Infraction: 1. All posters are to make an effort to communicate clearly.
Message to User:
One of the people who reported to you wrote a nice poem:
Why do people insist on getting explained why something is better than something else.
We have spreadsheets because, more often than not, this can only be explained roughly.
Whether or not buff scaling is the reason could easily be answered by turning the buffs off.
His second question is basically answered by himself.
I've been an avid user of Aldriana's spreadsheet for some time and have only recently started to use iDPS.
Recently I've been trying to decide between the Frost Giant Cleaver/Bone warden Splitter with 5/5 in Hack and Slash
Abomination Knuckles and Steel Bladebreaker with 5/5 in CQC
Un-buffed iDPS suggests the Fist/Dagger (.33%) and the Spreadsheet suggests the Axes (.26%) but neither are what you would call a significant differential.
Buffed iDPS suggests its too close to call (.1%) , whilst the spreadsheet points (.8% or 78dps) to the Axe combo.
This raised two questions.
1, Both iDPS and the Spreadsheet give an extra 1% on buffed Axes over buffed Fist/Dagger - Is this because the buffs favour H&S over CQC?
2, Are these figures within any practical margins of error and therefore not to be worried about?
In practice I can detect little difference other than a feeling the Fist/Dagger combo seems quicker to react.