if you check the MNK forum stickies (nil *glare*), you'll see math showing that spharai are the best h2h weapon, about 13%~ give or take better than destroyers. shenlongs are about equal to faiths, both being about 10%~ better than destroyers.
spharai aren't much better than faiths, though if you add in counter damage and consider a max haste scenario where there will be a fair amount of wasted TP, spharai are very strong. note also that triple damage procs are a bonus that's never mitigated by buffs, unlike crit hit, ACC, and ATT. also, look cool.
re: epeen arguing, i agree with the WAR and MNK are each the best DDs depending on situation, though SAM is strong without a lot of support, and if you include relic, DRK would often be king. i have to admit though, i don't give a sh*t.
edit: p.s. if any of you live near or in denver, colorado and like beer (or think you might like beer), go to great divide brewery and try whatever is on tap. i'm a new england snob, which means that to me, everything south or west of new york is basically one big state that i don't want to visit, and i'd consider taking a trip to colorado just to have this brewery's beer fresh. probably my favorite american brewery, and if not, definitely top 3. if any of you actually take my advice and try some of their beers (particularly hibernation ale and their barley wine, old ruffian, or hercules DIPA if you like it hoppy and bitter), this post will be far and away the most valuable and useful post in this thread.
Edited, Jan 7th 2010 12:42am by milich