Well, I am a bit farther, but getting almost stuck again. So I have swapped out some of my adamant set for Holy Angelic items (Armor, Amulet and Rings), but to be honest, cheating a bit with the console (tried using God mode for a bit, but it didn't help as still nothing from the RA set dropped). I don't see how I can get the residual aftermath items without needing them to kill the bosses that drop them. I can kill Abe (not the challenge chest yet), the troll king (challenge is easy on this one), the dragon tower (die several times, but can do it), and the dragon rescue. By swapping in +health holy angelic items I can now do Bleld and Nazich, but it is slow and painful (aka not much fun). Rak'var is hardly doable and Syrel'Khan is basically impossible at this point.
My question, is how can you farm the bosses to get the items to be able to beat the harder bosses? The residual aftermath items negate the block and if I give up the shield, I'm dying too much. It seems to be a chicken and the egg issue here. I need the RA set to beat the bosses to get the RA set.
For those that did it without cheating, how on earth did you progress to get to the point where you have the ideal set? According to the google doc spreadsheet shared, it seems like only the Dire Draconic set is possible to complete without killing Syrel'Khan. Add on top of that that many bosses don't even drop a mythic item when killed (why can't the drop rate be 100% with the HIGHLOOT mod?!) and when they do, it is often something that has already dropped several times (I hope I never seen another Dreadful Incognito Amulet, I must have had at least 10 drop by now!).
I know DF is supposed to be a challenge, but it is becoming very tedious, boring and frustrating without using the console, which would sap all the remaining fun out of it.
Salan, if you read this, please consider adding a new formula: 3 (or 4 if you must) mythic items for one new mythic item (all potentially 'drop'). At least single players have a chance at getting items only dropped by Syrel'Khan.
Sorry to gripe, but I'm sure that Salan wanted this to be challenging, not frustrating to the point of making people want to quit playing Torchlight 2 altogether.
For those that did get a full T1 set, how did you manage the grind before completing it? Did you cheat? Or was it a very slow, hours long grind of dumb luck?
Thanks for any help again.