So our linkshell did a 7 hour NM run over the weekend. One of our members just so happens to be a genius (at least to me) when it comes to computers & compiling statistics from the game. He was able to log every line in his chat box, giving him the stats for every attack used while we were fighting. It was very interesting (and very disappointing) to find out that another Marauder in our group with substantially less STR & an inferior weapon to mine dealt more damage per hit than I did. Check out the difference in stats...
Viper STR: 101
Viper Weapon ATK: 132
Viper Weapon CRT: 155
Viper Weapon: Rank 48 (Iron Bhuj)
Santino STR: 174
Santino Weapon ATK: 146
Santino Weapon CRT: 160
Santino Weapon: Rank 46 (Thunderstorm Axe)
While it was a mere 1 extra point per hit (he was an average of 55, I was 54), it might prove that your stats may not be nearly as important as you think. My DEX is about 75 points lower than his, so logically you would think that I would be hitting harder with more misses while he was dealing steady damage on successful hits.
I should point out that this does not include Battle Regimen attacks, but those numbers would be skewed anyways based on where our attacks were in BR stack. There also could be a chance that he's awarded more from his STR attributes because his weapon rank is 2 closer to his class rank but you would think my extra 74 STR points would have more than made up for that. Just thought I would share this with everyone since it really opened my eyes to the build I chose for my Marauder. Maybe he was doing a lot of his weapon skills outside of the Regimens so I lost some stats from mine because I save almost every one I do for BR...
I'm going to try and meet up with him tonight and compare our attacks on some random mobs with the exact same gear equipped. If I don't see a difference on those attacks then I think its safe to say the most important stat to max out is your Vitality (for HP) on every melee class in the game (unless you're going for an evasion tank with a Pug, although this leaves me wondering if the DEX stat will prove to be the same as what I've found here.)