Today brings more news. Newer news. Bigger news about two-handed weapons. Yep, you guessed it… BIGGER NUMB3RS!
Diablo 3 Two-Handed Weapon Damage Bonus Buffed Again:
So either buff two handers below lvl 70, or remove the damage reduction for crusader below lvl 70. Either one is fine with me.
Grimiku: We’re planning on expanding the level range for the retroactive damage buff to 2-handed weapons, so that it will include item levels 10-70 in patch 2.1. One of the benefits of this change is that it should help lower level Crusaders feel like Heavenly Strength is still a good choice. The percent of increased damage will still be based on the weapon speed, and not based on item level. So, lower level items will receive the same base percent damage increase as their higher level counterparts.
Additionally, we’re adjusting the amount of increased damage from 23-26% to 26-30%.
What about the 2H Bows and Xbows you forgot about the DH again we don’t need buf on the weapons just gonna plat sentries we have the M6… what if someone don’t have the set of don’t want to use it?!?
Grimiku: Currently the changes to increase baseline 2-handed weapon damage will only be for melee, since 2-handed ranged weapons are already performing the way we want them to.
John Yang: Currently, 2-Handed Crossbows/Bows are very competitive with 1-Handed Crossbows because Demon Hunters can use a quiver with any bow type and as a result, 2-Handed Crossbows/Bows do not require a rebalance.
Most of the comments you guys left on the two-handed buff news last week felt that the damage buff wasn’t big enough, and that just adding damage might *never* be enough to offset the loss of 4-6 additional primary affixes and maybe a second legendary affix that characters get from an off-hand or dual wielding. (Especially for Hardcore, because survival.) I don’t see 4% more damage changing that issue at all. Seems to me 2H weapons still need to jump up to 6 primary affixes, or get a second socket, or they’ll continue to be ignored aside in a very few mega-damage cases, such as Skorn from D3v.