Character effectiveness in WoW: what's the player skill: gear ratio?
December 18, 2013 9:11 AM Subscribe
At or near the top end of the WoW performance curve, how much does gear contribute compared to player skill?
posted by Sternmeyer to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've started playing World of Warcraft and am having a great time. I've been leveling with dungeons and quests and played with people of, shall we say, varying competence.
This has made me wonder about the contributions of player skill vis a vis gear (item level). How much of a given character's effectiveness in her role is due to gear and how much is due to the skill of the player? I asked my guild mates, and they had two major replies. First, that because the latest content (which I have not played as I am not even close to max level) is gated by item level, there's no real way to see if an undergeared but highly skilled player can be as effective as a lousy player with great gear. This was disputed by some members so I don't even know if it's true or not. Second, that the increases in power granted by the top tier gear compared to the tiers directly below are so large that any player can face roll their way to victory with the top level gear, no matter how unskilled they are at the game. This is an appealing idea to me because quite frankly I am terrible at video games.
My actual question: given equal skill levels, how much performance difference is there between a character of a given class with 496 item level gear and a character of the same class with 522 item level gear? Could a very skilled player of a given class in 496 item level gear perform at the level of an average skill player of the same class in 522 item level gear?