ok, so here is a link to the current MF gear i'm wearing
us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/Moses-1496/hero/1651791 (sorry about the copy/pasting of link)
(don't pay attention to spec, was trying to find leorics signet earlier)
anyway, with that gear i can kind of do act 3, and i say kind of because on most champ/elite packs i usually die at least 3 or more times trying to kill them and with normal mobs i die every once in awhile. with my follower and 5 NV stacks i'm at 354% MF, even with that high MF i'm finding jack..... would it be worth it to sacrifice MF to get better survive-ability and DPS gear in order to not die so much? or should i just go back to act 1 easy mode? do i just need a good spec and L2playbetter?!!!
i do have some pieces i've found/bought that i can do various combinations of more DPS/glass canon or less DPS/survive-ability, all at the cost of MF. the highest DPS combo i have gets me about 68K DPS without SS.
I would stay in Act2 with your gear and keep the MF. If you are dieing regularly on the packs, you are not ready for the act. Dieing often will cost you a lot of gold on repairs and you wont be farming efficiently.
If you can afford several good upgrades, then by all means do it and farm Act3 with less MF. I would aim for 65-70k dps, 35k HP and some 200-250 AR to start with. Unless you can achieve that, you should probably stay in full MF gear in Act2.
i've kind of stayed away from act 2 as i'm usually playing with about 300+ms pings and there are enough ranged mobs in act 2 that avoiding projectiles is near impossible, so i end up dying about the same as i do in act 3. or i just need to find a better area in act 2 to farm.
i can almost get to those stats you listed with what i have but i lose almost all of my MF, still worth it to be able to farm act 3?
You can level faster killing normal mobs in act 3 than act 2, the whole idea is to get rid of MF by getting higher level paragon, also by leveling paragon you increase vit and dex to increase survivability and dps. I also found out RNG is RNG even with high level MF.
MF will get you increased chance of rares, but won't increase the ilvl of gear being dropped. Considering you'll be getting guaranteed rare drops with NV stacks, you'll probably be better off farming a3 with less mf and rely on the rare drops until you can get better gear.
Ive sacrified all my mf gear to dps gear, the legendary drop ratio still seems totaly random to me using both sets of gear, im now killing things twice as fast which in theory is more loot drops anyway
thanks all for the replies, i've swapped out a bunch of MF gear for more DPS and survive-ability. up to 72K DPS, ~36K life, and ~200AR. still died to stupid stuff in act 3 but noticed a big improvement of not dying. haven't had a chance to run much so not sure how the drops compare so far, did notice less rares on the couple of runs i did do. so i will keep working towards this and getting those PL to make up for the MF
I have 0 MF on my gear, and just go for straight killing speed. I plow through act 3, get lots of experience, and probably 2-3 legendaries per day on average.
Killing speed can make up for having lower MF, killing 1000 mobs with 150 mf vs 500 mobs with 300 mf in the same amount of time will yield probably the same number of legendaries on average, but twice the experience and much faster paragon leveling.
Case in point, I have a buddy who I talk to in skype most of the day, he has max MF and last week I found more legendaries than he did. Of course RNG is RNG, but I prefer going balls to the walls dps and blowing shit up rather than having to be careful about everything