or otherwise titled, how do you score decently in Short Cuts solo?
I am trying to accumulate Orthon Metal Scraps to create a couple of House C items and am having a horrible time trying to get the Orthon scraps.
so far it's proving to be more time efficient to run Time is Money and convert the Magma Shards to Scraps than it is trying to get the scraps themselves in Short Cuts. though I would need to switch to Colossal Crystals for the epic version. learned the hard way that the item needed for epic resource swap changes from magma shards to scorpions
oh well, at least I have a bunch of epic magma shards to turn in for fragments or tokens
my main farming character is a level 20 WF Sorc with mainly acid spells. I usually try to activate the 4 small extractors as quickly as possible, then circle around killing off attackers until I get enough mined to create cannons in front of at least two extractors. that, hopefully, lets me focus on protecting 2 myself and let the cannons help protect the other two
once I get enough dragon shards and assuming there is enough time left for it to be a positive ROI, I start upgrading the extractors to level 2.
I usually leave the large extractors alone, takes too long to kill off the defending boss and protect them from attackers.
suggestions on how to improve on the above? because right now, I fail more often than I succeed and even then, it's just barely past the minimum shard count. so lucky to get more than a hundred metal scraps.
can do 5 or 8 minute time is money runs with a higher success rate and more ingredients. even at the 2:1 swap rate, it seems to be easier to get the metal scraps this way. but that gets more expensive when I move into the epic range with having to pay token fragments as well.
so trying to practice up on heroic levels first to see if I can harvest metal scraps and not have to convert into them.
many thanks for any suggestions folks can send my way