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The only fun PVP without gear issues

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The only fun PVP without gear issues

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TrixxieTriss
01.29.2017 , 11:20 PM | #1
The way things stand at the moment, the only pvp in the game that doesn't have gear issues or big gear gap is pre 70 pvp.
It doesn't seem to matter what lvl your gear is, as long as you have every slot filled, you will Bolster close to what ever Bolster is set at for pre 70.
The only gear that has an advantage is 208 pvp bonus gear. But now lots of people have hit 70, there aren't as many around.
For me it is the only pvp that I don't even have to think about gear. It's pure skill vs skill, the way pvp is supposed to be.
Sure there can be ability imbalance and some could say skill imbalance, except the skill imbalance isn't really any different to the skill imbalance in lvl 70. Some people will have a few extra abilities and some less, but it balances out as you lvl up. If anything I think the skill is getting a bit better in mids than lvl 70 because those people in mids are learning faster than people getting stomped by gear imbalance.
I've put my lvl 70s on the shelf and gone back to lvling up my other 32 Alts. I've got them in both brackets at different lvls and I'm actually enjoying pvp again. So I may resub, I'm still thinking about it, but if I do and get my favourites to 70 and Bio still haven't fixed the gearing, I'll be gone for good.
So if you want some fun pvp and not have to stress about the gear issues, come play some mids or lowbies, it's actually refreshing.
Lastly, I've noticed since 5.0/5.1 that lvling in pvp has slowed down a bit. Now that there is no bonus XP happening, you don't go through lvls as fast. This can only be good for pvp. The more time people spend in sub 70 pvp, the better they'll be at lvl 70.

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verfallen
01.29.2017 , 11:37 PM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by TrixxieTriss View Post
The way things stand at the moment, the only pvp in the game that doesn't have gear issues or big gear gap is pre 70 pvp.
It doesn't seem to matter what lvl your gear is, as long as you have every slot filled, you will Bolster close to what ever Bolster is set at for pre 70.
The only gear that has an advantage is 208 pvp bonus gear. But now lots of people have hit 70, there aren't as many around.
For me it is the only pvp that I don't even have to think about gear. It's pure skill vs skill, the way pvp is supposed to be.
Sure there can be ability imbalance and some could say skill imbalance, except the skill imbalance isn't really any different to the skill imbalance in lvl 70. Some people will have a few extra abilities and some less, but it balances out as you lvl up. If anything I think the skill is getting a bit better in mids than lvl 70 because those people in mids are learning faster than people getting stomped by gear imbalance.
I've put my lvl 70s on the shelf and gone back to lvling up my other 32 Alts. I've got them in both brackets at different lvls and I'm actually enjoying pvp again. So I may resub, I'm still thinking about it, but if I do and get my favourites to 70 and Bio still haven't fixed the gearing, I'll be gone for good.
So if you want some fun pvp and not have to stress about the gear issues, come play some mids or lowbies, it's actually refreshing.
Lastly, I've noticed since 5.0/5.1 that lvling in pvp has slowed down a bit. Now that there is no bonus XP happening, you don't go through lvls as fast. This can only be good for pvp. The more time people spend in sub 70 pvp, the better they'll be at lvl 70.
Actually I first saw the DvL gear issue in midbies. Reported it back then and got told it was mibies bolster being strange, and didnt go back since.

But I leveled my sniper 65-70 in midbies to change myself a bit from heroic (even tough its MUCH slower) and positively wrecked people with it.

Had ambushes critting in the high 40k, PB was ticking for near 8k, snipe and Followthrough 10-15k.

Also, the wide level range means some classes are there with their near full spec (or full spec minus ONE utility) and for some it does make a big difference. Many spec gets their goodies in legendary tier, and the 50-68 range.

As an exemple, a lvl 32 merc has TM and HSM, but no, no reflective shield, no Kolto Overload, their energy shield still isnt reseting 30 seconds later and its not healing on collapse either. A lvl 68 merc can probably take on 3 of them at once.


EDIT : Also it looks like some people are actually voluntarily keeping characters at lvl 69 and leaving the wz just before it ends to avoid getting xp, and keep farming? At least on my server I saw a few names that were pretty active when I leveled my sniper at the start of 5.0 in midbies, and they are still in midbies 2 months later, with the same toon at the same level (normally 68-69)

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TrixxieTriss
01.30.2017 , 12:11 AM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by verfallen View Post
Actually I first saw the DvL gear issue in midbies. Reported it back then and got told it was mibies bolster being strange, and didnt go back since.

But I leveled my sniper 65-70 in midbies to change myself a bit from heroic (even tough its MUCH slower) and positively wrecked people with it.

Had ambushes critting in the high 40k, PB was ticking for near 8k, snipe and Followthrough 10-15k.

Also, the wide level range means some classes are there with their near full spec (or full spec minus ONE utility) and for some it does make a big difference. Many spec gets their goodies in legendary tier, and the 50-68 range.

As an exemple, a lvl 32 merc has TM and HSM, but no, no reflective shield, no Kolto Overload, their energy shield still isnt reseting 30 seconds later and its not healing on collapse either. A lvl 68 merc can probably take on 3 of them at once.


EDIT : Also it looks like some people are actually voluntarily keeping characters at lvl 69 and leaving the wz just before it ends to avoid getting xp, and keep farming? At least on my server I saw a few names that were pretty active when I leveled my sniper at the start of 5.0 in midbies, and they are still in midbies 2 months later, with the same toon at the same level (normally 68-69)
Lots of people lvling up don't have DVL gear. I've hardly seen any when I've played.

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Banderal
01.30.2017 , 04:23 AM | #4
FYI, in my experience anyway gearing my operative healer, it did matter what *level* gear I had in those slots.

Pre 5.0 I checked several times, and I got pretty much the same bolster no matter whether I had level 10 gear, or level 60. However, I checked it again after 5.0. In mids, after I hit level 48, I swapped out my mostly-level-10 gear for level 48 (except relics, ear and implants), and my bolstered stats went up quite a bit.

These were the diffs...

Level 10 gear vs. Level 48 gear
damage : 2388-2412 vs 2725-2891
bonus damage : 2341 vs 2393
tech bonus damage : 2377 vs. 2660
bonus heal : 1688 vs 1897

pics, top picture is level 48 gear (http://imgur.com/a/PYR6i)
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TrixxieTriss
01.30.2017 , 08:19 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Banderal View Post
FYI, in my experience anyway gearing my operative healer, it did matter what *level* gear I had in those slots.

Pre 5.0 I checked several times, and I got pretty much the same bolster no matter whether I had level 10 gear, or level 60. However, I checked it again after 5.0. In mids, after I hit level 48, I swapped out my mostly-level-10 gear for level 48 (except relics, ear and implants), and my bolstered stats went up quite a bit.

These were the diffs...

Level 10 gear vs. Level 48 gear
damage : 2388-2412 vs 2725-2891
bonus damage : 2341 vs 2393
tech bonus damage : 2377 vs. 2660
bonus heal : 1688 vs 1897

pics, top picture is level 48 gear (http://imgur.com/a/PYR6i)
Well that's new

Maybe it does matter a little now and you need to try a little with gear. But you did go from lvl 10 items to lvl 48 and the difference isn't as massive you'd think. It will be interesting to see if there will be much difference when you go up from lvl 48 gear.
Might be worth mucking around with some gear as you lvl up.
When I start lvling up some of my lowbies again, I'll muck around with it and see what happens.

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Banderal
01.30.2017 , 08:38 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by TrixxieTriss View Post
Well that's new

Maybe it does matter a little now and you need to try a little with gear. But you did go from lvl 10 items to lvl 48 and the difference isn't as massive you'd think. It will be interesting to see if there will be much difference when you go up from lvl 48 gear.
Might be worth mucking around with some gear as you lvl up.
When I start lvling up some of my lowbies again, I'll muck around with it and see what happens.
Yes on "not as massive as you'd think", except definitely significant. I computed it to be about a 10% increase in "bonus healing". And from 15-20% in damage.

Also I did the same thing when I got in the 60s, and put in... er, 210 greens I think? I saw another stat increase. I didn't record it that time though. But it definitely made a noticeable difference in my healing output (and I know I did not suddenly become a better healer).

Then I dinged 70, so I'm now caught in the Eternal Grind.

Although, I have been thinking about going back and playing my beloved tanks in mids. I don't even want to THINK about trying to gear them @ 70, but in mids for a while... hmm...
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Slippery When'wet - SF

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jedcjedcjedc
01.30.2017 , 08:41 AM | #7
every level while leveling your stats get "weighted" heavier. you may notice if you have crit 35% for example then level up and it will go to crit 34%. it takes more stat points to reach the same % because gear of that level has more points available.
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TrixxieTriss
01.30.2017 , 09:06 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Banderal View Post
Yes on "not as massive as you'd think", except definitely significant. I computed it to be about a 10% increase in "bonus healing". And from 15-20% in damage.

Also I did the same thing when I got in the 60s, and put in... er, 210 greens I think? I saw another stat increase. I didn't record it that time though. But it definitely made a noticeable difference in my healing output (and I know I did not suddenly become a better healer).

Then I dinged 70, so I'm now caught in the Eternal Grind.

Although, I have been thinking about going back and playing my beloved tanks in mids. I don't even want to THINK about trying to gear them @ 70, but in mids for a while... hmm...
Seems Bioware are really mixing it up now and going back to pre 4.0 gearing for mids. At least it's cheap to gear up in mids and I'm guessing you only need to do it every 4 lvls.

Gear aside, are you sure you didn't become a better healer
You never know, if you've been grinding through pvp as you lvl up, then you're bound to get better as you get higher.
Plus you start getting better utilities and passives when you get to about 60.

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TrixxieTriss
01.30.2017 , 09:09 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by jedcjedcjedc View Post
every level while leveling your stats get "weighted" heavier. you may notice if you have crit 35% for example then level up and it will go to crit 34%. it takes more stat points to reach the same % because gear of that level has more points available.
Yes that is very true, thanks for pointing that out. That's way it used to work before 4.0.
The higher you get, the harder it can be to balance secondary stats. If you put too much power in, etc, it can reduce those other stats.

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TheLunarTick
01.30.2017 , 12:14 PM | #10
I'm glad you brought this up because I have noticed quite a few people in my guild sticking to lowbies and midbies for the reasons you mentioned. It's more "accessible" to the casual player. Now also as mentioned gear is becoming more of a factor in these tiers but yes it's far easier and far more inexpensive to gear up a toon for lowbies or midbies with a much greater return on that investment in terms of having fun.

But yes now in lowbies to some extent and midbies to a much larger extent you do have to pay a lot more attention to your gear and even who you are grouping with because with so many people sticking to the lower tiers you are also starting to see them group up into premades and as we all know they best way to level the playing field against a premade is to have one of your own. I know there are people in my guild who focus on gearing their lowbies just like someone would for 70's regs and they definitely kick butt in their respective tier the same way.

So here's what I would say about the issue: Bioware seems to have created a situation where a portion of the community has had to find a workaround to make the game fun for them. Why not just adjust the system to accommodate what the community wants? Wz's are a quick and easy thing that people can do together as a guild or with some buddies and PvP is one thing that attracts people to online games so I think they have a lot of potential but with the current system it's impossible to imagine any kind of recovery in the PvP community as a whole unless there's an option other than a workaround for people who want to do wz's on a casual basis.