higher defense [...] base damage is really going to be noticeable.
If anything, not reaching fSTR cap is better for the lower base damage, if that's what you were attempting to refer to.
Otherwise no, Defense has nothing to do with Base Damage. Zilch. Nada.
The value of OAT GS is that it doesn't WS saturate nearly as much when you have Haste+Marches or Embrava, while still cranking out obscene numbers of Resolutions. Base damage is even less relevant with the obscene amounts of WSC being stacked by these WSes. What may look to you like a 50% loss in base damage is actually only a 25% loss or less after WSC and fSTR are tacked on (even fSTR caps have a base value, +8, that remedies much of the loss).
Just for kicks, with 170 STR, which is 144 WSC, OAT GS has 19 fSTR capped, for 267 base damage on Resolution. 2-4 still has 14 fSTR capped for 214 base WS damage, there's your mere 25% loss in WS damage. Ratio is a non-factor. Problem is OAT->2-4 is only a 42.8% increase in hits over time, and WS Saturation easily eats the rest even at nominal haste.
This is why you chose OAT as your GS: With Resolution GS is your better 'raw damage' weapon, especially meaning you're more likely to encounter the high haste situations that neuter 2-4.
2-4 Scythe has a different hook: 5-hit with 4-hit round potential makes for a sharp drop in effective hitbuild. Even still it averages 2 hits per round for 2 rounds per cycle when you don't get that ~12.5% single-round proc.
So yes, you're derping pretty hard. The reason you don't bring 2-4 to Legion or Voidwatch is a matter of WS Saturation and the ridiculous buffs giving pretty much any weapon an effective 2- or 3-hit build, not somehow because of low base damage It is a matter of mechanics, not stats, but some or most people only understand stats and only want more of them.
People use Ragnarok because of Resolution being sexy, the non-Aftermath Occasional 2.5x Damage, Base Damage (fairly irrelevant for reasons given), +40 Accuracy, and +14% crit rate (nice, but it's only ~+36% damage when you crit at capped 2-hander attack) and because Voidwatch favors vanilla weapons so much. Watch Voidwatch die off and OAT will start topping Rag easily because of how Reso's WSC overbalances base weapon damage and Attack+Accuracy fall off in need.
Really though, people are using Ragnarok because it's the f*ck of the month and can be practically bought these days, while OAT actually takes work
. The era of 'Buy a DRK' (when LS-abusing RDMs would snatch up DRK gear and it was a gamble if they'd show up in Adaberk/Homam or 5/5 Abyss to MJSP parties) has returned.
You're stuck in the pre-Merit-WS era when Base Damage was a much larger component of WS output. Protip: It isn't anymore. 2-4 isn't just for 'fodder' mobs, but any lowman content with limited buffs and/or multiple targets.
OAT GS, 2-4 Scythe. A DRK with only one weapon is retarded and/or useless. Edited, Jun 28th 2012 5:33am by Raelix