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Old 05-17-2012, 02:10 AM   #1
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Currently, I'm a level 91 SK with just under 3500 aa's

I am wondering which of the 2 zones gets the best bang for the buck, im hearing alot about both, but what I'm wondering, is in all of your opinions, which place gives you the best exp for the trouble put into it.

which mobs hit harder? which have least hp? looking for a comparison to see where I should go since ive never been to FM
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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Currently, I'm a level 91 SK with just under 3500 aa's

I am wondering which of the 2 zones gets the best bang for the buck, im hearing alot about both, but what I'm wondering, is in all of your opinions, which place gives you the best exp for the trouble put into it.

which mobs hit harder? which have least hp? looking for a comparison to see where I should go since ive never been to FM
Not sure about most of that, I do know that there's never anyone else getting in the way in MG, as its an instance. Which for me, makes it the winner.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:07 AM   #3
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MG hands down, get your porters and it's insanely fast and efficient. I never liked FM, too much open space and running around to gather up your pulls.
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Fort Mech is definitely easier, is more open so it's easier to 'go big' on pulls. None of the named will harass you too much except that f'kin gnome up at the front, Bablage, but he does that gflux/stun/spin/whatever thing and it is very annoying and it will kill you so either just single him out before you pull or avoid him altogether when he spawns.

MG is a bit harder in terms of the mobs themselves once you get to the higher floors, but I think is probably a bit more XP and as stated, it's instanced so you get the zone to yourself. Definitely be making use of your Harmshields when you start getting to the armored dudes that start knocking back and things.

I'd vote MG personally, it is better once you get used to it. Definitely be doing the 1st and 2nd floors in 1 pull each, then figure it out from there.
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Fort Mech is a broader pull area, easier to gather up a mess o' mobs for the novice. Mech Guardian is an instance, so it's yours alone.

I prefer Zeka instances. They're all yours, it's easier to pull a swarm than MG, the mobs are equivalent level (higgher level than Beza instances), and there are no live mobs which could cause runner problems.

An unusual point to keep in mind as well is that many SoF instances, including MG, have some interesting zonewide drops that the regular zones lack. In this case, MG has an excellent AC aug, while Beza and Zeka instances have oddball augs and clickies like an Eye of Zomm click.

Good luck. =)
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i always preferred fort meck over the other mechanical zones, but i like the wide open pulling spaces and not havign to worry about pulling without summons etc. hwoever, i swapped to kaesora library when i was 90 and am amazed i got anywhere in fort mech at 90 before when i go back and see how horrid the xp is in comparison. kaesora's a bit more sticky if you're weaker or less experienced at swarming though sincem obs hit harder and have mroe hps. can get isntances of this long as youve done a few tasks in fos first.
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An unusual point to keep in mind as well is that many SoF instances, including MG, have some interesting zonewide drops that the regular zones lack. In this case, MG has an excellent AC aug, while Beza and Zeka instances have oddball augs and clickies like an Eye of Zomm click.
Beza has the root clicky, which is one of my favourite items in the game for a solo SK. Anything that gives you a unique tool is well worth having. There's also a snare clicky in Beza, which can be nice for mage, pally, etc. alts.
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I've still yet to get any of those zonewide clickies. I'd say getting those would be enough to get me back into the swing of things - but nahhhhhh.
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Really? I saw gobs of those "undocumented" augs with the spell damage and heal amount doing Beza instances, failed experiement augs in SHIP and the like.

Like as not, the RNG just worked against you. It took me ages to get the MG aug, but now I see one almost every time I enter it. This stuff is fun to hunt down if only as trophies.
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