I have my barbarian and i use Hammer of the ancients. While i have two Journeyman Heavy Axes equipped. Now in the tool tip of the skill it says "[...] for 200% of your weapon damage [...]". this would have to mean that the skill will deal 20-34 damage (not considering armor, block, additional affixes and crit and so on).
in another instance i would be carrying this Apprentice Flamberge. using this weapon HotA should deal 24-34 damage.
this is my first question: does the actual damage of the weapon or its dps matter when the skill dmg is being calculated? (i think and hope actual min/max damage)
my second question: in the tooltips it explicitly says WEAPON damage. does this mean that the additional damage we receive from our armor pieces does not matter when we are you using skills? only the stats on the weapons matter?
i think that would be really retarded and i can't imagine blizz would do that. but in that case the tool tip is simply wrong. i actually don't have beta access and can test it out. so could someone please clarify for me?