In the wake of the announcement of a refinement overhaul people understandably are running a little wild. Should you still upgrade Bondings? Should you still upgrade anything? I won’t pretend that we have all the answers at this point, but we at least have a pretty decent idea how to tackle the ongoing x2 weekend.
Enchantments and Runestones
For Enchantments and Runestones I’ve set up a spreadsheet where you can directly compare the new and old system. Pretty much everything in this paragraph is based on the numbers in the sheet. You can tweak some values in there, but as you might notice it’s not a full blown calculator for the new system. But no worries, we’ll update our Market Tools for module 12b at some point.
Sell Higher Ranks
The most important piece of information regarding enchantments and runestones is that pretty much everything is getting cheaper. On a x2 RP a Rank 12 currently costs about 1.45M, in the new system it’s only 1.02M. Same for Rank 10s, which drop from 428k to 319k. The reason is that the new ranks are not just added on top of everything, but more or less replace Rank 12s in terms of value. So everything below is proportionately getting cheaper.
With that in mind, our advise right after the change was to sell all higher ranks enchants that you own. You could have even gone as far as unslotting all gems from your toons. Now the market has long settled and already represents more of the value of the new system. So it might no longer make as much sense. Also keep in mind that everything is subject to change. This is based on the information right now and you should definitely monitor the preview patch notes.
Sell Enchantments That Should have Served as Reagents
One thing that seems certain however is that the system of using a second enchantment or runestone of the same rank as reagent is gone. So you do no longer need to hoard Rank 7s or Rank 8s and can safely cut down and sell your stacks. Currently a Rank 12 requires eight Rank 7s thanks to the reagent system. Under the new rules a single Rank 7 can be upgraded all the way to 14.
You Can Still Refine Enchantments
Now as I’ve said, all ranks of enchantments are getting substantially cheaper, so upgrading currently doesn’t make tons of sense. But the lowered costs mainly come from higher upgrade percentages and fewer reagents. Since the RPs themselves mostly retain their value, you can still throw them into your enchantments if you like to.
It’s a different story for artifacts. The main thing to look at here is the fact that matching bonuses will be gone in the new system. And upgrading artifacts is all about the matching bonuses. The feeder system utilizes that artifacts get a massive x5 RP multiplier when fed into an artifact of the same type. That’s why it makes most sense to upgrade one artifact and then throw it into a second one.
Now with matching bonuses and feeding gone, there’s a lot of uncertainty. The devs said they are halving the progression RP, but that doesn’t help a lot. I’d definitely proceed normally with artifacts and just upgrade them. You can’t do wrong here as it is the last chance to benefit from the feeder system.
On the contrary, there’s seems to be little doubt about the math around artifact gear. It’s getting its progression RP halved while reagents stay as they are. At the same time 2x RP events will be a thing of the past as well. So during double weekends you’re getting exactly the same value as under the new system.
That’s why I personally have upgraded some weapons with my bound Lesser Resonance Stones. There’s no gain of saving up those. Just don’t feed RPs into weapons outside a double event, but that’s probably nothing you would do anyway.
What About Consoles?
Console player don’t need to panic by the way. The “Swords of Chult” update is probably at least ten weeks away and just like PC they will get notified when their final 2x RP occurs.
As you can see, the refining game wasn’t put to a full stop although the impact of the changes are huge. How did you tackle the Double Refining weekend in the wake of the upcoming changes? Share your thoughts in the comments below and visit the corresponding thread on our message board!
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