Actually, it could make a difference. As Thf WS gear at the upper end is primarily heca gear, its rather easy (with good gear) to shoot past the Fstr level in merits and other easier things. Id need to double check, but I believe blaus Fstr cap on birds is 103 (its 103-4, think 3). Whatever the case, im currently +1 str over the cap on Blau/sirocco on solo DE (HH). I drop HH on stacked, and will ultimately get a skadi to make HH mannequin fodder.
I dont have a Nhead and only 2/5 str merits currently and a lolMithra str. If your any other race/HH/Nhead/5str etc, many people are guaranteed to overshoot Fstr cap on daggers on a lot of day-to-day mobs. If i finished my Str merits, id be one over on loibri. If I get Nhead, i have a LOT of str at my disposal. If i were a hum/elvaan/galka id be waay overkill on a huge number of things.
Anyway, long story short. If we get something comparable to blau DPS but say, 1-2 less base damage on WS, the Fstr for some pimped Thfs might make up that 1-2 anyway on all but HNMs making net WS damage the same or improved negating the main/sub issue.
Edited, Jul 24th 2009 8:49pm by Banalaty
first of all, blau weapon rank is 2, and the competitors we might imagine are going to be 3, so it's not going to be "1-2 BD" but rather just 1 (unless the competitor is batardeau, p.harpe, or mandau). 9*1=9, 9*2=18, 9*3=27, 9*4=36;;;.
second, 1 higher weapon rank means 1 more base damage when you cap fSTR of course. so, say you're fighting gcolibri and you go from blau's rank2 to hypothetical's rank3. assuming you had DEX and CHR = 60 (to lower base damage and be generous) you'd get at most 1.3% WS DoT from 1 higher weapon rank. stack it with SA or TA and that number plummets.
sure, 1% or < 1% is a difference, but i don't see adding 1% to your WS damage tipping the scales in one of these comparisons.
by the way, if lobi was asking about blau's weapon rank and i misinterpreted the question, no you're not wrong, blau uses pre-latent weapon rank. if you were asking about the weapon rank of the new weapons like i thought (which in hindsight wouldn't make sense for dagger since the damage will be between 27 and 36 one way or the other), i don't know.