I was pretty gassed out yesterday. My eldest was in the same boat, taking a solid 12 hour snooze. My wife is on a kick to redecorate the house, which is ok by me, but my ability to appreciate her efforts isn’t exactly stellar. She spent a bit at the store, came back with bags and bags of knickknacks that seemed neat but I was just too out of it to really pay enough attention. To bed I went and was out for 10 hours.
This weekend, I’ll make sure to spend the time focused on this redecorating. It’ll be a nice change to the house and really allow us to put more of our own touch to what’s around us.
I mentioned yesterday that my power output had increased. I ran a couple more tests and this is still accurate, for the most part. Regular enemies die slightly faster than I recall, so it makes clearing some quests and expeditions all that easier. Mind you, some are long as all heck. Deep Space Exploration is nearly 40 minutes long, solo. I enjoy it and the story but wowza, it takes forever. I could clear all of Star Basin in that time, twice.
Where the power output has not increased is in elite enemies. I clearly do not have enough strikethrough, as enemy armor is huge. In the previous fight length, say 2 minutes or so, I could clear these guys, self-heal and allow my mini-pet to tank. Today in the same time frame, I can barely get them down by 10%.
Which brings me to the next topic, crafting. Top-level crafting was rejigged. Instead of existing on its own, there’s a penultimate level which is a good level 50 entry point. Then the top level has 3 specific tiers, one for dungeons, and then for the 2 raids – each recipe uses crafting vouchers to unlock. Vouchers are acquired through crafting quests – not terribly hard to do. Crafting the first item set requires some ingredients that are somewhat hard to acquire on your own (in that you can’t farm them, you need to open bags) but they have a decent power level. The last 2 can be crafted but only unlock fully if you’ve cleared parts of the actual raids… so not much worth on the market.
I bought a few recipes, put in some buy order for the material (which is 50% less than the Buy Now option) and logged off for the night. If things go well, I’ll have a few new pieces to craft tonight, focused nearly entirely on Strikethrough, to make those elites a whole lot easier to run.
And that’s just my DPS set…