Is this really how you feel, or just your defence to claims that you are exploiting your way to a fast completion time?
I wouldn't really want to say that it should be done this way at level... though possible. After the recent changes to optional xp compounded with FTB and BB not to mention loot... and when I say loot, I mean there is something for everyone in Tempest Spine. In fact that if it were to go lvl 30+ epic there could be best in slot items for pretty much every class and build... Armor's that could replace Dragon Sets, and axe that could put SoS to shame... Ultimate Rogue goggles with sneak attack and deadly... an ultimate defensive cloak with invis guard and incorp + displacement clickies... the list goes on and on...
To be quite honest seeing Reaver's Refuge get a full make over and go epic with a saga from Tempest Spine - Giant Hold - Reaver's Refuge would be quite wonderful...
Anyway, congrats for your time record
to be fair, the time of acquiring the rune from a previous run has to be added, because without the rune you are unable to complete the quest, I would say, if I care, but I do not.
I should post a video of a capped toon completing "Heyton's Rest" in 30 seconds! I agree with previous posters, the fact you had a rune ruins the integrity of the accomplishment. All quest items should drop on exit. I hope griefers don't learn about this.
You're not at level.
You cheated using an old rune.
It is amusing to see you practically one-shot the endboss; but since you're a lvl 27 FotW monkcher in a lvl 10 raid, it is perhaps less impressive than it initially appears. :)
BTW, what does pal 3 get you which is better than rgr 12?
Well, if we're demanding all previous resource acquisitions be rolled into the time, technically all the time leveling to 27 and all the time acquiring gear, plus any time spent on other characters gathering twink gear or plat, plus all the time spent on other characters learning to play the game better should all be rolled in. Oh, we might as well roll in the time it took to figure out the build you're using, and possibly every minute spent reading the forums since that may have made you a better player once or twice. So really all of these "speed runs" probably took months or years. Y'all think you're fast but really you are all terribly slow. The real record should be time from installing the game to the very first solo TS completion! :-P
Personally I think it's a nice accomplishment and I don't care that you picked up the rune through other means. Congratulations!
Cooler than the other side of the pillow!
So you can take something out of the quest to make next time easier (I'll always grab one when doing heroic and save it for epic)
Congratz on your completion Ivaanna :)
very interesting! shame it cant be done at level!!! =(
Aligned arrows: can be crafted and you get to still stand in metalign arrows and save ap
Monkchers don't use handwraps it puts them in un-needed combat which they have a likelihood of dying in.
The Sneak attack and +10 pos spellpower are nice but AP is too tight...
If you want to talk about the build /tell me
Let me play the Devi..., err my own advocate, for a moment. Given the fact that this thread is still open and someone from Turbine officially commenting on the OP's accomplishment, we can see that they clearly don't think that it was an exploit.
Bravo OP for using the outside shortcut to the end of quest. Normally it only starts by taking the path to the right instead of to the left at the INT rune before the Fire and Ice iron golem guardian if you don't have someone with that stat. But getting there from the beginning of the quest was nice thinking.
Also, thanks for opening up the possibility of saving up those runes for future speed runs. Since the runes respawn over time, who knows? We can easily start a lucrative market on the AH or better yet ASAH for those P2W people that need a little help completing such a tremendous task as completing Tempest Spine.
I'm giving your accomplishment a 75% on my naughty scale. I've bought you and a guest a nice ham dinner at Gula's table in Sins. Enjoy!
I may have to give that a shot when I get back to a monkcher build.