I played two different heroic deeds with the Back to Basics and No pickups in mission parameters on Veteran difficulty. I don’t know if the second one is a bug or not but I found it pretty strange as any other time I played a deed with no pickups, there were no sackrats.
Back to Basics: No talents, no traits, no properties / Hero Power reset to starting level
-did not affect bots: Mercenary’s Strike Together talent and Iron Breaker’s Oi Wazzok was still working and they were taking down SV and CW with ease which possibly implied they still had their traits/properties working on their weapons. They also killed a Chaos Spawn by themselves within 10 seconds. This is what led me to believe their traits were still working as each bot is equipped with +20% power vs monsters.
No pickups: no healing items, no tomes/grims, no bombs, no potions
-Into the Nest - found 2 sackrats that dropped several healing items. I thought the point of no pickups meant NO PICKUPS! I’ve played deeds before with the no pickups on map and didn’t encounter a sackrat but I did twice this week. I kind of feel like there shouldn’t be sackrats because they are carrying items that can be picked up…
-Skittergate- same as above with the double sackrats on map with no pickups parameter
I’ve been seeing a lot of double sackrats on Into the Nest, Skittergate, and Halescourge in the past week (with and without having an active deed). I have not seen anything in the patch notes that the number of sackrats found on a map has been increased. Prior to participating in the 1.2.1 beta patch, I had only seen 1 sackrat on any given map.