I'm getting annoyed at the influx of dual wield barbs that have their breakpoint optimization completely messed up.
It's practically an epidemic. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Nived and PhatPho's old threads going over the basics haven't seen much light of day lately, and we're getting a lot of people from other classes looking for quick paragons.
I cringe every time I see barbs built on obviously high budgets make really fundamental mistakes. First I think to myself, oh, another sheet DPS chaser, but now it's crossing my mind that they just don't know any better, because I swear that 90% of the dual wield barbs I see these days are geared like this.
Here are some of the main offenses.
-If you are using an axe and don't know what you're doing, chances are you're doing it wrong.
-If you are using more than one out of the following, you're probably doing it wrong; lacunis, inna's, tal's chest, witching hour
-If more than 4 pieces of your gear have an IAS mod on them, chances are you're doing it wrong. Count them.
-If your echoing fury is in your mainhand, chances are you're doing it wrong.
-If war cry shows up on your skill bar, you're doing it wrong.*
-If bash shows up on your skill bar, you're also likely doing it wrong.*
*unless you're in hardcore
There are exceptions to every rule, but the bottom line is that you don't want to be wasting any IAS. Worse still, is wasting an entire slot or even two. Whirlwind and sprint have breakpoints, and they're far apart from each other. The 3 most common ones are 2.5, 2.86 and 3.33. Wide gap between each of them.You don't want to be in some messy grey area like 2.7 aps with any of your weapons. If you are, much of your IAS is completely useless. Those affixes could have been used for something contributing real damage, like strength, crit damage or +damage instead. The worst is doing something like using inna's for a wasted IAS slot because then you've just gimped yourself out of strength, vit and ar together. Bad.
Axes are not always bad, but if you don't know what you're doing, they will gimp your damage heavily versus a mace. To put it simply, the echoing fury is a mace. If you use a rare mace (without any IAS mods on the weapon) with the echoing fury, they will swing at the same speed. If you use an axe, it can swing faster. A 1.3 APS axe equipped with a 1.45 EF will put the EF at 1.6 APS with no buffs and no IAS, and the axe at 1.7 APS.
What this means is that you have to have the axe and the EF at different breakpoints to take advantage of the axe's higher attack speed. If you don't, the axe will just be a weaker-hitting version of a mace, which is what nearly every barb using an axe ends up doing.
Why I can guess that a barb using an axe is put together badly 99% of the time without even taking a close look at the gear is because there's really only one good way to use one, and that's with 5 slots of exactly 9% IAS with a +.25 EF. No 8%'s anywhere, no +.24's. 6 slots of IAS can be tolerable if they're done right, but cramming that many slots in without making major sacrifices elsewhere is virtually impossible.
Don't use an axe unless you know what you're doing. Just go with a mace to make your life easy. Look at the weapon damage range, don't let the weapon DPS of the axe fool you.
Mainhand EF, almost always bad but BigBaller & co will throw a tantrum at me for saying it. Obvious reason is that there's tons of fear. Bad. More subtle reason is that rend resets tornado tick frequency to the mainhand frequency. With EF mainhand setups, the offhand will be either a sword or dagger, and they will swing faster than the EF. By resetting to the mainhand frequency, you're not taking advantage of the high attack speed of the sword/dagger, and you're getting no benefit at all from them and are additionally suffering from the relatively low damage range of most EF's when compared to most maces. If you're not using rend, it'll be somewhat unpredictable how fast you're swinging, which isn't really a good thing either.
If you don't want to be fussed with a lot of effort and cost in optimizing a barb properly, get a mace, an EF with +.24 aps or higher, and 4 slots of 8%+ IAS. The really cookie cutter setup we used to beat into peoples' heads in the old days. If you want to go beyond that, take a lot of care with selecting how much IAS you're getting and where you're putting it. And use d3rawr's tdps calculator while planning.