Let's face it, how many barbarians do you know that play in epic content. I knew one, but he TRd quick. Though the issue with barbarians is their lack of healing, mine feels at lack of everything compared to my 20/4 fighter, 20/1 fvs, and 20/7 monk.
I loved barbarians way back in the day, but almost hate them now. Yet, I still want to love to play them, so I guess this why I am here.
Yeah, barbs primary stat has became con, but we just can't let go of that str much past starting w/ 16-18. 18 con is only 6 seconds of rage time to a class that can't do much at higher lvls w/o being raged. So let me begin w/ Pres.
I am ok with the Barbs Pre, for the most part. What I dislike is how extend rage and extra rage ended up in the pres, let alone two different trees. Both of these abilities should be scaled into the barbs levels, early on.
The rage system is as old as it comes for the barb. Now there's Tensor's and Bard rage and a lord of the blades rage. I am thankful that a barbarian's rage scales to from +4 to +6 to +8. However, it needs something else to better the barb and make them stand a about from the other pseudo rages.
I am suggesting barbarians gain a bonus to attack speed while raged, stackable w/ equipment and haste but not w/ Pr Enhancements like the fighters or rangers so it is not overpowered. I think, at a minimum, rage should provide 5% attack speed bonus starting at lvl 5 and gain 1% every three levels there after for 10% at lvl 20.
Now the effect may not seem as strong as a fighter's 30% for 30 seconds, however, with gear we are speaking of 6 to 16% for up to as long as your rage lasts, 2-3 minutes. However, I think this would make barbarians as proficient in epic as they are from lvls 1-15.