Let me tell you of a friend of mine, Drenai, who rolled a barbarian in Funcom's Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. When the July 17 patch came in, the slower attack speed really took away quite a bit of his enjoyment of the game.
He said that he rolled a Reaver barbarian because they were supposed to be fast attacking characters, and this wasn't what he signed up for. Well, here's some good news for him and the rest of those who feel the same way. It is a bug and will be fixed.
On the testlive server forums, Svein Erik "Sharum" Jenset, Striketeam Lead: BCC Design, gave the gamers an update on this. Apparently, the tooltip claiming that the attack speed is 2.0 seconds on many weapons is "bugged and reports erroneously". In addition, he also pointed out that the data for different weapons in both the TestLive and Live servers are corrupted:
TestLive data: 1HE, 1HB, 1HE/B+Dagger, 1HE/B+1HE/B, Dagger+Dagger, Unarmed and Unarmed+1HE/B/Dagger data is corrupted for both Male and Female characters. A fix for this is on its way and should hopefully be patched to TestLive tomorrow or the day after.
Live data: Male 1HE data and Female 1HB data is partially corrupted. I'm going to investigate if we can a fix for this applied to Live ASAP, but I can't make any promises beyond that as it's not my decision to make.