By the way, even with DW1 THF/WAR > THF/NIN for pure damage at 85.
In pure damage output, probably.
But I have serious doubts that it will be viable a lot of the time. I can see it maybe for tanked fights but I have only been in one abyssea alliance maybe where I could have lived without seriously holding back.
If mobs are dying fast enough its not an issue. THF/WAR just has no defense....nothing to mitigate damage. One of the bigger draws for /nin for me has always been the ability to go balls to the wall whether you are tanking the whole time or not.
You really have to worry about pulling hate as /war which to me seems like it would require you to cater your performance to it too much for it not to be a hinderance to your overall output.
So I just had my first full abyssea alliance as THF/WAR (low 84 to 85 + capped merits.)
It was definately...different for me. I have never been a big /war fan. Your mages will need to cure you. WHM/SCH was able to keep me with stoneskin up a lot of the time though. I heard "WTF are you doing THF/WAR" No no, dear alliance, I will not be pulling for you today mwah ha ha!" But I found that after they saw my first SADE (just SADE...well with multi procs from god I assume) that topped 3200 damage (on vultures in Miseraux Coast...yes they were IT ones), they were not complaining at all about having to support me.
And I find that as we get buffed, so do our support. With good mages and DD's its a lot more than viable than I thought it would be for me. You will definately NEED some kind of Osh*t set for max evasion or -PD% or something.
But I really have to say...I didn't hate it at all. It's damage was superior to /nin, no question. If you are going into a party where you aren't sure there will be top notch DD's to take hate back from you, I'd still /nin becuase death awaits you.
But holy sh*t man. Constant temp items + stat boosts + zerk + etc.....is pretty crazy. My attack was mid 800's most of the time without any BRD or COR buffs and I was outparsing all the DD's that were getting them.
I would say, that if SE gave us something in the way of a native ability to defend ourselves (like third eye or seigan or something)....THF/WAR would be OP. Edited, Sep 11th 2010 12:53am by ThiefKiller