Is this guide intended to be based on most stat requirements for each MP to make it viable?
What I mean by that is, for example you say 280k DPS unbuffed can do MP8+ with Improved Archon, but I have about 320k DPS unbuffed, and tried Improved Archon with BloodMagic/Sparkflint (got to about 430k DPS) and still thought MP7 was quite slow and difficult.
Maybe im playing it wrong?
My aim is to XP farm so not sure what DPS/EHP I need to be at to make MP7 the go-to level for maximum efficiency. THis is of course assuming MP7 is the optimal level for XP farming once you get the stat requirements.
hmm .. may be it is because of play style? Are you doing perma-archon in lower MP level before? The point of this build is to refresh archon fast and certainly you are not killing elite/champ in a split second like doing xp farming in lower MP. Some kiting and strategy may be needed.
Personally i do MP7 farming loot/DE with lower DPS than you do (only 376k buffed). Here is what i found:
1) in general, normal mobs just die very fast .. even if this is a little bit slower than say MP6, you can't tell the different much.
2) champ & elite usually take a little while. It is possible to have archon dropped off before you can kill them if you don't have a lot of clock-time left. However, in general, there is no problem killing them, except with very unlucky affix combo in bad terrain. (For example, keeps are easy because you can use the doorway to avoid vortex).
3) RD mob is the most trouble. I, in general, run two versions of hybrid archon depending on my mood. If i run with LL, then i have to kill them when their shields are down. That will take longer, with more risk, and sometimes i will skip them. If i run with healing blades, then i just drop out of archon and kill them with it.
I found MP7 to be a bit more challenging them MP6 but with unstable anomaly, dying is not that difficult to avoid, particularly in easy levels like Keeps.