Olorinus the Vile wrote:
I have NEVER played with someone else that had the exact same bar as me, even on the same class. We may "have" the same skills but we don't all use the same skills or combine them the same way. So yeah. You're wrong. Period.
Then one player will be the best, and every other player will be subpar.
If SE makes challenging PVE endgame content, then inevitably the theorycrafters will find optimal tanking, DPS, and healing builds. This means that all good tanks will have the same bar, all good DPS will have the same bar, and all good healers will have the same bar.
Yeah, I somehow doubt that. I agree that some skills will be pretty mandatory, but I think most of it will be situational. I mean, I can see situations for example, where EVERYONE in the party has featherfoot on their bar (to avoid some sort of horrible AOE move) - but then other mobs or battles won't have that requirement.
The one thing I think we can count on is that people will change their bars according to the situation.
I am also doubtful that theorycrafters will have an easy time of figuring out what is truly best at anything. The possible combinations are already pretty huge just at R50 - when we are at R75 - and when more jobs are added?!? I am not a math person, so I can't tell you the number of possible skill combinations available RIGHT NOW, but I think that it would be incredibly hard to test them all against each other. I'm sure it isn't impossible, but I am doubtful it will be done with any haste... and then MORE jobs will be added.
Also as more classes are added, the fact is that although some skills will be seen as super essential, a great part of the playerbase simply won't have them - not for a long time anyway. I mean look at what people are suggesting they would like for their "ultimate bar" already - and then tell me that won't take a LONG time to get? And this is before level cap raise and before jobs are added...
So yeah maybe there will be a few people with what they think is the ultimate bar but
a) They will have a devil of a time proving it truly is the ultimate bar
b) They will constantly need to re-evaluate the bar in light of new jobs
c) In the end, situations will trump even parsers