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Race to World First World of Warcraft raids cost $40,000 to prepare for

Published: 31/Jan/2020 19:33

by Scott Robertson

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In the midst of Method’s multi-day Race to World First event, one of the casters revealed the amount of in-game gold, and its real-life cash equivalent, it costs to get a high-level World of Warcraft guild ready for the new raid tier.

A new Mythic difficulty tier for World of Warcraft means a new race to be the first to bring down the most challenging bosses in the game.

The fifth raid of the Battle for Azeroth expansion was released in late January, titled Ny’alotha, The Waking City. The normal and Heroic difficult versions were released on January 21 and 22 for North American and European servers respectively, but the all-important Mythic difficulty Ny’alotha came out on January 28 and 29.

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Entrance to Ny’alotha, the Waking City.

With that, another race between the MMO’s most illustrious guilds in the world kicked off, spearheaded by two of the most iconic in Method (EU) and Complexity Limit (NA). But to face the most challenging raids in the game requires a lot of prep, as well as a lot of gold to cover gearing up.

Rich Campbell, a beloved member of the WoW and Blizzard communities, joined the cast on Day 2 of the Method event, and explained how much gold a guild needs to prepare for a new Mythic raid, and what the real-world equivalent would be.

Campbell gives a wide estimate of roughly 100-300 million gold as being necessary to prepare for a raid of this caliber. 300 million gold, he says, translates to somewhere around $40,000. This number comes from the Token Price rate.

WoW tokens are worth 30 days of in-game or $15 of Battle.net balance. As such, they go for thousands in the auction house. These tokens can be bought for $20 from the Blizzard store, and then sold on the auction house for in-game gold.

As of writing this article, January 31, according to the WoW Token Price tracker, tokens sell for roughly 160,000 gold in North American auction houses. At $20 a piece, it would cost around $37,000 to get 300 million gold from selling them in North America, but that’s assuming your guild is starting at zero.

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January 31 prices for WoW Tokens in gold at Auction Houses.

In Europe, tokens cost €20, but they sell for closer to 207,000 gold on European auction houses, meaning it would cost around €29,000. They sell for the highest gold value on Taiwanese servers, where they go for 309,000.

But as another member of the broadcast team explained, that’s not how Method makes its money. Months have past since the fourth raid, Azshara’s Eternal Palace, was released, giving the guild ample time to replay Mythic runs and sell their spoils on the auction house.

Rather than spend money on gold, Method spent it on hosting their RWF event and raising money for the Save The Children foundation. They’ve raised over $12,000 so far, and you can still donate to send the players a heartfelt message on stream.

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How to unlock Torghast in WoW: Shadowlands

Published: 25/Nov/2020 17:01 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 17:03

by Lauren Bergin

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Blizzard’s newest expansion for World of Warcraft, Shadowlands, has been an instant hit. There’s one area of the game that has fans going wild though; Torghast, the Tower of the Damned. We’re going to help you unlock it. 

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has breathed new life into the iconic franchise. With an epic trailer featuring Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner against Azeroth, it’s safe to say that the expansion has been hyped from the beginning.

Pre-sales for Shadowlands were rated as the highest of any other expansion in the title’s history and the release has seen fans old and new come together to explore WoW’s spooky new realm.

One of the newest and coolest aspects of the expansion though is the new rogue-like dungeon; Torghast, the Tower of the Damned.

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Torghast is a rogue-like experience of no other in WoW’s history.

Why Torghast Tower is special

Torghast is of particular interest to WoW: Shadowlands players because it is an infinite dungeon that changes every time a player attempts a new run.

As players progress through the dungeon they’ll come across stronger enemies, as well as picking up stat boosts and even different abilities, a currency greater than gold in the WoW universe.

Be careful, though! As you level up, your enemies do too, so you best be prepared to enter this tower of terror. Otherwise, you might just be losing the very items you covet.

How to unlock the Torghast Tower dungeon

What’s the point of all this cool stuff if you don’t know how to unlock it though? Well, here’s a detailed list of how to do so. Bear in mind that you must be level 60 and have reached the expansion’s end. Not quite at 60 yet? Here’s a levelling guide to help you out. 

Here are the steps to unlock Torghast:

  • Choose a Covenant to pledge yourself to.
  • You will receive a quest that takes you back to The Maw, completing this gives you access to Torghast.
  • The Tower’s entrance is found in the Western Zone of the Ve’nari Refuge area of The Maw.
  • Take the portal to the Tower.
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Torghast is hidden deep within The Maw.

Currently, only the first three layers are available

Note that, at the moment, only the first three layers of the tower are accessible. Each layer has six floors though, so don’t be too disappointed!

The remaining layers will roll out in North America on these dates:

  • November 24 – Layers 1 – 3
  • December 8 – Layers 4 – 6
  • December 15 – Layers 7 – 8

Until then, you can still battle your way to glory. Be careful, because Torghast may quickly become a tower of terror.