Many World of Warcraft players are missing from Azeroth right now. Just like with every expansion, there's a lull during the few months leading up to its release. With so many people away from WoW enjoying the summer air, playing Diablo, or any other MMO, there are many opportunities for you to prepare for making a bunch of gold when MoP hits. Here's a few ideas to get you started!
Sometimes It's Okay To Be A Hoarder
Stockpiling items for MoP is a no-brainer. Every new expansion brings new demand for basic items like 16 slot bags, materials for leveling professions, and gear for leveling new toons. With fewer competitors working the AH, it pays to check the auction house regularly for cheaply priced items such as cloth, enchanting mats, herbs, ore, and elementals. It probably won't take long until you run out of space, though. Having your own private guild bank (having several is even better!) will allow you to have much more space than your own personal bank can possibly handle.
Starting your own guild requires 5 signatures. You can pay people to sign your guild charter, then kick them out after the guild is formed. Then you'll need to purchase the guild bank tabs individually. Alternatively, you can advertise that you want to buy a guild in trade chat, as well as keep an eye out for people who are selling their guilds in trade chat. Sometimes you can even purchase a guild for cheaper than the price of purchasing the guild bank tabs individually – you just need to be in trade chat at the right time!
Preparing Your Army of Alts
Gathering professions are always a gold mine at the release of a new expansion. Now is the perfect time to level up gathering professions on your alts, especially if they are toons you plan on playing in MoP. Crafting professions are good too, but they're going to require a much bigger time and gold investment. The simplest, no-brainer way to prepare for making gold in MoP is to arm yourself with a max level herbalist, miner, and skinner.
The XP gained from gathering makes herbalism and mining good choices for toons that still have a long way to go to the level cap. Any items you gather right now should go in your private guild banks (see above) and sold after MoP's launch when everyone will be scrambling to level up their crafting professions. Do your farming and leveling now, and prepare for big profits later!
Craft Like There's No Tomorrow
Many crafted items will experience a surge of demand with the plethora of new characters being created in Mists of Pandaria. Every toon is going to need glyphs. With the release of every new expansion comes a huge opportunity for scribes. Having a whole bunch of inks on hand to craft glyphs will prove extremely profitable on launch day. Now is the time to pick up cheap herbs and inks from the auction house before prices shoot up at the beginning of MoP. (Many glyphs are being removed or retooled in MoP, so don't jump the gun on crafting them yet!)
Inscription may be a gold mine at the beginning of a new expansion, but it certainly isn't the only crafting profession worth preparing. Leatherworking can be used to craft mining and inscription bags, Tailoring can be used to make enchanting and jewelcrafting bags, and Engineering can make non-combat pets. Craft these items now while the materials cost is cheaper, and profit big when the demand hits!
Too Many Pets? No Such Thing!
Mists of Pandaria brings an exciting new feature: Pet Battles. More than ever before, WoW players will be eager to add new non-combat pets to their arsenal. There are several ways you can cash in on this: flipping vendor pets, farming nests, crafting Engineering pets, and collecting Argent Tournament pets of one or both factions, to name a few.
In addition to farming and crafting rare pets, it's also smart to check the AH for cheaply priced ones. If you have the gold to invest, buying rare pets up cheaply before MoP comes out could potentially pay off huge!
Tidying Up The Vault
In addition to leveling alts, stockpiling mats, crafting till your eyes pop out of their sockets, and hoarding pets, there's one last step you'll definitely want to take. Now is the time to sell off any Cataclysm items that won't see as much demand in MoP. Cataclysm enchant scrolls, high level rare/epic gear, and any other level 85 end-game items will lose a lot of their value after the expansion. Also take the opportunity to get rid of any other items gathering dust in your bank. Taking the time to clean up your bank and get organized will save you time and headaches later!