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Strategy - Ice encrusted Drops - Chase loot (1 Viewer)

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May 25, 2011
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So, I've been going at it for over a month just killing all night long, afk`n for 23 hours of the day killing shit. I've gotten 3-4 ice encrusted drops, 1 off a shard wurm the other 3 where random ass mobs while camping ores next too windchill - Anyone have a better spot then this? Some people have multiple items for sale every day that i scratch my head because i see their afk boxs out all day long moving all over the map- I feel like if you just pull random ass trash your percentages are higher then sitting at say sleepers aug camp or bellas aug camp....
 
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Jun 16, 2019
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I believe the the % chance is equal no matter where you are. I would focus on an out of the way camp that you can pull lots of trash to. I’d be super nervous about afking in ToV at all, but especially near a named mob. Do people not creep on you all the time/send you tells?
 

Sum1

Diehard is a christmas movie
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Jul 30, 2006
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No, I`m on FV - theres a guy right now at the bolman camp afk with 30 toons pulling half the zone, been there for 15+ hours.

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this is so stupid ... it’s obvious to anyone who wanders by and EVERYONE who uses mq and can look on the map what is happening here. Split your toons up into smaller groups and spread them out for Christ sake.
 
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Here's just my personal experience running pretty hardcore since beginning of the year: I get one about every 48-72hrs killing nonstop. Once a month roughly I'll get 2 in a day.

The pattern I've noticed, at least where I'm at, is right before I get an ice encrusted piece I start getting uncommon drops for the area I'm in, like ornaments or those Extra Planar Shards. It's never failed yet but once I start noticing random drops like that usually within 4-6 hours there's one in my bags.

I'm not sure if some are more common or if it's my luck, but I've only got the same 5-6 pieces to drop...but many times.

Also, this is killing total junk mobs I'm nowhere near a named.
 
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Unless anything was changed in code, it's 1 out of 5500 chance from any mob that gives standard exp. If you're in an instance it's about 10x times more rare. It's a separate calc from all other loot, so you'll get no indicator from mobs loot tables.

So in general you want to work on your kills-per-hour first and can use mq2killtracker. Try to min/max out your ini/macro/plugin settings for the rate you're killing. Can you get your DPS toons engaged faster? Can you trim some higher mana/end cost stuff to reduce med downtime for problem toons? Can you boost your use of "burn" stuff instead of saving it for rare named? Is it time to replace a toon that's not providing as much synergy for a caster or melee group? Can you move to a camp where headshot/assasinate will land? Turn on undead DPS on cleric? Melee with all toons?

Mob health matters too. Kills per hour on giants/golems will be slower.

Then you want to work on pulls-per-hour. This is largely about camp loc. Good line of sight for shorter runs, good use of ranged pulls, seeing if chainpull helps or hurts. If mobs tend to "clump" via spawn point or pathing, this can help too as you'll get multi-mob pulls for free.

With all that, there is still a pretty big safety bonus to staying out of the way if you can find a less popular spot instead of the max kills spot.
 
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Like others mentioned it's not just how many hours you are afking, it's how many mobs you kill in that time. Back when I was AFKing Dead Hills during CoTF-TBMish eras, my initial settings on my boxes had me killing around 180 mobs/hour, but after a lot of tuning and searching for an optimal camp location that was still out of the way I was killing 290mobs/hour, which brought in a proportional increase in chase loot drops.

Still, being in an out of the way area instead of a desirable camp is more important. Even if people aren't reporting you and sending you tells, etc, they are probably dropping by hoping the camp is open and seeing you there 24/7 which will breed resentment. Safety aside, I really hate to impact other players in a negative way. If I am holding a desirable camp, I'm at the keyboard even if my chars are automated.
 

Sum1

Diehard is a christmas movie
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What are these actually trading at? Have any of you bought or sold Ice encrusted drops and what were you able to get for them?
wildly varies based on which item it is. I’ve seen 30 krono offers for the mage earring. Weapons can fetch 8-10, especially knight weapons, ranger bow, zerker 2HB. Non-visibles are a more modest 2-5 krono.
 

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