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Join Date: Jan 2013
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# 25
01-25-2013, 02:11 AM
I don't think there actually is a Cryptic combat parser, but Bort's test seems to be rather dramatic: With enormous values like that, if the modifier were even slightly wrong, you'd get a massive gap between the defense and attack values, and you'd still thus have a misstastic lightshow.

It therefore seems likely that one of two things is occurring:
1. The combat parser in use is not correctly interpreting the data.
2. FAW fires upon bad targets in combat usage, thus resulting in higher levels of misses because those targets are not hittable to begin with.

Since I can't see any obvious flaw in Bort's testing methodology, and yet these two dramatically differing observations exist, there must be some missing link that explains this discrepancy, and one or both of those two seems to cover it.