Melee with pet and support the party is actually what I always wanted. It just feels a bit like a slap in the face when not all Favors are good and there is a rumoured damage down part as well.
Like I said in another post though, not all COR or BRD buffs are "good" either. There's a reason CORs roll Chaos and Evoker's constantly, and rarely touch more than half of their Rolls. Here's the breakdown:
(4) Commonly used DD rolls - Chaos, Hunter's, Fighter's, Samurai
(3) Commonly used mage rolls - Evoker's, Healer's, Wizard's
(2) And a couple nice general utility rolls - Corsair's, Dancer's
------- (9 of 20) Commonly useful rolls (10 of 20) Uncommonly used, but possibly situationally useful rolls
Half of COR's rolls fall into this category: BST, PUP, DRG, THF, SCH, RDM, BRD, NIN, BLU, MNK. They might be good for a particular event (see: Monk's Roll on Chariots in Salvage, Drachen on an Astral Burn focused strategy), but they aren't commonly used. Some are simply overshadowed by other rolls - Rogue's Roll is a good example, Crit+ is simply rarely as good of a melee buff as Atk+, DA+, Acc+, or Store TP, so it doesn't get used not because it's useless (more crits is certainly a good thing!), but because other Rolls are just plain better for the vast majority of parties/events. (1 of 20) Garbage rolls.
Hi Gallant's Roll, nice to see you!
For SMN, they get about the same ratio of useful to situational only Favors:
(3 of 9) Really nice ones - Ifrit gives Double Attack for general melee buffing, Diabolos for Refreshga as a general mage Favor, and Shiva for MAB in events.
(1 of 9) Nifty general utility Favor - Carbuncle (Regen)
------- (4 of 9) Commonly useful Favors (4 of 9) Uncommonly used, but possibly situationally useful Favors
Garuda (Evasion), Ramuh (Crit+), Leviathan (M.Acc), Fenrir (Magic evasion - and I wonder if this isn't just a funky update note that actually means traditional MDB, like Magus's Roll). They might have their place in some events, but will typically be overshadowed by the more commonly used benefits of the previously mentioned Favors. (1 of 9) Crap Tier.
Titan. Who uses DEF+ for... anything these days? There's probably always a better choice. Maybe if you have somebody super-tanking a bunch of stuff. Even then, you're probably gonna be better off using your Favor to buff other party members to kill faster. It's probably less useless than Gallant's Roll, but it still seems like the worst of the lot. Edited, Oct 22nd 2009 7:56pm by Anza