I was asked by a couple of friends to post the numbers that I had for the commendations, XP, times for all for all of the EH and EE quests. And a couple of people didn't believe that doing all quests once on Hard and Elite would get you enough commendations to ETR.
So I decided to kill two birds with one stone. Do an ETR life doing everything one and done on Hard and Elite, pug it the whole way to reduce accusations of uber-zerging-okay-for-you-and-your-cronies-but-what-about-us type of replies, and then publish the results. Turbine were kind enough to throw in a 30% XP Event and up the VIP Bonus from 10% to 15% just to mess with my numbers So I decided to just publish the spreadsheet that I use to crunch the numbers and just make it available to anyone who's interested.
You can view it, or download and edit it here
This lets you replicate the XP report under any circumstances, every variable is reflected there so you can tweak it for yourself depending on whether you're a VIP, have pots running, have a learning tome, have a streak, first time bonus etc. You can also factor in things like over-level penalties and repetition penalties if you want to. It's part of what I used to work out a levelling plan that suited me for clocking up my heroic lives - my version just has more automation for calculating some of the bonusses and penalties based on which quests and difficulties you have in the list. But the format and the XP calculations are exactly the same.
The numbers that I've gone with have the VIP bonus set back to 10%, no pots, no first-time bonus, no event bonus. I've assumed no deaths on any Hard run and at least one death on an Elite run just for simplicity. Optional XP is calculated separately and added together at the end. There are a couple of places where I was in a rush and just entered the total optional XP at the end of the quest rather than breaking it down, these are coloured separately and could be broken down easily enough if it mattered.
Conclusions are pretty simple:
1. Doing everything one and done on Hard and Elite will get your character to cap with enough commendations to ETR
2. Doing everything one and done on Hard and Elite takes a stupid amount of time and is incredibly tedious
3. Any system based on the premise that you do everything one and done on Hard and Elite is inherently flawed
4. Raids give the worst yield for commendations, so in it's current format, Epic TRing is another nail in the raiding coffin
5. ADQ and Zawabi's are totally borked for commendations and the commendations for VON6 are stupidly low considering you have to go through VON5 to get them
As to what the magic number should be? If Turbine want us to buy every 2nd heart from the Store, then 4200 is probably right. If Turbine want us to quest for 4 weeks to earn the commendations to buy a heart, then 4200 is probably right. If the expectation is that you have done your homework and can devise an optimum daily run that allows you to earn your hearts by doing 4 hours of dedicated zerging every day for 4 days with a pot running to be able to ETR, then 4200 is probably right. If none of these meet the design brief, then 4200 is too high.
Now I've done my homework, I'm comfortable an ETR every 4 days is doable, time permitting, and with concerted effort. People who have already thrown hundreds of dollars into buying hearts and XP boxes, I can only thank you for helping to fund the game I enjoy so much. I'll obviously treat you with the same disdain as stoners who buy their past lives because they're not able to play them, but I'll still thank you