Recently I hit 62k dps DW, 51k Life, 8500 Armor, 800 All Resis, 800 Loh, 500 Life Regen (all buffed stats) but had no MF on my gear. So I decided to swap some of the easier to replace pieces out and add some MF. I ended up adding 116 MF w/o NV but dropped to 55k dps DW, 48k Life, 8200 Armor, 700 All Res, 550 Loh, 200 Life Regen. I can still farm act 2 w/o any real issues and I definitely get more rare items. So my questions are:
1. How much MF does your gear have?
2. Do you have a different MF gear set, then the one you might use to help other progress into Act 3/4 Inferno?
I have a couple pieces with minor MF stats. I've experimented with carrying a few pieces to swap out before the kill but I find that cumbersome to do and haven't seen any evidence that increased MF on gear makes a whole bunch of difference. Here's what I know:
1. 5 Stacks on NV is presently worth 75 MF.
2. Most decent drops happen with boss packs, bosses and gold goblins.
3. As far as I know, MF does not increase the stats or level of item drops, only the chance for a yellow to drop.
4. More DPS/defensive stats means faster kills and dying less often which equates to more opportunities.
In a nutshell, my advice would be to include MF on gear pieces when the items do not downgrade what you already have. Otherwise keep building 5 stacks of NV and chase down all gold goblins.
More MF equals more affixes, which make for better itens.
Therefore, I farm with 280% MF in A1.
Maybe I'm incorrect in my statement above. I heard that the MF only increases the chances of a magic item dropping hence, white upgraded to blue, blue upgraded to yellow and so on. I was unaware that the item affixes actually improve with MF. Can you please list your source so I can learn more about it?
Thanks for the extra info, I had seen the chart before but its good to have a link. Its great info that blizzard released on the drop check order: Unique, 6 mod rare, 5 mod rare, etc...
My goal is to have the best gear I can with at least 100MF before NV. Part of the reason I lost some stats was I only spent about 3m on 8 pieces(5 for me, 3 for my merc) of gear to get that 116mf. As I said I was just curious how much other people have on their gear.
I'm farming act 2 with 116 mf unbuffed and finding a lot more rares than I did without mf gear, randomly getting rares from normal mobs is fun too. I think that most of the items I'm getting have 5 affixes which also gives a good chance of a useful item, I know 6 is perfect and increases chances but for most you really only need 5 good stats.
I'm gonna give up a secret to all my incgamer forum peoples... but keep it quiet...
MF ROCKS! I run around Act 2 farming with 250 MF.
My stats are 35k dps, 30k hp, 700 all resist, 1400 LOH, 5% life steal, 45% crit, like 300% crit damage. (I need more hp)
The BEST place to farm (shhh secret) is the act 2 quest dungeon vault of the assasin. I'm not kidding this dungeon is some of the EASIEST mobs in the game (skele swordsman, skele archers, caster skellies, the spin to win "mages") Seriously this place has like 9-12 champion mobs and the best part is that the dungeon has a "checkpoint" at the beginning so when you find it clear it, clear a bit of other stuff in the act with out reseting your checkpoint and then restart the game. You reset your stacks but save time having to find the vault again.
I average about 2 full inventory's of rares per run with this method.
Start game in vault of the assasin -> clear whole dungeon, be sure to check every side room (its a big circle so easy to do a full clear, no peskey dead ends)
Go to path to oasis waypoitn and jump into the sewer where u can find 2-3 champs with out reseting your checkpoint.
port back to town and go to oasis WP and run around the zone (dont do the quest dungeon for it will reset your Checkpoint, as well dont go past the middle of the map, checkpoit as well) clear all random dungeons esspecially the treasure crypts.
You can choose to rince and repeat or keep looking for more places to MF, up to you.
SHHH! keep this a secret, vault of the assasin is magically amazing 9-12 EASY champions is awesome!