I've read a lot about how Hell Road is for other classes, but I find that MM information is pretty sparse, so I'm asking you guys for information about your personal Hell Road experience. Another thing I'd like to know is if anyone has noticed any difference in the toughness of Hell Road since the content update (when they supposedly made it easier for everyone else).
For me, I'm currently struggling on the low 30s room. I go as Burst for Levels 1-29, then switch to soul for Levels 30-31, then switch back to burst for Levels 32-34, then back to soul for 35. I've never beaten 35, and I've only beaten 33 twice and 34 once.
I only use offensive pet buffs until room 25, where I start using defensive buffs (mainly deflection III). Still I usually rank 2nd-3rd on the Storm server, with less than 100 points below NorthernLights, who always ranks 1st.
Some information about me:
General: I'm an evasion built MM with dual masteries.
Burst: I have max runes for contact, motivate, speed of fire, swift penetration, and shrapnel, with dual masteries. I go Nyos for the extra crit chance from Magic fuel, of which I currently get 11.6%. I find my single target DPS as burst is roughly equal to my DPS as soul because of the additional crit chance, but I sacrifice 30 evasion when I switch to Nyos.
Soul: I have max runes for contact, soul discharge, and speed of fire. I have motivate at 3/3. Although I would have significantly higher DPS as Nyos (due to the magic fuel buff), I still go Dyos for the extra 30 evasion it gives, plus I have my soul runes in my dyos tree. The main reason I do this is because as soul it is much harder to activate magic fuel (I have it active about half the time if I actively spam penetrating shot and burning swirl). A side reason is that I've found with higher evasion, Ayshri isn't forced to heal me as much, giving her more time to attack, allowing me to kill faster.
Roses: For room 1-28, and 30-31 I place 51 roses in attack, and the rest (130-140 at the moment) in health. For room 28-29 I put 45 roses in attack and the rest in health.
I do sometimes have trouble holding agro until she starts healing herself, but after that I hold it steadily.
I want to know how far you other MMs have gotten to in HR. Please respond with your personal room record, rank on your server, build, tree, and any strategies you think help.