I am still leveling my hunter for the token challenge, it is currently level 115, so a little while to go, but that just means I can write some more of my thoughts on the challenge.
What do you optimize for?
One question I will have to consider is what time frame I want to optimize for. Two main approaches is to either optimize for the first token and trying to get that as quickly as possible or to optimize for a longer time frame. If I just want to get one token as quickly as possible I would pick different methods than if I want to get a token quickly while also increasing the speed of my next token.
Optimizing for a single token
If you just want a single token the most time efficient method will most likely be farming for current expansion materials. Depending on the method you can get this in a week by farming about an hour per day.
Is you are in an actual pinch to get a token to continue your sub, then this is certainly the way to go.
The issue with just farming is that the time you spend will not have any impact on how quickly you get token #2.
Longer term focus
If you focus on methods with a longer time horizon you will probably get your first token slower, but you will build up useful stock and a presence that ensures that every further token is easier to earn.
The general idea is to use AH based methods like crafting and flipping where you typically increase your inventory as you get sales. You will slowly keep adding new markets with your profits until you are maxed out in terms of professions and the potential flipping markets you can afford to play in.
By the time you get your first token you will probably have at least 200k worth of auctions posted on the AH, and more stuff in your bags.
Combining them may be most optimal
The optimal route may be to do some farming to get started with the AH and then focus on flipping and crafting, but it’s hard to tell without testing. When I do the challenge the first time I will do it as long term focused as possible. I will try to build a large auction house and I will be active in as many markets as I can.
I want to make a token in 30 days, and see how much surplus stuff I end up with that will help me get the next token even faster!
I’ll probably discuss how various methods will place themselves along this spectrum when we get into the challenge.