Wanell, on 27 June 2012 - 01:27 AM, said:
Wow, how did you have problems with Act 3 (Short of stupid Invul minion packs) with 42k dps / 62k hp / 1.7 APS. I run 40k HP, 30K DPS, 230% base MF all the time and still farm Act 3 with no deaths post 1.03. Killed Diablo before the patch, hell I could get alot more damage if I stopped using MF all the time, but why bother? MF is a money snowball stat, run it all the time or don't bother. Start quest at second sin heart > 5 stacks before Cydea > another 3-4 packs before Azmodan > Kill Azmodan and all done. 30-45 minute run.
Switching before a kill is majorly pointless, because you are missing out on chances to find better items on the 10 million mobs before those elites. All of my legendaries/set items have all been found from normal mobs with the exception of a few legendary plans off Azmodan.
Point 1, I'm in Aus, and I lag hard, coupled with hit detection I find keeping my HP up to be very very difficult, much of the time I rubberband everywhere taking hits, and as stated my DPS was all APS, so it did not hit very hard at all. Anyway how can you question personal experience, you can call me a shit gamer, I don't mind, but I definitely found Act III farming post nerf to be a huge chore with my build until i got the dps back up.
Point 2. Starting to agree with you, it's a solid fact that MF switching before an elite kill is not as good as perm MF gearing. BUT, it's better then perm NO MF gearing. If you hot swap before killing elites you will get better gear (for now), if you can farm in MF you will get even better gear, but not viable strat for everyone IMO.
I'm currently switching out bits of gear to MF at the cost of vit mostly. Trying not to sac intel.
Currently: 82k dps / 51k hp / 1.49 APS / 39 MF / 450 resists / 5.1k armor - Act III is mostly a cakewalk (inv sucks) with those stats so I figure I can swap some gear for MF as I find/craft it. Because not only will you lose NV stacks now for hot swapping MF gear, I think you really need to be in MF all the time when farming. You just need a good balance of Power to MF.