I apologise if this issue has been raised in the past. I believe I am approaching the end of my Veteran Normal playthrough with my FireStriker. He is currently LVL 48 and has 6.1k HP (need to update my Signature). Up to this point, my Firestriker has not been troubled by much and, as his HP has continued to rise, the ease at which he has been progressing through the content has also risen.
As a result of this, I am actually yet to do anything with Components other than collect all that I come across. I have not added any Components to any of my gear as I was of the opinion that they would ultimately be wasted as gear upgrading will continue to be a fairly regular occurrence.
So the question has been on my mind for quite some time and I wanted to know people’s opinions and whether there was a consensus as to when to start.
When should I start actually using the Components I have been collecting along my travels?
I am the type of player that likes to hoard. I like to know that if and when the time comes that I need to call upon a particular item or Component, that, as a result of the way I have been playing up to that point, there is a high chance that I will have the required item in my possession.
That being said, I know that I am going in to Elite and that consequently the assumption is to be made that the game’s difficulty will be increasing. Even though I am playing on Softcore, I am making every endeavour to keep my death count at zero. I have approached the building of my Firestriker from this point of view - with Resistances and Health being the first two priorities when it comes to gear acquisition. As I have mentioned, this approach has served me very well so far.
EDIT: So you guys understand how I approach GD. I play Grim Dawn as Single-Pass, which means that I, at least at this point, do no farming what-so-ever. I also do not do any trading with players for gear or other items.
So I wanted to throw it over to you guys to see what you thought was an appropriate time to start using these, often very powerful, Components.
Any and all opinions and discussion is welcome! I love seeing the points of view people come from.