Sorry for the late response... wasn't watching the thread. 1.) I love double slash as depending on certain factors (ex. triple slash percent from blade spec) it is about on par with thrust for damage... or just costs more focus. I keep mine the same as thrust but always raise thrust first. Currently 150 bladed, 141 rend, 140 thrust, 140 d-slash. Once decay goes away I'll raise thrust up another 10 levels but figured I'd get tactics spec up 120 first. 2.) Yeah, it's still worth it for the Backstab bonus as well as avoiding as many Parries, Dodges, and Glances as possible. 3.) I know Dex helps but I always go Str over Dex. Even when I'm overencumbered with only 1 Dex I still kill everything so... doesn't help me that much. Currently I'm about max Str gear with Train Strength 116, and 108 on Endurance and Bulwark. Usually I'm at about 250 Str and 80 Dex or so.