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Thought I'd add those that intend to farm these hard might want to consider a Puzzle ring for yourself or your companion, or both!
Goblins can also drop Demonic Essenses now. I'll be using one on my Scoundrel.
I will be switching runs around:
1: Warriors Rest or The Crypts in The Festering Woods - kill Elite, reset
2: VotA +Blackrock mine WP.
3: Skycrown Battlements 5NV then kill Ghom for recipes.
With the xp boost I'm still leaning toward keeps 1 waypoint through ghom runs. At least until the new plans lose all their value.
It wont be the max DE by any stretch, but I think I can get 16-18 per hour while still having a good shot at quality xp/h and legends/h numbers.
You might consider doing the Kulle run instead. I'm finding it faster to get a NV5 stack from Blackrock, the 2 sewers, and Alcarnus and then stomp Kulle.
Once the recipes are worthless, I'm inclined to do the VotA/Blackrock circle for essences.
I'm also switching to Hysteria on my scoundrel. An extra 6% damage outweighs 3% extra crit chance. (That 10% extra damage is up as soon as the cooldown wears off, each and every time. There's no icon; you need to look at the char sheet to see the damage change.)
(Of course, 24% movement speed would be even better -- I know, I know...)
Edited by mou#1752 on 2/6/2013 12:44 AM PST
bah damn. Wouldnt it be nice if we could use all those useless items we spent way too much time grinding keys adn uber parts for (ie every hellfire ring most of us have ever made). salvage them, and get matierlas that let us sink our gold into crafting more items that will probably have none of the stats we wanted? Then again i suppsoe this would flood the market too quickly.
oh well, at least now there's something potentially profitable (for however long that lasts lol) that we can farm and possibly even make efficient gold/hour doing so haha.
yeah goblins are giving me more esences than elites, dunno whats wrong but the esences seem to have a smaller % than stated since last ptr hotfix. I did 3 ghom runs a few hours ago and killed an average of 7 elites per run (counting gobs n ghom) and got 4 esences total in mp8. yesterady same deal or worse.
Also have been getting about the same ammount archon plans from mobs than from ghom...... like yesterday 5 mp8 runs and he gave me 1 plan. today in other 3 runs another plan. and i have gotten in those runs 2 plans just from elites and trash mob.
Esseence drop rate was drastically reduced after last PTR patch.
Essence from Elites and bosses according to the following values:
MP 0: 15.0000%
MP 1: 16.5000%
MP 2: 18.1500%
MP 3: 19.9650%
MP 4: 21.9615%
MP 5: 24.1577%
MP 6: 26.5734%
MP 7: 29.2308%
MP 8: 32.1538%
MP 9: 35.3692%
MP 10: 38.9061%
i know, but 21 x 0,32 = 6.7 not 4. and yesterdays average was even worse. I know the sample size is small but its not heading in the right direction in the 2 days i have been giving it a shot.
maybe rng is just punishing me for the awsome 5.5 cc + 86 dex + armour lacunis it gave me yesterday.
I plan on just doing VotA, clear the place for drops + Essence + 5 NV stack, then killing Kulle for recipes. That way I kill several birds with one stone. Seems the most efficient way, unless I'm missing something.
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