I only loot farm, except for farming 50 hellfire rings to switch things up every now and again.
I only do alk runs with groups of online friends speed farming on MP 5. Being a 110 dps CM wizard, I can't afford farming on a higher mp, and slaughtering elites doesn't take long. Maybe 30 seconds a pack on average probably.
MF is well over 400 after stacks, probably around 450. 30k elite kills in 900 hours.
I focus on pack density. I never farm solo, because I quickly learned that the extra MF boost doe snot justify the loss of kill speed associated in group farming. Killing volume>MF. I have no idea what I am doing wrong. If I find I am carrying someone, I finish the run and start another party.
I am dead serious. My intention is loot. My first 10 paragon levels the only thing I was interested in leveling, and then realizing it would be a hell of a grind, I switched to loot farming. 10 paragon levels...thats like 2-3% of the paragon leveling experience of where I am at. You don't see me running around with a ruby in my helm and cming mp10 to satisfy my desire for masochistic face-rolling torture.
My total value in drops is probably 150 million, and I picked up 80 million gold. My drops freaking suck. I timed my auctions to finish on friday evenings because I know that is when the most people play and then see your auction. It doesn't make a massive difference, but it probably gave me an additional 20 million over these months. I know only to pick up ammys, rings, set items, legendaries, and one handed weapons. I only pick up packs of 2k gold or more and ignore the loose change.
Is there anything I am missing? Is there a secret run for loot other than alkaiser? I honestly don't believe in this rng crap because it freaking hasn't been there for me. Thats why in the last month I log in only to check the prices at the GAH and laugh at these prices...that is the only enjoyment I have gotten out of this game. It doesn't make sense to fork out 900 hours of playtime for three hits of dopamine when I got my three 40 million gold items.
My only saving grace is that the NHL has started again. I am originally from detroit, so I have a soft spot for the Red Wings. As horrible as they are this year, I have gotten much more satisfaction out of watching that on-ice abortion over 4 games than I have with 900 hours with D3. I did not buy this game with the intention of saying that either. I understand if I have offended someone by saying that and I apologize for that, but I am typing the truth on that one.
What is the incentive for me to play anymore? Honestly? I know I am not getting the drop because I have put in that much time and followed the methods for farming recommended by the better (luckier) players on these boards. its as simple as I am not getting the drops.
I WANTED to like this game. I played all of the old Blizzard games, the first warcaft (the only one really worth mentioning if you ask me), diablo's 1+2, Starcraft, all of that. I loved it all. I know I am not looking back with rosey colored glasses either, because I showed these games to friends at college years ago and they ate those games up a decade after they were released. Hell, they played with me until Mac was no longer able to carry them. They were really, really good games.
I just feel stale after this experience. I didnt mean for this to be a flaming post, and I understand that kind of what this has turned into, but I really feel frustrated with this game when much of what made these older games good was TOTALLY REMOVED from the series. Class/build diversity, diverse loot, an atmosphere that actually felt like I was fighting evil...I actually was able to find stuff of some value (it definitely was not end game loot). They could have copied and pasted the mechanics and just updated the graphics and I would have been fine with that. It has been stripped to a 20-30 dollar game you would find in the knock-off game section of Wal-mart. That is what I feel when I play D3. This is a loot farming game with no diversity in loot/builds. Am I missing something here?