I'm baffled by the things i see here.. I've seen some screens of the TW characters and i saw that 99% of them had 40-45k HP at lvl65-70. And i come here and see people saying they have 45k HP at level 50 with a normal (+9) gear.
Obviously there's something wrong, if HP was so good then the TW players would get it, but they don't. And i AM talking about the hardcore, insanely geared players with a gear score of 400-500k.
I haven't seen anyone putting their points into HP. Even guardians and bards go for 99 points in evasion while having their damage reduction at 75%.
I think you are missing the point I was illustrating with my stats.
Of course it would be ridiculous for me to have 45K hp and being paper-thin with 2K def or less, under which situation HP would really be a poor buffer.
In the current CBT context, my def is already on par with the tankiest classes, having twice their HP on top of it brings me way ahead than just a couple of % more def in this context.
But if you compare me to a lv.18, my defense is godly, however if you compare me to a lv.70 it's definitely subpar (since % reduction is based on mobs of similar level)
I'm not saying go full HP and make your defense nonexistent. I'm saying if your defense/evasion is on par (be it with stat points or just gear alone), then HP definitely provides more benefits in return.
Taking your example in consideration to scale it accordingly, if both the lv.70 have capped Def and Evasion, who do you think will perform better the one with 40K hp or the one with 80K hp? Like wise, would the 2nd player be really more efficient with a raised virtual Def at 80% (virtual since cap is 75% but it's possible to go beyond to counter debuffs) and down to the same 40K hp, or is he just better with 75% reduction and 80K HP?
And for the people who frown so much about the use of HPs, How viable is a duelist at lv.65 with 14K hp or I would say 20K by that time?
EDIT: not even looking that far, how many of those 14K hp can 1-2 man Otherworld Skandia?
Am I the best player, absolutely not; I don't even like PVP, but whenever I duel, my DoT melts through those low HPs builds long before I can feel threatened. Just like against the tankiest classes, I survive easily stun combos.