voice has a good point, however i look at it like this
bear vs wolf
more def (last longer) + more life (last longer) + one frame faster (more avg dmg per sec) vs more ar (more chances to hit, so more avg dmg per sec) + less life + less defense.
IMO, The Ar on fireclaws is abundant, i find it to be "enough". With the werebear, you hit 4fpa, the speed is just incredible that compensates for the lower ar compare to the werewolf.
I agree kaz i use wb 95% of the time .. but when your up against a pally w/ 25-30k def ... the ar bonus tends to help a lot more than bear mods IMO. I would never of tried it but i was dueling a pally w/ mass defence and 1 hit would take him down to around 1/4 life ... but i just couldnt get 2 hits on him ... so i was like hey lets try wolf form for ar ... i started beating him consistently. It works for me anyways so i just thought i would post it :surprise: as another option
Basically, this means that since the wolves get an inherant IAS bonus, they're wias breakpoints are more spread out (to prevent them from becoming too godly) but since bears lack this inherant bonus, their bp's are closer together (maybe blizz screwed up... or maybe they just felt sorry for the bears)
i think it is also skill dependent b/c if you recall in 09 a ed/ias x 3 caddy would hit 4 frames on a wolf ... but wouldnt hit 4 frames on any bear, rule of thumb always use caculator before investing in a weapon.