OK, helping a friend out here and I want to come to the experts to see if I'm missing something, as I'm not a mage main.
She is a career WHM, who also has RDM (secondary consideration). Those are, and likely will remain, her only high level jobs. So it's Redingote for sure from ACP. She has the standard body choices - Noble's, Errant body, RDM AF. She'll eventually end up with Goliard Saio (we static Nyzul) and Nashira (2x a week Limbus LS). Likely no relic bodies in the future plans, as she doesn't do or intend to do much Dynamis.
She has some decent melee options - Walahra, Blessed gear, Suppa, Martial Wand, nearing merc. rank for Perdu, nearly capped club skill (240+), Mystic Boon unlocked. Plus there's the standard melee stuff like Life Belt, Acc rings and neck, etc. WHM melee is really more of a messing around thing for her, but for doing stuff like small groups or campaign it's useful - and she's been having more fun lately bludgeoning stuff so may want to do more of it.
Looking at the options, it seems that for someone with WHM RDM there are two main options for Redingote augments. (1) A Fast Cast piece, or (2) a melee body (especially a WHM melee body). But I got to thinking... why choose between the two?
You can put Fast Cast on there regardless of the second augment and still get the macro piece that she'd use it for anyway. It's not like the second augment is adding a whole ton anyway if all you want it for is FC macros. Still helpful for both WHM (primary consideration) and RDM.
Then, adding Acc+10 would make an excellent melee WHM body. True, it's not as good as a pure DD piece with Acc+10/Atk+10. But it's still VERY nice - possibly better than any other DD body. A +10 Acc body is still not bad for her secondary consideration of RDM, in the event she's ever doing something like melee soloing something. And hey, FC never hurt a WHM/NIN or RDM/NIN for Utsusemi either.
With Acc+10 alone, Redingote is:
(a) Equal in Acc to the good ol' Reverend Mail. Plus it's clearly better on WS due to the difference of +10 MND. Assuming you're not using the evasion, Redingote is the clear DD winner. That's fine for her, since when she melees she's usually in small groups where someone else is "tanking", or campaign where lots of people are beating on a mob. Plus, with all the Enmity- she has from stuff like Blessed she isn't exactly taking tons of hate.
(b) Arguably better than Goliard Saio for TP (10 Acc vs. 4% Haste), at least it's close. And clearly better than Goliard for WS.
(c) Clearly better than some of the other possible DD options, like Tabin/+1 or Nashira.
So, am I crazy here? Seems like she'd get both possible situational uses a WHM RDM would want if she makes this particular Redingote combo that I've never seen. Is there something I'm missing? It's possible that there is, since I'm not a mage and may be unaware of something. But any advice from the WHM community would be much appreciated.
Edited, Jul 29th 2009 8:35pm by Anza