I don't have anything against mages, as I am both a RDM and a BRD, and started the game as a RDM but:
The tp burn party CANNOT and will not exist without bard and rdm, both are vital to keep the party going and manage link.
Not true, my favorite type of burn involves no mages(main job anyway), 2-3 DRG/mage and the rest melee. I've done em with brds and cors as well, but still, works very very fast and just as well without em on G.Colibri. Links aren't a problem, we had 3 on us at once easily, no need to sleep, just make sure each are on a separate person and you can keep everyone healed spamming healing breath.
Now this won't work much other places due to aoe and high damage enemy ws(well, it can, but isn't as fast as other tp burn and as drg burn at colibri, I've done drg burns vs mamool and weapons in sky too) but it can be done, so never use absolutes. There is always an exception. I also agree with you saying mages are needed in other places, but so are melees for most strats. All smn strats will work, but generally those are more extremist type things, and besides, by the same token you'd want melee's abilities weakened by WoTG, they could just make NMs that only melees can do well against :P
Also, only some Melee DD are button mashing. In a DRG burn like I mentioned, the DRG/mages have to watch hp while doing damage, certainly not a hard thing at all, but involves some thinking. DRGs are quite potent soloers too, as are NINs. THF can do pretty well too, and is anything but button mashing to pull off correctly. Trying to position yourself correctly around an always turning mob, with other melees who don't want you to trick attack on them, knowing when to save your feints, when and what ws to use etc. Sounds to me like you're bashing a class you haven't played.
I enjoy the technical play and strat of mage classes, but they can get just a repetitious as some DD classes if all you do is the same thing over and over, as some mages do, or have to do. Melee DD and Mage can both be technically inclined, and both be rather button mashing, its up to how you play it.
In all honesty though, theres no reason to be arguing over something petty like this, lets leave it at we need one another, because as either, I like having the other around, for the most part. Statement correction, said colibri instead of weapons Edited, Jan 22nd 2008 11:00pm by Souji