Market Wards Organization: Did It Help? Part 1

This will be part one in a look to see just how much the recent organization of the market wards has helped players find the items they’re looking for. Something I’ve avoided trying to find up until this point is a new weapon for my Lancer. Earlier today, I logged onto Gysahl to try and find a Brass Spear in Limsa Lominsa’s Battlecraft ward.

Let’s see what what I found!

Weapons Found

I searched a total of 85 retainers during my time in the Battlecraft ward. Unfortunately it seems that not much has changed in terms of what retainers carry. Out of the 85 retainers I browsed, I only came up with 60 weapons, none of which were the Brass Spear I was looking for. Those retainers did have however 361 items that didn’t fit into the Battlecraft ward.

There were several bazaars I came across that were selling items for DoM classes. However, those were inappropriate for this particular ward (Spellcraft Ward is for DoM weapons) and were excluded from these results. Perhaps it’s that the organization is new, or perhaps items appropriate to specific wards should be mentioned on the ward list instead of only being displayed in the chat log after teleporting.

Retainers With Weapons

Out of the retainers I searched, only 27 of them were actually selling weapons. That leaves 58 retainers that didn’t have a single weapon for sale. It’s possible that some retainers only had one or two weapons in their bazaar initially and they had already been purchased by the time I got to them. However, when I went through, over half of the retainers weren’t selling a single item that was appropriate for the ward they were in.

While  I didn’t collect specific data, I did check out a few of the other wards to see if the situation was any better. The Glovers ward had a whopping three retainers in it. One was empty, one had misc items, and one had misc items and 2 pairs of hempen gloves. The Tradescraft ward seemed to be just as bad as the Battlecraft ward, with many retainers having anything but the appropriate items for that ward. In fact, even if people are bazaaring items appropriate for the ward they’re in, they’re still bazaaring other items that would be better suited elsewhere. Though I guess that’s not a bad thing for Square Enix as many people may see this as a reason to purchase additional retainers so they can sell their items in multiple wards without having the suffer the increased tax penalty.

Of course, players wouldn’t have to deal with increased taxes due to improper ward bazaaring if there was an auction house which is something that players have been asking for for a long time. There is news that they are working on a search function for retainers. And while that is good news to some degree, after searching it sounds like you’ll then have to go and find the specific retainers selling that item (which will be marked somehow). While that is a nice improvement over the current system, it still adds what I feel is an unnecessary step that players need to take for purchasing an item. In an auction house system you would simply search for the item, and if it’s available, you’d buy it right there. Not have to go play “please load on my screen” with the one hundred or so retainers in a particular market ward.

Before you get all worked up and say “But this system was only put in today!” don’t worry. I’ll be going through the Battlecraft Ward again next week and compare the data as well as peek into a few other wards to see if the situation has changed. However at this point, it doesn’t seem like the organization of the Market Wards has had the full effect that some of us have hoped for.

What are your thoughts? Are things the same on your server? Has the organization of the market wards helped after the first day?