how do you have that many crafts at 100~ and still believe in direction?
Fair call! Well... If you have always been doing it that way, you cannot prove yourself wrong ^^.
I first started crafting when directional myths were all the rage. Rather than being a complete sheep I tested direction with about 1000 synths. This was years ago when i was still leveling my first craft and it showed a small difference. From that point, I had been doing it ever since (until recently anyway).
The reality of course is that 1000 synths across 8 directions is hardly a good enough statistical sample when it only showed a few % difference. But interestingly, the opposite directional elements made up the difference and so with all the hype it was enough for me at the time.
I'm not saying I have proven anything... you certainly don't see me writing anything of the sort; however, my eyes, no one has conclusively proven otherwise either.
There is a post of some dude that has done 17k synths which certainly seems to show it doesn't matter... However if you add up all the possible combinations across all the plausible theories, then this is not a large enough sample size either to *prove* anything.
One thing is clear, IF there is any difference at all, its minimal and IMO not worth worrying about.
... finally, Why do I like to believe? Well, I like to believe that crafting is more than just a grind. I like to be believe that there is still some mystery to be solved... however It's no longer my plan to find it. Now i just like signed sh*t ^^