My point is that you have experienced 1 out of 4 chariot NM's. And judging by your posts: odds are you've fought it once or twice.
I'd estimate more about 10 times, about half of which were losses due to not getting all 10 of the gears killed and eventually getting owned by Homing Missile bs. But again, I'm not interested in playing Salvage e-peen with you. I've seen Discoid, Brainjack, all that gimmicky stuff, and once you know how to handle each one properly they really aren't all so much different from each other as you are making it sound.
That isn't anywhere near enough experience to give out a full, educated review of the applications of Auspice for this situation.
Yeah it is. Auspice works (as much as that's worth) on more things than just Salvage bosses. In just about every case, casting the spell has not reduced the average amount of TP moves a mob has gotten to use in its lifetime, therefore I no longer cast it. If something is easy enough such that I'm bored and looking for something to do, I will cast Auspice and then join in the melee with Misery up. If it's not that easy, my MP is better spent elsewhere.
The fact is: Many groups out there plan their Salvage runs around Lower-TP gain tactics. Salvage is the #1 reason monks merit Penury; which would be regarded as a useless merit otherwise. If they can dip merits for an event, we can sure as hell spend 3 seconds and 48 MP casting Auspice.
Actually, MNKs merit that because their other group 2s are sh*t. Mantra's only real purpose is for helping zerg DRKs, and Formless Strikes is generally agreed upon to not be worth more than one point to have it unlocked. Don't act like they're making some sacrifice for something they should have anyway to begin with.
Also, Auspice is not "just" 44/48 MP over the course of a Salvage boss fight, unless your boss fight takes 3 minutes or less. Taking the average duration of my fights into account it would probably take nearly 250-300 MP or so (depending on CMP procs) for me to maintain Auspice throughout, which to me is a significant chunk. All my MP goes toward Cure 5 and -na spam, and I often have had MP trouble later in these fights once the Soul Voice Ballads are gone.
Maybe you can afford such a thing, but in my case, there was no room in my repertoire for Auspice in those fights. Come to think of it, the melees weren't even always in the same party as me, so Auspice wouldn't be hitting them anyway.
I guess Haste is inconsequential too? Why try to lower our Monk's Utsusemi recast? Why try to Slow/Paralyze the Enemy? Why try to reduce it's TP spam? Why cast Protects?
They are all "Inconsequential" by your logic.
Horrid analogy, not even going to dignify this with a further response.
And me and others have already commented on "running in to cast buffs"...
It honestly doesn't matter to me whether or not you can space things out properly so you don't get AoE'd (even though I honestly don't think I could have, because I was still getting AoE'd by some stuff whenever I was not taking care to stand back as far as possible); I still view Auspice generally as a waste of MP and time that's better spent toward Cures, -nas, Haste... Edited, Nov 12th 2009 9:53am by Fynlar