That's where vermy over the washboard hat is self defeating, once you're gear swapping the point of refresh efficiency over sublimation isn't valid anymore.
I'm glad you stated this. This statement is exactly
what I was afraid ppl were interpretting the use of V cloack for. The point I'm trying to get acrossed is that it is NOT used during sublimination. There's no point right? use your M.board and you get 3 per tic which is the equivilant of using 2 per tic and vermy; it kinda cancels it self out so either way you do it is just as effecient (although I prefer the hat over vermy during sublimation stocking to speed up the process, allowing to to use it more frequently). However in that scenario, makes the vermy worthless in a sense of the cost/usage ratio.
Now that that has been covered and out of the way, let's push that aside and address where I am trying to say it makes its usefulness. Now please keep in mind that this is purely based on my personal
playstyle and usages of scholar. I'll use the Uggalepih Pendant NM as my first example. You're kiting an NM with a godly amount of HP, that takes 2/3's magic dmg, and kited around in a big circle. It's completely an endurance fight if you're soloing/duoing/trioing it with mages. As a scholar, and due to the mp strain it puts on you to keep going nonstop, I "can" use sublimation as quickly as its recast allows me (yes using af hat not vermy in this instance), dump to my mp pool, aspir, and continue running in vermillion cloak in between recasts. Given the use of Parsimony, the demand for dumping a full load of sublimation into my mp pool that only lacks 100-150 mp at a given time, would be wasteful. Therefore I can get that mp back via V cloak until I'm ready to unload a bunch of spells at proper timing. Then
I use sublimation, (again, remphasizing that I'm using af hat during sublimation use). Once it's capped, im back to using aspir/vermy for extra mp gain until my next big unload of dmg.
2nd Scenario: Sea
In sea, my LS tries to make the most use of our members, so much as to split into smaller groups to get 3-4 times more accomplished at a single given amount of time. Because of that, you're almost constantly on the run, spending mp, and getting it back. In that situation, you don't have time to pop a squat with stoneskin on and kickin it with sublimation going. You're trying to suck up as much mp as you can, anywhere you can get it to keep yourself going nonstop (and you can
do it). With the usages of sublimation, vermillion cloak, aspir, and even gathering ghrahs or aerns that are relatively close to eachother and using the very scholar friendly Manifestation > Aspir, these tools can keep you near full the entire time while never having to stop.
So again, I'm not arguing the usage of vermillion cloak while sublimation is pulling hp. Im arguing other instances when sublimation is inactive, full, or inefficient at a given time, where vermillion cloak becomes yet another great tool and asset to keep a scholar (a job designed to be all about mp efficiency) as highly mp efficient as possible.
Edit: Grammar fixes Edited, Apr 25th 2008 10:28am by xXxNaobixXx