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Tired of endless VOTA runs? Try this:

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I, like many of you, run VOTA religiously farming for those essences needed to try our luck crafting GG items.

Well, after thousands upon thousands of essences farmed there, it gets just a tad boring. I've mixed it up, including BCM, sand, oasis and quite a few variations of the run. Still was needing a change of pace.

So after some playing around of some high elite density areas, this simple yet effective route was found:

http://youtu.be/TVmNZ9Qf1NI

Pros:
-Very few kiting, or ranged elites
-The kiters there are, are low in health
-Trash mobs are more widely spaced, and a bit more dense compared to VOTA, making permawrath much easier
-brawler uptime was near 100% most the runs I've done
-Elites do not hit as hard as some in VOTA (Magewraths, BGs)
-Can run a bit glassier gear specs
-Simple run routes

Cons:
-Due to more melee and faster trash mobs, loot stacks are deeper, making DEs harder to "see" sometimes
-Run times are slightly longer than VOTA
-NO Demons (thx Kan for bringing that up)
-Less gobs than VOTA, in fact I haven't seen one in Whimsy besides the puzzle ring ones

All in all, I think this is a very viable run route, and definitely a change of scenery.

Give it a shot, post back what you think.

Enjoy!!

For those that do not have your staffs to open Whimsy, take a look here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Whimsyshire-The-Secret-Pony-Level-Guide-Diablo-3

VOTA 1H essence challenge:
Packs: 68 Champs: 31 Gobs: 5= 104 packs and gobs
Essences: 31
MP8 VOTA
Fully buffed DPS: 457449.68
http://d3up.com/b/968125#gear
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/barbarian#ZhRUcP!YgZ!ZZYZZc
Theoretical Essence drop: 33.4

Care bear run 1H challenge:
1: 75 elites and gobs
2: 33 essences
3: Care Bear Run (Festering woods/Whimseyshire)
4: Fully buffed DPS: 457449.68
5: http://d3up.com/b/968125#gear
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/barbarian#ZhRUcP!YgZ!ZZYZZc
6: 24.1 Theoretical DEs
5 legendaries

So its apparent that VOTA will net more elites per hour, making it the better choice, even though I got more essences in a care bear run (RNG)
Edited by RagingKoala#1984 on 8/16/2013 2:02 PM PDT
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aaaawwwww my eyes!!
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Good run nevertheless.
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Who doesn't like killing unicorns :)
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08/11/2013 07:47 PMPosted by xxxkan
Who doesn't like killing unicorns :)

Not to mention cuddle bears.
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I think Maisy the Daisy is my favorite so far.

How long before some streamer starts streaming this?

"The hunt for Maisy, live on twitch" :P
Edited by RagingKoala#1984 on 8/12/2013 2:55 AM PDT
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So the run takes longer than VOTA...but has fewer elites?
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08/12/2013 03:46 AMPosted by TheNoseKnows
So the run takes longer than VOTA...but has fewer elites?


Not at all. I've had runs with 11 elites. "Slightly longer" runs is like a minute more. I haven't done enough runs to say is better than VOTA, but it is on par with VotA.

Gotta try out and see if it's for you or not.
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08/12/2013 03:46 AMPosted by TheNoseKnows
So the run takes longer than VOTA...but has fewer elites?


Yes, this is why it is special.
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I think this is exactly what I'm looking for for my wizard. VoTa is really sketchy for archon. This can also be good for skorn users at lower breakpoints. The other plus is you can finish the run with FoM and end up with a crapload of xp if you're on a character that hasn't hit 100 yet.
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Idk about you guys but I get more legendaries too.
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I get more legs than a caterpillar
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!@#$ing centopede here
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08/11/2013 07:06 PMPosted by RagingKoala
I've mixed it up, including BCM, sand, oasis and quite a few variations of the run. Still was needing a change of pace.


I do a similar run to yours RagingKoala: Oasis, sands and finish with BCM. I like BCM because it's a small map and there always 2+ elites there. First run today there were 4 elites and a puzzle ring spawn treasure goblin. Got me 4 DE's in a hurry.
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I just watched your vid and Ponyland opens instantly for you wtf. Nived and I both have to move away or the cow just talks nonstop.
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08/12/2013 04:11 PMPosted by xxxkan
I just watched your vid and Ponyland opens instantly for you wtf. Nived and I both have to move away or the cow just talks nonstop.
it's not hard to hit the space bar 6-7 times for him to stop talking :D
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O.K I tried your new route. It sucks man. I'm sorry, but Whimsyshire? What is this, the 80's? And the graphics! Dear Lord those hideous graphics!!!! How do I erase them for my mind!!!! Now I won't be able to sleep tonight.

I'm disappointed in you Koala. Now I have to go shoot some ball to get my manhood back.
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O.K I tried your new route. It sucks man. I'm sorry, but Whimsyshire? What is this, the 80's? And the graphics! Dear Lord those hideous graphics!!!! How do I erase them for my mind!!!! Now I won't be able to sleep tonight.

I'm disappointed in you Koala. Now I have to go shoot some ball to get my manhood back.


Sorry to hear you dont like it.

Going to add more info to the OP soon, as well as do a one hour essence challenge and compare it with VOTA

Packs: 68 Champs: 31 Gobs: 5= 104 packs and gobs
Essences: 31
MP8 VOTA
Fully buffed DPS: 457449.68
http://d3up.com/b/968125#gear
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/barbarian#ZhRUcP!YgZ!ZZYZZc
Theoretical Essence drop: 33.4

08/12/2013 04:11 PMPosted by xxxkan
I just watched your vid and Ponyland opens instantly for you wtf. Nived and I both have to move away or the cow just talks nonstop.


Dude, Koalas possess magical powers bro....
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looks like a fun run and gives me a reason to dust off the IK chest.. nice job koala.
just realized i sold my IK chest and lacunis
guess ill be doing it with TM haha <3
Edited by lameboi#1117 on 8/15/2013 4:06 AM PDT
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl_jsM1dGhM

i did it too.
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