If you want a legitimate self found Enigma, Grief, Breath of the Dying, Chains of Honor and one Faith bow – you have to put more hours into the game than you’d need to put into school to finish a masters degree at a university, absolutely zero exaggeration.
That gives me pause.
Which also means that selling items - regardless of the existence of botting – is going to be profitable, because I, for one, cannot defend spending that amount of hours into a ladder season.
If not bots, then multiboxers from third world countries, that run 8 games for 1$ per hour, meaning they play 64 hours per day, and most likely just the singlemost effective direct method of aquiring runes.
I mean. I suspect the most effective way of getting runes, as a flesh business, is hellforge runs.
That’s easily 6 hellforges per hour in coordinated teams, which means an average of Gul+Ist every hour, cubed up.
At least Vex + Gul in 2 hours.
At least Lo + Vex in 4 hours.
At least Sur + Lo in 8 hours
At least Jah + Sur in 16 hours
And Ber + Jah in 32 hours.
I’m not arguing against bots – just against the current drop rates.
Just to put this into perspective:
Say you like playing bowazons, and whirlwind barbarians.
You want Ice, Faith, dual Griefs and a Breath of the Dying, and Foritude and Enigma.
If you manually farmed for the runes, you’d have to kill more than 2 500 000 bosses – or 25 000 000 monsters.
Say you kill 200 monsters and two bosses in a run, chaos sanctuary and Nihlatak and their minions, and the run takes 5 minutes…
That’s 625000 minutes.
10 000 hours.
A full year at university is 1 000 hours.
Without botters or people playing 1000 hours before quitting and leaving their items to you or their friends that give or trade those items, devalued from the other donations from quitting players or players that don’t bother with learning the value of items – and/or people that actually scam new or inexperienced players…
…the best way to get the runewords you want is to go to university, get a masters degree, start working – and pay someone to farm for you.
It literally makes you a million dollars in real life value, compared to farming the items yourself.
AND will get you the items you want far faster than farming yourself, by years, if you have a life outside the game.
The main problem with the game is not botters.
It’s the fact that farming items is a million dollar industry, because the drop-rates are so abysmal and because there’s no good way to get runes apart from spending thousands of hours.