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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,838
# 67
02-25-2014, 11:25 PM
Consider the following two statements:

1. When deciding between an additional [CrtH] modifier and an additional [CrtD] modifier, choose [CrtH] if your current crit severity is more than 10 times your current crit chance, and choose [CrtD] otherwise.

2. The optimal ratio of crit chance to crit severity is 1:10.

The two statements above are not equivalent. The first statement is mathematically accurate; the second is not. The second statement is not correct even when the only factors under consideration are base crit chance and base crit severity, the [CrtH] and [CrtD] weapon modifiers, and the skill Starship Energy Weapon Specialization.

Compare the following two cases:

Case A
Base: 2.5% crit chance, 50% crit severity
Starship Energy Weapon Specialization: 0 bars
Weapon modifiers: one [CrtH] modifier (+2% crit chance)
Total: 4.5% crit chance, 50% crit severity
Ratio: 4.5 / 50 = 0.09

Case B
Base: 2.5% crit chance, 50% crit severity
Starship Energy Weapon Specialization: 9 bars (+2% crit chance, +25% crit severity)
Weapon modifiers: none
Total: 4.5% crit chance, 75% crit severity
Ratio: 4.5 / 75 = 0.06

The ratio in case A is closer to 1:10 than the ratio in case B. But of course, case B is preferable, because the crit chance is the same in both cases and the crit severity is higher in case B.