Hi everyone, I'm working on a 49 warrior right now and researching my options for 2h weapons. I understand conventional wisdom favors Executioner's Cleaver in this bracket, and I agree that it's a strong contender, but there are a lot of strong contenders, so I thought I'd share my notes on the subject. I'm curious to hear what people who have played warriors in the bracket have to think about the 2h options. I ran a lot of these through the wowhead calculator, and I'm not sure how precise that is, but it did come up with some unexpected results. [Edit 10-20-19]: The formulae below were all previously based on Vanilla WoW weapon damage, pre-normalization (oops). I've revised all the calculations to reflect normalization, and I've also changed the calculations to reflect the full damage range. Glowing Brightwood Staff: 127-191 Damage, 3.1 speed, 51.29 dps, 15 stam, 9 spirit Kang the Decapitator: 136-205 Damage, 3.6 speed, 47.36 dps, 560 damage bleed over 30 seconds Soulkeeper: 141-213 Damage, 3.8 speed, 46.58 dps, 26 spirit Resurgence Rod: 139-209 Damage, 3.8 speed, 45.79 dps, 5 HP/5 The Judge's Gavel: 122-187 Damage, 3.4 speed, 45 dps, chance to stun for 3 seconds The Rockpounder: 126-190 Damage, 3.7 speed, 42.7 dps, 5 str, 2% crit Stoneslayer: 133-200 Damage, 3.9 speed, 42.69 dps, chance to increase damage by 10 for 8 seconds Executioner's Cleaver: 127-191 Damage, 3.8 speed, 41.84 dps, 23 str, 1% hit All of the examples below assume our warrior has 650 attack power. These values are normalized weapon damage, meaning this formula is what gets used for instant attacks. If a weapon has Strength, the formula will be adjusted accordingly. The formula for normalized instant attack damage is: (AP/14) * Normalized Weapon Speed (3.3 for 2h) + Base Weapon Damage. Here are the damage ranges I came up with. Executioner's Cleaver ((696/14)*3.3) + [127-191] = 291-355 Expected Mortal Strike Damage: 401-465 Expected Mortal Strike Crit: 802-930 Normal Attack Range: 315-380 DPS: 91.48 Soulkeeper ((650/14)*3.3) + [141-213] = 294-366 Expected Mortal Strike Damage: 404-476 Expected Mortal Strike Crit: 808-952 Normal Attack Range: 317-390 DPS: 92.94 Glowing Brightwood Staff: ((650/14)*3.3) + [127-191] = 280-344 Expected Mortal Strike Damage: 390-454 Expected Mortal Strike Crit: 780-908 Normal Attack Range: 270-335 DPS: 97.65 Stoneslayer: ((650/14)*3.3) + [133-200] = 286-353 Expected Mortal Strike Damage: 396-463 Expected Mortal Strike Crit: 792-926 Normal Attack Range: 313-381 DPS: 89.05 Kang the Decapitator: ((650/14)*3.3) + [136-205] = 289-358 Expected Mortal Strike Damage: 399-468 Expected Mortal Strike Crit: 798-936 Normal Attack Range: 302-372 DPS: 93.72 Resurgence Rod: ((650/14)*3.3) + [139-209] = 292-362 Expected Mortal Strike Damage: 402-472 Expected Mortal Strike Crit: 804-944 Normal Attack Range: 315-386 DPS: 92.15 Rockpounder: ((660/14)*3.3) + [126-190] = 281-345 Expected Mortal Strike Damage: 391-455 Expected Mortal Strike Crit: 782-910 Normal Attack Range: 300-365 DPS: 89.77 The Judge's Gavel: ((650/14)*3.3) + [122-187] = 275-340 Expected Mortal Strike Damage: 385-450 Expected Mortal Strike Crit: 770-900 Normal Attack Range: 279-342 DPS: 91.36 Executioner's Cleaver ranks 4th in normalized weapon damage in the bracket as far as I can tell, behind Stoneslayer, Resurgence Rod and Soulkeeper. It also ranks 4th in top-end white damage. The 1% Hit on EC is good, but with the results being so much closer together than I was expecting between damage ranges, there are a lot of different utilities to work with here for different purposes. The biggest possible difference in a mortal strike CRIT at the top-end range of all these weapons is only 52 damage--and that's before damage mitigation from armor. That's less than 6 stamina. Another variable to consider is axe spec vs. sword & mace spec, or skipping all three specs in favor of other talents and wielding a staff. Just some general information for other number dorks who want to puzzle over the best options. Obviously, mileage will vary here by class and spec.