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When I get gear from drops should I sell or deconstruct the items I don't plan on using? Is it a viable strategy to deconstruct everything in case I get a good blueprint or should I sell my gear and get whatever's best from the vendors at that time?

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    Just go for a balance, make sure you have materials for good blue prints, but sell items so you have money in case a good item appears in stock that you want. Although by end game phoenix credits are the important ones which you can get through purchase caches via normal money. So I prefer selling a lot to get money for those boxes. – n_plum May 14 '17 at 3:07
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Patch 1.8

  • Optimization Station
  • Normalized PVP

Optimization Station & Division Tech

When deconstructing gear/weapons you have a chance of getting division tech now. It takes 50 to improve the stats on your gear via the Optimization Station.

Normalized PVP

The values of your stats are normalized in the two matchmade PVP modes (LastStand and Skirmish). This means you can have crafted lower tier gear with the right stat types but with bad values for these modes.

Money vs Gear

Ultimately it comes down to a choice between money and crafting materials. I would suggest going with crafting materials (deconstruct) unless you need money (which usually is only needed for re-rolling the stats on a piece of gear). One thing to note is that money can be converted indirectly to phoenix credits by purchasing the crates at regular vendors for 400K each which yields somewhere in the vicinity of 10-20 (not exact numbers; going from memory) phoenix credits.

Summary

Deconstruct unless you need Money or Phoenix Credits.

P.S. Always deconstruct Mods and Attachments. They don't have a high sell-value and electronic and tool parts are more likely to be used than the other two types of crafting materials.

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I haven't played The Division in a while, but when I was playing crafting wasn't really a thing at all - it is better to just run missions to get better gear.

What I did was to deconstruct blue and purple gear, and sell yellow gear I didn't want. This gave me a good balance of materials (useful for some of the daily and weekly missions) and money to buy better items from the vendors.

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  • So is deconstructing everything and using the materials to craft higher grade materials not worth it? The problem is that, at the point of the game that I'm at, I get so much money that I can't spend on anything really useful so I just end up buying jackets and pants. – DGarvanski May 17 '17 at 10:34
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    If you don't need money, that might be ok. Just remember that there are some daily and weekly missions that require blue or purple crafting materials sometimes (at least back when I was playing this was the case). – Adeese May 17 '17 at 12:41
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    Crafting is very helpful for weapon and gear mods; less so for weapons and gear. Keep an eye on the vendor reset videos on YouTube for when the type and level you want is available, go buy it, and craft like mad until you get a good roll with the attributes you need. – David Harkness May 23 '17 at 22:25
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It all depends on what you need it for, for example, thanks to how the Division have drastically buffed drops and crafting pieces such as cloth, electronics and so on i personally tend to sell any gear set pieces (if i don't need them) and then deconstruct anything high end, this was my go to method of making materials and a good sum of in game currency.

Eventually you'll run into a problem of too many materials as eventually you'll have what you need both weapons and gear wise so from that point just keep an eye on your materials whenever you need or want to craft anything but you shouldn't run into this problem as the materials you collect from bosses and generic enemies will typically compensate any time you spend crafting over time you spend doing missions.

NOTE: when doing this just a little heads up make sure you lock any items you think you'll never plan on selling.

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As of patch 1.8:

  • Optimization requires golden div tech (and a lot, 50 per optimization)
  • Recalibration of gear requires money
  • Recalibration of guns requires Phoenix creds

Given that you're probably mostly after Classified gear you'll have little use for electronics or fabric, as Classifieds cannot be crafted. Thus I see no point in deconstructing gear and mods.

I do following:

  • Sell all gear and mods (yields money)
  • Deconstruct all weapons and attachments (yields weapons parts, tools, and random drop of div tech)

What is money good for:

  • Ð400,000 gets you common cache, which gives you on average 20 Phoenix, and random high-end or teal gear/weapon/attachment/mod
  • 200 Phoenix credits gets you gear-set cache from Special Gear Vendor. This cache has 1% chance of dropping Classified gear

What weapons parts and tools are good for:

  • if you still haven't got good high-end weapon, you can try getting a god roll (see Shelby's point about normalized PvP if that's your cup of tea)
  • if you already got it, you can then use parts to construct as many Damascus exotic pistols as you can. Deconstructing them (or in fact any exotic) gives you guaranteed golden div tech.

Side note:

Best use of DZ funds is currently buying consumables cache, which sounds useless, until you realize that it contains 0-3 DZ keys. DZ keys are necessary to open locked crates located at landmarks. These locked crates have 5% chance of dropping Classifieds.

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  • Interesting, didn't know that deconstructing a Damascus guaranteed div tech. – Shelby115 Jan 23 '19 at 14:05
  • @Shelby115, I haven't played for quite a while, but unless they've changed that, deconstructing any exotic does. And Damascus is unique, because that's the only exotic that can be crafted. – vartec Jan 25 '19 at 0:16

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