Path of Exile now has big plans to rebalance sulphite drops and Delve’s azurite mines

It turns out that yesterday’s patch to Delve League wasn’t the only change Grinding Gear has in store for Path of Exile. As we noted yesterday, the most recent patch was mostly bug fixes – it didn’t address sulphite farming and requirements, the major complaint of POE players ever since Delve hit. It didn’t address azurite mines either. But that’s because GGG is planning a second patch for next week specifically to address both.

“Our initial plan for the Azurite Mine was that you would have a separate one per character,” the studio says. “This way you would get a unique Delve experience with each character you create, and could Delve at depths appropriate for that character’s power level. It’s clear from feedback and retrospection that we were wrong with this decision, and that the ability to have multiple characters access the same Azurite Mine would be an overall improvement to Delve.”

Consequently, the new plan is to make the mines account-wide, so all of your toons can access your deepest accessible mine. Sulphite, however, will still not be shared across characters. GGG originally wanted to discourage farming acts nine and ten for sulphite, but it admits it “didn’t manage to hit the correct balance” on drops.

“In order to correct this, we are going to rebalance both Sulphite gain from higher-tier maps, and Sulphite costs in the mine. Higher-tier maps will grant significantly more Sulphite, but their corresponding depths will cost more Sulphite than before. We will also make map item quantity bonuses affect Sulphite gain. We want it so that playing harder content is always worthwhile. In order to compensate for the larger amounts of Sulphite that you will have, we will increase the caps on Sulphite at all upgrade levels. We will also cap the Sulphite costs per Delve past depth 1000 so that it doesn’t require exponentially more map play in order to progress as you delve really deep. After these changes, playing high-tier maps will be way more efficient as a means of farming Sulphite, so grinding Quarry will not be the best way to get progress in Delve.”

So there you go – good feedback, good results.

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