Pixie Earring is just lame hollow, fowling, assault, and hell even diabolos are better. Just because gear drops off KB does not make it good, only thf really should use it.
I know you're saying inb4 GAX but /Nin really will really make your damage cry. Ridill should be mainly used for 1 thing now, drk zerg. It's not terrible or anything but Ridill Wars are far from the pinnacle of their full potential.
Greataxe only (just like dual wield only before it) bugs me. Man/joy, man/ridill & ridill/joy builds still work very well, even my current man/joy setup (the weakest of the 3) has yet to be outparsed /nin against /nin in merits by a greataxe war with gear close to my own.
As for /nin killing your damage, being dead kills it more. You should sub whatever works best in a given situation & you use whatever weapons suit you & the situation you're using them in. If you only ever sub /sam, you may aswell level something else because you missed the point of the job.
I wish more people would think like this. Yes
, WAR/SAM with GAX has potential to do more damage. However, in the last few days, the kind of dmg I have been doing whilst /NIN, I would have been DEAD long before, if I was /SAM GAX.
Ridill allows you to maintain a decent damage output and still have a hell of a lot of survivability. It allows you to go all out, balls to the wall, like you wish you could on /SAM, equivalent of riding Hasso and Retaliation 100% of the time and not holding back in the slightest when you pull hate.
People really need to stop hating on Ridill. Yes, it's great that GAX is so good now but the amount of people that continue to put down Ridill just to make themselves feel better for not having it, is just stupid (Yes, I used to be one of these people.)
It dramatically increases the job, almost on par with how a relic weapon can change your play style completely (hi2u apoc). But sure, if you guys want to carry on thinking it's useless, that's fine by me. Makes it less likely to be nerfed <3.
The LS gave me a choice between either the first Ridill or the first E.Body. Statistically, yes, the E.Body is better and I'm sure if I posted a thread here asking for you guy's advice, I would have been told E.Body. However, I do not regret my decision in the slightest and I would most certainly do it again.
That said, I still use my Great Axe for high def situations and Polearm when necessary. Warrior is the master of many weapons, not the master of one.
Edit: Just wanted to add this. I always used to suffer from the following dilemma with Great Axe:
1) WAR/SAM would do great damage and pull so much hate that I would be an MP sink or struggle to stay alive. So I'd want to switch to /NIN
2) WAR/NIN would do lesser damage and I'd almost never pull hate unless I did so intentionally (and I don't exactly have bad gear). This pretty much made the sub pointless to use because I was never using Utsusemi anyway.
3) So I'd go back to /SAM and once again get beaten into the ground, so I'd want to go back to /NIN.
I no longer suffer from this problem because I just go /NIN when it's convenient and /SAM when it's not. My damage difference is minimal between the two.
Edit2: Just to clear things up, everyone else passed Pixie Earring and it was free lot. I realise that Pixie Earring sucks but this thread has been very helpful because it opened up my eyes to the possibility that Brutal Earring isn't the end all, be all. So, thanks :) Edited, May 17th 2009 8:21pm by TheSecretOfHorutoto