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#1 Mar 08 2009 at 8:25 PM Rating: Decent
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A few months ago I leveled sch to 37 for a mage sub. I have only pt'd with a few scholars and they have alway been main healers.

Is there any hope of not being another career healer? I already main heal on whm (lol) rdm and smn. If it is a guarenteed certainty that I'll main heal on sch as well then there's no point for me to level it. I refuse to have a 4th main healer. Especially when I also have blm 62.

Since I already have nuking and healing gear that isn't a problem. Don't get me wrong I see the usefulness of sch as main healer but frankly I'm sick of main healing outside of endgame.

Edited, Mar 8th 2009 11:26pm by Shastal
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#2 Mar 08 2009 at 8:40 PM Rating: Good
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I leveled WHM to 75 and main healed 100+ merits worth of pting on it, in addition to endgame. Then I decided to take sch to 75 for the nuking aspect of it. I had to main heal most of the way to 75, but now that I am 75, my sch rarely casts cure, at least not on other people. I pull it out for dynamis stat nuking and crowd control, einherjar, sky farming and gods, and ZNMS and some other random assorted stuff. If I go to nyzul on sch, its on the pretenses that one of my friends is on whm or rdm and has curing covered.

If you dont want to cure on sch, you dont have to. Just bear in mind the invites you get and the events you'll be able to come sch are going to be cut dramatically depending on your ls and their needs if you refuse to heal on it.
#3 Mar 09 2009 at 6:20 AM Rating: Good
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The way party dynamics are these days, you're not going to get parties unless you're willing to heal. I played the nuking role until maybe 40, but then it was all healing until 75. I'm fortunate that I get opportunities to play it both ways at 75 (healing for Dynamis, healing/nuking for Nyzul, nuking for ZNMs, etc). I had leveled every other mage job before SCH, and it was actually kind of nice to play almost-WHM again, but then again I really, really love WHM.

You can always solo your xp like BLMs often do. I can't offer much advise on how it works for SCH because I haven't read up on it, but I know it's a possibility because I've seen friends do it.

Edited, Mar 9th 2009 10:22am by Morwyne
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#4 Mar 09 2009 at 10:11 AM Rating: Decent
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An unfortunate setback to SCH is that we can heal, but as perviously stated, most do not like to. I personaly solod up to level 50ish, and took my role as a healer to maybe around 70. After that, I was mainly in manaburns with the occasional Mire party, but it was satisfying enough to be able to nuke every so often.

A piece of advice though is, build two sets of party gear. One for healing and one for nuking. Start to solo and look for party at the same time, and you will be invited to a party, most likely to main heal. This will give you the satisfaction of being able to nuke, while learning how to properly manage your strategems while main healing.

At endgame, it realy depends on two things. Your LS and your gear. If your LS is fine with nuking, then go ahead. Although, if you do not have the proper gear to land a nuke on JOL or any of the bad boys, then I suggest you support your party.

I myself, have convinced my LS that I can nuke properly and even out damage some BLMs. I do have a proper setup, while still lacking some key pieces such as the SCH AF+1 body and AF2 Hat. In the end, it depends on your style of play. If your realy dead set on playing as a nuker, I advise you to go BLM and give up SCH, as you will be a main healer more likely then not. Good luck though, and I hope you enjoy SCH as much as I do.
#5 Mar 09 2009 at 11:40 AM Rating: Good
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Shastal wrote:
Is there any hope of not being another career healer? I already main heal on whm (lol) rdm and smn. If it is a guarenteed certainty that I'll main heal on sch as well then there's no point for me to level it. I refuse to have a 4th main healer. Especially when I also have blm 62.


Leveling SCH means you need to be prepared to heal at some point. I go SCH to most of my LS's events, and it's to heal.

That being said, you can go from level 1-75 without ever main healing a party. It might not always be the fastest way to level, but it's very feasible.

In addition, whether or not you are asked to heal at endgame really depends on the group you're with, their available resources, and how much freedom you have to choose in the situation.

I have a feeling though, that any endgame group you get involved with will want your RDM or WHM for healing more than your SCH.
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#6 Mar 09 2009 at 1:45 PM Rating: Decent
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I healed in parties for years having WHM as my main job. But even for someone who is very much so into white (or red) magery it gets tedious at one point. (I suppose that is something which happens to every job / player, earlier or later.)

What i found with SCH is that main healing gets lifted up into another class. Once you get to lv40 / accession, things change in a way that is so different from WHM main healing, it´s actually quite refreshing.

You should probably wait and try accession at 40 and see how you like it. For me, main healing has never been before that much fun and became more relaxing.


*edited for my bad english in an attempt to improve -.-
Edited, Mar 9th 2009 5:46pm by Mosel

Edited, Mar 9th 2009 5:47pm by Mosel
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#7 Mar 09 2009 at 2:39 PM Rating: Good
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I enjoy main healing on whm and rdm (sometimes) but having main healed on 3 other jobs... I do not look forward to adding a 3rd. Right now it doesn't look like i'm going to level sch... although I would love accesion.
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#8 Mar 10 2009 at 6:45 AM Rating: Excellent
What Mosel said.

I myself got really burned out with healing (WHM was my first 75), to the point where I just sold my WHM gear to avoid mainhealing.

Still, I gave SCH a try, and even though at later levels it's almost always main-healing, it's so much easier and different than on WHM. The MP conservation SCH has is just unbelievable, and the unique tricks it has are all really refreshing.

At later levels, it's just buff + AoE-Regen(II) + AoE-Stoneskin/Phalanx/Enspell and watch them go. Only need to throw cures when someone takes an unlucky beating.

I still don't really use WHM, but I use SCH in both Sky and Dyna nowadays, and I'm mostly mainhealing (though I can and will change to a more offensive role if the situation calls for it). It probably says something about SCH mainhealing compared to WHM mainhealing. ^^

Long story short: SCH just has it so much easier. You'll be amazed when you get into a good party and it feels like you're leeching just because you're not casting actual cure-spells in every fight.
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#9 Mar 12 2009 at 6:56 PM Rating: Good
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Long story short: SCH just has it so much easier. You'll be amazed when you get into a good party and it feels like you're leeching just because you're not casting actual cure-spells in every fight.
I felt like this when synced at birds @ 37...

PLD tank, DNC backup, me tossing Regen II then Cures when needed, barely needing to "manage" MP like I had on WHM. SCH is ridiculous, and I love it.
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