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tkinnunzero
05.16.2012 , 12:46 PM | #21
Ok, I looked over some chest pieces to see if I can make sense of this by looking at the stats themselves. First, some Death Knight DPS chest pieces from another game: 7 items with set bonuses. There's also 7 items without set bonuses, but they looked like sidegrades or placeholders for the set item so I skipped them.

To summarize, the 7 items comprise 3 raid tiers and 2, 2, and 3 difficulty levels respectively. Going from one raid tier to next is an average 5.16% increase in item level, going from an easier difficulty to the next is an average 3.43% increase. One notable thing is that set bonuses are only shared between different difficulty levels within one tier.

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Looking at Juggernaut tank chest items, here are the items ordered by item level (from swtor.askmrrobot.com):


  • KP Normal (ilvl 51)
    • Xenotech War Leader's Body Armor
  • EV Normal (ilvl 56)
    • Columi War Leader's Body Armor
  • KP Hard (ilvl 56)
    • Exotech War Leader's Body Armor
  • EC Normal (ilvl 58)
    • Rakata War Leader's Body Armor
  • EV Hard (ilvl 58)
    • Rakata War Leader's Body Armor
  • EC Normal (ilvl 61)
    • Black Hole Bulwark's MK-2 Body Armor
    • Black Hole Bulwark's MK-3 Body Armor
  • EC Hard (ilvl 61)
    • Black Hole Bulwark's MK-2 Body Armor
    • Black Hole Bulwark's MK-3 Body Armor
    • Campaign War Leader's Body Armor

First thing to note is that Campaign War Leader's Body Armor has the same set bonus as Columi War Leader's Body Armor, strongly suggesting that they belong to the same tier.
Second thing to note is that Campaign War Leader's Body Armor is 8.93% higher ilevel than Columi War Leader's Body Armor, suggesting that they belong to different tiers.
Third, Xenotech War Leader's Body Armor doesn't seem to belong at all.

Looking at the item level progression:
51 -> 56 -> 58 -> 61:
+9.80%, +3.57%, +5.17%

Is that 4 tiers or 4 difficulties or some combination? This all seems a big mess.