All I'm hearing is "play Red Mage or we will give you a hard time for playing jobs that can actually contribute in the current metagame because we are petty and spiteful."
Then you're not paying attention.
No I don't think it does, it makes me smart. Probably smarter than you. Abyssea time isn't free, even though I have over 400 stones, I burn them like candy on NM's, Soloing faster allows me to get the items I want/need, with time remaining to do stuff with/for my friends on a useful job to help them/us out. Then at the end of the day when we get to big nasty stuff I pull out my RDM because 40-50K Sanguine Blades rock sh*t pretty good.
Obviously you have not played another job at 90 to experience just how useless and mundane RDM really is. You should you would likely have more fun actually getting sh*t accomplished, instead of pretending or leeching it.
That's exactly what a band wagoner is. It has nothing to do with "being smart". I leveled WHM because I got tired of constantly main healing as a RDM knowing that WHM does it sooo much better. Even so, there were times where I preferred to main heal with RDM because I wanted to be RDM and I knew I could pull it off.
There's actually nothing wrong with that, but when you label a job as "useless" because it only kills 3 mobs instead of 5 mobs..... you're a band wagoner.
You're not playing jobs for your joy of the job but whatever seems most useful. That's ok, but that's what a band wagoner is. You jump ship to another job when the other job becomes slightly better.
There are times to "jump ship", but a difference of 2 mobs doesn't classify for that time especially for a job that wasn't meant to be the best at anything to start off with.
No, actually, this has pretty much NEVER been the case for RDM. It has always been the best soloer due to its' survivability, and until the Afflatus patch, it was undisputably the best healer. If anything, RDM is more balanced against other jobs now than it ever has been; the downside is that RDM's true specialty of Enfeebling is just not very necessary at this point.
Oh, my mistake. I was referencing to Final Fantasy, what series are you talking about?
RDM is and has always been the Jack of All Trades, Master of None. You are confusing being the Master of something vs being the best suited for something. I clarified that years ago. All you have to do is look at every other job in the game with their mastery and compare to RDM and it's so called "mastery". You'll see an evident lack of support.
RDM was never a Master of Solo, just the best suited class to get the job done. There's a big difference. The only things that kept BLM from blowing RDM out of the water on solo were refresh and convert.
Well, refresh is not a "survivor" tool, but a support tool. Else, it would be self-cast only like many of the other RDM spells. That only leaves convert. Given the extra amount of mp of BLM and higher tier spells and access to items, that could easily be made up.
The best healer? LOL.. WHM is and has always been the best healer in the game. Once again, you're confusing being the Master of something vs the best suited. People only favored RDM because you could free up a slot in the party. That doesn't constitute being a "better healer". That's the only reason why I leveled WHM in the first place, because it was a much better healer.
Don't even get me started on that whole "Master of Enfeebling" nonsense...
Basically, the only real use for RDM at this point is for soloing insanely powerful things that no other job would stand a chance against; anything else, sure RDM can be useful, but whatever it is, guaranteed, another job will do it faster/better. Choosing not to use RDM in these situations in favor of another job that will get the job done faster does not make one less of a RDM, or mean that you 'love' the job less than the guy who stubbornly uses RDM for everything (although, it certainly makes you smarter than them).
It's not about being stubborn. You can and should play other jobs. The thing is, if you don't have the slightest tingling to play your RDM solely because it can't do x,y or z better than some other job, then you're a band wagoner, plain and simple. Just man up and accept it as the truth. Stop trying to rationalize it, because the more you try, the more you prove that is indeed what you are.
If my group is lacking elemental power, I would play BLM. If my group is lacking healing power, I would play WHM. If my group is efficient in either but still desires extra, I'm playing RDM. That's the entire purpose of RDM.
With tier IV spells and atmas, I actually feel MORE USEFUL than ever. My damage has increased dramatically and I don't have to worry about refresh. So, I'm still healing with much much more damage.
Or I could just heal with my WHM.......
Not to derail, but shouldn't we be thankful for bandwagoners, anyway?
Typically I am.. BLU and SCH were some of the best updates for RDM