Here's a simple question: Why do you merit?
Do you merit to spend points on your character to improve it so it's better at meritting? Then you can merit faster and get more merits to spend to make you even better at meritting? Meritting can be the biggest timesink if you let it, but what's the point if you're not actually enjoying the game?
What, exactly, do you think this game is?
Do you think it's about the rich storylines? You can complete any mission with AH gear and no merits.
Do you think it's about Dynamis, or Limbus, or Salvage, or HNM? Getting more and better gear so you can... get more and better gear?
How is focusing on excelling in merits any less valid than focusing on excelling on any other aspect of this game?
I'm also forced to wonder where you got the idea that meriting cannot be enjoyable. I personally find meriting to be the most entertaining activity in this game, specifically
because of the challenge of reaching (and maintaining) higher exp rates.
I disagree that meritting and improving yourself has less of an impact on situations outside of merit parties, particularly alliance-based ones. First of all, you look at it through the scope of one well-meritted person instead of everyone being meritted.
No, I'm looking at it through the scope of being 1/6th of a team instead of 1/30th of a team.
Oh, and when you figure out how I, myself, can ensure that the other members of my alliance are merited, then your point will carry more weight. Otherwise, I can only look at meriting through the scope of the only person whose merits I control: myself.
There is more at stake when you're burning a rare pop item or claiming a difficult NM or doing a timed event.
Really? Is there?
Time is time, and that's the only resource at stake. If I'm burning a rare pop item, the only thing at stake is the time it took me to get that item and do the fight. If I can merit at a speed that's over twice the rate of another party, is that time saved somehow less useful?
You're so eager to share your knowledge that you just ripped out a rant about the finer points of meritting and common misconceptions when I didn't even ask for it. You even insult such people by implying they're ignorant when you don't know them at all because it's human nature to attempt to discredit anyone who disagrees with you.
Anyone who thinks that the difference between trying and not trying is going from 25k to 25.1k deserves the implication.
Had you said something more along the lines of "fine-tuning until you can turn 15k/hr into 35k/hr," I wouldn't have felt the need to pre-categorize you; but then again, had you said something like that from the start, the obvious absurdity of such a claim (more than doubling your exp rate is inconsequential) makes refuting it redundant.
If I wanted to be anal about meritting and eking out every last micron of performance, I could. I'm happy with being in the top 10 or 20% and it's not really hard to get there.
Again, if you think 25k/hr is "top 10 or 20%," you're sadly mistaken. (Fortunately, you "don't care" about being good at merits, so this shouldn't be a problem for you.)
If you don't like meriting, that's your right. But don't try to pretend that it's somehow objectively less worthwhile than any other activity, or that it's an insignificant investment that's not worth the effort. Edited, Aug 5th 2009 8:58am by redvenomweb