How Runewords Runed Diablo. Is anybody else kind of disappointed the post-1.09 runewords have really had a negative impact on the utility of rare and magic items you could get? Runewords, for the most part, aren't that difficult to build. Grief, for instance, is merely two high runes in a regular old phase blade. Meanwhile, you could shop your whole life, find an item with all of the greatest stats and it would still be vastly inferior to runeword options. I cooked this up in a thought experiment. Ethereal Master's Fool's Cruel Berserker Axe of Quickness Restoration Amplify Damage Socketed with a Realgar Carmine Crimson Jewel of Wrath Bliss Glacier Damage: 236-684 +480% Damage +18 Minimum Damage +67 Max Damage +40% Increased Attack Speed +1883 Attack Rating 5% Chance to Cast Level 1 Amplify Damage 5-15 Cold Damage Repairs Durability This has perfect mods primarily focused on damage maximization. At 460 average damage, it is only marginally more powerful than Grief PB's 433, but is far slower and lacks the 20% DS. I threw in Amplify Damage, but that's available through other items, and often not even preferable in builds. If you put these all onto a two-handed weapon, it could be better, but BotD or Death would still probably be superior. Ethereal Master's Mechanic's Cruel Thunder Maul of Quickness Restoration Amplify Damage Socketed with 2x Ohm Damage: 322-1755 +550% Damage +40% Increased Attack Speed 5% Chance to Cast Level 1 Amplify Damage Repairs Durability That's 1039 average damage vs. about 800 from BotD. But this misses out on the wonderful mods like Death's ~50% DS & CB; BotD's 60% IAS, LL, ML, Stats, etc.. You'd have to overcompensate with other gear selections for this brutal power output. The point being that given the fortuitousness of actually landing something like this, don't you think that rare items should at least have the capacity to outshine these cheesy runewords? Magical items, too. Given their lack of extra mods, shouldn't their top tier mods have the capacity to overdo damage. Cruel, for example, tops out at 300% damage, which is less than about 20 runewords which have all sorts of other ridiculous mods.