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Additional question: What if I wanted an artefact to help bashing? I already have a level 1 crit pendent.
against competent people and classes with good passive/active curing
Plenty of classes that can lock or kill with affs against good curing.
I personally went with level 3 handaxe because it preps absurdly fast if you throw it without ent summons, and it opens up some dismember strategies.