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I spent about 4 hours farming for this event tonight, and I wanted to share the results for others who might want to find an efficient run without going through the trial and error process, and to see if anyone has any suggestions or info. After many runs checking both the northern and southern possible spawn points for the Ancient Device I found it much more common to have it spawn at the southern area, so this guide ignores the northern spawn point completely. After trying a few different things this is what my run looks like.
1. Select quest "The Scouring of Caldeum" inferno difficulty MP0.
2. Enter and proceed to waypoint "ancient path"
3. Proceed to Desolate sands and at the entrance to the large area run directly toward the top-right corner of the screen, it is only a 5 second run from the start unless you get distracted
A couple tricks I found to help speed things up are:
1. You may see a portal just to north of you as you are running north-east, apparently the ancient can still spawn no matter which portal is in that location.
2. If you see a Waypoint to the north in that same spot you are still ok and should keep going.
3. If while heading north-east you see a ramp leading eastward into the ground, a tar pit, a skull-shaped cave entrance from which defiled emerge, or a large circular clearing with a resplendent chest in the middle, the Ancient Device won't be there.
4. Because of the quest selected and the starting point you will get a check point at the top of the Ancient Path on your first run, this makes all subsequent a little quicker.
5. The fastest way to restart if you have to is to use the town portal, then leave game. This is faster than the 10 second wait outside of town.
A typical run if the Ancient Device is not there is about 30 seconds, or 40 if you have to kill an elite group to make room so you can restart
Edited by Terminsel#1250 on 11/17/2012 1:36 AM PST
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