1 June, 2013
by The Black Lion

Trade(r) Secrets: Improving Productivity

Improving Productivity on the Guild Wars 2 Trading Post

Like me, you probably spend a lot of your time in Guild Wars 2 researching markets and undercutting competitors on the Trading Post. However, speaking from experience this can quickly get addictive and before you know it you have just spent the last three hours systemically listing 20000 onions for sale when you could have been doing something a lot more fun. That is why improving your productivity on the Trading Post is important - not only will you make gold faster, but you will also have more time to spend playing the game!

Use your hotkeys on the Trading Post!

  • Did you know that the middle mouse button can be used to increase and decrease the numerical values when buying or selling an item? You don’t need to click on each field and enter your desired price, hell you can even do it one handed now! (Just don’t do anything naughty with the other hand.)
  • Your keyboard arrow keys can also be used to increase and decrease the numerical values when buying or selling an item.
  • If you have a gaming keyboard or mouse, those fancy buttons aren’t there just for show - bind them for useful shortcuts. (For example, bind a mouse button to “O” and open the Trading Post UI with one hand, again!)
  • Alt+Enter will turn on Windowed mode, place Guild Wars 2 at one side of your screen and browse your favourite Trading Post tool at the other side. This will make you 76% more productive!* (suggested tools: gw2tp.net or goldwars 2)

Limit yourself to short 30 minute Trading Post sessions.

A good rule of thumb to use is to dedicate 1/4 of your time to making gold on the Trading Post and 3/4 of your time towards exploring the game’s world and/or running around Divinity’s Reach annoying the roleplayers. Not only will this make you more productive as you are up against the clock but it will also allow you time to appreciate the other aspects of Guild Wars 2.

Participate in your community

Trust me on this, participating in my server’s community is my number one method for finding out new patch content, market drops and profitable opportunities! I am a one man operation and looking for new gold making strategies can sometimes be like looking for a needle in a haystack , it’s hard. However, if you have contacts who you can share gold making tips and tricks with.. they will nearly always return the favour in the future.

The global Guild Wars 2 community can also offer the same gold making tips as well, you just need to know where to look. I have personally recommend the Guild Wars 2 Reddit, GuildWarsGuru, Dulfy, blacklionsprofit (obviously) & guildwars2tradingpost.com.

There is also the private trading post forum, TP Extractor which offers a community of like minded individuals to share and speculate on the best gold making tips and tricks. It may not be the most active forum but there is a lot of knowledge there!

 *Out of 2 people reviewed, one said that they were now 76% more productive, the other had no idea what I was talking about.

31 May, 2013
by The Black Lion
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Competition Winner

Earlier in the week we launched our competition offering a free three month subscription to the brilliant Trading Post tool, gw2tp.net! 

I actually forget to set a deadline for the competition.. However, it ended today! Each valid Twitter entry was assigned a number and we ran them through the awesome Random Number Generator at RANDOM.ORG to determine the winner.

As you can see from the picture on the left, the number forty five (45) was chosen out of a possible 48 entrants. Great! But who was assigned number 45?

Click to reveal the competition winner!

23 May, 2013
by The Black Lion

Win a 3 months subscription to gw2tp.net

To celebrate the recent release of the Guild Wars 2 API (which will allow developers to create more powerful and accurate tools) we have teamed up with the guys over at gw2tp.net to offer our readers the chance to win a three months subscription to their powerful trading post tool.

To enter, simply tweet us at @blacklionsprofit with the following message:

@lions_profit I want to win a 3 month subscription to the brilliant #Guildwars2 Trading Post tool, gw2tp.net!

Alternatively, you can click on this link and our secret army of Asuran Golems will automate it all for you, simply click on the “tweet” button and you will be entered automatically!

Terms and Conditions

  1. Prize: Three months subscription to the gw2tp.net premium service.
  2. Only one entry per twitter account.
  3. Tweets must include a link to our @lions_profit account to be entered into the competition.
  4. All valid entries will be assigned a number and the winner randomly chosen via RANDOM.ORG

14 May, 2013
by The Black Lion

Sclerite Karka Shield recipe


The Sclerite Karka Shield is obtained from the “Secrets of Southsun” Achievements and is a back item with a pretty awesome skin! (OctoNorn is the best way to describe it)

However, it can also be combined in the mystic forge using the following recipe:

  • Sclerite Karka Shield
  • 250 Karka Shells
  • 50 Globs of Ectoplasm
  • 100 Passion Flowers

I don’t know what it combines into, but I am presuming it would be an ascended version. However, take a good long look at how epic this skin is and the ingredients required. Karka Shells, Passion Flowers & Ectoplasm will all be very popular over the next few days! (and possibly in the future)

14 May, 2013
by The Black Lion

50x Southsun Supply Crates Opened: Results

please note, these results were originally posted to Reddit under the_black_lion‘s account.

I have not had a lot of opportunity to log in to Guild Wars 2 and make bucket loads of gold lately, so after seeing the new chests included in the latest patch I decided to treat myself with some experimentation, purchasing 50 of them.

Costing approximately 220 gold for the 6000 gems required, it’s a fair chunk of money and does take a big bite out of last month’s profits. However, It’s not like the gold has much use beyond shiny weapons and flashy effects. (and for generating more gold through flipping)

After quickly opening the boxes, and linking the item’s for the few interested denizens of Lions Arch I was left with the following rewards:-

So.. was it worthwhile buying 50 Southsun supply crates for 220 gold?


P.S. If you are holding on to large quantities of Passion Fruit, Flowers or Karka Shells then I advise you to sell them now before they fall any lower. Additionally, you can wait for the “patch excitement” to pass and buy them up for a long term investment!

3 May, 2013
by The Black Lion

Daily Speculation: #3

Day Three: Large Skull

  • Weekly Graph: gw2tp.net
  • Lowest Buy: 2s 75c
  • Highest Sell: 4s 45c
  • Profit: 1s 3c
  • Gain: 37%
  • Monthly Graph: gw2spidy
  • Lowest Buy: 2s 54c
  • Highest Sell: 4s 65c
  • Profit: 1s 41c
  • Gain: 56%

Conclusion: Large Skulls are one of those niche items that can be invested in every month in return for a potential 30% to 50% return on your investment. I usually aim to buy them for anywhere between 2 to 3 silver each and hold them until they are selling for around 4 silver 50 copper to 4 silver 75 copper.

Note: These posts are written to help teach new trader’s on how to spot potential profit in a market and the basics of speculating on an item’s trading post graph. Always do your own research before investing.