Have money, will transfer.

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Does the prospect of clearing Ulduar multiple times a week get you hot? Are you desperate for gear, emblems, or Fragments of Val’nyr? Do you enjoy your high-population realm but crave the vanity satisfaction of realm-first achievements? Are you a real-life Gevlon? Does your guild share your vision? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, Blizzard now affords you the ultimate opportunity to min/max your raid-time: three-day realm transfers.

In the wake of all the Blizzcon hoopla, this little feature seems to have been tacitly accepted or conveniently unnoticed. The immediate benefit is obvious: if you make a poor transfer choice and/or fail a guild application, you don’t have to wait a full month to leave. The obvious drawback? Your “mistake” costs you $25. For Blizzard, this is a fantastic way to boost revenue while supposedly catering to the public “good.” Why isn’t there any outrage? For many players, WoW is an investment in the same fashion that golf or SCUBA diving may be to another individual. If WoW is your hobby-of-choice, why not take advantage of the little things that could lend to your own virtual happiness?

What few players realize is that all of your raids and dungeons reset when you transfer realms. This means that, theoretically, you can clear every dungeon twice within one normal lockout period. If, then, you could clear the 10 and 25 versions of every dungeon within each transfer lockout (3-days), you could gain the following from each transfer (discounting hard modes or Algalon:)

  • Obsidian Sanctum – 8 Emblems of Conquest
  • Eye of Eternity – 2 Emblems of Conquest
  • Vault of Archavon – 8 Emblems of Conquest
  • Naxxramas – 32 Emblems of Conquest
  • Ulduar – 26 Emblems of Conquest
  • Trial of the Crusader (up to the Twin Valkyrs) – 24 Emblems of Triumph
  • Total: 76 Emblems of Conquest and 24 Emblems of Triumph
  • Total per week: 152 Emblems of Conquest and 48 Emblems of Triumph

That, of course, isn’t including any sort of gear upgrades you might come across or any achievements you might receive. If you’re especially industrious and had a lot of time on your hands, you could also complete every Heroic dungeon each day, which would net you a total of 53 Emblems of Conquest and 2 Emblems of Triumph. Your new weekly total (again, assuming you’re insane and do everything) is:

  • 523 Emblems of Conquest and 62 Emblems of Triumph

There’s also potential to do two rounds of Heroic dungeons per day on the days that you transfer your character (including the daily), which would give you an extra 53 Emblems of Conquest and 2 Emblems of Triumph on that day. Because of the time required to do all of those dungeons (especially if you’re pugging them all), this is probably an unlikely situation.

So let’s assume a few things:

  1. You’re not interested in finding a “new” home; you’re going on a whirlwind tour to acquire gear and emblems.
  2. You have the time necessary to fully exploit said adventure.
  3. You’re not a terrible player and have a useful dual-spec. It will obviously be easier to get into runs if you’ve got a tanking or healing offspec. Just saying.
  4. You’re confident that your target realms will yield a group capable of clearing your dungeons of choice. Safe bets generally include realms with a High or Full population. Conversely, if you’re looking to bring an entire guild along and earn some realm-first achievements, look for Low population realms.
  5. You have a considerable amount of disposable income.

Got all that? To prepare, you’ll probably want to do a few things. First, make sure that you have a reasonable amount of gold on your character to purchase anything you might need along the way. Second, because the economy on each realm may be dramatically different, consider bringing raid consumables with you. Do a little research and see if there are any regular pick-up-groups running on your target realms that you may be able to finesse your way into in advance. Finally, as you initiate your first transfer, make sure you save a slot on your original realm with your character’s name. Before you make your final transfer back, delete the level 1 alt and resume your name. If, however, you’re looking to change your character’s name, leave the level 1 alt and you’ll be forced to rename your character when you return.

Here’s how the basic schedule goes:

September 2009

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1
Home realm.

Clear raids.
Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00

2
Target realm.

Clear raids.

3

4
Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00
5
Target realm.

Clear raids.

6

7
Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00
8
Target realm.

Clear raids.

9

10
Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00
11
Target realm.

Clear raids.

12

13
Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00
14
Target realm.

Clear raids.

15
Clear raids.
16
Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00
17
Target realm.

Clear raids.

18

19
Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00
20
Target realm.

Clear raids.

21

22
Clear raids, if time.

Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00

23
Target realm.

Clear raids.

24

25
Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00
26
Target realm.

Clear raids.

27

28
Transfer at 11 p.m.
$25.00
29
Home realm.

Clear raids.

30
Bonertime.

Total dollars spent: $250.00
Theoretical earnings (minus heroic dungeons): 1,900 Emblems of Conquest & 624 Emblems of Triumph
Including each heroic dungeon, daily: 3,490 Emblems of Conquest & 684 Emblems of Triumph

$250 could get you a late night “escort” in Las Vegas, a plane ticket from Detroit to Chicago, an iPhone 3GS, an XBOX 360 Pro, or dinner with your friends at NINJA New York. Is it worth it? If you’ve got the time, money, and play a hybrid class who wants a lot of gear, sure. The success of the entire plan, however, rests on your own ability to get yourself into successful raid groups within a three day window. What’s interesting isn’t so much that you should try this to maximize your play, but that you can. So if you’re the kind of person who tells your spouse to consider splitting savings into four separate checking accounts at a new credit union to min/max a gimmick interest rate—this plan’s for you. Start saving.