Think about it this way, if you attack twice as often for half the damage and WS twice as often for half the damage, you're not actually breaking even since you're giving the mob twice as much TP.
Theoretically that is true, but I don't really care that I outparsed him by a decent margin, even if we did the same damage, it still shows that Fortitude Axe is a good axe to use vs that mob. And above 50% mobs will just sit on TP at 300%, so TP gain isn't as important as people once thought. If our alliance starts wiping, or mages running out of MP, I would consider TP gain, and adjust my build.
Also, straight up if you're attempting to prove a weapon's worth discount your parse values by at least 20% because the standard player you're parsing against isn't playing that aggressive because they don't have anything to prove
I would never compare parse values vs someone who wasn't as aggressive as me. Gixser and I always play aggressively, and have very similar play styles. He actually is usually more competitive then me, so I'm not worried that he is holding back, or being dumb enough to hold TP.
Was your friend immediately WSing at 100 TP or was he waiting slightly? He might not have waited full attack rounds, but he could have added the WS delay to his next attack round for a slight difference that would then be compounded each time he did it. Were either of you eating food? Did either of you use a specific gear set for Byakko's level of evasion?
It's just an unfortunate situation that unless you have two people equally invested in the parse you likely will get skewed results from the general player's sluggishness. Now if you can guarantee both people are as apathetic/aggressive then you can actually see how they compare. Typically trying to outdo friends/LS-mates for top damage helps keep it relatively accurate, but even then there is plenty of room for variation given such short sample sizes.
Yes he was using TP imediately, No he was not holding back, yes he is a linkshell mate equally trying to outparse me.
Many of my linkshell friends have random competitions to see who can do more dmg in various scenarios, or who can do a random higher spike WS, its how we have fun doing content that's 7 years old.
Oh and if you were curious, we both were using a relatively standard 410-420ish acc + Pizza +1 setup. We might have both done better with +1 sole, which of the top of my head would be like another 10% hitrate, but meh, byakko wasn't the only god we were knocking out, so pizza was on the table.
Again I am not saying Fortitude axe > perdu axe. I AM saying, that fortitude axe is perfectly acceptable vs higher end mobs, which is what 2 posters above me called into question, mainly the OP was wondering if he should try it.
Even if in the parses that I brought up, he out parsed me on those fights by a small amount, it doesn't really matter because it's close enough where any number of slight variables could have slanted it.
AGAIN, all I'm saying is that Fortitude Axe is a good axe vs gods, hnms etc for damage.