Don't let the stats fool you, I've been here before, this is just a new account. I am also very familiar with Diablo II, but recently I have noticed something that I never bothered questioning. Throughout my gaming experience, one of the most coveted weapons for almost any barbarian is the mighty Breath of the Dying Colossus Blade, with Death CBs also being in pretty high demand. But... why? I always just took it as the way things were for a while, but I recently was comparing stats, and neither colossus blades nor colossus swords have any benefit over using a berserker axe. Here's the stats compared: CB: 25-65 dmg, 5 speed, range of 2, 189 req str, 110 req dex CS: 26-70 dmg, 10 speed, range of 2, 182 req str, 95 req dex BA: 24-71 dmg, 0 speed, range of 2, 138 req str, 59 req dex According to the stats, literally THE only thing that either of the swords have over the axe is 1 or 2 more minimum damage. The range is the same, the berserker axe STILL does more damage overall (even if only negligibly so) AND to top if off, the stat requirements for the axe is a whopping 80 points fewer than that of the CS, or to translate, a difference of 360 more base life before Battle Orders if you are not going for max block. On a related note, even Oath doesn't seem worth it in any two-hander compared to the axe. Sure, you get 75 instead of 71 max dmg, but that's IT. A Balrog Blade suffers a 9 point minimum damage difference and again has the issue of way higher stat requirements. Am I missing something here? To this day I still see trade games where people are looking for socketable two-handers and ebotd cbs. But if these are how the numbers stack up, than isn't a berzerker axe objectively the best weapon for (almost) any runeword, at least when concerning a barb who is considering wielding a two-handed sword with one hand?