Last night I managed to do enough greater rifts to push my three gems of choice to level 35… which means I have now finished the second post chapter of Season 14. I am now two steps into Destroyer where the challenges get harder as to the prize amounts. I feel like this is a reasonable place to take a break since my often partner in crime in this Diablo nonsense is having to deal with some real world stuff. I do however intend to keep running the occasional run to farm up some gold. I am completely flat broke at this very moment… or at least 600k gold which FEELS flat broke in the Diablo 3 seasonal post game. I spent a chunk of time transmuting gems for the purpose of trying to slot the best green gem into every item that would take one.
This will be essentially the last performance and damage output boost I can make that does not involving swapping item for item with an Ancient Legendary equivalent. You can see on the profile of my seasonal character that I currently have four ancient legendaries… but of those one doesn’t really count given that I am wearing nemesis bracers just for the purpose of burning through Rifts faster. I’ve been spending all of my blood shards with Kadala on chest pieces in the random hope of getting an ancient version of the Marauders chest, but really at this point it is just picking a slot and grinding on it until luck rewards me for my futility.
I also need to determine what conquest I will plan on going with this season, or technically conquests if I intend to go deep enough in to get the extra bank slot. The conquests available this season are…
- Avarice – Complete a 50,000,000 gold streak while outside The Vault and the Inner Sanctum
- Speed Demon – Complete a Nephalem Rift at Max level on Torment X or Higher within 2 minutes
- Years of War – Reach Greater Rift Level 55 Solo with the full bonuses of Six of the Following Class Sets
- Divinity – Reach Greater Rift Level 75 Solo
- On A Good Day – Level three Legendary Gems to 65
Of those the two most obvious and probably easiest are Divinity and On A Good Day given that those sorta happen in the normal flow of the game. Figuring out which third one I want to do is probably going to be the biggest issue. Maybe Grace and I could get fast enough to do a T10 Rift together within 2 minutes, especially if we could find some more people to help us out and just sorta go in different directions during each level racking up kills. Avarice is all about building a specific set for it and then gathering up all of the trash in a specific area and trying to kill it all at once. I guess I should be holding onto those gold boosting items just in case I want to go down that route.
The other thing I did last night was run around in Elder Scrolls Online for a couple hours. I gotta say this game is really gorgeous and even thought Stonefalls is probably the worst zone in the game (though Ashgar would probably fight me and claim that Alakir Desert is)… it is still breathtakingly beautiful with its alien mushroom landscapes. I am trying to push through this area because Stonefalls is really the major impediment for almost all of my attempts to level through the Ebonheart content. As a reminder to my readers… I am stubborn as fuck when it comes to Elder Scrolls Online and am not willing to try any of the expansion content until I have beaten the original content. That means I started off in Daggerfall and leveled all the way through those zones. Then I entered the new game plus… which was Aldmeri Dominion on the same character and have leveled through all of that. Finally I am in the process of leveling my way through Ebonheart Pact at which point… I will happily begin gobbling up the expansions.
The primary reason behind this is that I know people who worked on this game and feel like I want to see every last bit of the original content. There is a town in the Rift area in Ebonheart that has namesake characters for myself, Ashgar, Warenwolf, and Audrae… and while I saw them during beta I want to see them legitimately with my main character. I feel like maybe I am ready to buckle down and start pushing through the content and finally reach that goal I have been working on since 2014. Ultimately Elder Scrolls Online is a game I have been playing off and on in one form or another since February of 2013, and the amount of effort that I put into beta testing probably stalled out my eventual post release progress. That said I am deeply proud of being a member of the Psijic Order… what they called the alpha testers and proud of what this game has ultimately become.