In beta 2-handed Crossbow seems to be the best alternative so far (most damage).
But in blizzard history it's tradition to make that thing the strongest, which also looks the coolest (wc3 Bladefury, D2 Blizzard, WoW Death and Decay)
So I think the Elemental Arrow will be strong, it just looks so. And for that you play a strong, slow 2-handed weapon I think.
I feel they would probably make the best DH a bow as to keep with tradition. I haven't played yet, but think i would enjoy using using the 2 xbows it looked cray in the trailer. I will admit that reaching into a quiver and cocking a bow and letting it rip will always have charms to it.
Bows just seem more natural of a choce than Crossbows, so I picked Bow and Quiver. However I am a huge fan of dual wielding, and a DW Ranged class seems pretty epic.
My second choice would be Dual Wield Crossbow. Once I am actually able to play the game I may change my mind, depending on playstyle.
Isnt it quite situational, tho? For pure dps id go for DW Xbows as it looks like the most dps when using certain passives. The bows would be another option, as their recourcegen should be quite high (but less than DW xbows). Imo you need to have tons of attack speed to have a scary damage output with the slow crossbow. But then again i havent tested my arguments for my own choices so this might all be fairy tail nonsense And im positive many of the DW xbow ppl will switch once they test it out.
But yeah, judging from the footage available so far, it seems to me that the faster you shoot, the faster you kill.
Also, the archery passive skill has some nice perks for any ranged weapon you might choose.
While the 100% increased critical damage for 2-handed crossbows seems insane combined with improved critical damage impale, the 5% increased critical strike chance for 1-handed crossbows doesn't quite cut it.
Nevertheless, I'd still choose to go dual crossbows for the fun of it
Alot of people saying they like bows and the crossbow not got many more votes than melee DH. I can't but help of thinking of the DH as a; stick a big steak in the xbow and one shot through a demons heart... doesn't seem practical with just a bow, kinda outa flavour for me. But 2x hand crossbows do look cool, even on a smiley !
2xCrossbow and a Bow both seem pretty damn cool imo. The bow is a little bit slower but with the change to quivers they should be able to do equal dmg now. I will use both so just depends on my luck with loot
I find just the whole concept on dual weilding hand-xbows just amazing. it gives you the feel of a true killing machine on a relentless hunt. im sure the true hunter fans would argue that nothing is more deadly then a silent, single-shot long bow. but the idea of running thru relentless packs of mobs endlessly killing just excites me to no end
Going to prefer 2x xbows over the others, but if a good 2hand xbow/bow drops I'll definitely put it to good use. I'm thinking of building for extreme crit chance, taking fast firing skills and runing for crit effects like HA or Impale if hatred doesn't drop super fast.