I never got laughed at for this but I've always had one merit in protectra V. Why? I think it looks weird to not have it, plus even tho for a LOT of serious stuff pre-level-cap raise I was /sch, I never assumed I'd have a free charge. Not to mention I find it a little slower to use a charge, and I'd rather go for speed in a lot of situations. Even after..I am /sch a LOT but not always. (I can be talked into /blm or /rdm, tho I really really don't like /rdm on whm for anything but Salvage really)
Otherwise I think your planned merits look just fine. Oh and I have -ga'ed prot V; I'm guilty of doing that..to another party in my alliance who doesn't have someone who can buff. I prefer protectra V b/c of mp costs and just plain speed, but sometimes you gotta.
I don't think it was tested but to be honest, from all reports, ga-ed prot V is not better than the merit version with one merit in it. Whoever said it was better was out of their tree. They are about the same, actually.
Anyway, what I did there was full merited Shellra V, unlocked Protectra V and Martyr, and dumped the rest in Devotion, and never thought about it much again.
Edited, Dec 7th 2012 8:26pm by maryadavies
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