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With naxxramas wings coming out these weeks, I wonder which way is the fastest to gain gold (in order to open the wings without paying real money), with as much as possible and no time being wasted.

I have already thought about it and found 3 main ways:

  • Logging on only to do quests (no time wasted on playing games that wouldn't give you more than 10 gold per 3 wins).
  • Arena, arena, arena: looping the arena could be interesting if you try to get your quests done here, but because it's random cards, I wonder if it's really worthwhile.
  • Farm farm farm, even if it's "only" 10 gold for 3 wins, which could be worthwhile, but I don't really think so.
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It's noteworthy that Naxxramas is the most effective way of spending real money. For $20, you get an equivalent of 2800 gold (or after the first month, $25 for an equivalent of 3500 gold), which means each dollar is worth 140 gold. For comparison: In Arena, you pay $2 for an equivalent of 150 gold which means each dollar is worth 75 gold. The best way to buy packs, 40 at a time, means $50 for an equivalent of 4000 gold, so each dollar is worth 80 gold. This ratio becomes worse when you buy less packs at once, with a minimum of 67g/$ when buying 2 at a time. –  scenia Aug 25 at 19:23

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This depends on time available and skill.

Infinite arena is considered the best way to get cards and dust. However, even assuming you can consistently get 7+ wins, it's bad for actually earning gold. 7 wins typically earns you between 150 and 180. If you don't factor in the free pack and the bonus prizes, that's 10 games, drafting time and risk for less gold than the 3 games/10g.

8 wins isn't much better, 9 is actually worse (you get more cool stuff) so you'd really need 10 wins in a reasonable number of those 7+ runs for it to be worthwhile.

On the plus side, infinite arena is actually infinite. There's no cap so you could play 24/7 if you want.

Quests are the most time-efficient method. Assuming you are capable of using at least 5 classes, you can reroll everything to get Domination quests and get 60g most of the time. Assuming a 50% winrate, this takes 10 games to earn 60g+20g for the 3 wins quest if you play an extra match.

Timewise this would take about an hour and a half, assuming just under 10 mins/game.

Once you've beaten your quest, your only remaining option is the 3 wins quest. This is slow- earning you 10-20g per hour. However, you can use it to supplement the quest rewards. The method above earns you 540g per week (80/day) so winning another 6 games pushes this to 100. This is enough for 700/week or enough to buy naxx wings as they are released.

Since you can play whatever deck you want here, this may be quicker than winning the quests. About an hour, probably. In total, that's two and a half hours a day.

So, to summarise, reroll your quests to 60g, beat those then beat the 10g/3 games quest to make up the rest of the money you need.

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All other answers are good too, but numbers being given I have to approve this one. Thanks a lot :) –  soenguy Aug 1 at 14:23
    
How do you you "reroll everything to get Domination quest"? –  Raidri Aug 1 at 15:30
    
On the quests menu, clicking the X in the corner will replace the quest with a new one. You can do this once per day. –  Studoku Aug 1 at 16:03
    
Yeah, but once per day is not enough to reroll everything. Right now I have three 40 gold quests and have to do them (atleast one of them) or else I won't get a new quest tomorrow. –  Raidri Aug 1 at 17:34
    
@Raidri True. You just have to reroll as many as possible. –  Studoku Aug 2 at 1:37

Given the Random nature of the Arena, I'd caution against trying to use it for Gold Gain -- at that point you are essentially gambling, and as such, it can not be relied on as a satisfactory general answer.

As to the others, Quests are the only real answer -- they're a guaranteed 40, 60, or even 100 gold, once completed, and you get a new one every day. While getting the 700 gold to open a wing would take 17.5 days if you only did 40g quests, it is possible to "re-spin" quests once a day by clicking the X on their corner, hoping for a 60g or 100g one instead.

The gold earned through Play Mode (10g / 3 wins) has a daily cap of 100g as well (30 wins) as an anti-cheating measure, so it cannot be abused to indefinitely gain gold.

So do quests every day, avoid the Arena unless you are okay with risking it all, and don't spend it on Card Packs -- you'll get that 700g eventually.

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The safest way to make money is to do the quests and to remove the quests that aren't worth doing (40 golds) by rerolling them. List of quests.

Arena is too random to be a safe source of gold but can be a greater gain if you're able to win 6+ games each time. If you're confident you can do this, that would be the fastest way.

Doing either one will always get you some 10 golds for 3 wins once in a while but it doesn't compare to doing quests or arena as both provide better gold income.

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