A lot of comments here argue that the existing system is highly flawed, to which I'm certain a vast majority including myself would agree on. However, no one has actually addressed the benefits of what could
be done to ensure we have a system which does indeed work well. Why don't we try to look more positively at this, since SE is clearly looking into revamping the entire system. They even said as much in their own post!
However, we are planning on a larger scale for Evolith, so instead of just adjustments we thinking more along the lines of a total renewal.
Instead of reminding us why the current system is so horribly flawed, why not think more about the potential of a customisation system which actually works. FFXI is one of the few long-running MMO's left which doesn't really have one yet.
*scratches her head* Short of theorycrafting on how specific evoliths would look aside from "unique" ones, I'm not sure what else you'd like to see out of a proposition. Let's look at something like the Phorcys Korazin: STR+16, ATK+5%, MATK+7, Increases WS Damage. Running off what I said earlier, this would probably get 1 socket tops, and I'd suspect people would dump STR equivalents into it. Let's just level 99 stuff could be in a +9 STR evolith, bumping it up for STR+25.
Okay, that makes the piece a fairly hefty WS piece. Let's say an HQ crafted armor gets 4 sockets, then. To be comparative, they can put 3 of the +9 STR evoliths in, giving it +27 STR. Maybe there won't be an ATK+5% equivalent, instead something more like ATK+15 for that level. The Nyzul body will be better, sure, but someone could then use the crafted/evolith'd until they get that or find some other reasonable alternative. A strong enough purpose for the system? Well, I'd say it'd depend on the depth of the evoliths.
I agree with your post but just so you know, 5, yes it's impossible to trade once you put a socket on it and there's already an item to remove sockets.
Aye, I'm aware of the current system. Was mainly a postulation for the revamp. If augmented goods could be traded/bazaared (unlikely AH'd), it could lead more to a market where "finished" equipment is sold to the end user as opposed to individual pieces. I'm not sure I like this since it'd cut down on the overall demand for potentially crafted pieces in the process since people could just sell them off once no longer needed. Cleaning out all the sockets and at least selling the blank armor can work, as it'd still let the evolith market thrive. Edited, Aug 9th 2012 2:43pm by Seriha