Tell me about your character’s talent spec and why you chose it.
The spec I used is largely a build specific to straight kitty DPS. I used passive base statistic trinkets instead of proc based, or progressive stat-building ones, as the mobs mostly died too quick to benefit from any procs.
Do you think your Class has an advantage over other classes?
I do think it has advantages over other classes because its AOE damage in the first 3-5 seconds is almost unbeatable. With a full energy bar and Tiger’s Fury popped after three swipes, you can easily do 200k damage per mob, leaving no Troggs alive. Killing them quick allows you to loot quicker. Using Berserk and Sprint as you run through large clumps of mobs swiping often will net you 30+ kills. I also think being a druid and having the option to go into instant flight form and loot bodies without changing forms is a big advantage. When I popped my big cool downs I mowed down as many mobs in the area as I could then went back in flight form to loot.
Your farming location was Fractured Front (by Stonehearth) in Deepholm, did you try to farm at any other location?
Prior to the competition I had tried the mobs in Uldum that travel in groups of ten, but I noticed they didn’t yield as many chests nor was it time efficient with having to spend a little extra time on the one elite mob. I tried twice during the competition to farm the Eastside troggs that aggro on site and spawn very quickly. I got 44 and 45 chests for those times, but it wasn’t easy and I died 3 times on one attempt and lost all my buffs, I had to go into bear form often in that spot and had to really be careful how many I aggro’d.So Fractured front wa much easier to focus on what needs to be done: kill quickly, and loot quickly.
How many times did you try until you achieved the top record of 65 TTC?
I tried 6 times before I got 65 chests.
Did you use any addon or use any technique that you think gave you an advantage over other farmers?
I did not use any add-ons aside from the contest one. I’m not sure what other farmers techniques consisted of but the most significant technique is the art of looting mobs quickly, which usually entails right-clicking the body and then before the loot screen pops up for you to view what is on the body you move slightly forward or strafe, which stops the loot window from opening, but often doesn’t stop the loot from going into your bag. The tighter your mobs are clumped the more efficient your looting is. So I literally Right-click, left strafe. Right-click, left strafe. Right-click, left strafe. only with a split second in between. If you hear the jingle of coins when you loot it means you most likely got everything from the body.
What was your average TTC per hour? And how much gold per hour do you think you made per run?
My 6 attempts yielded the following chests: 44,52,46,45,35,65(avg = 48 TTC)
I averaged 8 stacks of cloth per hour, with addition 12 stacks from the chests = 20 stacks of Cloth
around 15 of each Volatile, between 15-20 Green Items each run, around 15-20 Pyrite and Elementium Ore, and about 200-300g from looting mobs and vendoring trash and an additional 200g from the Chests themselves.On two of my runs I also got 2 rare Patterns for Enchanting and Jewelcrafting that could sell between 2000-5000g depending on the market.
I’ll let someone else break-down the total earning, but those are the average amounts of loot I could get.
Do you think having better gear gave you a big advantage ?
I don’t think gear was the deciding factor in my success.It was my technique, my class, and my efficiency.I had a pattern I traveled and only selected the largest group of mobs to kill. Obviously my gear allowed me to kill mobs faster, so instead of 4 swipes it took me 3 for instance.I think though that a moderately geared Feral druid could outperform an excellently geared mage of any spec. I tried doing this with my 401 ilvl raiding mage and couldn’t break 42 chests.Just didn’t have that quick AOE burst, and the 30 second cool down that a feral druid has. So I say success depends more on your farming class and efficiency rather than gear.
Is there anything else you would like to add ?
I thought this was a great idea for a competition and I thought your add-on was really effective in keeping the competition regulated and fair. I also would like give a shout-out to my Guild: House Dragonmoon who was largely responsible for gearing up this Alt of mine, and their encouragement to keep trying when my original high score was broken.And lastly thanks to Dugi who thought of an amazing prize to motivate people to join this competition, and I appreciate all the work and theory that he puts into the game only to help make it easier for those who are struggling. Keep up the great work!