I run with about 1100+ AR, 1500 LoH and 54k health clearing act 3 with minimal deaths, I've tried out many different of the buffed fury spenders and so far I really like Hammer with Birthright. I really like the fact it can hit more then 1 target, crits for around 100k for me and can drop yellows and loot or health globes to keep me up.
yah rend looks like it hits like a truck but it really doesnt, it does 140% weapon dmg per second which is same as cleave unruned, put lacerate rune and it goes to 180% weapon dmg per second, again nothing great
dont really see what's the big fuss about it except it being less useless than before patch
I think it more has to do with fire-and-forget nature of skill then the actual damage. You can still be hitting enemies with cleave or whatever while rend is doing damage.
And remember the factor "I can damage while kitting"...
I much rather prefer the factor "kill with NO KITING..."
WW Barb all the way. Cant say im not curious about trying a big badass 1500 dps axe though.... but only if i get it dropped.
EDIT: @ Schnech
I did one change and found it was a great improvement.
Swapped out Instigation for Punish on Bash...
Bash got its fury gain pumped and all i need is 3 hits with punish to start the combo... and for 5 seconds i get a huge bonus to dmg output.
During long fights I can just stop for 2 seconds and bash them three times to ragain the bonus...Against Siegebreaker it felt as i was literally doing double damage to him.
One thing though, it would be nice to have a buff indication just like Franzy has... maybe Blizz will add it in the future if more people start using this.