A keen greatsword in the hands of a weapon master with improved crit is what? 13-20/x3 with a keen greataxe being being 16-20/x4 if I understand the math correctly. If hitting is not a real concern, then the 13 should still be a hit and then yes there is the confirm, but if built the same way aside from weapon choice then they both have the same chance to confirm the crit. If the concern is base damage, then the average damage on the scythe is (2+8)/2 or 5 which is just two less than the average of the greatsword, or 1.5 less than the suggested greataxe. Yeah, it's weaker base damage, but it is also both slashing and piercing in one weapon so if something is resistant to only one of those the full damage still goes through. It stings early on, but as you go up in level while the base damage of the weapon still matters, that two damage per swing tends to matter a little less and that is only a concern against enemies you can't crit against. I think both the greatsword and greataxe are solid choices. It helps a lot that they don't require a feat to use. Scythe pulls ahead on crits. This holds particularly true if maxing out strength while taking power attack. It's true that there are quite a few enemies that do not suffer critical hits, but on those the scythe is doing an average of two damage less than the greatsword and if pumping strength and power attack then that two average damage becomes less noticeable. I may be misunderstanding, but it seems like the point roller1234 is trying to make is that threat range does not matter because the chance to hit is too high to use the full range on weapons with the wider spread but at the same time it isn't hard to hit anything? I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what you are trying to say roller1234.