I can understand the upset but I actually think they're manipulating the mage community somewhat and that RDM will get a significant buff in the next update.
In the five levels we've got now, there's nothing much to show for. I don't care for RDM tanking (sorry!) but I do acknowledge that when done well it was amazing. However I've barely ever seen it done well. I'm sure some of you guys are the exception.
I realise you probably don't give a crap about WHM or SCH but they don't benefit from the accession haste thing either. I wouldn't be surprised after this if they didn't accession refresh or maybe even give it to other jobs at all.
I suspect that they have something big planned for RDM but for the 80-90 stretch and to enable them to implement it the'y're prebuffing other mages so they don't whine. It may not be where you think we're going, but I'm sure it will be interesting. I think they're going to count on people not giving up on their beloved RDMs for a while longer but I can see the job being utterly ditched after the next update if they don't buff it.
My personal contention with the recent update and lack of confidence in future updates is what was answered with the changes made recently.
It doesn't matter if you'd never done any tanking, nor did it matter if you'd ever had any interest in doing so. What the enmity nerf did was effectively crush our ability to pull hate off others, for any reason
. Assisting an ailing WHM/BLM/whatever, giving a tank a breather, saving particularly stupid melees from themselves, keeping a mob's attention on yourself in Campaign for your points... that's effectively been wrapped up and tossed out.
The changes made didn't even address those powers of the job that the larger player base took issue with. Players at large have had a bone to pick with RDM soloing since Avesta appeared on the scene, WHMs have had issue with RDM healing abilities since shortly after ToAU dropped... but I don't think I've met any tanks that were particularly threatened by RDM's tanking potential, partially because (by your own admission), it was rare and rarely done well. They answered a question nobody asked.
Top that with the best of the update being yet more
spells shared between WHM, RDM, BLM, and SCH.
Might the next update bring something distinctive, something favorable? It's possible. But if the past few years have been an indication, I'm not betting on it.
Which is why I started an ideas thread, but no one took to it.
We can brainstorm all the amazing, over-the-top and/or perfectly balanced sh*t that we want, but in the end, who's gonna notice? I think everyone gets a little frustrated calling in to a station that doesn't take requests.