My Novel Rod+35 (Rising weapon Badge 5 cuz I didn't play long enough to do end game pso2 gear.) Has 223 base attack. If I'm not mistaken, that's 3 star base stats. even with the 10% or so increase I get from the legacy augments and the potential boost from being potential 3.(ended up not even using this rod) That makes it just slightly better than 3 star gear base.(i'm sure the end game gear is arguably better). and putting it closer to base 4 star stars. (NGS 4 stars start around 240ish base attack) So once said NGS 4 star is +40, affixed, and potential'd. In terms of raw numbers, they are 280ish base attack with the around 8% you can get with affixes, and no less than 21% potency boost from lvl 3 potential. Effectively, Anyone who had a pso2 base weapon grinded for ngs 1, 2 and 3, star rarity. And At least 2 star units at +10 effectively skipped 1-3 star gear in NGS with little to no repercussions. This saves you time and money to prepare a ngs 4 star with relative ease.
Right now, I think we deal so little damage and have so little base attack as it is that arguing which is better is kinda silly. My personal opinion is that right now people should aim for survivability. If you are dead, you are not contributing. And even if the revival system is much faster than it was and it's only a minor inconvenience, it is still down time. and could literally cost a group their gigantix kill right now. Though admittedly, if a single death was the determining factor, i'm sure there are bigger issues present. But more often than not, it isn't a single death in those fights.
Edit: Rising weapon badge 5