If you really cannot think of any other instance where having longer roll duration is in any way helpful (to your buff contributions), I do have to question the entirety of the thought given to the subject.
One hint: It's not always about buff potency (though Winning Streak does help there in more ways than you give it credit for), it can be about whether or not a buff is active at all.
Oh, I considered it. But given that the only situation in which this really happens is when a COR is being swapped among parties, and that such a circumstance is not particularly high on COR's priority list, I can't really justify choosing one's merits to account for it.
It also bears mentioning that any situation in which WS would apply in this manner is also one where PR recast would increase your buff output, in almost exactly the same fashion.
There's a difference between a debate where both sides have legitimate rationale as to their validity, and a comparison where it's entirely one-sided. If you want a comparison even sticking within our Cat 2 merits, you need not look past Snake Eye. Imo, if you don't max that out, it's a mistake. There is simply too much in favor for it, over the other choices. Fold vs. Winning Streak is not like that.
To make a SAT reference, the Fold and Winning Streak decision is much more comparable to PR recast and QD Acc than it is Snake Eye vs. any other merit.
I think this speaks to my point.
PR recast affects your initial roll lag, and ability to quickly get a buff back up after a bust or fold. It, therefore, improves your buffing ability.
QD accuracy increases your QD damage*. However, no one would claim that it improves your buffing ability; it does something different.
Similarly, Fold improves your buffing ability, while WS increases your time available for DDing. That's not to say that DDing is unimportant, but for the Corsair that values his buffing ability over other concerns
, Fold is the superior choice.
>> Also by the way, I believe you're off on what Commodore Frac does. In addition to the small chance to reset 2 JA's at once, it also increases the chance to reset one JA, which is similar to a Loaded Deck merit.
In any case, even if this were true, it would only apply to Loaded Deck merits beyond the first. The first Loaded Deck merit is a drastic improvement over 0 LD merits; relic body is not even a remotely viable substitute.
*Strictly speaking, QD accuracy also improves sleep/dispel, but it's usually not relevant; on the stuff you can land Light/Dark shot on, you don't need QDacc merits, and on the stuff that you can't, QDacc merits won't help. Edited, Apr 28th 2009 11:04pm by redvenomweb