Disagree with not specializing; that was the old logic. There are some damn fine specific-weapon nodes to grab since release.
Swords seem pretty awesome. The combined damage/life nodes in the Cruel Blade, Razor's Edge, and Slashing Comeback clusters are all very appealing, as are the damage/armour nodes in the Blade of Renown cluster.
The only way I'd imagine going axes is if I was in the Templar area (to grab Fell the Weak) and somehow wasn't going down towards the Duelist area of the tree. I don't really believe that those nodes alone would compel me to specialize, and there are no damage/life combo nodes for axes.
Hell, I'd consider maces more viable than axes. Baptism by Light ties with Fell the Weak, and the Smashing Blows cluster at least gives it some damage/life hybrid. And, as mentioned earlier, claws are pretty awesome, as are daggers.
Also considering that there are two types of swords (slashing and thrusting), which means specializing in them still leaves options open, and I'd enthusiastically say swords, assuming axes are the only competition.
I agree with [your QQ,] problem is, everything else I played makes me come back here. PoE fucks me better.
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Last edited by ScrotieMcB on December 1, 2013 8:01 AM