Situational. For any mob that requires a WHM, you will not be able to duo-box AND do crowd control at the same time.
I do this every day.
Again, situtational. cure+stoneskin is the shiznit, definitely, but being able to AoE pro V, Shell V, phalanx, cure IV and/or Stoneskin before, or during a fight is definitely worth the strategem.
For all your railing against laziness, presenting Pro/Shell as things that make strategems worthwhile to WHM is curious. WHM/SCH doesn't get Phalanx. Afflatus Stoneskin > Accession Stoneskin. Phalanx isn't worth the time to cast unless you're Whisker burning / Cleaving. In other words, Accession is largely useless for WHM in today's game, making /SCH's only real benefit MP efficiency.
It's called a macro. It's lazy because you're willing to forfeit other pros for being /sch under the argument of having to "hit extra buttons" on a spell that you will rarely have to ever use.
Laziness has nothing to do with it; changing Addenda via macros with /wait commands takes 3 seconds minimum, and given that /SCH addenda spells are the kind that tend to be time-sensitive (-nas, Dispel, Sleep)... /SCH becomes a much less attractive subjob when switching between addenda is necessary, just as SCH main becomes much less attractive as a main job in the same situations.
When 2boxing, as I do and I know Fynlar does, these distinctions only become more pronounced. It's the same reason why Refresh is so very rarely worth casting when /RDM; 110 net MP over 2.5 minutes (when your gear is restoring 350MP over the same window) just isn't that great, and there's just usually better things to be doing with your time, like casting SS/Blink, running ahead and pulling the next mob, etc.
It really just boils down to the fact that WHM barely needs MP conversation from their subjob at all anymore; and if they do, Convert more than covers it, making Refresh a waste of time.
Well news flash, if the bonus of LA is negligible, then also the traverse effect of DA. This means a few extra spells in DA wont be a big deal.
Actually no, as the penalties for casting out of Arts are double that of the benefits of casting in Arts. You don't do much research, do you?
Edited, Aug 29th 2011 4:15pm by LyltiaofLakshmi