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1-handers are useful for activating on hit effects and rapidly generating hatred. Anything that benefits from spammy use will work best with 1-handers, which will provide the fastest attack speeds.
2-handers are best used with high cost, massive damage abilities. However, I imagine at some point, the hatred generation capabilities of 1-handers may eclipse the burst damage of 2-handers over extended fights if you can manage to acquire two excellent hand xbows.
1-handers will benefit the most from flat damage increases (ie. increases damage by 10-20), 2-handers will benefit highly from % damage increases and increased hatred regeneration stats. Depending on what gear you have, one set may be better than the other.
I run with increased max discipline on a quiver and heavy dexterity/vitality items, so I mostly use a 2-handed bow. Once I hit max level, I'm going to try to find a good pair of 1-handed xbows and migrate to on hit effects.
Your rune selection will also make a difference. Running with bat companion will favour slow 2-handers, however, using augmented hatred generators (like tinkerer grenades) will favour faster 1-handers.
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