I was speaking with someone new to Achaean combat recently and she asked me how I rated myself. I said that I was a mid-level combatant because I understand my class very well and I can beat the people I'm supposed to beat, but I don't have the overall Achaean combat knowledge to beat nearly anyone.
She asked me if that was what constituted being a mid-level combatant. I told her that's what it meant to me but that it was different for everyone.
So, Achaean combatants, what is your definition of low/med/high level combatants? Here's mine:
Low: Usually has trouble understanding why they lost a fight. Doesn't use their class skills effectively in normal melee. Doesn't know when to run or why. No concept of timing for things like rebounding/herb balance.
Mid: Understands why they lose fights but doesn't always have a counter for it. Uses their class skills effectively but may not have advanced strategies for doing so. Runs at the appropriate times but may have trouble with people who run from them. Is able to track things like rebounding/herb balance and use it to their advantage. Able to anticipate opponent's strategies on the fly but isn't always able to overcome.
High: Always knows why they lost a fight and is able to devise a counter for it. Uses their class skills differently against different people to maximize advantages. Runs strategically to set up their opponent for a kill. Takes advantage of things like rebounding/herb balance to maximize effectiveness. Recognizes changes in strategy mid-fight and can adjust.
NOTE: This is not a thread for saying "Soandso is a lowbie fighter trollolol." No need to call anyone out in a negative way. However, if you'd like to say nice things about people, go right ahead.