Essence Mine got several issues which should be looked into, imo. The first is likely a bug, the others are things I feel should be changed:
- This I reported back in the Beta already: Sometimes I count 40+ shards to fill in, when soloing the event. That happend twice lately, both times I was alone in the shard. I made sure these all count, no despawns. So this is an insane amount which is not only tedious to do, but also takes up almost the entire event time. As a comparison, the similar fishing and portal events usually take 10-20.
This does not happen every time when soloing, so I believe it is clearly a bug.
Despawn Timers/Speed: I run with blue weight and full speed perks, which hardly got any effect. The further away-shards despawn in my hand often, their timers are way too short, except if you pick them up right on drop. The speed advantage we worked hard for seems to be entirely negated by the “hill” also.
On top of that I avoid using thumbsticks where I can normally, but autorun does not work without loosing the shard in your hand.
- Number of Times needed for (weekly) Quest: This has been mentioned often on forums by others already, to no avail: The number of times this event is needed for quests is higher than many others and together with its frequency makes weeklies a pain. This one quest requires to focus on it a full saturday or such! Some even log out in that cave and log in during work, only to get this weekly done.
If these three things could be fixed/changed, first issue being the most urgent (and third likely easy to change), it would be a fun event, but in its current state it is way too tedious.