Useless? Wit sharpening and healing potions.
I'm trying to understand the value of two potions that seem to be useless in most cases.
A healing potion restores one third of your health; three of them is equivalent to a dirt nap. The benefit of using three healing potions is being able to get in 3-4 extra attacks, approximately, for 6 hours of brewing, or between one and a half to 2 hours of value per attack.
Wit sharpening has a value of +50%. This is the same as the normal exstimulo potion, but at higher brew time and fewer opponents. You would rather use a strong potion instead of a normal plus wit, and even a potent is better than a strong plus wit.
This means the only time to use the wit sharpening potion is when you want to use it with the potent exstimulo potion. This gives you +50% for three casts, or one and a half casts worth of power (or about 2-3 brewing hours worth). Two of them will give you three attacks worth, 5-6 hours of healing potion brewing or one 30-45 second timeout.
This means an 8-hour potent potion, plus two 4-hour potions, for a total of 16 hours worth of brew time, when the alternative would be either extra healing potions, or extra time in a dirt nap.
Simply put: I can see no reason to do this under normal circumstances. The only time that I can see this making any sense is if you are in a wizarding challenge chamber significant higher than you can normally handle, or if you are under serious time pressure.
For the community day, I had to do exactly this -- potents, wit sharpening, and healing potions -- for exactly that reason (critical time pressure to complete chambers above my normal ability). (*)
Other than the three-hour community day challenges (or the upcoming lost love part 2 challenges), is there any reason at all to use wit sharpening, or rely on healing in a wizard challenge? It seems to be by definition an indication that you are in a challenge that is higher than you can handle, and when I use the challenge simulator I find that I get better experience per hour as well as better experience per energy in lower-level challenge rooms.
(*): Yes, I am (now) aware that I could have spammed chamber 1 at 50% drop rate for faster and cheaper eggs. Had I know then, my eggs would be ready for silver.