I find accessing 3 finishing moves instantly easier and more effective to juggle whilst maintaining the rest of DNC's abilities (i.e. steps). I don't know about other DNCs, but I don't use Steps purely for their enfeebling effects. If I'm not getting my 2 finishing moves, I feel like I'm putting that 10 TP to waste.
^This is pretty much my reason as well for wanting 3/5 into NFR: once you start going you should be trying to use steps every chance possible. Since RF has a 30s timer, there's two steps worth of time to wait for RF to be ready. Unless you're just on a horrible missing streak you won't have too much trouble keeping something up.
After that, one in saber/fan to have them and 5/5 closed position for me. One thing I've wondered though: how far off center with the mob's face can you be and still have the effect? For example, can you avoid sticky thread from a crawler without voiding the acc bonus?
For my dnc macros I try to keep things as simple as possible since I play on ps2 and use keyboard near exclusively. I have all my most useful macros on the ALT# lists since my thumb easily rests on left and right ALTs (left hand).
ALT 1-10: battle target (/ta <bt> or an /assist), waltz3, waltz4, utsu:ni, utsu:ichi, haste samba, drain samba3 (to be replaced with a step set as soon as I get the relic shoes), ws set, tp/haste gear set, and a no dusk macro. Left-ALT 1-5 are the easiest for me to tap with left hand so I have the most important things there (might move haste samba over there sometime). I move my hand and switch to the right-ALT to hit the others (or just hold ALT for the bar to come up and arrow-key over).
In my waltz macros I currently swap body and head for waltz+% first, /ja CW <stpt>, /wait 1 (so the waltz with gear goes off), then swap back those two pieces for normal tp gear. I'm thinking of going to a /recast CW# (for identity, I've hit the wrong one a few times), /ta <stpt>, waltz gear swaps, /ja CWIII <lastst> and then just hitting my tp macro again. I'll have to do that if I ever get a roundel earring as six spots is all I'm working with... in fact if there's ever more for me to really swap (not for 5 more hp, but for additional %s) I'll have to make a single macro for the waltz gear swaps and be quick with tapping the waltz and tp macros (will have to replace the <bt>/assist macro).
My CTRL macros are mostly innocuous as I barely use them: /sea all <t> (to be replaced later if necessary), CW2 (to be copied and pasted into my ALT set, lvl cap depending), CW4 (so I don't lose it), gear dump macros (gear swaps I can copy/paste depending on lvl cap), aspir samba2, /p Dancer tp:<tp>, and pulling macros. I do all flourishes/steps/jigs through the menus. If there's ever more flourish enhancement gear then I'll make macros for them (I just fulltime relic body outside of waltzes).
Might seem bothersome to go through menus for so much but it keeps me more engaged.
~Ori Edited, Mar 6th 2009 7:31pm by orinthia