Whip of Thorns: 77 187 165 300 credits
Razor Whip: 81 196 173 700 credits
Serpentis Whip: 84 204 180 1400 credits
Lashes: Thinner more agile whips
Viper's Coil: 55 164 187 300 credits
Wyvern's Lash: 59 174 209 700 credits
Elentari's Scourge: 65 181 225 1400 credits
Before the tradeskill/weapons/armor changes, Bron had a pretty sweet whip: 78/blah/192. My garrote speed was at roughly 2.25~ seconds thanks to Dexterity having an impact on it along with whip speed, and I was really happy with hunting as a Serpent.
Now, all non-artefact whips are at 73/175/159. My garrote speed is at 2.8~, and there's a noticeable drop in the damage I now deal. You wouldn't think that roughly half of a second would have -so much- of an impact on hunting for me, but it really does.
Now I need to consider getting an artefact whip/lash, but the question is, which one's really worth getting? I -really- miss the lightning-fast garrotes, but I worry that having a Damage score that's even -less- than what I have now is going to be even more irritating, especially if there's a cap to how much Speed affects garrote balance. The lower to-hit scores are a lesser concern, but I can still imagine the heartache involved with trying - and failing - to garrote bigger enemies for piddling amounts of damage at 2 seconds per.
So, what are your thoughts on this? Does anyone have experience with artefact whips and/or artefact lashes in regard to hunting post-Dexterity changes? I'm interested in stories and perspectives on this to kind of ease my mind in either direction. Thanks in advance.