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axe or sword...

Discussion in 'Barbarian' started by determined, May 24, 2008.

  1. determined

    determined IncGamers Member

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    axe or sword...

    im a PvM Whirlwind barb and can't decide which route to go...I already have a BoTDz and a Grief pb but I want to get both weapons to be of teh same type (either pb or z) so I can only put points into 1 weapon mastery and have both weapons benefit...just wondering, which is better for a WW barb - 2 phase blades or 2 zerker axes? thx
     
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    Re: axe or sword...

    It appears axes are better for the following reasons:
    1. Lower requisites to weild
    2. Beast is axe only and give Fanatacism - great for dual weilders.
    3. Bezerker Axes have the best average damage - 47.5 for speed 0
    the equivalent sword has only damage 45.
    4. Your Gold Find Axe is the Runemaster (Speed 10 = 8 FPA) with 5 Lem Runes (75% GF each) = 375 GF

    In favour of swords:
    1.Phase Blades
    Which are sooo fast (-30) and indestructible - no pesky repair costs. Greif Phase Blades are exellent - speed combined with that max damage stat.

    2. Your GF Sword is Ali Baba Lem Lem (Speed 20 = 10FPA)
    2.5 GF / Character Level + 150. At lvl 80 = 350 GF

    Some examples to Reach the -34 WW Breakpoint:
    Breath of the Dying - Ethereal Ettin Ax 49.5*1.5 Average damge
    vs
    Ethereal Colosus Blade 45*1.5 Average damge

    Grief Bezerker Axe - requires 34+ IAS on rune word, but has much higher base damage than PB (33 Av)

    If your playing PvM having two Ethereal weapons is a great advantage. Repairing rune words is outrageously expensive, you really dont have much choice but to use Ort runes and tp scrolls in the Horadric Cube, which is a pain.
     
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    Re: axe or sword...

    One more thing - Sword Barbs look COOLER!!
     

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