PVP GS Scaling + Expertise GS Scaling makes Lower Gearscore Superior

Assuming both of the following are true:

  • PvP damage formula update
  • We adjusted the way armor mitigation is calculated to use enemies gear score value instead of your average gear score.
  • To adjust for the difference in armor mitigation we increased the damage low level players due to higher level players and reduced the damage the higher level players due to lower level players.

This means if your War Hammer Expertise is 520, and you equip a 550 Gear Score War Hammer, the weapon’s effective Gear Score will be reduced to 520.

Then let’s create a hypothetical scenario:

There are two individuals fighting that both have all armor/weapons expertise at 525 gearscore and identical perks on every piece of armor and weapons. The only difference is one person’s gear is all 599 gearscore, and the other’s is all 525.

The question is, is the 525 gear score user at an advantage over the 599 gearscore user? If so, does this not highlight the glaring issues of both of these mechanics?

If not, then how do these two mechanics interact with each other? Does it actually even out - making 599 still superior regardless of expertise in PVP - making expertise only apply to PVE?

Amazon needs to clarify this.

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