I would also avoid using fusetto. If we are talking about dream builds with rare gear, there is no reason to be using the "easy" dagger from magians. The Kilas and the OAT Parazonium are far superior daggers. Even if acc is capped, Flame Kila/Paraz is the best non-relic level dagger combo you can get.
One should only make serious concessions to get more STP if you are a 2hander aiming at an X hit build. For example, going from a 7hit to 6hit as a 2hander is 20% increase in WS frequency. 6hit to 5hit is a 25% increase in WS OVER the 6hit. (7hit=WS+6 melee, 6=WS+5hit, 5=WS+4hit etc). Combine this with the fact that most 2handers overall damage is skewed much more towards WS and away from DPS to begin with and it makes perfect since to sacrifice damage for STP to increase the frequenct of their powerful WS.
Thf doesnt work this way. My Drg/Sam will usually be 50% WS, 40% melee, 10% jump damage. My thf will be closer to 60% melee, 40% WS with SA/TA falling under both categories depending on how much i stack SATA with WS. 2handers also have MUCH more consistency in their TP gain. The WS return far more consistent TP returns. Their TP from WS to 100tp is much more predictable. Thf is very difficult to even theorycraft TP gain due to DA, TA, lower acc than other melees, wildly variable WS returns, all compounded by Dual wield.
More of our damage comes from melee than WS. It is backwards to sacrifice melee damage for more WS unless it is a LOOOOT of STP for minimal loss in melee. Things like brisk mask do that without much, if any, negative tradeoffs. Fusetto takes a dive as your weapon is the single most important item to determine your melee DPS. Kila(str if acc cap, dex if not)+Paraz are going to beat the pants off of any fusetto combo and still net awesome TP gain due to paraz (and possibly acc from dex kila).
Otherwise, STP "builds" are fine so long as you dont get so caught up in it that you choose poor gear. But if the STP item is better than the alternative, you should be using it anyway (see skadi legs at lv 75). I guess what im saying is that STP "builds" shouldnt be neccessary because if the piece is good enough to warrent use, it would be used over the alternatives anyway. So if the best gear all has STP on it (goading/brisk/Skadi legs etc) then its not a 'STP build' its the 'ideal build' in general. When people talk about DA builds, STP builds, Crit builds, i immediately get a negative reaction because the idea being put forth is usually to sacrifice perfectly good gear to get more of your "XX build" stat which never makes any since. If the pieces can stand alone, they will stand as a set (see skadi legs). Fusetto is falling into the trap of "It has XX stat and i want an XX Stat build!" even though it is inferior in ANY build. (Its a great dagger, i use it now, but it is not the BEST dagger. As soon as my kila's and Paraz are done, its gone until we see what the expansion of the magian stuff gives come lv 90+)
Edited, Aug 17th 2010 3:15pm by Banalaty
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