OK...so we have spent a month as of today with the Royal Redingote. I was wondering how everyone else felt about their augmentation choices and what changes, if any, you are planning on making.
Current Redingote and reasoning on choices:
Pet: Magic Accuracy+7/"Magic Atk. Bonus"+7
The M.Accuracy and M.attack was an easy choice to make at the time, and still 100% pleased with the choice. The Magical BPs increase, and redoing to merits to accompany them has really expanded the uses of my SMN now.
For example, on Tiamat yesterday I was doing a very constant 558 Tidal Wave in the air on Tiamat (612 on day bonus.) This every 47 seconds was invaluable, and very good for magical damage on Tiamat. While our best geared BLMs were doing 300-650, they had to deal with draw-ins, and slowing down damage at times due to hate. I never had to pause a single time. Combine this with Predator Claw damage on the ground, and my Tiamat damage has sky rocketed.
I have no desire to replace this stat at all, and is still the best option of them all for SMN in my opinion.
Pet: Accuracy+15, Ranged Accuracy+15
The reason I picked this one. Having decided to go a balls to the wall magic build, I planned on dropping all my physical merits to max out m.acc and m.attack. I figured the loss of the accuracy merits would make this augment a strong choice. Turns out that my high Summoning skill (334 if I use Summoning torque, 327 if Sacrifice Torque) has kept me at pretty much the same accuracy if I keep using AF2 body over redingote. I also thought switching to the Redingote would help build TP faster for better merit BPs, but since no avatar cost, the MP to damage ratio just isn't enough to justify it.
I have thought about switching to attack +15, but I speculate the difference between Attack +15, and Critical Attack +3% (and hopefully one day +4%) Without knowing our avatars attack number, it's virtually impossible to do the math to see which is better in the log run. And knowing that I do hope that someday the +1 body will roll my way, the idea of changing augment...again, after that sucks. (And yes, if I do get +1 body, there is no way I'm not using that.)
Overall, I guess I've decided that on the physical BPs, AF2 body still trumps Redingote augments. So the question is, what should I do for the second augment now. Sadly, there really isn't a good 2nd augment for Magical BPs. So after before believing and arguing against Avatar cost -2 as an augment, could I be deciding it's now the best 2nd choice? I haven't decided.
Or the other option...do I put on a stat for something like my WHM? I can't deny that accuracy +10 with the +5 MND on the body would make an insane Hexa/Mythic Boon body piece. And I do really love playing WHM/NIN (smokes all my other jobs in Campaign. A good 45 minute non-stop campaign can net me over 6k XP.)
So what is your opinions, thoughts, and pro/cons of your choices on Redingote, and feel free to comment on my choices and other people's choices.
Edited, May 10th 2009 10:34am by dakpluto