If you just want to see the results skip to the second post
I decided to do an experiment to test out a couple of dev quotes. Specifically this one that has been very controversial.
On my most recent ER I ran quests only on epic hard at level. So at level 20 I was running level 20 quests on EH (Making the quest level 21) Since the only level 25 quest is Fall of Truth I ran level 24 and level 26 quests evenly figuring that would average out.
If you just want to see the results skip to the second post. For the rest of this post I am going to list our some of the details, limitations, and other thoughts about the experiment.
Details on Playstyle and Quest Choice:
I generally like to fully complete quests when I run them so I did most optionals. I mostly soloed (not entirely by choice) and did not have theif skills on this toon so any optionals that required opening a lock did not get done.
Quests were chosen first by how much I enoy or hate them.
I ran in Legendary Dreadnaught for this life so the second consideration was how easy it was to maintain a blitz in the quest. (In my experience as long as there were no portals it wasn't usually a problem)
Experience awarded was not a significant factor in how I chose quests.
Normally I like to do some slayers/explorers while I level but for this experiment I avoided them as much as possible. I did get a little bit when running through explorer areas to get to quests with groups that would stop and kill a few things on the way.
I don't normally use xp pots but I wanted to get this experiment over with as soon as possible so I could go back to playing the way I want to.
XP Bonuses that also affect commendations: (They should not make a significant difference on the result)
5% Ship Buff
5% Voice of the Master
5-30% XP Pot (Basically whatever I had sitting in my bank already)
XP Bonuses that do not affect commendations: (These would be a penalty to amount earned but suppsoedly they counted some bonsues into the calculations)
10% Global xp boost going on. (I didn't really want to wait until after U22 to do the experiment)
10% Greater Tome of Epic Learning. (Had this on the character long before ER was a thing and can't do anything about it now. )
Double Commendations. (This bonus was going on during the first 2 levels so you should probably cut those amounts in half but I figure it helps balance out the extra xp from the global boost and the greater tome)
First Time Bonuses:
This was my second ER but I still had a few quests that I never got around to running last time. I figure if I hand not had the first time bonus I would have had to run enough extra quests for maybe another 100-150 commendations.
It wasn't a particuallry enjoyable exeriment. I had to turn down my friends a lot becasue they were running a quest that I was not at the right level for at the time.
Level 26 was the worst. I like two of the wheloon quests (Friends in Low Places, and Lesson in Deception) but the others I just find tedious (Army of Shadow and it's giant worm of HP) or anoying (Through a Mirror Darkly and Thrill of the Hunt). I ran them all anyways becasue I usually wanted to run more than two quests a day
In the end I earned 3515 commendation of valor which, to me, feels quite a bit short of the 4200 we are supposed to be able earn. I will admit some bias in that I entered the experiment being sceptical of the claim that running EH at level would get me close to the number of commendations needed to ER by the time I reached 28.