36 minutes ago, theFlu said:
It's heavily spec dependent, you need major investment in S.Rex for the stamina to stop making things miserable. I prefer speccing for mining, so I often use a low level steel pick over an iron pick; and if I just want to mine and chill, any steel pick over an auger.
I hate the poor control of the auger, constantly hitting things around whatever I'm trying to hit. With the steel pick I can land a constant stream of hits holding the button down from block to block, but the auger just paints the whole cave. I'll admit, I'm a bit OCD about my mines though, keeping them clean makes for easy navigation and gives a better idea of the structural integrity.
The auger is of course better in most ways, likely even at comparatively low levels; but I rarely spend the gas.
Ill definately agree that its heavily spec dependant but in the wrong way.
It takes 6 perks to be good with an auger and as you mention, 15pt to be good with a pick. *Not counting raw stat increases like STR to 3, ect.
Stamina usage is probably a step in the right direction but not enough.
To be good with a pick is ALOT of perk point dedication whereas there isnt with the Aug.
When I build mines, Ill use the auger for the area clearing where accuracy doesnt matter but I still generally prefer iron picks for 'sculpting' because of stamina usage, ability to permanently power swing and reduced consumption of food relatively speaking and ability to mod it sooner.
I also really prefer the auger for late game stage modifications to base.