Ok I want to thank the OP for putting this out thread up. Mainly because it will force people to test it however you will get people that test it thinking in 1 way and not in different ways that it may work. I find it stupid that people will get on here and bad mouth someone for just letting people know what they have heard works and had worked for them. Maybe this theory only works on Miner's. As for the people that sit there and say well I have points spread out equally so I should have an equal amount of crystals/shards. Maybe you don't understand how it may work say you put points heavily in only 1 element maybe that increases the chance by a % say 80% chance of dropping from mining now say you spread the points out evenly what is it 6 elements? (I forgot how many) Now because you did that it may have dropped the % to say 15% for each type. That 15% doesn't mean you will get an equal amount of each type just means that's the chance it has to drop from mining. I'm not a math/science guru but people need to think out all the possibiities before they try out 1 way and say NO YOU ARE WRONG STOP SPREADING RUMORS! OP Good Job for pointing this out and hopefully some people that are good with numbers/testing can put some kind of spreadsheet together
I never said "you're wrong". I said that the evidence provided was anecdotal, and therefore shouldn't be stated as fact (even if unintentionally). I then proceeded to do some actual testing, which was posted above.
Not being a math/science guy, I will also assume you are not a programming guy either, as programming and math are highly inter-related. It would be very strange, from a programming perspective, if the value was based solely on being an extreme difference, rather than a general boost derived directly from the rating. Therefore, it would make little sense that an even distribution of points would not, over time, produce an even number of drops if the elemental attribute was a major factor in what types of shards drop.
Based on my small sample size, it seems like there could be an influence on drop rate based on elemental affinity. There is still not enough data to form any solid conclusions, however, so people still should not go about stating that "elemental stats directly influence your shard drops!" since it has not been proven. It would be much better to say "there may be a link to elemental stats and shard drops from gathering, so it is worth looking into."
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