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?
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.
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.
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 bitching, 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.