Using this third party tracker will help you make more informed decisions
World of Warcraft has relied on third party services and add-ons basically since launch, and over time, that pool of resources has only grown. Here’s how the Undermine Journal works, and why you should be using it.
What is the Undermine Journal?
Described as “your source for Auction House statistics and data in World of Warcraft,” The Undermine Journal (also known as “TUJ”) is a third party web-based Auction House tracker. You can find it here at this link.
Without requiring a login, you can search for any realm in the world, and get updates on the market roughly every 30 minutes (check out the top right hand corner for database update timing). Beyond granular data in individual items, at a glance, you can view WoW Token prices, “most available” (hot) items, and potential deals for overlooked auctions.
It’s recommended that you also install the in-game add-on to get a better picture of the overall server economy. The add-on will provide access to:
- Average market price for your realm over the past 3 days
- Average market price for your realm over the past 14 days
- Standard deviation of market price for your realm over the past 14 days
- Number of days since the item was last seen on your AH
- Global median market price right now
- Global average market price right now
- Global standard deviation of market price right now
How do you use it?
Depending on your aim (buying/selling), you’ll want to gravitate toward the categories on the side to start. Pick one based on your current profession, and get familiar with the trends of the current marketplace on your server. For instance, clicking into Alchemy will showcase some of the top-selling items, but note that many of them have “last seen” provisos to sift through. Keep an eye on these items, as those are generally the commodities that are selling through the most often.
The Undermine Journal will break down pretty much everything you need to know, from the current price, to the historical rise and fall of each individual item, to the pricing/quantity “heat” rating. Heat is useful for identifying patterns, which could indicate the best days/times to buy/sell those items for higher gains. Buy low, sell high: it’s a mantra that works in most economies, WoW included.
The creator (who has a Patreon) also has a full video guide, which we’ll embed below (it consists of five lessons, the first of which is available in a playlist):