What’s Hot: Blackwood

Make Gold From PVPing This Midyear Mayhem!

The pvp meta has changed and MYM is set to take place during the Blackwood patch! Learn more about all of the different ways to make gold by pvping in ESO!

The following items are in high demand for the Blackwood patch:

Armor Sets

The following sets have either just been introduced in the current patch, buffed in the current patch, or they may have replaced other sets that have been nerfed in the current patch. One way or another, they are in-demand now!

Do keep in mind the fact that different player bases across different platforms may respond to these changes differently.

-Procs have returned to all pvp zones but have experienced some minor changes (they now scale off of your max stats, for example). This pvp meta is similar to that of the meta in Markarth, only players are going to have to look into building into their stats (max mag/stam, spell/weapon damage etc) as opposed to just stacking offensive proc sets.

-Health recovery has been indirectly nerfed in light of the new changes to how the buff, “Battle Spirit”, works. This change has pushed health recovery sets out of the limelight. Instead, sets that provide valuable defensive buffs and sets that provide resistances will be preferred when players are looking to build defensively for pvp.

Mark Of The Pariah

In light of the changes that were made to how “Battle Spirit” works this patch, Pariah has been the go-to set of choice for players that prefer to play tanky builds in pvp or are looking to incorporate a defensive set into their build. Previously, building into health recovery was a viable way to add bulk to a build, but now that this value is halved in pvp zones from the battle spirit buff, players have found that building for greater resistances is now the way to go. While the craftable set “Fortified brass” also provides resistances, Pariah will outperform this set starting at 90% health, so it is absolutely a better option.

The ideal pieces and traits for this set are: Weapons (particularly shields, 1h weapons, and surprisingly mauls, and inferno staves have sold well on PC NA as well), Body pieces in Impenetrable and Reinforced for the big pieces (Chest, Legs), Jewelry.

Companion Gear

I’m sure that no one is surprised to see this entry on the list. Seeing as companions have just recently been implemented in Blackwood, gear for our new adventure buddies is not only incredibly sought after, but it’s worth a fair amount. While many have theorized that these ludicrous prices for companion gear in the ideal traits will be short-lived (and for green and blue companion gear, it has been), there is no doubt that there is still a population of players out there willing to pay an arm and a leg for the best gear for their companion, especially if it is in the purple rarity, and the preferred trait. We will have to wait and see how long this demand for “BiS” companion gear will last!

The ideal traits to look out for are “Aggressive” for damage dealing gear, “Bolstering” for tank gear (shield, 1h), “Soothing” for healer gear (restoration staff) and “Quickened” on Jewelry.

Anywhere in Tamriel
Companion gear has a very small chance at dropping from any mob in the game, but you are more likely to receive a higher quality drop from killing bosses (World Bosses, Delve Bosses, Dungeon Bosses etc). Your companion has to be active in order to have a chance at receiving a companion gear drop.

Clever Alchemist

A tried and true damage set for magicka and stamina pvp builds alike. Clever alchemist is often used as a backbar offensive set. Backbar weapons and jewels have had a record of selling for a lot of gold. On PC NA, gold Clever Alch jewels were able to sell for 2 mil each.

Clever Alch items require 7 traits in order to be crafted. Access crafting stations for Clever Alchemist at your guild house (if available), or in No Shira’s Workshop in Hew’s Bane. Popular traits would be Impenetrable for light armor, Reinforced (on big, heavy pieces like Cuirass and Greaves), Infused or Defensive for backbar weapons (bow, sword and board) and Well Fitted on medium armor pieces. Gold Jewels of this set have previously sold for 2 million gold on PC NA.

Daedric Trickery

A strong (and craftable!) defensive set that can be used in place of Pariah in a pvp environment. This set can be crafted in any weight, making it a great versatile option for players of all specs and classes looking to incorporate some more healing, mobility and ult generation into their pvp build.

Daedric Trickery items require 8 traits to be able to be crafted. Access Daedric Trickery stations at your guild house (if available), or in the Randas Ancestral Tomb in Vvardenfell. Popular traits would be Impenetrable, Reinforced (on big, heavy pieces like Cuirass and Greaves), and even Well Fitted on medium armor pieces.

Diamond’s Victory

This new craftable set that came out with Blackwood has proven to work as an alternative to more “meta” dps sets in pve especially. Nightblades and Necromancers can benefit the most from this set as they can proc both the melee supremacy and ranged supremacy buffs at the same time, instead of in succession/in a rotation. Since Diamond’s Victory doesn’t require too many traits to craft, it won’t be as valuable as other previous craftable sets in the past that have performed well, like the 9-trait NMA, but crafting some divines DV gear to sell would still provide you with significantly more gold than if you were to simply sell the crafting materials required to do so.

Diamond’s Victry items require 5 traits to be able to be crafted. Access Diamond’s Victory stations at your guild house (if available), or at the Pentric Run crafting location in Blackwood. Popular traits would be divines body pieces, precise weapons (specifically bows, inferno staves)


A Handful Of New Ways To Make Gold In ESO!

Check out the video that I did before Blackwood launched about all of the new possible gold-making ventures that this new chapter will bring to the game! While I created this video from my time spent on the PTS, all of the topics discussed in the video are still very much relevant now that Blackwood has arrived on the live server!

Featured Post

The NEW Ancestral Akaviri motifs can be acquired from finding a lead from a Blackwood treasure map chest, and then scrying and excavating for it!

Get The New Blackwood Furnishing Plans!

Check out my video to learn about some neat Blackwood furnishing plan farming locations as well as how you can go about farming these plans in an efficient manner!

Consumables + Materials

The following consumables have either been buffed, have replaced other consumables that have been nerfed, or are in greater demand because of a shift in the meta in the Blackwood patch (or, you know, they are new and shiny and people want them). The materials are popular because they are required to make these consumables that are in-demand, or because they have become more desirable through changes or reinforcements made in Blackwood.

Ivory Brigade Clasps

The new Leyawiin furnishings have been a smash hit in the community. People have paid millions for these new plans to be able to craft these gorgeous new furnishings, but in order to do so, an Ivory Brigade Clasp (or two!) is needed! Much like Shimmering Sands and Culanda Lacquers and Arkthzand Sprockets, these Ivory Brigade Clasps are absolutely essential to all furnishing enthusiasts!

Leyawiin Daily Quest Rewards + From Deconning Ivory Brigade Gear
Upon completing and handing in a Blackwood daily quest, you will receive a daily reward coffer. Opening these coffers gives you a chance to receive an Ivory Brigade Clasp. You may also deconstruct gear in the Ivory Brigade Style (Frostbite) for a chance at receiving its style material.

Ancestral Akaviri Motifs

Ancestral Akaviri motifs were implemented in Blackwood and are highly sought after, much like their Ancestral Reach counterparts. Like all previous ancestral motifs, these motifs are acquired by way of the antiquities system. You must first find a lead for an Ancestral Akaviri motif by digging up a Blackwood Treasure Map Chest (a lead is not guaranteed). Scrying this lead will direct you to the excavation site where, upon successfully excavating the motif, you will be rewarded with a singular Ancestral Akaviri motif.

Blackwood Treasure Maps
A lead of an Ancestral Akaviri motif has a chance to drop from any Blackwood Treasure Map Chest – not just any chest, only the ones that are associated with treasure maps for the zone! Treasure maps can be found in chests, thieves troves, document satchels, Harrowstorm remains and occasionally from mobs.

Leyawiin and Deadlands Furnishing Plans

A plethora of new furnishing plans have been released in Blackwood. These plans compliment a lot of the newer houses that were recently featured in the crown store (Kushalit Sanctuary, Water’s Edge, etc) and are very versatile. These new furnishings have been highly sought after, with some purple plans selling for upwards of 1 million gold during the first week of Blackwood’s launch, and blue plans selling for anywhere from 80-300k on PC NA in the same week. The values for these plans will decrease as hype dwindles and the market gets more saturated with plans, but they will continue to be a good source of gold regardless.

Furnishing plans have a chance to drop from any container (backpacks, cupboards, wardrobes, cabinets, nightstands etc) in the zone.

Public Dungeon Fragments:
Scaly Cloth Scraps & Inscribed Shards

The mobs from the two new public dungeons in Blackwood (The Silent Halls and Zenithar Abbey) have a chance to drop collectible fragments that, once enough of them are collected and combined, can create neat items! If you collect 50 Scaly Cloth Fragments from The Silent Halls, you can combine them to create the Thrafey Debutant Gown costume. If you colect 50 Inscribed Shards from Zenithar Abbey, you can create the Replica Zenithar Adytum Gate furnishing. Because these fragments and the collectible items that they can create are new, people will be more interested and inclined to purchase them. In situations like these, the more of these items you can sell at once (in a bundle) the better. Be sure to charge more per unit if you sell in bulk!

Blackwood Public Dungeons: The Silent Halls & Zenithar Abbey
Public Dungeon Fragments have a small chance at dropping when defeating enemies inside public dungeons that are located in zones that were released as chapters.


Featured Post

The NEW Leyawiin and Deadlands Furnishing plans look great and are quite popular among housing enthusiasts. Check out how you can get your hands on them!

My Preferred Wrothgar Chest Farming Route!


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