Mission: Offering Hardmode
Skills: R1 fireball, Boltcomposer (any rank), R1 Fire Mastery
Equips: S3 Fireball Wand
Since g13 and bolt composer and new int formula I have been messing around with this. I used to do only offering adv but the exp is slow. So now I have a new method to do my leveling in Hardmode offering.
Hey, you know you can make your pets target your enemies with Ctrl+Shift. :P
Also, this looks rather annoying though. Having to handle the pets and whatnot. I recall seeing a video where someone used Thunder in between the tents and didn't really get attacked. She used pets as well, but not as much as you did.
Thunder literally will take 6-7x the mana pots, I've done both. I can use less than 1 stack every 15 mins with fireball. I have watched that video, and lots of his videos, and corresponded with that JP player about these things.
As far as controlling pets, for some reason when I have a magic skill loading like fireball I cannot use control + shift with pets. I have to stop loading the charges, use ctr shift, then start charging again. So while charging I just right click the mobs. It looks like I'm doing 2 things at once but really I am not.
Another thing about using thunder, you will not be able to get the drops until the mission fails at about 15 mins. With fireball all it takes is 1 crit in middle of the circle and the whole group is gone. Use a fast horse and pick up the drops and rush back to get ready.
With -10% clothes on and fire master title and r1 fire mastery I use 92 MP per fireball. The total cost of 15 mins of offering HM is about 3k mana. Often times I level within that 15 mins (since its 450k+ exp) or have trans. Personally I have over 800 mana all the time and 900+ mana with my mana set on. People with lower mana totals will use more pots but that goes for thunder as well. If I get desperate for mana I have demi god capped too.
Fireballing in the middle is also a mistake. Unless you have barrier spikes up you will never get the second fireball up. That method might work with trinity staff but the slower load time will be annoying + all of the barriers you would use+ charging the skill to start. I will test and see if I can make that work though since the idea has merit.
I have been using offering adv to level for 7 months and I have finished only 1 mission. I was trying very hard to make the mobs land just right but fireball is not the right weapon for it. Once I finish Hailstorm I plan on setting 2 rows of barrier spikes up and using that skill to solo offering HM AND finish it.