Ok, let’s be clear. The act of Slicing in SWTOR is a nefarious activity(no not REAL silly!) with criminal intent. It is the act of hacking into a computer system and stealing someone’s credits. That’s the point of it. But it’s also one of the fastest ways to make a TON of credits at the end game as it stands. On average I can usually make between 700k-1mil credits per hour if I am really working the circuit. This of course is widely known among players. Competition can get very tough and boy can people get mad in a hurry if they don’t make the node on time to steal virtual currency. I have seen complete nerd rages when this happens. Some of it can be attributed to lag pings when two players are vying for the same node. Some of it can be attributed to ninja hits while others are fighting off mobs from a node they picked. Then, sometimes there is just such a huge pop on a given server instance that it may seem like you are getting no where. To those that get upset over node ninjas, all I can say is that when resources are limited, all bets are off. It is indeed a den of robbery and villainy that slicers are partaking in. I have little empathy for those that try to shame others in a game of node gathering. Believe me, I have had nodes stolen right out under me for all of the above causes that I mentioned. So why don’t I get upset? Well I came up with a few strategies that help in the gain of illicit credits.(Again, this isn’t REAL illicit activity, just the “act of slicing into computer systems/safe boxes in the guise of gathering). Below of some tips to help you as a Slicer that will improve your profit significantly if you put the work into it.
Speed is EVERYTHING! Make sure your speeder/mount is on a very accessible key bind while you are node slicing. The second you have picked up your box, mount up and haul ass. If you are next to 2 nodes that are very close, tap one by yourself and the other with your companion. Two birds with one stone!
RUN THE CIRCUIT! Develop a circular pattern where you can get to nodes in a sequence. If you notice you are right behind someone else slicing, switch back in the opposite direction and retrace around OR cut across mid field. Otherwise you will continuously be a couple seconds behind the power curve at every node. Remember there are two areas for slicing: The Temple grounds and The Temple Approach. If one seems too populated, zip on back down to the other.
NODE BEFORE COMBAT! Ok a lot of people screw this up. They try to burn mobs down to get to a node. This is only useful if your instance is empty. Every second counts folks. Get the node first, take a few hits, THEN kill the mobs. This helps alleviate the ninja node tappers. You get to the node first, DO NOT engage on coming enemies, gather and then fight back. By Yavin your gear should be solid enough that you can take a few punches. CC first then burn them, but only after you have gathered, not before. The Maxim will always be: Time is Money!
HOP THAT INSTANCE! I do this frequently. Because Yavin (aside from Ziost which is useless for gathering) is so populated, chances are there are at least 3 instances going at the same time. Hop between them. You’ll run into some pretty quiet instances and then make a serious haul from your activities. At one point I literally made 1Mill in credits in an hour of grinding because the instance was empty. Pretty nice run if you ask me.
ADD BAG SPACE! Look if you aren’t rolling with at least 60 slots in your bag, you are doing it wrong. Believe me, the investment is really helpful. Keep them bags cleared too. Nothing is more frustrating than tapping a node only to find YOU are full and a ninja got your loot.
ATTACK ELITES: For about 10 seconds of your time, an Elite drops around 1k in credits. So if the nodes are exhausted, go kill shit, it’s good practice for your rotations anyhow. Additionally the occasionally blue drop will happen. So far, I got an Akk Dog Pup and some sort of bird thing. Hey it’s cool stuff dammit!
Above all, don’t get frustrated. Keep a cool head. Remember that it is in itself a competition for resources. Keep these pointers in mind the next time you are out hunting for fast credits and the wealth will flow through you like the Force! I hope these tips proved to be useful. If any of you readers have additional tips or comments, feel free to drop a line, I always love hearing from you. Till next time, may your speeders be fast and your credits flow like a river!