"Basically the question is, does Intelligence of the player actually matter if they invest more time into the game?"
Just like almost any other MMORPG. The more time you invest, the stronger your avatar becomes thus trivializing much of what the game has as a challenge.
In wakfu's case, leeching and multi-accounting is promoted by Ankama to the point of almost being a necessity.
Sure, a lowbie that only has 1 account will find the game VERY challenging at first.
1. Their ability levels.
2. Their lack of skill points into passive's and actives.
*Most classes don't even really become "viable" until they've maxed out 2-3 "Masteries".
3. The sheer amount of farming/grinding required to level any profession, past 20.
So once they've gotten to about lv50-60 they can solo most dungeons and they've always got the "option" to buy more accounts and create their own "grind group" if they're having a hard time finding people to farm stuff with or simply want all the loot/kama to themselves.
Basically, now they're mass farming mats and since wakfu favors Power/Luck > Skill/Knowledge, they don't really need to worry bout tactics at all at this point and just plow through content to mindlessly collect loot, again and again. (rinse/repeat as needed).
Sure frigost was a bit different at first and required a little bit of "intellegence" as to what you're doing. but in the end, those "challenges" really didn't matter either.
Well, lets refer back to your question:
"does Intelligence of the player actually matter if they invest more time into the game?"
If you do any of these:
2. Wear gear your own level.
Then even the Frigost mobs don't require much "intelligence" to beat, because you've got raw power backing you up, due to the sheer amount of time you've invested.
No. the more time you invest into wakfu, the less "intelligence" is required by the game.
If you want a game to challenge you, play a MOBA.
As a point of reference, for anyone curious about the difference between most MMOs like Wakfu and a game that challenges you:
Skip to 4mins 50seconds.
This post has been edited by ShadowFacts - May 15, 2013, 22:06:40.