I am trying to determine which is best for my barb, who will MF Hell Diablo in hardcore, in terms of damage/kill speed. Originally, I was going to make it out of a phase blade because that's what everyone recommended to me. However, with a Berzerker Axe, I get more damage for a little less speed.
Which one would you choose and why? If both these suck, could you please give me some input on what item I should put my runes into?
I would choose pb. With the +dmg mod of grief the dmg difference between BA and PB is neglectable. But PB is much faster, which is important for a Berserker build (the build I presume you use for MFing in CS).
Since its pvm Hell diablo, go phase. The benefits of the zerker are +3 range, and slightly higher damage then phase, but it's slower, and it breaks, and range doesn't really matter if your running bosses in pvm. The phase will be faster, no repair costs, and range +2 is fine for what your doing, the high end damage is not as much as the zerk, but average damage is almost the same.
But WHY would you go BA??? there is just no point in doing this! For pvm range dossent matter that much. And since he will be running chaos he can count on beeing Decrypfied about 50% of the time. So the speed of the Phase are MUCH better!