Ranzera of the Seven Seas wrote:
I had some RDM friends complaining to me about how I'm overpowered and they're useless now. I asked one of the guys why I should give two sh*ts: just last week he was lolschin' at me.
I love it.
I don't see why they would think that. SCH is encroaching more on BLM and WHM far more than it is on RDM. SCH has a CoT (Convert over time) that does not stack with refresh(it overwrites it), and can't be used on other people. SCH has gotten access to sleepga II which takes a charge to use. SCH still doesn't have Haste or a way to give mp to other mages, which are RDM's meripo trademarks. What SCH gained was in house -na's (I hear including Stona... ouch to WHMs), Raise II and better nuking ability, nothing there that either wasn't on RDM's plate already or something RDM was third rate at to begin with.
The reason we're **** (at least the reason I am) is that Sublimation doesn't stack with Refresh, but it does stack with Ballad and Evoker's Roll, so any WHM/SCH or SCH/XXX in a party is going to want a BRD or COR before a RDM (because either of those gives 3mp/tick + Sublimation and we can only give 3mp/tick OR Sublimation), and on top of that, that means that a RDM/SCH won't get the added benefit of Sublimation + Refresh, while a BRD + PUP/SCH (Stormwaker or Soulsoother) with decent +MP gear (and PUPs get no shortage of Mage gear for some odd reason) could probably main-heal a party now (grats to the PUPs on this, btw), with the exception of Haste (and SMN/SCH can do everything PUP/SCH can do, PLUS Hastega and Auto-refresh). Heck, BST/SCH could probably tank AND main heal, especially with the reduced Reward recast.
Now all of this, I can respect. The other mage jobs have needed RDM-esque durability for a long time now, and this update came not a moment too soon for them, but was it really necessary to cut RDM out of the loop? Is another 400MP/10 min for us so overpowered (and RDMs with Dalmatica and Duelist's Chapeau already have access to this, this just gives this advantage to your average RDM) that it justifies turning us into the last-choice Refresher, who already is inferior because the other two Refreshers can AoE their Refreshes (which cost them no MP) and we have to do it all single-target and spend 40MP a pop?
There comes a point where adding more MP/tick doesn't matter anymore; where it's simply not worth the trouble to go for even more MP. The Morrigan/Dalmatica + Duelist's Chapeau RDMs are pretty much there already. Letting Refresh stack with Sublimation would simply put the average RDM in easier reach of a higher degree of excellence, and not nerf our Refreshing ability in parties compared to BRD and COR. Would letting Refresh and Sublimation stack overpower our soloing ability even more? Possibly, but I don't really think so. On anything tough, we're going to be RDM/NIN with a Ceremonial Dagger, and /SCH isn't going to help us Sleep/Nuke anything we can't already, it will just let us do it faster (and we'll still be ages behind a SCH/RDM on the same solo in speed).
Part of me believes that Refresh and Sublimation not stacking is just a bug, and that it will be fixed; another part of me believes that SE hates their playerbase (and me in particular), and did this on purpose.
Either way, we came into this update anticipating a new toy to play with (especially with that frontline tease from fanfest), and ended up getting left out of the biggest mage buff since Rise of the Zilart (which, coincidentally, is the last time RDM has gotten anything cool), and having our Refreshing ability nerfed-by-exclusion. Also, they could have left us out of the buff in a different way, allowing Refresh and Sublimation to stack so we can remain a competent Refresher, and giving us a cool new JA that for one reason or another, doesn't stack with Sublimation, so at least we get something nice out of the deal, like an ability that drains 2HP/tick but boosts Magic Accuracy or something (I'd use that over Sublimation any day, resists are like a personal insult to me).
Anyway, I could go on, but really, that's most of my complaint. I don't begrudge Scholars for this (unlike BLMs, I'm sure), in fact I'm happy they got a great buff. I just don't want it **** me over in the meantime, as you can bet that post-update every WHM will be /SCH, and they will always choose a BRD or COR over RDM now because our Refresh doesn't stack.