My completionist project, Dantig, is now on his 9th life. Running with a guildie, I decided to note what quests we did, and the tally up my comms after we reached cap. Which we just did.
Before we started on the epic quests, we got to 21 by doing heroic quests like Reaver's Reach stuff, some Amrath and some IQ things.
After that, we ran purely epic quests and always on EH and higher.
I am VIP, and have a greater epic tome. Generally ran with +4% ship buff, and always have voice on. VIP bonus is currently higher than normal, and we are on an xp weekend. I used three pots, one 10%, one 20% and one 30%. Each three hours. These covered about half my run time.
List of quests we ran:
EE: von 1-4, IDx2, UGx2, Lost thread, LoD, 2 high road quests, deal and the demon
EH: BFE, Ssch chain, demon web chain, wheloon chain, LoD, SotO, Beyond the Rift, Well^3, con3, 3x high road q, GH apart from raid, study in sable, storm horns chain, druid deep chain
All these were once-per-day, and thus gave comms. Beyond the above, I ran one more ID on EE that did not give comms.
I took xp rewards from two sagas, but not from the three(or four?) others I completed.
We did not have streak on GH quests, LoD, SotO, Beyond the Rift, and Wheloon chain, but we did on everything else. We had first time bonus on everything, of course.
Storm Horns: 118 army, 215 nature, 15 explorers, 4 rares.
Wheloon Prison: 414 slayers, 8 explorers, 5 rares.
Gianthold: 4 dragons, 173 giants, 107 other races, 20 explorers, 5 rares.
The Underdark: 38 slayers, 4 liberator, 2 explorers, 0 rares.
Ssch: 78 drow, 19 children, 2 rares, all 24 explorers.
The Demonweb: 18 drow, 44 spiders, 21 fiends, 4 rares, 13 explorers.
The High Road: 103 slayers, 6 rares, all 12 explorers.
King's Forest: 371 slayers, 15 rares, all 40 explorers.
My total of vcomms after this run was 1472. I could have had 33 more, but in one case (and only one), I did NOT take the comms but took a named item for reward. Thus, I could have had 33 more. For a total of 1505 vcomms.
I acknowledge that with VIP bonus and the use I made of pots, I came to cap faster than I would otherwise. So I did not expect to have the 4200 vcomms after this run, especially since I made some use of a couple of explorer areas and got the first 300k xp outside epic quests.
But I must admit, I did not expect to have only 36% of the needed vcomms for a heart, since we ran some on EE and I didn't just farm high xp quests. I ran GH for flag, flagged for CITW, ran wheloon, druid deep, high road and storm horns chains, as well as doing A Study in Sable. Ran lots of different stuff, not just lowlevel or high xp stuff.
Is this WAI, devs? Let's say I could've gotten 50% vcomms more if I didn't use pots, and we didn't have xp bonuses running. Even so, I'd only be around 54% of the needed vcomms.
I read that we were supposed to get a heart if we ran EH to cap, and took vcomms as rewards all the time. I do not believe this is the case. Can you please enlighten me why my experience is so far from the stated goal?
Is the conclusion here that I should drop VIP, keep away from using TP on pots and tomes of xp, in order for this to work? Is that what you want?