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8-02-2011 @ 2:31PM
The AP coefficient for instant weapon strikes that use a percentage of your mainhand is normalized at 3.3 weapon speed. It's been like that for years. If it's changed since then, I haven't heard about it. And no, you're not wrong, average weapon damage is most important. It's generally true, however that the range of damage a weapon will have is consistent(IE the same min-max spread) so if you look at the top-end damage, it gives you a pretty good idea of what the average weapon damage is. It's a somewhat... lazy... way of evaluating an upgrade but it's usually right. Much like evaluating a weapon based on weapon speed is usually right when comparing two items of the same item level and dps.
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