Summoner was and probably still is my favorite class in any MMO and as I cruise the forums now I see loads and loads of changes to the job/game.
I unsubbed somewhere after WotG came out and Astral Flow burns were the new big deal for summoner. These new FFXI changes look pretty cool, and ive got a few questions about general gameplay / smn class. This being said, I like summoner, I want to play it. Not wait around for people to ask me to switch to RDM or BRD.
Merit Parties- Do they still exist or is Abyssea what everyone does. If Abyssea, is summoner viable in Abyssea and will 'Returning lvl 75 summoner looking for Abbyssea' get a response when im LFG? Or is it just like merit parties where the same few jobs are asked for and thats it. Example ('lolSMN looking for merit party lols??? Please get on your RDM plez or continue to AFK in WG all day with your flag up')
Avatars- Did any of them change? I took a look at the SMN page and still see the ones I had. I had heard there were 2 new limit breaks (Alex and Odin iirc). Can I solo these at level cap and if not, how do summoner's go about getting the new limits / new avatars if they exist. Do they have some new BP rage/wards other than the 70 and merit ones?
Gear- I still remember how happy and my legitimate excitement when I finally (I mean after I begged and pleaded with my LS to come out and help) got the YY robe. Is all that gear / AF2 obsolete now? (If so, forever **** you shiki and your crap drop rate even with two 75 thieves) Am I going to have to go straight to the AH and hope my characters have a few million gil?
Perp- Can you run around with avatars other than carby out permanently now (with a little effort gear wise of course)? I remember it was possible at times back at 75 to have them out with AF2 horn/weather etcs. Is this common now? Can I actually get mana back and have them out?
I apologize for the crazy wall of text. But it seems SE fixed some of what was wrong with FFXI and SMN. So before I drop the 40 or so dollars on buying /re-subbing Id like to find out whats going on.
Thanks in advance!!