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Best Axe for Barb

Discussion in 'Barbarian' started by Paulsummoner, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. Paulsummoner

    Paulsummoner Banned

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    Best Axe for Barb

    Hi What is the best Axe for ww BvBer and why. Why axe is better than sword, I heard something about Critical strike, that it is higher with axes and what about damage.
    Any help will be apreciated.
     
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    Use the search function.

    Critical strike thing is total BS, swords and axes have the same CS rate with mastery; they might have been referring to Death Cleaver, which has a high DS rate. Axes are better than swords because the berserker axe has the best average 1h damage of any weapon in relation to it's speed, has low requirements, hit the max range of a 1h weapon, can get 6 sockets, can be used in the blood recipe, has nice uniques, and can be used in every important runeword available. The low base speed also makes it easier to hit breakpoints with "normal swing" attacks (conc, berserk, stun, bash), and easier to hit the minimums for whirlwind.

    -Hal
     
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    Thanks man, you certainly helped, and one more question, what runeword is best for BvBer, inserted in Zerk axe?
     
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    Yes man! He just answered that by mentioning the Zerker like 100 times!
     
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    I mean: what runeword?
     
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    eBotD. dont know about ladder tho. to hell with ladder chars.
     
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    ladder: grief
    nonladder: ebotd
    2nd hand weapon: beast
     
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    And what about death cleaver? Isn't it's Deadly strike good?
     
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    Death Cleaver is a very nice budget weapon (expensive if you get an eth one), but most people still take eBotD/Grief over it.

    -Hal
     
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    I was thinking here, what if I do like this:
    Death cleaver with ohm, damage will be: 409 and 66% deadly strike.
    Highlord's wrath, death strike 37 %
    Axe mastery lvl 20 is 21% critical strike.
    As we can count only for Death cleaver and highlord's wrath, it is allready 66+37=103% death strike or simply double damage.
    Are my calculations correct?
     
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    I believe it caps out at 95, technically, but either way, people generally find eBotD to be superior, if I recall correctly. A non-eth DC with Ohm wouldn't be as powerful as an eth one with Zod, if you could manage it.

    -Hal
     
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    But why, it is the same +50% damage.
     
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    No, eth damage bonus applies before all other damage bonuses, making it do a good deal more.

    Example: weapon that does 100 base damage, and we'll apply 500% ed.

    Weapon with Ohm = 550% damage; 100 * 6.5 = 650 damage

    Eth version of the weapon; 100 * 1.5 = 150; 150 * 6 = 900 damage.

    That's why.

    -Hal
     
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    I didn't know that difference is so huge, thank you again, you helped a lot again.
     
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    I dont think there is a cap on DS.Well damage wise-BOTDvscleaver depends on your ammy,if you use angelics eth Cleaver is superior,if you use wrath botd is.

    Rik
     

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