Fired up my old original PC character (a Hunter Ranger). Zen is going for 495 AD on PC. They also have a few mounts, companions, and packs available that isn't on PS4. If PC folks buy six months of VIP, they also get a specific legendary companion.
Funny enough though, on PC you can literally pay to complete campaigns (except for Elemental Evil). Dread Ring, Shanadar, Icewind Dale, Underdark... you can complete them and get a cache of campaign currency for $40 to $50 depending on the campaign. If you're resorting to that, then why even bother playing the game?
It hurts the soul to see how everything is so much more expensive on PC in the auction house, except for Fire Archon (the companion I want). He's going for 200,000 on PC... 800,000 on PS4.
As much as I like this game if the queues for the Epic Dungeons haven't improved by the time Rise of Iron comes out; then I don't see me splitting as much time between this and Destiny as I had originally thought.
Lately I don't even get to play the dungeon;instead I get queued into a group that is right at the last boss and when things fall apart then it's just the vicious cycle of waiting for new group members and then failing again. I honestly feel that the queues need a minimum stat requirement as well. Too many people are hopping in the second they hit 1600, and then they end up being awful. Also hate getting queued up with no true healer. I know I've bitched numerous times about it now but it really is one of the dumbest things.
I'm just waiting until we have enough people to be able to do it in a group without having to bother with the public queue. Until then, I'm happy just doing my dailies to progress my campaigns, running Cloak Tower for the easy AD, and maybe doing a few skirmishes. Plus working on alts.
Yeah Tiamat is a different beast. We slaughter the summoners and do well at protecting the clerics but once the first round of fighting the heads goes poorly people drop. Apparently the summoner's drop a crystal that has a color that corresponds to the color of a dragon head. So the person with the green crystal goes to the green dragon head and uses it to protect the group from the fire so they don't wipe. The same applies to each head. During that phase you need to split into 5 groups. I've only done it twice and neither time die we do hardly any damage to the heads.
Demogorgon I've tried to queue a couple of times but never get in.
I've been slacking on Sharandar. It's an easy zone, but I just don't like it.
Icewind Dale is a cool place. I've really taking a liking to it, Dread Ring, and Well of Dragons. When I just want to kill things, that's where I go. Icewind Dale takes longer to kill things though, but the enemies are cooler. Dread Ring when I want to farm for Ichor and/or rings, since I've never gotten a ring from the Well of Dragons.
They're doing us a massive solid in September though; 2x Seals one week, 2x AD the next. The 2x AD ends the day Rise of Iron releases, so perfect timing. I plan on farming Demonic Encounters for Seals of Elements during 2x Seals, and loading up inventory slots on my two alts with nothing but Alliance salvageable armor to salvage during 2x AD.
Speaking of AD, my last two level up rewards have both been 30,000 RAD. The event this week you can get a chests that can grant up to 256,000 RAD. Would love to get that, but hate that it's rough. 36,000 refine limit sucks.
Also beat Demogorgon again last night (bronze), and killed four of the five dragons in Well of Dragons. That's just so stupid though. It was 40 people, and the framerate dipped to practically 1. You couldn't see anything. Didn't get anything worthwhile from them, but it knocked out the Dragon Hoard Coffer quest really quick.
A bonus Double Astral Diamond weekend has been added from August 25 - 29. Thank you for playing!
Content and Environment
The dungeon, Pirate King's Retreat, is now available! Text and voice-over throughout the game has received various tweaks and improvements.
Combat and Powers
Devoted Cleric powers now consistently have sound effects.
Items and Economy
Electric Tiger: This mount is now Uncommon quality, increased from Common. This is only a cosmetic change; the movement speed increase already matched that of an Uncommon mount. Neverwinter Champion's Charger: This mount now properly makes sound when playing its "jump when standing still" animation.
The Account Linking dialog box now properly closes when finished, even if the player spent over an hour linking their account.
Players may now post items with a face button in the "My Consignments" tab.
Players may no longer bypass the character limit with a Rename Token.
When attempting to turn in a quest remotely, the screen is now properly functional.
Players are now properly removed from voice chat when they return to the login screen. Voice chat can no longer connect to a player when you have them blocked. Voice chat now properly remains functional when reconnecting after a network disconnect).
Temporarily hidden items no longer incorrectly show up in the Zen Market (though unpurchaseable) when the player's inventory is full.
Performance and Stability
Unlocking Artifact Powers on an equipped Artifact no longer crashes the client. Various crashes and memory leaks exposed by the large player base have been addressed. When logging into Vellosk or Helm's Hold, or certain other maps, there is no longer a stall. When the system is set to the French-Canadian language, French language files are now properly downloaded on startup. This resolves a crash.
The audio levels throughout the game are now more consistent for the French and German languages. The French tutorial tip for the touch pad button now properly has VO consistent with the text.
Definitely looking forward to an extra double AD weekend. Also looking forward to queuing up for the Pirate Dungeon
I've been chipping away at things, slowly but surely making progress
Maze Engine - 71% percent and 8/15 dailies done. Next Tuesday is when I should be able to progress it further
Tyranny of Dragons - 100% and 3 boons. I'm up to 2/5 on each of the Well of Dragons parts.
Sharandar - 100% and only missing. 1 boon. I'll have the materials but I won't have enough Feywild Spark until Monday when the weekly resets. This looks like it'll be fairly easy to farm and get the vouchers
Dread Ring - 100% and have all the boons. Started farming the vouchers and turned in my first one. Pretty nice that you get 1,000 per voucher
Icewind Dale - 0% I've ventured into this zone twice and usually have trouble when I run into a Dire Bear. I just can't do enough damage quickly. I don't know if it's bad luck and they aren't super common but I've died 3 times in this zone and it was to them all three times. The other enemies I've run into I do fine with but as soon as I run into a pair of Dire Bears it's a wrap.
PvP - 0% who knows if I'll venture into this campaign or not
Finally got my Belt up to Epic and two of my artifacts to epic. A third one is pretty close and will definitely be there in the next couple of days at the latest. Apparently you can't run two of the same artifact so for now I guess I'll just stick to the ones I have even though I'd prefer different stats.
Next step is getting my weapon and off-hand both to epic
I've got 100% on Maze Engine, Tyranny of Dragons, Sharandar (still need one boon), and Dread Ring. 14% on Icewind Dale.
I've got one artifact at Epic and my off-hand weapon at Epic. I still only have the three artifacts, so I still need one. I'm not even bothering leveling the other two up because I don't like the stats and hope to be able to replace them eventually.
Haven't played a ton of this though for the past week. Still doing some dailies, but I've been dialing it back.
I'd still level them up because when you get a better one you get most of the refining points back by refining the old artifact into the new one.
I found a couple of guys who were selling bulk level 7 enchantments for a good price. Used them to rank up three of my enchantments to level 8 and level my other artifacts to Epic. Brought my item level up a little over 2400.
Also judging by the Lostmauth dungeon it seems like the red circles not showing up must have been patched at some point. The queue groups are still a little hit or miss but getting a lot better.
Only thing I don't like is that the Epic Dungeons require a secondary key to really get any good loot. Whole reason I did the Lair of Lostmauth is because the artifact necklace is supposed to be really good for my character and I wanted some more Protector's Seals. Well I looked at it wrong and the Protector's Seals don't drop it's Seals of the Elements that do. Also the Necklace must be from the secondary chest. So I ended up getting around 100 Seals of Elements (20 plus a cache of 80) and a crappy Alliance gauntlet.
Definitely feel like Demogorgon is more rewarding. Will be nice when I can do the Master version and work towards the Twisted gear.
I got two wins myself yesterday. Honestly farming it for Protector's Seals at this point. Need 800 total just for the weapon and armor enchantments I need. 100 each and you need 4 total to make them. Of course with a 1% percent chance I'll still need a rare ward to guarantee they upgrade. I was also farming Throne of the Dwarven Gods and got two +3 rings and 1 +2 ring without even opening the chest. Shame they are bound but I'll still salvage them for double AD. Should have a lesser Demonic key and a Greater Demonic Key later though so hopefully I have the same luck getting into Demo as I did yesterday. Ideally would like to at least have enough for my Vorpal Shards this weekend (have 120 seals) and then I'll work on the Soulforged shards.