Recently Blizzard announced the addition of a new high end mount being added to the game in Battle for Azeroth! The Mighty Caravan Brutosaur will cost a whooping 5 million gold from a vendor. The mount comes with a repair vendor and an auctioneer(!).
Utility items in WoW
Blizzard have a history of adding various forms of utility items to the game. Some examples include the Goblin Glider Kits, A lot of engineering toys, Vial of the Sands and the chopper mounts. This is the first time they add something that is primarily aimed at the economic side of the game that is available to any class and profession.
A game changer
I believe this mount is a true game changer for any goblins. I think it has the potential to change the way we play the auction house game. I think it will shake up the optimal way to post auctions. With the ability to post auctions and go shopping anywhere you can mount up it is now optimal to do more of you auctioning on your main.
How does your current AH routines look?
I do all of my auction housing on my second account at the moment. this includes all my shopping and all posting. I use my main account for crafting and that’s about it. Posting everything from one character on my second account is currently the most time effective way to post auctions. One issue is that I have a lot of bankers on different realms. This means I generally don’t get to repost auctions more than once a day. This causes me to lose a lot of potential sales in high volume markets such as gems and enchants.
Enter the Brutosaur
With the Brutosaur I would just keep items like enchants and gems on my crafter. I could do quick repost scans of just the relevant groups in between boss pulls, dungeons or world quests. It would give me an advantage compared to people without the mount. I could also quickly jump on the mount and scan for items that are currently underpriced. This can be especially useful if you use deal notifications from TSM to look for specific items.
Which markets will this matter for
I don’t think this matters too much for slow markets like transmog. These rely on having a large inventory and cleaning out your mailbox is the main bottle neck. For these markets the mount won’t change anything.
For high volume markets however the effect is huge. You can now keep up with your posting schedules way more easily, especially if you only have one account! You can also do more frequent shopping scans (at least for targeted items). You can even potentially turn on sniper while you’re autorunning (I assume you can talk to the auctioneer while riding).
Does this mean I should buy it?
This is the 5 million gold question. Ultimately you will have to answer it for yourself. Even though I think it will give a substantial advantage, I doubt the advantage is worth 5 million in the short run. I am personally working hard on obtaining the gold to buy it as I want it. The unique effect is too cool and too much of a gold making boon to not buy it for me.