Right, so Brawny Adargas at 99.
How long after 75 do Destroyers last these days?
Once you get to 99, Empy85+/Relic/Mythic (as if anyone has Mythic H2H) > Fire Path magian > Brawny Adargas are your legitimate lv99 choices. There's a nice Legion H2H (Girru), but Legion gear isn't exactly realistic for most either [EDIT: Vanadiel Census 2012 had the total number of players who have obtained Girru as... Zero]. Don't bother with the other magian trial weapons, your time would be better spent working on Empy/Relic/Fire path H2H than the other stuff like the WOE Victory Smite H2H or the Occasionally Attacks "x" weapons.
Stuff that beats Destroyers on your way to 99 choices:
* Taurine Cesti (lv.89, drop from Indrik) was the best non-trial weapon at 90 cap and are a fine placeholder all the way to the lv99 options.
* AH stuff, roughly in order of quality, includes: Metasoma Katars (lv.88), Marath/Shivaji Baghnaks (lv.97), Grotesque Cesti (lv.92), Eyra Baghnaks (lv.87)
* Augmented Savate Fists (lv.77, free with Dominion Notes, or from gold boxes in Abyssea-Uleguerand) are a step up from Destroyers, and if you get crappy augments you can NPC them for gil. DMG/Crit rate augments are what you're after.
* Other Abyssea R/E drops that aren't exactly good but are still better than Destroyers include Furor Cesti and Heofon Knuckles. I dunno that Afflictors would even beat Destroyers. I wouldn't make any effort at all to get any of these though, only use them if you just happen to get the drop anyway and you're using them as a placeholder. Edited, Jul 4th 2012 3:43pm by Anza