Hi guys. I've finally been picking up some merit parties whenever I get tells from a few certain people. I don't like making parties, so I prefer to have leaders of my favorite parties keep an eye out for me and send me /tells when they are going out. Anyway.
I finally have 1 fold and 1 winning streak. I have a question though about fold. Firstly, I know most people here will say 5 snake eye, 3-4 fold and 1 LD, unless you have 3 fold and put one into winning streak as well. Here's my thinking with fold though. It is definitely useful for removing a bust effect. With Snake eye at a theoretical 5/5, you are already guaranteeing one strong roll every buff cycle. With fold at 5/5, you can increase this to a potential 2 guaranteed strong rolls.
So I was in a merit party at bird camp, RDM BRD COR WAR SAM RNG. I busted on a double six and went to use fold, but then realized I had already used random deal less than 5 minutes previous. So now I have no bust effect, but I still have to wait for PR to cool down.In the end, Fold didn't have the effect I imagined or hyped it up as, in my mind. I imagined if I had a bust I could remove it and re-roll immediately to not let it throw a rotation off by a few seconds.
Am I expecting too much of fold? If that's not how it is intended to be used, how do you all see it as being used? One way I think is that, by removing a bust effect you can feel free to continue to roll aggressively on your other buffs. This would allow you to continue to push the limits(and cross your fingers you don't get double six)for the rest of the buffs in a typical rotation/cycle. Is this the real reason it's useful? I suppose if I want fold to be useful in the way I imagine it, that I could change group 1 merits around to have PR recast maxed instead. Does that sound like it makes sense? XD
I feel like the purpose of having more winning streak merits would be to alleviate more time between buff cycles for more DD action, -OR- to allow you to switch between parties in an alliance situation <18 members. In that case however, It would be impossible to switch between two parties and give them identical buffs without the use of fold on a 5 minute timer.
After seeing the RD stuff and thinking about it more, I feel like having 2 LD merits would significantly improve the results of my RD. 1 point has such a large effect on the success of RD. I know it is not used often due to its timer, but in some ways it makes sense to ensure it is a vital tool you can rely on. In other ways, since it is such a long timer some people consider it a mildly reliable backup plan at best but never expect much out of it; They never expect it to be reliable in a tight situation...even though it is very possible to make it so.
In the end through my internal debate I have so far decided on:
5 Snake eye
2 Loaded deck
1 Winning streak
When thinking about advice to give me personally, since each COR's merits should best reflect what they do for COR, here is what I mostly use COR for.
Low-man ENM, trio with friends, etc.
I would eventually like to use it for occasional Dynamis(when I can get away from the main tank slot) and would LIKE to use it for Sky and Sea on a 50/50 basis with my PLD, since I cannot deny the fact my PLD is pretty well experienced. I don't have a Sky or Sea shell at the moment, but plan to make a decision on one shortly so I can get C/BFG and other goodies. Thanks!