Is this player's advice outdated?
I play Luna and leveled up from 1-85 solo. All of my gear was obtained from quest rewards and event boxes for returning players, save for the Bolt which I think I either crafted or found somewhere along the way.
Currently I have:
+11 Shieldmaiden's Drees Booster V
+11 Shieldmaiden's Drees Engine V
+12 Shieldmaiden's Purified Prison Ring V
+12 Shieldmaiden's Purified Prison Necklace V
+10 Shieldmaiden's Purified Prison Crest V
+12 Ludwig's Agile Core V
+12 Ludwig's Booster
+11 Ludwig's Ring
+11 Ludwig's Necklace
+11 Ludwig's Crest
+11 Ideal Disaster Bolt V
With these pieces of gear, plus my PNA and costume, I have 541,654 Total Combat Power.
I met a player in game and asked for advice on how to get better gear and was told to do the Irina and David Lane training programs. This would give me bug lumps to craft the Judge Core, Booster and Bolt, and the Resistant Ring, Necklace and Badge which would be better than what I have and hold me over until I can get better gear.
So after three days of this player helping me clear Irina and David Lane, I crafted these six pieces, enhanced them to +12, tuned them to have physical properties and lubricated them to be Superior quality. I didn't bother installing chips since my current gear doesn't have any and I wanted to compare stats first. The player who had been helping me told me to replace my Shieldmaiden's accessories, so after equipping the set, I noticed my Total Combat Power was 375,824 (-165,830). I replaced my three Ludwig accessories with the Shieldmaiden's accessories I was told to replace and my combat power was 492,397 (-49,257). Re-equipping everything I had on originally, I tried mixing and matching different sets and found that of the six pieces I crafted, equipping just the Judge Bolt raised my Total Combat Power to 593,976 (+52,322).
I told this to the player who told me to craft these and they didn't understand how or why this could be the case. They asked if I enhanced the pieces, tuned them and chipped them, I told them I enhanced and tuned but didn't install chips. They told me to install chips, I told them that's stupid because this gear is obviously worse so why would I bother putting chips in it? According to this player, these pieces should have raised my TCP close to 1M and this always works for them, so they think I did something wrong.
What I'd like to know is: is the Irina and David Lane equipment now outdated and crafting them is a waste of materials, or are these pieces actually better than what I have despite them lowering my Total Combat Power by 49-165k?
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