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#52 Aug 31 2011 at 3:27 PM Rating: Good
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Especially when the benefits of gearswapping vastly outweigh those of /SCH!
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RDM can attain an almost static 50% reduction to recast time, SCH can over shoot this for a total of 60% reduction under Alacrity (provided you are wearing loafers and keeping dark weather on yourself)

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MACC is a joke, any job with access to mage gear can hit close the MACC cap on legion mobs, which is why my BRD/RDM can land slow/para/blind despite having only 150 skill (from /RDM.)
#53 Aug 31 2011 at 4:43 PM Rating: Default
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Semantic games won't get you out of this one, champ.

If you don't swap gear on RDM, you @#%^ing fail, end of story, your argument is invalid.


What semantics? Either Slow II is easily capped out or it isn't. You can't play both sides to whatever makes you "right".

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Why wouldn't you gear swap?


If you don't need to. The claim is that Slow II is sooooo easy to cap. So, if I can cap or at get very close to capping it without switching gear, WTF would I switch gear?

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I love how I've hardly contributed to this thread, yet I've quite obviously made enough of an impression on a certain someone in here in order for my name to keep getting brought up. I feel all warm and tingly inside.

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I don't want to be lugging or switching M.Acc gear to cast slow II, when I can just cast it in my melee gear.. It's no different than what Fynlar has been arguing against /sch. The only difference is I accept the difference.


I especially love how when it's me choosing to take the easy way out on things regarding subjob choice and MP maintenance, it's sheer laziness and a refusal to accept the fact that I'm giving up Glorious Benefits; but when you're taking the easy way out with gear, you're allowed to just handwave it like it ain't no thang.

I WAS getting all warm and tingly before, but now I think I'm actually getting turned on a bit.


You overlooked my explanation. The difference is, I admit to being lazy and you're not. You're trying to pretend that x,y,z spells are necessary and blah blah, when in reality you're just too lazy to create a macro.

In our situation we're literally talking about the same effects, the effect of slow. In the other thread, we're comparing various spells, abilities, etc. The concept is still the same, but the two aren't the same. Try to keep up
#54 Aug 31 2011 at 4:46 PM Rating: Default
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LyltiaofLakshmi wrote:
Especially when the benefits of gearswapping vastly outweigh those of /SCH!


Gear swapping IS important and I do gear swap, just not enough. I admit that is a flaw on my part and something that I have been actively working on. I never claimed to be perfect, but that doesn't make my other points any less correct.
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I don't care what it is you're casting, you don't cast in your melee gear. Ever. There is no excuse.
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#56 Aug 31 2011 at 5:54 PM Rating: Good
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If you don't need to. The claim is that Slow II is sooooo easy to cap. So, if I can cap or at get very close to capping it without switching gear, WTF would I switch gear?


The claim was made assuming that one uses swaps gear to cast it; it is nearly impossible to cap potency on anything above Too Weak without gear, with or without merits.

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You're trying to pretend that x,y,z spells are necessary and blah blah, when in reality you're just too lazy to create a macro.


We already explained that the problem is the JA delay before being able to use the spell is the main problem; the fact that it is more cumbersome simply makes it even less attractive, especially to 2boxers. You can give it up, now.

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I never claimed to be perfect, but that doesn't make my other points any less correct.


Except that swapping gear religiously is the one thing every halfway competent RDM masters early on; if you were new here, or new to the game, or new to RDM, it'd be one thing; but coming from someone who claims to be ahead of the curve, champions concepts that range from subpar to flat-out wrong, and endlessly berates anyone who dares disagree with them, and whose points tend to be nothing more than semantic wordplay and misdirection... my sympathy is rather limited.

Not that you had much (if any) before, but you have to realize that this pretty much kills any credibility you may have had concerning RDM.

The proper route from here is to get your house in order, get some experience playing on the same level as the rest of us, and then come back with some better ideas; nitpicking every post since your last, whining and ********* calling names, and/or persisting with this nonsense, is just going to dig your hole deeper.
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RDM can attain an almost static 50% reduction to recast time, SCH can over shoot this for a total of 60% reduction under Alacrity (provided you are wearing loafers and keeping dark weather on yourself)

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MACC is a joke, any job with access to mage gear can hit close the MACC cap on legion mobs, which is why my BRD/RDM can land slow/para/blind despite having only 150 skill (from /RDM.)
#57 Aug 31 2011 at 6:07 PM Rating: Good
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That being said, there's still bad decisions to make, such as Slow II above (x1)

Slow II is fine with 2+ merits, for the right application.

5/5 Slow II
5/5 Bio III
Composure + Ice spikes

That's some freaky good damage mitigation; It's often the different between casting Stoneskin relgiously or not casting it once.

If you're not the tank, 6MP Paralyze is still hot. But like I said, it's all in the application.

I'd recommend 5/5 Paralyze II to most RDMs... too bad it's simply not an option for what I've committed to.
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Except that with a proper MND set, you can reach the dMND cap @1 merit.
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RDM can attain an almost static 50% reduction to recast time, SCH can over shoot this for a total of 60% reduction under Alacrity (provided you are wearing loafers and keeping dark weather on yourself)

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MACC is a joke, any job with access to mage gear can hit close the MACC cap on legion mobs, which is why my BRD/RDM can land slow/para/blind despite having only 150 skill (from /RDM.)
#59 Aug 31 2011 at 9:48 PM Rating: Good
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Your damage must suck as a melee RDM if you are wearing MP atmas, getting a BRD to give MP buffs and refresh gear. LOL. You are full of sh*t, I doubt you have even succeeded in soloing trash mobs for gold chests let alone anything of real value. Why don't you take the two useless points from slow II and put them in Bio III, and then tae 1 from dia and stick it there too. Wear DD atma's and have your BRD sing useful buffs.


Well obviously you know nothing about RDM melee solo. It's not about dealing damage, it's about outliving your opponent. I don't have MP atmaS. Only one, the rest are usually defense related. With the proper haste build up, enspell, capped sword with full merits, you don't worry about attack, but defense to stay alive. Now, if the mob is so lol that dying is of really no concern, then by all means, go on the offense.


LOL proper haste build up what a joke. No wonder you need to use laughable defense atma's solo. Go buy yourself a -PDT/-DT/-MDT set, get the good stuff don't cheap out. Use it then use real Atma's. If you are a proponent of tickling a mob to death this would include subbing BLU and using MM/Beyond/Cosmos to boost Sang blade as it will be your primary source of damage and healing. If /NIN dump MM atma and use a straight up melee atma set and use Evisceration or CDC.

You are **** terrible if you think offense isn't a good defense, the faster something dies, the less chance you have of ******* up.

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As I said, you're nothing but a troll.


No ****, but at least I am right.

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FFXI is all about +1, so therefore those two merits for slow are not useless and the brd is not always casting ballad, mostly acc and atk. I merely stated that he can if there were a need for MP, just to show you that MP is not a problem.


What you waste a BRD for ACC and ATK yet refuse to use Melee DD atmas. You are an idiot. You use the BRD to give you double march, then you use melee atmas, and use your gear to cap out damage taken. That is the dumbest **** I have ever heard. What a waste of a BRD.

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Oh somebody getting upset. Although the same could easily be said about you. But then again one of us actually knows what they are talking about, and its not you.


Says the guy who told me to get DD atmas... LOL..



Ya because capped ACC, 80% + crit rate (2K Evis or 3K CDC) or near 2K Sang Blades is a terrible idea. You keep pumping your defense atmas though and having your brd sing lolmadrigal/minuet.

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How is he good at it if he's arguing with the only person who agrees with him in a thread? He called me retarded for AGREEING WITH HIM.That's horrible trolling. On the other hand, I'm not trolling at all, I mainly just only partake in threads where I'm the opposition or else it isn't fun. The difference is, I'm not just making stuff up just to argue.


But i don't agree with you, you are an idiot, Convert is a tool, and you are to much of ***** to know how to use it, especially in solo combat, thn gain having to wait 10 minutes is probably why you have no idea how to use it effectively in solo melee (ill give you a hint, using it when it puts you in one shot territory is stupid.) I also disagree with your opinion on SCH, SCH is a fluff sub, it has a bunch of neat tricks that are outshone by RDM WHM and BLM subs. Its called researching your environment and utilizing the best options available, and SCH fits none of those it is a versatile sub, and therefore can never ever be the best.

That and your merits are a ******* joke, "I don't need MACC gear, but im going to dump 5 merits into 2 useless MACC categories for spells that land nearly all the time or are outright resisted." Then I am going to lecture everyone on why my setup for Atmas i awesome, I waste 3 atma slots and a BRD to balance out my pathetic approach to soloing.

Tell us the truth Alma, you haven't played since ToAU have you.

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Tell us the truth Alma, you haven't played since ToAU have you.

If he has then he certainly hasn't learned anything between then and now, and I'd wager he didn't learn much before then either.
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#62 Aug 31 2011 at 11:11 PM Rating: Default
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I don't care what it is you're casting, you don't cast in your melee gear. Ever. There is no excuse.



This got defaulted? Actually im not surprised, given the viewership. Snipe aside, this is 100% accurate, fast cast/recast gear, interrupt gear, and cure potency gear, and nuking gear, and macc gear. Every spell a RDM casts is benefited better through gear swaps.

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#63 Sep 01 2011 at 1:09 AM Rating: Excellent
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Except that with a proper MND set, you can reach the dMND cap @1 merit.
Here's my (incomplete) counterclaim in order of importance:
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1/5 Slow II = 35.10%
5/5 Slow II = 39.06%
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+4% might not seem like much...
But it's an upgrade to Slow II, for pete's sake!
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Some of us (me included) are capped on inventory space. If we want to trade or get loot, we gotta do some mog sacking first...
But what's worse is that some of us are having to decide which 10+ items to sacrifice swapping-into, simply because there's not enough f*cking inventory space (thank you, Enix).

It differs from situation to situation, but oftentimes those items are m.acc/MND/enfeebling pieces. Mog-sacking that gear becomes less detrimental with 5/5 Slow II.
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RDM melee is becoming more popular everyday; +8 earth m.acc (from the last 4 Slow II merits) can subtly compliment the disuse of staves/wands.
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Here's my (incomplete) counterclaim in order of importance:


Yeah my bad, totally misread the formula there, you're absolutely right. 5/5 definitely worth considering if you or your tanks are tanking without shadows a majority of the time.

Also, congrats on 1k ^^
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RDM can attain an almost static 50% reduction to recast time, SCH can over shoot this for a total of 60% reduction under Alacrity (provided you are wearing loafers and keeping dark weather on yourself)

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MACC is a joke, any job with access to mage gear can hit close the MACC cap on legion mobs, which is why my BRD/RDM can land slow/para/blind despite having only 150 skill (from /RDM.)
#66 Sep 01 2011 at 2:43 AM Rating: Default
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I don't care what it is you're casting, you don't cast in your melee gear. Ever. There is no excuse.


So, when you melee, you use your Light staff (or equivalent) to cure yourself?

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The claim was made assuming that one uses swaps gear to cast it; it is nearly impossible to cap potency on anything above Too Weak without gear, with or without merits.


Exactly, it still doesn't make sense. If it's soooo easy to cap with gear swapping and 1 merit, then the more merits you use the less gear is necessary. Else, "every little bit helps" with the merit boosts. It's either one or the other. Choose a side and stick with it.

Instead of having 1 merit and a ton of gear, I would have rather have 3-5 merits and less gear. I don't see how that's so hard to understand.

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We already explained that the problem is the JA delay before being able to use the spell is the main problem; the fact that it is more cumbersome simply makes it even less attractive, especially to 2boxers. You can give it up, now.


And we already concluded that you aren't hardly ever needing to use those spells to the point where that delay would matter. Fynlar even admitted that there wouldn't be any link/aggro issue with any worthwhile mobs, so it doesn't matter. You can give up now.

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Except that swapping gear religiously is the one thing every halfway competent RDM masters early on; if you were new here, or new to the game, or new to RDM, it'd be one thing; but coming from someone who claims to be ahead of the curve, champions concepts that range from subpar to flat-out wrong, and endlessly berates anyone who dares disagree with them, and whose points tend to be nothing more than semantic wordplay and misdirection... my sympathy is rather limited.

Not that you had much (if any) before, but you have to realize that this pretty much kills any credibility you may have had concerning RDM.

The proper route from here is to get your house in order, get some experience playing on the same level as the rest of us, and then come back with some better ideas; nitpicking every post since your last, whining and ********* calling names, and/or persisting with this nonsense, is just going to dig your hole deeper.


This is a result of being caught in the cookie cutter bandwagon nonsense. I'll ask you the same question I asked Cid. When you melee, do you switch to a light staff or equivalent to cure yourself?

If you do, then you obviously fail. Any competent RDM knows that the difference of cured HP isn't worth losing your TP given the other ways of curing yourself. The entire goal is to balance out magery and melee. So, for you to pretend that you should do a complete equipment change for every spell you cast is just plain stupid.

Just how you decided that refresh wasn't "worth" it, the same can and should be said about *certain*, not all, equipment. The game is all about trade off's where you determine what's more important based on what you're doing.

As I said, I do gear swap, just not as much as I should, but I'm gearing more and more to the *necessary* gear swaps. For example, fast cast for stoneskin.

TL;DR; You have no idea what you're talking about because you're so far behind the curve. You and your bandwagon buddies will realize this in the future and I'll be here to say "I told you so" just like I have been doing all of these years.
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Except that with a proper MND set, you can reach the dMND cap @1 merit.


Orrrrrr... less macroed mnd gear and more merits. Not sure why you prefer the former.

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LOL proper haste build up what a joke. No wonder you need to use laughable defense atma's solo. Go buy yourself a -PDT/-DT/-MDT set, get the good stuff don't cheap out. Use it then use real Atma's. If you are a proponent of tickling a mob to death this would include subbing BLU and using MM/Beyond/Cosmos to boost Sang blade as it will be your primary source of damage and healing. If /NIN dump MM atma and use a straight up melee atma set and use Evisceration or CDC.

You are **** terrible if you think offense isn't a good defense, the faster something dies, the less chance you have of @#%^ing up.


Didn't you say in the last thread that you don't do anything RDM in Abyssea because it's useless and you play other jobs? Obviously you have no idea what you're talking about. I do use -PDT/-DT/-MDT gear that I "borrowed" from my brother's account who doesn't play anymore. Except, I only use it when I feel it's necessary.

You can't say one minute that haste/acc/attk is lol, go defense go... then turn around and say that killing faster is the issue not defense!!!

It all depends on the mob that I'm fighting, depends on what I equip and what food I use. I carry that additional defense gear and use it when I feel that I need more defense, I can do that because I'm not wasting slot on M.acc when I can merit it.

It's the argument people used against Wise Gear.

Everything is situational and for you to act like there's just one gear,support buff for every scenario is evident of your ignorance.

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But i don't agree with you, you are an idiot


You attacked me when we agreed, it wasn't till later before we disagreed on something. You literally said exactly my point twice in a row. You just kept talking until we disagreed.

You're just a horrible troll

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This is a result of being caught in the cookie cutter bandwagon nonsense. I'll ask you the same question I asked Cid. When you melee, do you switch to a light staff or equivalent to cure yourself?

If you do, then you obviously fail. Any competent RDM knows that the difference of cured HP isn't worth losing your TP given the other ways of curing yourself. The entire goal is to balance out magery and melee. So, for you to pretend that you should do a complete equipment change for every spell you cast is just plain stupid.


Because losing TP when you switch weapons is totally an excuse for not switching any other equipment.


The obvious solution here is to never cure and melee simultaneously. Because no matter what, one of them will be gimped, and your gimpiness will get you made fun of in the linkshells of your party members.
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I don't care what it is you're casting, you don't cast in your melee gear. Ever. There is no excuse.


So, when you melee, you use your Light staff (or equivalent) to cure yourself?

No, you equip MND gear and cure potency in other slots and precast in Fast Cast gear.

God you are stupid.
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Didn't you say in the last thread that you don't do anything RDM in Abyssea because it's useless and you play other jobs?


No I stopped using RDM in groups because it was useless, anything my RDM gave to a group my BLM/WHM did just as well and offered much more. As for solo, I stopped using RDM because both my DNC and BLM got the job done faster, RDM is horribly time inefficient by comparison, for Nuke solo's BLM trumps RDM, and for melee solo's it isn't even a contest.
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Except that with a proper MND set, you can reach the dMND cap @1 merit.

You can't know that. No one's mapped out the MND values or slow potency for everything outside of Abyssea, let alone inside, and this isn't over trash fodder either.

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You can't know that. No one's mapped out the MND values or slow potency for everything outside of Abyssea, let alone inside, and this isn't over trash fodder either.
Pretty sure the cap requires 75dMND I don't see why this value would magically change all of the sudden. Not that it really matters.

using above numbers.(ys i understnd they are dMND capped bu that is irrelevant as the % values would change the same.) @ 300 delay

300*1.3510 = 405.3/60 = 6.755
300*1.3906 = 417.18/60 = 6.953

Less than .2 seconds difference between 1 merit and 5 merits. You ain't going to see sh*t all difference with 1/5 vs 3/5 or 2/5, or really 4/5. **** 5/5 isn't even worth the merits when you could put those merits to better use going 5/5 Bio (based on almas WTF merit choices.)





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The dMND cap always remains 75 for each, merits just adjust a multiplier that raises cap. But that's merely an aside and not what was put forth.

You can't know you've always capped dMND, that's entirely dependant on the target, dMND being, you know, the difference in MND. And last I checked, you don't know the MND value of every target. Abyssea certainly blew the lid off that, even I rearranged my merits after Abyssea (and a lesser extent Saboteur). But that's only under the assumption that a player has all relevant abyssites and-slash-or atmas, Voidwatch included. It's a poorly thought out argument to say a decent set always capped it.

As for your cap comparison, which isn't all that news-breaking, 2 seconds has as much potential to change a fight as a single maybe-might-proc paralyze merit, a couple points of phalanx mitigation, a couple extra recasts of Dia III or Bio III. What makes it so salivating is that it's always there. You can actually rely on Slow II.

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Am I reading it wrong or is it 0.2 second delay, or 2 second delay?



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It's .2 secs. Personally never cared about the 39% cap, I used the merits to reach 35% easier, which is around the edge Ichi can be freely cast without FC on most fights.
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Well I'd do this:
5 Ice
5 Convert
1 Para II
1 Slow II
1 Blind II
2 Dia III
5 Phalanx II

Reasoning on the first has been restated enough that you don't need to hear it again.

As for the second:
Para/Slow at higher levels has obvious value. Blind is better than you think when you have an evasion tank, which should be every time you have a tank at all (even when you don't, it increases shield and parry too so it's never worthless). Phalanx II is just free value without sub dependency, and the duration is fantastic. Dia III at 1 min recast is infrequent enough to maintain without irritation. At 30 seconds it's a huge pain in the ****. The effect is too good not to have.
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