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7-30-2011 @ 12:25PM
Figgy, I can call you Figgy right?Top end does indeed matter. 2 weapons that have the same Average DPS but different speeds do NOT perform the same, the slower weapon will ALWAYS perform BETTER. Top end is DIRECTLY RELATED TO WEAPON SPEED. Since instant attacks are based on the weapon's damage the slower weapon (which has the higher top end to keep the average DPS equal) will do MORE DAMAGE than the faster one.Eg. Reclaimed Ashkandi and Shalag'doom are both 359 ilvl, both have 623.3 average DPS, both have 341 strength and 228 crit, both have a precision based secondary stat at 228. However, Reclaimed Ashkandi will put out significantly higher DPS than Shalag'doom due to it's higher top end (as we are assuming both properly gemmed and 26 expertise and 8% hit while using a single weapon), the higher damage range makes those instants hit harder, especially when you add in the other bonuses you are bound to have (like 3% increased critical strike damage from your Meta). With some specs, "white damage" is not nearly as big a part of overall DPS as "yellow damage". Also, would you rather see a 30k crit or a 40k crit? If you need to burst something down (like a boss's shield or some pesky add that explodes) your instant attacks become much more important, making the top end gap much more noticeable.
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