You know, you have a good point in that the low requirements for longsword is a great perk. Still, for a one-handed melee let's agree that dex is the better stat for most weapons. It does depend on your build, what else you are using, but dex give better returns in damage compared to strength for one-handing. Now lks is a dex-weapon basically. It is just as good sharp with 40 dex plain as it is with 40str/dex, almost. That's lots of points you can pour into your favorite stat, like vitality ;p or you can get lower soul level. Given that you are not using strength of course. That's my reason. Cause I'm getting dex for the longsword too, it is more efficient and even if will net me even more damage, on the longsword than lks, I want that range and the multiple pokes with lks R2. If your build doesn't work with this, lks is not your weapon. But... I really think it is best for melee... I don't even use it though! I'm using swordspear with storm curved sword, for fun! Swordspear is kewl and storm curved sword also! I mean, that's what you really should do; get something you like. They're all good enough to play.