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Lowered the drop rate in high-level fractals?


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#1 Dante Orochi

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:44 PM

I have two days doing fractals level 26 28 30 and the drop from the chests is blue and green items, especially the chest of MAW
Before fractals coffers from level 20 throwing at least one item yellow and hopefully orange

#2 Bright Star Shine

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:24 AM

Don't know. But I have the feeling that chests got better in lvl48. I used to get all blues and greens in 48, but when I did <20's to level my warrior, I would get rares in like 2/3's of the chests. Now, since like a week, I'm getting the feeling that 48's actually drop better loot.

Of course, both my and your 'evidence' is purely anecdotal, so it means nothing. But it's not just me that feels that 30+ fractals got a boost. Which was needed, because I was pretty sure that <30 fractals gave better rewards than 30/40+

#3 Mister Stygian

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:33 PM

I just stopped doing them because you can always run two or three world bosses with no real time commitment or thought that will get you better loot in the same window of time it will take you to do a fractal daily run.  It was at the point you could get 100% rare from chest on alts that I stopped and even when they changed it to daily, I still felt it was more rewarding than doing level 20 and 30 fractal runs-which it shouldn't be.

Edited by Mister Stygian, 09 June 2013 - 06:38 PM.


#4 madmaxII

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 02:08 PM

In my experience the chests between 20 and 26 drop the best items. Seeing how random the drops are there is absolutely no reason to run fractals if you don't want to gamble for one of the fractal skins, though. Higher levels should have a higher drop chance, so there is still a point in doing them.

#5 Verene

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 12:50 AM

I haven't gotten a rare/exotic regularly since the first week fractals were out. I remember then, every chest would give at least one rare it seemed; now I'm lucky to get one a run total.

We usually do 20 because it's just not fun past that point.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 01:39 AM

As I do 28, 38, or 48 (about 2 or 3 times a week).  I usually come out with at least 4 rares, not counting other drops, such as crystals or lodestones.  On worst days, I would still get at least 2 rares. So the drop rate there is definitely not bad at all, in my personal experience.

I'm not sure about the levels below 20s, though.  But hey, fractals lower than 20s isn't worth doing anyway.  Their difficulty isn't much different from the 20s ones, but they don't offer chance of fractal weapon or already-infused rings.  Why bother doing them?

Edited by Digilodger, 11 June 2013 - 01:49 AM.


#7 theoxygenthief

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 12:28 PM

It has become obvious to me that the loot drop system is much more complex and convoluted than Arenanet admits to the public. There are 2 important factors I am pretty sure have a large impact on loot drops, from personal experience:
- Time spent with character in game - definitely for the week, possibly lifetime
- Time spent in map - definitely for the week, possibly lifetime
I am also sure they have been stealth-nerfing drops for quite some time.
Why I say this confidently:
At one stage I was spending close to 20 hours a week in-game. At first the majority of that time was on my necro and the balance on my guardian. My Necro was geared with full exotic MF gear and I did the Pentinent area content a LOT the first week. First few days I found average 2 yellows per 3 events. After about 5 days I found less than 1 yellow per 4 events. Coincidentally I switched to my Guardian at that point, who was wearing Full exotic with no magic find. My guardian found the same 2 per 3 events average at first, and there was also a distinct tapering off. This was before the events were dynamic and if anything my guardian had less effective DPS and mob tagging capabilities at that point.
After that I started fractals on both characters and decided to take specific note of loot finds. The same held true. Some time later I started doing fractals with my ranger. My ranger found substantially more rares per sub lvl 10 fractal run than my necro was finding at FOTM10 and my guardian at FOTM 20+, tested over more than 30 runs.
At a later stage I returned both those characters to Orr and could never emulate the same loot rates again, and this time my guardian had full MF gear.

Edited by theoxygenthief, 11 June 2013 - 12:33 PM.


#8 Desild

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 12:36 PM

All loot sucks across the entire game. That's Guild Wars 2 for you.

From dungeons to fractals, there's too much of a prevalence of trash loot that nobody can use.

I'd rather have a single gray or white dropping that was worth 3 silver than three or four pieces of blue junk cluttering my inventory. Then they could clear the bloody loot tables and add all the things we want, like rare weapon skins, valuable crafting materials or useful exotics.

Edited by Desild, 11 June 2013 - 12:40 PM.


#9 Verene

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 04:17 PM

View PostDigilodger, on 11 June 2013 - 01:39 AM, said:

but they don't offer chance of fractal weapon or already-infused rings.  Why bother doing them?

You assume everyone wants those items...

There's no point to infused rings if you don't want to do higher-level fractals, and not everyone likes the fractal weapon skins. I sure don't have any interest in getting either item.




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