Aim: Regular gear progression for high level chars above level 80 in the current game.
My experience: It is very very hard/timeconsuming to obtain gear improvements once you reach a higher character level and are trying to progress your build to an end-game ideal capable of running lvl100 maps successfully & pushing high Arenas. Subjectively, in days worth of playtime, I am lucky to find/craft/gamble a single item of gear that improves on what I already have. Important Note: I do NOT already have ideal gear in most slots (average T13, best T18 purple) and still using “substitute” uniques etc. to keep the build viable but they are not BiS. I have also been unable to find very rare affixes that arguably are needed for the build.
This is my process:
Run monolith maps over and over collecting coin, shards & if I am lucky a nice purple or rare with decent base affixes and low instability.
Once I have decent amount of coin, gamble for gear with the 1 or 2 appropriate affixes and hope for high tier rolls.
When I run out of coin, I take gambles and drops and attempt to craft the remaining affixes and improve rolls. Round robin affix upgrading done (i.e. I dont push for T5, I upgrade each affix in turn using appropriate glyphs). If the gear is an improvement on what I already have, I tend to stop at instability of 40 or 65% success chance. If its not better but could be, then I go for broke.
Subjectively, this process results in no improved gear after 10-15h of playtime.
Question: Current problems with various parts of the game ASIDE. Is there an optimal 0.7.9f process to maximise gear progression.