Since the SC economy is totally screwed up right now and since there as been a lot of nerfing done to the inferno difficulty, i am just curious to know why there aint more people playing Hc even tho they think Sc is the way to go. I mean, someone could farm gold on hardcore, cash out and make a godly sc caracter.
Gold from Hc to Sc is 2:1 3:1 ratio. The items on Hc sell for way more than for Sc right now. To me it seems like simple math, farming Hc and then returning to Sc with all that $$$ seems like the best way to farm right now even if you are a Sc lover. I know some people will say that you risk loosing much more on Hc but i see this as taking the lottery and either loosing your money or earning big. What do you think? To some extent, Sc can possibly be better for farming if you can do efficiently mp8+ right now but for lower mps...
Well first the obvious point: most people die in Hardcore, sooner or later. ESPECIALLY people used to max efficiency in SC, not caring about survivability but just kills/ hour.
Other than that, HC farming is far slower for obvious reasons as you have to be balanced/ more focused on survivability than in SC if you want to survive any meaningful period of time.
Also people on HC on average play far lower MP than they would with the same chars on SC (for example my SNS Wizard is geared enough to easily farm mp7 with only the occasional death, but I play mp2 in HC. Occasional deaths are too many deaths in HC, obviously :P). Which means less paragon lvls and less drops. Far less drops. And the chance for you to get a really good drop isn't THAT much higher than in SC. In HC top tier godly items go for like 500 mil, as people just have far less gold in general. So if you'd for example get a 6% crit Mempo in HC it'd be worth less than in SC I think.
But on the other hand, I have a friend whose best drops ever (in 700h /played) in SC were around 60-70 mil, and in his first few hours in Inferno HC he got a 10% crit chance Stormshield with 31% block chance, which sold for 500 mil (equivalent of 1.6 bil in SC), which would have been salvage material on SC.
I for example just enjoy playing HC for the better economy and adrenaline. But on the whole I'd say SC is far more efficient, if you were just playing for money/ gold.
Personnaly, i don't play any different from Hc than i do for Sc. I am pretty good at video games with over 20yrs background at playing constantly and i know some people are not able to achieve as much as i can but i think that the risk is worth it. Saying everyone will die sooner or later is debatable since if you play safely mp1 and can handle say mp6, the risk of dying aint that high if you dont get any badluck with disc.I am in no way slower on Hc than i am on Sc and i mostly farm around mp3 with my monk.
Of course high end gear is worth as much in Sc if not even more than Hc but if you average everything out, Hc gives you more bucks for your gear than Sc does and not only a little bit more.
The difference between max mf at mp0 and max mf at mp10 is 250% from the NV stacks. If one can be as efficient at farming mp10 on softcore than me on mp0 Hc, thats not even twice as effective for drops. Trading Sc gold for Hc gold already gives me better efficiency from farming Hc than Sc.
Frankly, from my own experience (played all 5 classes Hc/Sc (monk Hc lvl86 and monk/barb Sc around lvl45)) i don't see how Sc can be more efficient. But, as i mentionned i don't change my playstyle at all from Sc to Hc.
Well I had a very good char who could play mp8-10 very efficiently in SC so... in HC I'm still pretty scared of dieing (haven't ever died yet), and disconnects are a bigger threat than you let it sound. Not just unstable ISP, but Bnet itself is pretty unreliable with its random lags and disconnects that happen at least a few times every week. One of those is bound to go wrong sooner or later (probably sooner) even if you have a lot of EHP, and especially if you play a "softcore" build.
Since you also got Sc, when you see that a thunder storm is coming or that your connection feels unstable, switch to Sc.