LfB is a bad rune for higher MPs. You don't see barbs crying because throw barbs suck in MP10, do you?
Also.. You can't take a random set of gear, slap it on a build and say it sucks. If you have a CA quiver+SOJ, and spec Vengeance/NS/Grenadier, you get 5 shots, not 3.
Again, I'm not disagreeing that CA is underpowered compared WoL/COB or RF, but let's at least compare apples to apples.
I don't think you see where we are coming from. Similarly, you don't see DHs crying because Elemental Arrow sucks in MP10. Before 1.0.8, CA together with ST are considered the top damage dealers and should be comparable to HOTA if you want to compare apple to apple, but....
Luckily, Blizz save some DHs' life with RF buff.
The purpose of the test was just to show how bad hatred spender skill's dmg compared to non hatred spender skills. There is nothing to do with gears bonuses, of which we definitely know the positive results.
Eh, I can kind of see where Blizz was going with their thought process. For example, let's compare vs HOTA. Here's what they were thinking:
-HOTA is 400%, because CA is ranged it should do less damage..so they reduce it to 300.
-DHs have natural Hatred regeneration, which can be increased to ~10/sec. Barbs don't. So DHs skill must cost more. They're logical thoughts on paper that mostly fail in real play.
If they decide to balance out CA by say.. reducing base cost to 40 and upping the base damage to 350 (and LfB to ~550), I'd be all for it. Before RF buff, I ran CA on my DH. Dazzling Arrow and cluster bombs are actually very powerful on MP10 and let you facetank as well as Traps/RF.