Does axe mastery work for Lacerators and Glimmershreds? If it does then I'm killing two stones with one bird. I can make a berzerk (using a 1H zerker axe rare or something)/throw barb variant.
Plus, for those throw barb vets: does hell difficulty make it seriously difficult for a throw barb? I want to start one but i don't quite know what kind of difficulties I will face. I do know that throw barbs aren't cookie cutters but still, some advanced warnings would be good.
I have decent equipment so that won't be a problem.
"Does axe mastery work for Lacerators and Glimmershreds?"
As far as I know they do except when you throw them, at that point only throw mastery is effective.
Hell is not easy for a thrower but it can and has been done. I tried a dual gimmer thrower on the realms, but did not get too far into hell (and it was HC). Frankly I found it a bit boring to play since repairs are so tedious.
I went for a thrower/berserker hybrid which did not work well. Maxing double throwings synergy seems a better deal and gimmers do plenty of elemental damage for those PI's anyway. Either use warcry to stun enemy's or use a holy freeze merc for crowd control and loose damage (since you wont have a might merc in that case).
I was never able to try a dual larcerator barb which might actually work a bit better so I cant advise on that.