I have a friend that swears that some day I will level BLM... Never much cared for mage jobs, but getting to a point where I kind of need one. My BLU can pull off some pretty surprising breath attacks, but the range sucks. There is no way I'm going to let this friend be right about me leveling BLM (I'd never hear the end of it), which is why I'm looking into SMN.
I have all DD jobs to this point, but wanted something (besides BLM) that would allow me to be more helpful in MB only events. Thought about SCH, but didn't want to basically be a WHM for my first 70 levels.
All that and SMN seems to need the least amount of the extra
gear that BLM or SCH would need such as INT, MAB, MACC, Dark/Elemental/Enfeebling/etc. Magic Skill...
Still a long ways from 75, so it'll give me time to think more on merits. Getting Carby Mitts tonight, so there's a good start. :D
No, I read that. It just isn't the whole picture. Gear requirements are fairly similar, especially if you only care about nuking. SMN has an earlier capping point in terms of total gear amount, yes, but BLM and SCH are wildly more situation. You won't need, for example, an super INT build since fights that use that can be done on other jobs. SMN also has the problem of being slotted as a curebot just as SCH does. Soloing and making your own party to avoid being "a WHM for my first 70 levels" can be done by BLM and SCH too.
On top of that, as Perg said, our Magic BPs are rarely the best option. While Frodo was getting excited over our potential (rightfully so), BLMs don't reach the breaking point as soon as SMN does and doesn't require a Mythic to do so. You're intentionally limiting yourself your goal is purely nuking, and really the only reason to pick SMN over BLM or SCH for nukes is so that your LS doesn't make you come BLM to every other even once you get it.
The arguments against BLM|SCH vs SMN are hollow because SMN, SCH, and BLM arguments are all pretty equal. So I assumed you put more thought into it, hence the "so ok".
As far as MAcc, I was leaning towards 5/5 (and 5/5 MAtt) as it seemed to make more sense to me to have the nuke go unresisted than to have some extra damage through TP gain. Not to mention, as far as something like UFOs go, don't want to be feeding them TP anyways.
Also, will merit Summoning Skill help magical nukes land? Bit confused how SMN skill works.
Summoning skill (over cap) increases BP accuracy, magical and physical. It's much easier to gear for skill than other forms of accuracy and it rarely clashes with Pet: MAB given our stupidly low gear selection. Granted, gearing and meriting skill and MAcc will give you the highest accuracy, our resist rates don't vary wildly. TP will have a higher influence on total damage than MAcc ever would, and merits will increase TP gain by 7-8% while still helping physical BPs.
As far as tier 2 merits, am I good with going 5/5 Heavenly Strike and 5/5 Thunderstorm? Is there a better light or dark based nuke I should be looking into or is this just a case of "**** is situational"?
The biggest factors I've seen people look at are magic bursting Light and Dark, Threnodies BRDs use (and other forms of elemental resistance down), and least but sometimes most important Avatar efficiency.
Light and Dark are easy to get, you'll find numerous combinations that fight. Elemental resistance tends to be the biggest one people look at, and which is why SMNs emulate BLMs, since Blizzard and Thunder are the two strongest elements in there repertoire.
What most people don't look ate is avatar efficiency. Garuda is the most used Avatar due to her having arguable the best BP:Rage and Karura Hachigane making her the most MP efficient of the 6 primes. On top of that she has Whispering Wind to repair your party if they're hit with something nasty, and since you'll already have her out it's a trivial matter to fire Whispering Wind. Same with Leviathan, who has the second best BP:Rage and can fire Spring Water which is one of the best AoE Cures out there since it doubles as Erase.
Incidentally, Garuda and Leviathan fill the Light and Dark skillchains, but don't get covered by Threnodies often.
Personally, I don't get to see Threnodies often on my SMN, so I'm toying with either Garuda and Leviathan or Garuda and Shiva. Edited, Oct 14th 2009 12:59pm by jlejeune