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Quickly evaluate PUG members - Wednesday, November 04, 2009

My recent project, TrackWarcraft.com, provides a quick way to evaluate the gear and experience for people you're considering inviting to your group. With the Track Warcraft add-on you can instantly look up information about every character in the LFG channel and pick the best characters.

The add-on is a pure Warcraft Lua add-on with no executables, so it's 100% safe. A how-to instruction guide for the add-on with screenshots and examples is on the trackwarcraft blog here.

TrackWarcraft also provides a feed of a character's achievements, new levels, and gear upgrades. You can add this feed to your favorite feed reader, such as Google Reader, and be notified whenever a character completes an achievement or upgrades their gear.

You should download the add-on here and give it a try!

Northrend WotLK Herbs and Ore Mapped - Monday, July 13, 2009

map of world of warcraft northrend with herbs and ore
Northrend, the continent added with Wrath of the Lich King (WotLK), now has all its herbs and ore mapped! To view the new herbs and ore, go to the Northrend map and click "View Northrend Herbs", "View Northrend Ore", or "View Northrend Treasure" and then click on the resource you want to display on the map. You can view Goldclover, Firethorn, Talandra's Rose, Tiger Lily, Frozen Herb, Adder's Tongue, Lichbloom, Icethorn, Frost Lotus, Cobalt Nodes, Saronite Deposits, Titanium Veins, and Everfrost Chips. Head on over and check out the Northrend Map!

We've also made significant speed improvements to the site so it should load faster and be more responsive. We've changed quite a few things, so please let us know if anything has stopped working.

We plan on fixing a few flight paths that have changed and then we'll add fishing nodes to the map! If you have any other ideas on what we should add, please let us know. You can contact us by leaving a comment below, emailing us, or via our @mapwow twitter account.

Learn all the Alchemy Transmutes! - Sunday, December 07, 2008

If you're an alchemist, a great way to make extra gold is to do elemental transmutes. For example, on the auction house Eternal Earth might sell for 10 gold and Eternal Air might sell for 40 gold. By transmuting Eternal Earth into Air, you can easily make 30 gold a day for about 10 seconds of work.

In WotLK, the only way to learn these transmutes is by randomly discovering them. Previously this was a time-consuming process that required performing lots and lots of transmutes. However there's a trick to quickly discover all of the transmutes! Here's how:
  1. Have an alchemy skill of 395.
  2. Train "Transmute: Titanium" from your local alchemy trainer.
  3. Get the materials for the Titanium transmute. You'll need 2 Cobalt Bar, 8 Saronite Bar, and 2 Crystallized Life. They cost me about 40 gold on the auction house. If there is no Crystallized Life on the auction house, you can buy an Eternal Life and right-click it to get 10 Crystallized Life.
  4. Get the materials to make lots of elixirs. I grabbed several stacks of Goldclover and lots of Imbued Vials so I could make lots of Elixir of Mighty Fortitude.
  5. Perform the Titanium Transmutation.
  6. Quickly create as many elixirs or potions as you can. I created lots of Elixir of Mighty Fortitude. If the recipe turns green for you, feel free to switch to a higher-level recipe so you get more skill-ups.
You should now have discovered a new transmutation approximately every other potion creation. In the screenshot below, I created 9 elixirs and made 7 new transmutation discoveries. Two of these transmutations are valuable and will make me an easy 30g a day. This has worked for several other people, so go ahead and give it a try. Enjoy!
transmute discoveries for eternal fire, water, air, life

WotLK Northrend Map Available! - Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We've just released the ultra-high resolution map of Northrend for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. It has location names, zone names and levels, alliance travel paths, and horde travel paths. Over the next few days we'll be posting locations for herb, ore, and treasure in Northrend. Check out the map:

How to get the WotLK Expansion on Release Day! - Sunday, November 02, 2008

If you want to get the WotLK expansion on release day, it looks like there are two options:
  1. Wait in line for hours the night before.  Of course, this only works if you live in New York, Austin, Anaheim, or San Francisco.[1]
  2. Just pre-order it from Amazon and choose "Release-Date Delivery" when you're checking out.  This means they'll ship the game to you in advance so that it actually shows up on your door on release day.  Perhaps shipping will even be fast and you'll get it a bit early. ;) You can also order the official WotLK strategy guide.
P.S. We're working on the Northrend maps and should have them up soon!

We're back online - Friday, May 02, 2008

Sorry for the downtime -- our hosting provider had some issues with our server being overloaded. We're happy to let you all know that our map is back and working. :)

Looking for a Guild? Selling an Epic? - Thursday, January 17, 2008


We've just launched a new website -- WarcraftList.com

Our goal with Warcraft List is to provide a place for World of Warcraft players to find each other and fulfill each other’s needs. The site is a virtual-world version of the classifieds sections of real-world newspapers and real-world sites such as craigslist.org. Sometimes reposting your latest Epic BOE drop on the auction house until it sells isn’t the best idea — all those auction house deposits add up.   Although the official Warcraft forums provide a great place to troll meet other players, posts looking for specific items tend to get lost in all the noise. WarcraftList will provide a structured way to help you find what you need and let you tell everyone else about what you have to offer.

We have also started a blog on warcraftlist.

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