Retail goldmaking: Vendor shuffles and Relics of the Past

Recently Relics of the Past were datamined which is an extremely intriguing item. Using these as an optional reagent you can upgrade the item level of old expansion crafted items to make them a specific item level. This includes boosting the vendor sell price, which can make new vendor shuffles work!

Crafting the relics

There are 5 tiers of relics of the past, and they can be crafted with materials from every expansion. A relic of the Past 5 can be crafted with cloth, leather or metals, with recipes for each specific expansion. Cloth and leather will likely be the best options, particularly using BfA leather, which is the extremely abundant Tempest Hide or using some of the cheaper old world cloth like Windwool. 

In either case the craft time right now is 3 seconds, which is actually not that bad.

Finished items

You need to use the relic with a recipe from an expansion. I have not tested this myself, but it should be useable on an extremely wide variety of items. In the current PTR build sockets scale incredibly well, and getting crafted items with sockets will make you very strong. It’s uncertain if this is intended, but it could be a nice niche to sell to players looking to powerlevel. This could make certain old epic crafting recipes quite valuable. 

Either way this kind of gear should completely displace uncanny gear as the go-to gearing options, so prepare accordingly. This could also kill the market for crafted transmog for some of these expansions as you can get two birds with one stone when gearing a new alt (if there is a reliced item on the AH). 

Vendor shuffle potential

For vendor shuffles you will of course want to focus on the cheapest items possible. An early example is the brown Linen Pants. With the relic of the past with runecloth you get a break-even price of about 5 gold per cloth. Currently the EU region price is 1g for Linen and 2.35g for Runecloth. This would be quite a nice vendor shuffle in terms of profit. The time investment and getting enough materials at low prices will likely be the two biggest hurdles to doing this in large quantities. We can also expect that Blizzard will change this if the shuffle gets widespread, as they have typically nerfed raw gold generation in the past. 

Relic of the past 4

An intriguing possibility is items that you just upgrade with the 4th rank relic. This one has a cast time of just 3.5 seconds. The vanilla relic for tailoring takes 5 mageweave cloth, which should be in the same price level as the runecloth, or even cheaper. The vendor price increase is lower, but you get 3 items in the same time as you get one with the 5th rank relic. If you can actually get significant volume this will be the way to go speed up your time as much as possible. 

The final word is not out

We don’t know how it will actually look when it goes live, so we will have to wait and see. It’s all speculation based on PTR and beta at the moment. I don’t expect Blizz to let us play with an overpowered vendor shuffle, so I expect some nerfs. 

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3 thoughts on “Retail goldmaking: Vendor shuffles and Relics of the Past

  1. What is the brown linen pants sell price after using Relics of the past V on it. Also are there any good other items to use Relics of the past V on for vendor shuffle? Great post also =)

    1. It is possible to buy Linen cloth from a Vendor for 53c in Silvermoon then craft it into Bolt of Linen Cloth. Then buy coarse thread from a vendor for 8c. That makes the price for Brown linen pants 2.2s right? I saw in a post on reddit that Brown linen pants sells for 51,36g. If that is correct the break even price for runecloth is 10,228g. Also i saw that the when the reddit post was written Relics of the past boosted the item level to 100 and now its 85 so it will sell for less gold, maybe like 40g now but i dont know. Do you know more about this?

      1. I didn’t specifically check the linen pants, but most recipes still vendored for around 50 gold at ilvl 87. I didnt know about the vendor. Either way I will most likely not bother with the vendor shuffle variant of these recipes as it does not interest me much

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