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4-09-2009 @ 8:50PM
Dear Queue,RE: Item levelI have always assumed that level of an item (i.e. 226 dagger or something) was simply a method for roughly categorizing the "epicness" of said item. When I read the latest Rogue column, I started to wondering if an item's level, in and of itself, contributed in anyway to its effectiveness of the item. If stats were equal would a 225 sword be better than a 195 sword? KittrellUldaman
4-09-2009 @ 11:36PM
The ilvl of an item is what determines the stats on the item. It's basically a stat budget. So a 225 has a higher stat budget than a 195 and could not have the exact same stats. The only reason a 195 could be as good or better for your char than a 225 is the relevance of the allotted stats to your spec.
4-09-2009 @ 11:52PM
Item level determines the number of stats to be assigned to a given piece of armor or weapon. In general, it can be expected that the higher the number, the better the weapon will be.The thing is, however, that increasing how MANY stats is no guarantee that the stats will be used in the best way for a given spec, class, or fill in the specific stats that an actual player needs given his actual equipment. For example, rogues have been passing on most of the epic dagger drops because, while "better", the slow attack speeds were less useful for that rogue in particular.Think of item level like talent points for your gear. Where those points are placed has a bigger impact on how well you do than simply how many points you have, but it's still better to have as many as possible.You can search WoWWiki for the actual formula believed to be used (just search for "Item Level"). It's somewhat complicated and more than a little arcane (and probably at least somewhat mistaken, since it's being reverse engineered) but it's there if you need it.A 225 sword and a 195 sword would not have the same stats, and hence would not be equal.
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