably the pygmys that are close together and respawn super fast which I saw on a different video). That's it, 6 hours of pure grinding on mobs which only got easier as athene leveled and his dots ticked for more damage.
A group, possibly 2-4 people, healed athene while he killed mobs. Because he is a warlock, he could never run out of mana and thus he was both unkillable and incapable of running out of mana.
I expect that blizzard may create a nerf where healing has a similar detrement to XP gains as dps from another player on the mobs you have tagged, or they may simply ignore this because it has been a part of the game since vanilla and is not considered an exploit.
So what's the take away for gold makers from what athene did?
For starters, you only get one chance to be first in anything. Being first has some incredible gold making advantages and the window of opportunity will not remain open forever. Here are 5 ways you can make gold being first this expansion:
- Sell gatherer enchants.
- Farm up herbs/ore and sell them.
- Get to 84 and sell crafted goods.
- Farm fish and sell them.
- Sell netherweave bags (and learn from them too!).
You won't necessarily have to be the absolute first person to do these things on your server to make gold, but you definately want to be part of the first group to do so, especially during this weekend. If you are unable to do any of these 5 tips, then maybe you should consider flipping items posted by naive players who are unaware of the value new cataclysm items will hold in the market place for at least the next two weeks.
Tomorrow Mageshadow has some tips for Resale scans, so be sure to familiarize yourself with auctioneer's handy search feature and then you can take advantage of flipping all these underpriced new items this upcoming weekend.
Good luck and have fun!
I'm currently focusing my attention on the new gold guide for cataclysm, but I will on occasion still get a post on the blog for you guys and girls.