The Spectral Tiger Owner’s Club
The Spectral Tiger Owner’s Club is a column featuring the elite gold makers of World of Warcraft who have bought the expensive Trading Card Game Mount “Spectral Tiger”, either the rare blue, tiger, or the epic purple tiger mount.
Today we have Cat who will be sharing her success story.
Please tell us a little about yourself, how long you have been playing Warcraft, and what parts of it you enjoy the most.
My toons name is Starkissed/suzanah I play on Cenarion Circle. I am 33 years old, I have 3 children, 4 cats, 1 dog, my husband is a disabled veteran. I have been playing Warcraft since June 2007. I have found that I enjoy collecting mounts, making gold, leveling toons (I currently have 5 level 100’s, working on my 6th).
I also love running guilds and own 2 guilds, both have approximately 800-900 members in it. I also enjoy helping others out in WoW, new players I love. My motto is “Love the noobs! One day they could be the best player you’ve ever run with”.
When did you see your first Spectral Tiger mount, and how did you feel?
It was about August or September of 2007, so right around when they came out. I was in love with it, but had no idea about mounts except that I loved my black stallion that I hunted down and eventually located in Southshore, back before mounts were account bound.
I honestly fell in love with the spectral tiger but when asked about it, no one would tell me how to get it. It wasn’t until a year later when I started playing the WoW TCG I would find out how to get it.
How long did it take you to get the gold you needed for the Spectral Tiger?
Once I buckled down & stated the spectral would be my next mount, 3 weeks I went from 100g to 669k gold so that gave me more then enough for it. (Yes, you saw that correctly…I said 100g)
How much did your Spectral Tiger cost?
How did you get the gold you needed to pay for it? Did you use professions, garrisons, sell services for other players, or work the Auction House?
It was a mixture of ways, I played the auction house, my main is a farmer (skinning/mining) so I used that. I generally don’t like the garrisons so I didn’t use them. I sold healing services from my Druid, taxi services to people who needed taxis, but the funniest way was actually when I decided to put a bunch of simple flours on the auction house for 20k gold each…someone bought them and then whispered me asking me for the gold back saying he didn’t mean to buy those ones. I told him I wasn’t giving him back the gold and that he would learn his lesson. He doesn’t know it, but that was the day I not only had the money for my mount, but was able to buy my sister her dream mount as well (the crimson death charger) so I bought my sister her death charger and then hoarded my gold. I also ran dungeons and LFRs, and played the auction house. I lived in the auction house practically.
Thinking about how you made the gold you needed, how did you learn how to make it? Was it an easy process or was it a steep learning curve?
I learned to make the gold through your blog, Just My Two Copper [an extint gold blog] when they were around, and learning what worked for me, and what didn’t. It was actually a very easy process for me.
What addons, if any, do you use to help you make gold?
Zygor’s Gold & Auction Guide, Tradeskill Master (Mainly for the shopping list features)
Do you have any other gold making goals? Are there other mounts you want to own? Do you already have other status symbols?
I have never been gold capped before, so that’s my goal, right now. I have already built back up to about 170k, and I make anywhere between 20-60k a week in the Auction house. I want to own the Mottled Drake and other WoW TCG mounts. I do have the Ghostly Charger, my husband bought me that one from Amazon, and I bought the Wooly White Rhino loot card off my dad, so in regards of status symbols, I do have 2 other WoW TCG mounts.
I am currently working towards getting a stables in my hunters garrison, so that I may get those mounts. So that’s my next “mount” goal in WoW.
What makes the Spectral Tiger so special? And when you got it, did you celebrate in any particular way?
The rarity of the Spectral Tiger, the fact that I never thought I would own it. My dad buys me Zygors Gold Guide for my birthday, and then challenges me to come up with 500k by a month and a half. so I had from May till June 2015 to come up with it. I had the gold within 3 weeks. I think that’s also what made it so special, because I beat a challenge. When I got it, I did celebrate. I made a video, here I will share a link of my video. In the video you see me buying the tiger as well as my personal celebration of it: World of Warcraft: Me buying the swift spectral tiger I also took a screenshot & called everyone I knew. I had to tell the world: My ultimate dream mount was finally mine.
Do you have any special gold making tips that you would like to share?
NEVER EVER EVER give up! Never settle for less then your goal, don’t listen to others who might say “Oh don’t spend 25g to buy that and resell it, you will just lose gold instead of profit” The best thing you can ever do is give it a shot, you have no idea how often my husband has told me that something wouldn’t work (it didn’t work for him) but then it would work for me. I ran the Pets market for the longest time, it’s died down now, but I still run pets every so often. Just keep at it, be patient, set a goal in mind. Start small and work your way up. Use addons, and do not be afraid to ask for guidance. Also, watching youTube videos from WTBgold (he doesnt actually want to buy gold, he just gives visuals on how to make gold) or reading the gold queens blog and utilizing Zygors resources, it really is a big help and worth the time.
What are your future plans with WoW?
I would like to have a level cap in every class, and own as many mounts as possible. My main future plan is to never stray away from having fun. If that means I never raid again, so be it.
Anything else to add?
There are many ways to make gold in the game whether you play the auction house, sell challenge modes or farm old raids. While this is what worked for me, other people might prefer other gold making methods. I truly believe that you can get any of the rare mounts in the game that you want as long as you are willing to put in the time, effort and dedication.
It might feel like it’s taking forever to make gold, some days… but don’t lose hope.
Anything else to add?
I really just want to help people, and feel I can do so by leveling up and learning as much as I can about classes. I would like to continue writing my blog. I write blogs on running successful guilds and I make YouTube videos, so this is something I have fun with and would like to continue in the future. In the end, even in a game such as wow it is perfectly okay to set goals, yes some may seem tedious or ridiculous to others.
I don’t pvp, I don’t raid. You have no idea how many times I hear “if you dont raid or pvp, then what do YOU do?” as if that is the only thing in the game. I always tell them the same thing, which is what I would like to remind your readers of. “There is more to wow then raiding and pvping. If you’re not having fun raiding or pvping, why do them? You can level up, make gold, farm pets or mounts, or even just help new players…”
“There is more to wow then raiding and pvping. If you’re not having fun raiding or pvping, why do them?”
Never forget where you came from or where you started. I haven’t and it is that experience I use to try to make things just a little better for new players coming in, or long time hiatus players coming back. Never forget your origins in the game, never forget you were once new to. If that means you need to at least guide someone where to go make a few gold pieces, so be it. Its better then ignoring that beggar in your city who just doesn’t know how to make gold.
Thanks Cat, and welcome to the Spectral Tiger Owners Club!
How to join the Spectral Tiger Owners Club
Contact me by email (contact form is best!) or poke me on twitter and we’ll chat.
I’m looking to hear from lots more Spectral Tiger Owners!
Send me screenshots, and stories about how you got your tiger.
The Gold Queen is written by Alyzande. With many level 100s, 9 years expertise in making gold, 11 garrisons, 17k+ achievements, 1593 days played, and over 32 million gold earned. The Gold Queen blog teaches you how to make gold playing World of Warcraft using ethical trading, auction house flipping, crafting, reselling snatch lists, and farming gold making.