Nostalrius was a private World of Warcraft server created in 2015. The server featured a version of the game called "Vanilla", or, one of the first versions of the game (patch 1.12). The server host received a Cease and Desist letter from Blizzard Entertainment, and so the server was shut down by the Nostalrius team on April 10, 2016, leading to unprecedented outcry on Facebook and Twitter and large-scale coverage in mainstream computing journalism.
It was one of the most successful private servers to date, with over 800,000 accounts registered and 150,000 active accounts. Since the conclusion of Nostalrius servers, a discussion about the possibility of Blizzard opening "Legacy" servers has begun.
One of the biggest discussions on legacy servers came out of the entire Nostalrius issue. A petition on change.org has received over 200,000 signatures pleading Blizzard to hear the voices. Many famous Youtubers have made videos on this very topic discussing the pros and cons of Legacy servers, and it managed to get the attention of one of the original designers of World of Warcraft, Mark Kern, who supports the idea of Legacy servers. Blizzard Entertainment was silent on the issue until April 25, where the lead game developer responded to the discussion.
On April 25, 2016, A Blizzard employee responded to the Nostalrius discussion. He spoke of the possibility of "Pristine" realms, with many of the new features turned off, to make leveling harder, and social interaction more prevalent in the game.
On November 3, 2017, Blizzard announced World of Warcraft: Classic, an official "vanilla server", in response to the popularity of Nostalrius and other similar private servers.
After a month or so of large scale protests, Blizzard invited the Nostalrius team to the Blizzard HQ to present the case for Vanilla. An eighty-pages "post-mortem" document describing the development of Nostalrius, the problems that happened and some marketing strategies was presented to Blizzard, and after some time, released on the Nostalrius forums. In the following six months, Blizzard did not respond at all to any communication from the Nostalrius team Allen Brack and the World of Warcraft development team announced they would not be making any statements about Vanilla the 2016 BlizzCon convention. Consequently, the Nostalrius team released their source code to Valkyrie-WoW, another long-standing private Vanilla WoW server, hosted in Russia, and the Nostalrius servers returned on December 17, 2016 under the name of Elysium Project, with the player database as it had been just before the shutdown in April. In October 2017, the Elysium servers were taken offline when it had been revealed that some staff had been involved in gold selling and character manipulation, which went against the 'Blizzlike' philosophy the team purportedly stood for. The servers returned a few days later, with the project rebranded as Light's Hope.
In an interview published on November 4, 2017 by Eurogamer, J. Allen Brack said and they would welcome the involvement of Daemon and Viper, the leads of the Nostalrius project.
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Keep mining, ore and bars sell quite well. I don't know if engineering has any legacy patterns that are no longer available though. People mog their weapons too (like the guns engineering can make), and while most vanity pets and mounts don't sell all that well anymore (since buy them once and they're account wide now) if you can make any that come from plans that are no longer obtainable, those should sell well (like thousand gold or more each).
So look up the guns, pets, and mount recipes you have on wowhead, see if they have a "no longer obtainable" label or if the comments indicate that they're not in the game anymore.
I would suggest taking on two gathering professions...and one should be mining because it's often the most lucrative. Make sure to track mining nodes and plants on your mini map. Mining and herbalism are good. Also, put everything on the AH especially materials such as cloth. It can be disheartening when you reach 60 because a good chunk of the gold you made will be spent on flying. But because you will have flying, you can farm and sell more efficiently.
Oh and keep transmog in mind. As you level, a lot of pieces can drop that have high transmog values. Compare prices on the AH.
As far as low level engineering pets go:
Mechanical squirrels tend to sell for more than the cost to make them. Not a huge profit center, but always some profit at least. 15-50g is typical.
Mechanical Toads seemed to have had the recipe drop rate reduced and it was always low. If you can make them, they can sell for 1000g but lower hundreds seems to be more typical.
The Mechanical Yeti recipe is no longer available. The pet vendors for 500-1000g on most servers I play on. As large as a gnome or goblin, they look good running with those two races.
Engineering in general is a gold sink however. People do it for the toys, guns, or PvP stuff... not for the gold.
Look in the AH for cooking recipes under skill level 100 or so. If you see someone selling several of the same recipe that usually means it's a vendor item. They are charging several gold for stuff that cost them a few silver. Look the recipe up on wowhead and beat them at their own game. I usually sell recipes to start the bankroll of a new toon on a new server. I do better with horde but there's an alliance bear meat recipe in Loch modern that usually sells for 4-10g and costs around 30-40s. Sell a couple of those a day and you'll be getting new bags in no time at all. People like to have all the recipes and frankly, spending 5g on a recipe is cheaper than spending the time to go get it for most 90's.
Don't be the guy that lists 12 of the same recipe. That just screams Vendor.
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