For about two years now some World of Warcraft players have been paying their monthly subscriptions with gold. Players could spend gold to buy tokens, or spend real money to buy tokens to get a fair amount of gold in the game. The price of the token shifted up and down as supply and demand jumped in the month, but for many it was a manageable practice, especially for people with lots of time and not a lot of money.
Now after hinting at it during Blizzcon 2016 the WoW token can now bee redeemed as credit on your Battle.net account. One token gives you $15 to either save towards buying a new game, some Overwatch loot boxes, an adventure in Hearthstone or some skins in Heroes of the Storm.
Since the news hit the price for a token has moved, on EU servers at least, from 90,000 or so gold to 116,000 gold for a token. There was even a peak of 200,000 per token at one point as the demand skyrocketed. Maybe I should have bought a few before the announcement happened. It isn’t a lot of money for your gold, but if you have a stockpile and nothing to do with it, it will be nice to exchange it for a few Hearthstone card packs. What it also does is make you think of your gold as a firmer currency. Suddenly that big mount that costs over 100,000 gold is actually worth – or costing you more correctly – $15. Maybe I don’t need to be able to transmog my gear wherever I am. Not at that price.
It all depends how far down the rabbit hole you are. If you have money lying around from years of farming, this is a treat. If not, don’t burn yourself out trying to raise money to get a little credit, you aren’t about to get rich being a legal WoW gold farmer.