Let me take another shot at what our miscommunication here might be. You have a timing mechanism for your WSes that never causes them to get lost to Shinryu animation and some way to stay alive for up to 6 or 7 WSes (hit a WS, discernment doesn't proc 1-2 times, then each of the 4 WSes).
Die and reraise is saved for if it's a WS you don't have, right?
Either you get the right proc, pop brew, cycle WS and then kill,
Wow you are really slow if I have to take the time to spell this out.
1) Find out proc with 1-2 WS using discernment.
2a) If you get Dagger/Polearm or No messsage, die, RR and try again
2b) If you get Arch/Marks message, Pop brew immidiately
3) Under the effects of brew, cycle all your Arch/Marks WS. It will either be Arch OR Marks so you only need to cycle 4 WS.
4) After getting blue trigger, kill with ele WS.
I don't really know how I can simplify this any more. You use one or two WS to get discernment to proc then you pop brew and do the rest of the WS for the weapon discernment says.
After getting proc you have to cycle at most 4 WSs. If you can't time 4 WSs between his attacks then you seriously @#%^ing fail. Edited, Feb 19th 2011 3:20am by Noodles