Knicker is highly rated in APS (Awesome per second)
My currently highest-level character is a barbarian that wields a pair of Epic Templar’s Justice. I was quite pleased when I finished acquiring the pair, although Menace of the Underdark had been released the previous week, we hadn’t identified the various types of loot contained in the expansion pack yet, and as far as I knew, Knicker was legitimately holding the best possible dwarven axes in the game.
No she wasn’t, or at least I no longer think so, but at the time I didn’t yet know any better, and sometimes ignorance really is bliss.
A moment of bliss
But now I know about things like the Duergar Waraxe. And all of the new random loot prefixes and suffixes. And now I am no longer certain about anything.
The Duergar Waraxe has increased base damage AND a greater critical range. I would think that would mean more DPS. In fact I am pretty sure of it. But still, Templar’s Justice has all kinds of onboard effects – Radiance, Holy Burst, etc. – and that has to count for something. Plus Templar’s Justice will defeat damage resistance on a wide variety of opponents, especially as I added Alchemical Silver via the weapon’s Red Augment Slot.
I came across a forum thread that I hoped would provide some enlightenment, “Best Dwarf Axe in the game?” but no, people mentioned several candidates and vague assumptions but no facts. The thread left me just as uninformed as I began.
The tool is a little bit difficult to figure out, but once I got the hang of things I found that it takes awhile to completely model one weapon, and even then there is nothing to compare the resultant model against. If I had the stats of every possible contender for best d-axe and I had the time to create a complex model for each one, this would thoroughly and definitively answer my question.
But I don’t know all those stats and I don’t have that much patience. So instead, I am just going to guess.
I guess that the Duergar Waraxe is a better weapon against opponents that can be critical hit, have no damage resistance, and do not have special weaknesses against Light, Good or Holy.
I guess that the Epic Templar’s Justice will still do more damage against high damage resistance opponents.
I know that the axes I already have will be really a lot easier to find than the waraxes I do not have.
I’m going to file this away as a vague sort of goal – acquire a pair of Duergar Waraxes – but one without urgency. If I get there, yay, but if I don’t, that’s okay too.
In the meanwhile, I’m going to keep throwing around the axes I already have and be quite pleased to do so.
🙂 😀 🙂