I've noticed some people asking about how much damage increase a point of Accuracy is worth. I've also noticed some people making incorrect arguments based on incorrect information. So I figured "Hey, I'm an engineer. I'll do some maths." So I did.
Here's the maths. It's a plot of your average dps (relative to the base damage) versus your accuracy. Calculated using the rules given in the wiki for combat rolls as of today.
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This can be used (among other things) to tell when (if anywhere - hint, it's nowhere) DEX gives you more damage than MIG. Summary below:
Accuracy/Deflection within 5 points:
Marginal gain/loss for 1 Accuracy: 1.5% dps (relative to base dmg)
Accuracy/Deflection within 5-45 points:
Marginal gain/loss for 1 Accuracy: 1% dps (relative to base dmg)
Accuracy/Deflection outside 45 points:
Marginal gain/loss for 1 Accuracy: 0.5% dps (relative to base dmg)
There are the numbers. All other things being equal, the Accuracy bonus from DEX always gives you less dps increase than the damage bonus from MIG. When fighting enemies with Deflection much higher or lower than your Accuracy, each 2 points of Accuracy is equivalent to 1 point of MIG (where dps is concerned, that is. dps isn't everything of course).
Please take this math into account when making arguments about stats, power, the value of inherent Accuracy bonuses (boni?), the value of DEX relative to MIG, etc.
I'm done mathing for tonight. Peace.
PS - Source file for doing your own maths:
New Excel: https://dl.dropboxus...y DPS calc.xlsx
Old Excel: https://dl.dropboxus...ty DPS calc.xls
EDIT: A quick note about why DEX, while giving less damage than MIG, isn't unilaterally inferior to it.
DEX affects Reflex save instead of Fort save. This lets you dodge AoE attacks. Also, the % increases in dps I've calculated also apply to spell/ability duration increases/decreases on graze/crit, which aren't affected by MIG at all as far as I know.
So for scripted interactions that take DEX, characters who want to dodge AoE attacks, and characters who are more interested in getting long duration abilities/spells by critting with them, DEX is better. There may also be one-off abilities/passives that give bonuses from DEX as well - I'd imagine the rogue will have some.
Edited by Matt516, 22 August 2014 - 09:40 PM.