Content of the article: "Blizzard limiting or deleting the gold/items people bring into TBC wouldn’t work the way you think it will, and may actually help botters."
I know this is a bit of a hot button issue going into TBC since bots/mages have inflated the economy to ridiculous levels, but Its not all that feasible to prevent botters from "hiding" their gold from a purge going into TBC. If they just delete all gold beyond 2k or something on your character you could just spread all your gold across characters on multiple accounts. You could even very realistcally store gold cap this way as you'd only need 11-12 accounts to store all of it as just raw gold. And obviously people could also just hide their gold in other ways by just buying ah items which will retain their value.
Even if blizzard did something drastic like everyone gets all gold, boes, whites, and grays deleted, you could still get around it by crafting and hoarding high vendoring bop weapons which often vendor for 20-50% of their crafting cost or can be disenchanted. Even if a botter managed to retain only 30% of their gold going into TBC, if everyone else got taken down to 0 they'd still be massively wealthy by comparison.
The worst part is that if blizz didn't do an absolute purge and there was some loophole in the way they did it, the people who would have the most incentive to cheat the system would be botters. Even if it means a botter had to buy game time for literally a couple hundred new accounts to circumvent the wealth purge in some way with bop items. That's still only a couple hundred dollars (in argentina accounts) to save what would be thousands upon thousands of dollars in gold that would now probably double in price since legitimate players got all their gold wiped. The only realistic way blizzard could ensure a wipe going into TBC would be essentially deleting everything from every character except for maybe equipped raid items. Everything else would just hurt legitimate players, and botters/sellers either wouldn't be significantly affected or might even profit because of the price increase. Even then though botters would probably just off load their gold for cheap now and enjoy how ridiculously profitable raw gold farms become again after the purge.
tl;dr: Unless blizzard deletes all gold and every single item (soulbound or not) in everyone's inv/bank/mail/ah/etc… Botters could exploit the system to save their gold even if it meant buying literally hundreds of new accounts. They may even profit more than they lost on account subs due to an increase in gold price.
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