Yesterday, they finally gave us the Bloodpacts for Cait Sith (at least, most of them), and pretty much gave us an idea of what kind of avatar it's going to be. So I thought I'd start this to discuss what we know and just give our impressions on it.
I've been wanting Phoenix since they made reference to her in Chains of Promathia, and while I'm sure they could easily create some story to make it possible for us to obtain her, I think that giving Cait Sith all the Raise/Reraise bloodpacts was a way of giving us half of what we were wanting. It covers the ability to give out Raise and Reraise, which was one of the big draws that everyone speculated that Phoenix would offer if she were a useable avatar. That being said, I'm not entirely a fan of ALL Cait Sith's Ward bloodpacts being Raise and Reraise oriented. I'd be fine with the SP ability (Altana's Favor) being there, and I don't mind the Raise II one either, but I feel that all the "defensive" BPs are all just of the same variety kind of seems weak for how long the avatar has been worked on. I would have preferred unique buffs or status changes, or curing abilities of some kind in addition to what we have so far.
In terms of Rage BPs, I'm more accepting because of the varying range we have. A physical, a light based magical, and two status ailment inducing ones (one of which was only accessible to players through a handful of Pre-lv. 80 weapons) lets you have some action for any type of mob. I just hope that the damage dealing ones are sufficiently powerful, and the ailment inducers don't have ridiculously bad accuracy to them. I'll understand if we couldn't nail a new Delve boss with Amnesia, but I don't want to have a hard time hitting a random rarab in Ronfaure with it.
Hopefully Cait Sith itself is a sufficiently strong melee fighter (to counter the few Bloodpacts it has available) or that the ones unveiled weren't the full list of available ones, and moreso just a teaser.