Okay sorry for the double post even though these are hours apart...
I went ahead and did some testing on the test server so this is level 95 Brew vs. Shinryu. I also didn't want to waste a brew on normal server and get crappy drops, which all I got was a cape at battles end. Atma used: Beyond, Merciless Matriarch, Sea Daughter (yes I kno not best choice but I really don't have that much).
First off I started off with UK: Thunderbolt; Shinryu takes 23k damage.
Second I decide to cast Water Bomb; Shinryu recovers 7k (he was casting).
Charged Whisker; Shinryu takes 25k damage.
Dark Orb; Shinryu recovers 25k.
Sanguine Blade; Shinryu takes 10k damage.
Charged Whisker; Shinryu recovers 25k. (Still ending a TP move)
And so on and so forth.
Basically from what I could tell was that depending if he was doing an action I was healing or dealing about the same equivalent in numbers. The biggest issue here is that these spells take a little time to cast, and its hard to predict if the NM is going to start casting a spell or do a TP move. The good news though is when I did do this test I only got interrupted once and that was at the beginning when first trying to cast Thunderbolt, but 2nd try went through. I wish I could of landed a Dark Orb to see how much I could have hit for. I also had Thermal Pulse, Blazing Bound, and Leafstorm equipped but I forgot to try those, lol.
I brewed shin many months ago on blu, and your numbers are just a bit better than mine. (which makes sense because I've made some gear improvements since then and I wasn't level 95)
I had about 8.5k sanguine, 20k CW and 14K EG.
I don't remember much else. but you are right on. Its the casting time that make sthe biggest difference. When it comes to brewing WS > spells almost all the time.
I had a complete failure trying to brew Rani on blu because I was geared for spells and they were just too slow. Its a pain trying to time charged whiskers for rani... don't try it.
I actually used a brew on a few of the grauberg zone boss yesterday also. Sanguine Blade FTW. I did not have any MAB atma on. Sanguine blade was doing 35k. 2-shots each.
WS are quicker and easier to land. Edited, Sep 5th 2011 5:36am by Xilk