The last time Mining and the change to random resources was brought up (along with the time before that), I'd spelled out a specific way to mine to overcome the lack of ability for most to maintain a reasonable stock of the different ore types, and to be fairly successful while out mining for them. Between yesterday and today, I've spent a total of 5 hours mining and tracked the results to prove to the naysayers, or those that simply decided I was full of it, or didn't want to bother to try, that this method does in fact work, and work reasonably well. The cardinal rule for any resource gathering, is of course, to gather the resources when you DON'T need them, not when you do. This way, when you DO need them, you've already got them, and aren't in a rush to get what you need. That said, I went out specifically looking for a few ores that my stock was starting to run low on (I consider low to be under 1.5k ingots and try to maintain a stock of 4k+ of each ore type except iron, which I maintain at least 100k of). These are the results from 5 hours of mining, but please take into account time to kill elementals (somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 or so eles, probably more), including 1 paragon Gold, 2 paragon Bronze and 1 paragon Valorite, along with 3 regular Valorite elementals that I had to switch over to Connor to kill them with, not to mention that I tend to putz around a lot when I'm mining, and can't sit in front of my computer for more than 30 minutes without having to get up and take a break for a bit. I was specifically going after these ores in this order: Gold Valorite Agapite Bronze Dull Copper I would use either the Prospector's Tool, Gargoyle Pickaxe, or both to bump ore levels. If I hit an ore that was one of my targets and could bump it to an ore that was higher on my list, I did, so Bronze got hit with Prospector's to reach gold. Agapite got hit with both Prospector's and Pickaxe to reach Valorite, etc... These are the results (after smelting and the losses which occurred), which I don't think are half bad all things considered: Gold- 500 Valorite- 375 Agapite- 400 Bronze- 600 Dull Copper- 1700 One thing to take note of is that one very long stretch of mountain that had 4 Valorite veins in it was strip mined after 2 hours by another player. This stretch also had 6 Gold, 5 Agapite, along with a LOT of Bronze and of course DC in any other location, or my totals would be higher as the respawn didn't yeild even close to what I'd originally found. These totals also do not include the smaller amounts of the other ores that I got, and I did get a fair amount of those as well.