We seem to be getting close to the point where it might be cheaper, or at least worth the risk, to convert Zen into Dilithium, buy blue Doffs from the exchange, grind them up and sell the purples, rather than buying Keys and selling them directly.

*Buying Keys:*

250 Zen = 2 Keys = __~3,000,000 EC Profit__

vs.

*Buying Dilithium and grinding Doffs:*

250 Zen @140 Dilithium/Zen = 35,000 Dilithium = 7 up-grinds

35 blue Doffs from the exchange @~140 each = 4,900,000 EC investment cost

=> 7 purple Doffs at an average price* of 1,580,000 = 11,060,000 EC return

(median price would be 1,250,000 = 8,750,000 EC)

=> 11,060,000 EC - 4,900,000 EC initial investment = __6,160,000 profit__

*I calculated average purple Doff prices by averaging the 3 cheapest Fed Doffs currently in the exchange from every specialization that can be found in the normal SFA grinder. Distribution was as follows:

>3,000,000 = 7

2,500k - 3.000k = 3

2,000k - 2,499k = 3

1,500k - 1,999k = 4

1,000k - 1,499k = 14

<1,000,000 = 13

So __on average,__ it should be much more rewarding to buy Dilithium with Zen and grind Doffs rather than buying Keys and selling them on the exchange. Of course this calculation does not take into account that the ceiling can be much higher, if you get favorable traits, trait combinations or Doff skills (e.g. TacTeam Conn vs. Evasive Conn).

any thoughts or opinions?