Duelist's Chapeau! After 3 years of multiple Dynamis linkshells!
and people think i got ripped off when i paid 10m for mine
I'm guessing anyone who DoT kites often has a macro set for it. I currently have a standard RDM macro book with 3 gearsets; Convert, INT, MND. My Utsusemi: Ni macro is also my Ixion Cloak equip Macro because every sopt in my macro book is used.
The 2nd page of macros is for Melee, this one is set up with much less equipment swapping specifically I never take off weapons during a Melee. That may be something I'll have to consider if I ever attempt to melee anything larger.
No room for Poison II in my standard set, so I replaced my Dispel macro with Poison II in my Melee set. Also no room for Utsusemi: Ichi in my Mage set, so I gotta switch to my melee set.
sounds like you have a fair amount of uneeded things macroed. slow, para, dispel (unless it's specifically needed for a certain mob), silence (see dispel), dia, etc don't really need to be macroed for kited fights.
personally i have my macros setup up over 3 pallets for solo. #1 is for kiting fights, and has utsu, cure4, dots, ss, phalanx, thunder/bliz, sleep2, slow1, haste, -dmg% gear, mdb, refresh, idle gear, bind, gravity, and one spot that i use for either nothing, or situational spells based on the fight (silence, dispel, barspells, etc). #3 is for straight tanked fights, and has basically the same things as #1, but enspell, melee gear, and slow2/para, instead of sleep2, thunder, slow1, and gravity. pallet #2 i use for both. it has nukes, vert, cure3/4, dots, bind/grav, utsu, def/mdb, regen, dispel, silence, etc.
unfortunately there really isn't enough room to put everything in one pallet, so you'll definitely need/want to use at least two. personally i've found it easiest to have 2 pallets that have all basic spells (utsu, bind, refresh, haste, ss, etc) in exactly the same spots, and then just change the other spots with lesser used spells such as nukes, vert, low tier cures, sleep, dispel, etc, etc.
I want to disagree on casting Nukes. If I have 3 shadows up and Gration stops to cast Haste on himself, or a IV on me, I can stop running at distance of 24, Begin nuking Blizzard 3, and by the time my character will start running again after the nuke animation, Gration is already moving towards me. If he cast an IV, then I'm already down to 2 shadows. Now, if he catches up to me, he can wipe those two shadows quick through Melee alone. He may throw in a TP attack, or he may just Melee. Either way, if I cast Utsusemi: Ni as son as he gets to me, I have 3 shadows to run with. 3 shadows is ALMOST as much as it takes to get you through until his next cast, but usually he whacks stoneskin off as well.
you're simply casting too slow. he should only make it to around 10~15' away from you by the time you finish nuking, if you start casting right away when it starts casting it's quick spells. even if you wait until it actually finishes casting before you start (like, right away after the animation starts, but before the ~.5 sec delay ends where it can't move), you can still avoid getting hit at all. when i'm not paying enough attention during burst to time it to finish right after it casts, i'll often do just that. i do use tabard at start of casting for nukes, but it may still be possible without it, and it's definitely possibly without it if you start casting any time before it finishes.
Another reason is because the first time through, I decided since I'm a newb I'd avoid convert, and just stick to Bio II and Poison II and take my time. Two problems with this though, one is intimidate. On my first run, there'd be times where intimidate killed my Bio II Cast 5 times in a row. Seeing as I only cast Bio or Poison when he decides to stop and cast, it takes a bit of time for 5 casts of Bio. In the mean time Poison drops, and by the 5th time of Bio being intimidated, Gration just gets sick of you and unclaims and heads for home.
you shouldn't wait for it to stop casting to cast dots. as long as you're at least 20' away, you'll never have a problem because of it.
What's even worse is following him, and attempting to cast Bio II 2 more times, only for intimidate to kick your ***, and for his HP to click from 70 to 100%
just attempting to cast it will reclaim it for a second, which even though it stays passive, will reset the timer before it starts to regen. as long as you continue trying to cast it, it won't start regening even if it takes you 10 minutes of constantly spamming it before it gets through.
And then FINALLY slowly and steadily, get his HP down to 6%. Shadows are down, and you are running away, waiting for his next cast so you can recast shadows. But the next cast doesn't happen. sh*t, Gration's out of MP, HP isn't full, shadows are down, get to max distance and cast Bind or Gravity, hopefully it won't be intimidated, hopefully it'll also stick, and hopefully he won't get close enbough to use a TP attack.
just like dots, don't ever wait for it to start casting before casting utsu2. it's not only unnecessary, it's almost suicidal. stoneskin and nukes are the only spells you really need to wait for it cast before casting. also, kiting around the shack slows it down more than enough to easily kite it after it runs out of mp, without bind/grav. it may be hard to nuke without bind, but surviving, and keeping up dots isn't much harder than it is when he still has mp.
Long story short, there's a whole lot of things I need to get better at. However, soloing a mob with Intimidate, that has a time limit of sorts, loses agro and regens, it was far from an easy solo for me, I'm pretty **** proud of myself. And as lightly as we all speak of a Gration solo here, go ask your RDM friends in FFXI about it, most of them have never even attempted a DoT kite.
there are some things that you're unlikely to learn from forums, and you simply need to learn for yourself. i certainly wouldn't bother to explain every possible situation you might encounter and how they should be handled, but if you go try for yourself, you'll quickly find how to deal with many by yourself, and it's also much easier for others to look at what you still did wrong, and just give advice to help with things you had trouble with, instead of for every possible situation.