At least in Nyzul Isle, since I haven't had a chance to try something else yet, PUP is getting ridiculously potent. Even as PUP/NIN I'm able to stay competitive with other DDs, and that's NOT counting the damage from my automaton. With the boost to mana tanks, Spiritreaver is able to keep up very well and on all 3 of the climbing runs I did today, it matched my damage as master. Was eating pizza and using full haste gear and was able to easily cap hitrate for the entire climb.
Just recently I joined a floor 100 run on PUP/WAR, just to see how useful I would be on a more difficult boss fight. Needless to say, I've never wished more that I was subbing something other than /WAR. I never even used berserk until the boss floor - I was taking hate too often even without it. I actually ended up parsing as the top DD on cerberus, again, without counting my automaton's damage, against a SAM, a MNK, and an adaberk WAR. I swapped out to valoredge while we were buffing up. Wasn't really sure how to go about it, but I knew that the bosses on 60/80/100 resist magic really badly.
I really do think we're going to end up going the way of MNK (at least partially) and need to sub /NIN drastically more often. If not, /DRG, for a haste boost, extra accuracy, and a (small) amount of hate shedding ability for doing things like ventriloquy -> high jump.
The biggest deal of all of this is probably that PUP is going to be able to hold its own as a DD without the automaton at all. That bodes fairly decently at least for the bottom of the barrel PUPs that don't understand how to gear and use automatons. PUP is becoming borderline overpowered in the way that people seem to assume SAM is. The funniest part is that this makes PUP way more potent than when Magic Mortar first came out, but since the damage isn't condensed into one shot (or at least into one player/npc instead of split in two) nobody is going to realize how strong PUP is. Not only that, people will still by in large prefer to take even well geared PUPs over lesser geared players on other jobs.
Oh and here's a picture of the chat log at floor 100. The WAR couldn't voke hate off of me even after he WS'd before I did.
Edited, Mar 24th 2010 3:25am by bsphil