>.> 1st... omfg why necrobumps?
To me personally, Ixion and vermies provide more use than ppl seem to give them credit for.
From an MP standpoint, Ixion and vermy will both never offer anything more than 10 MP ever few minutes. It can't. It is literally and mathematically impossible to do otherwise.
Scenario 1: My average sublimation complete grants ~ 270 mp. If I am less than 270 mp away from my total MP cap (around 900-1k) then I will not yet utilize my sublimtation store. Instead, I use my ixion cloak to get that mp up.
1: If you're taru, you don't have both 1100 HP and 1k MP. I have almost the best possible gear and MP merits. I alternate back and forth from 600-1100 HP and from 700-900 MP. I generally sit on the 1100 HP mark though with around 700 MP.
2: All Ixion's is doing at this point is allowing you to be somewhat lazy. If you're nearly full MP and have a full sublimation charge, the argument for ixion's cloak holds less weight, as that MP stored up just isn't that important to you at the time. If you have relic body, the argument goes down even further, as you would actually restore and maintain your MP at a more efficient rate, should you dump the charge and begin charging anew. To add to that statement, if you were to USE the surplus of MP you have at the time, that extra MP you have stored is then not wasted whatsoever. If you so desire to gain that extra 10 MP on the downtime between sublimations while having relic body for charging, that's your own prerogative.
Scenario 2: If Sublimation is actively pulling, common sense tells us to utilize AF hat and argute gown while it is in process. So no ixion there.
Scenario 3: If I'm running around a place like sky (hellotoyou magic aggro!) and want to activate sublimation, then I put on Ixion Cloak, Garden Bangles, and Orochi Nodowa for a 2-3 HP/tic Regen, thus virtually nullifying the negative draw back of losing HP (since you can't put up stoneskin). I also apply this to when Im running around and don't really have time to put stoneskin up atm, especially in Sea or if im doing IX'Aern fights, fortitudes, or prudences. Every digit of HP counts when you're taru, with no stoneskin, losing HP, and in midfight with something that doesn't play nice.
1: It's "pooling" not "pulling".
2: If you can't maneuver sky without agroing via casting *while still casting the same spells you would anywhere else*, then please practice until you can. If you still cannot master it, please go home. I'm in sky quite often. I'm rarely not on a mage job. I never take oils or powders. I'm never in a situation where I even MIGHT agro something via magic. It's simple once you learn the proper distance for magic agro and also the behaviors it will always follow. *If you would get the "xxx cannot see the Decorative Weapon." message while trying to cast on that mob, he won't see you casting on yourself.*
3: If you're doing anything that matters, unless you're not /RDM or /WHM, you should have stoneskin applied at all times. Failure to do so is borderline retarded. It's saved my @$$ more times than an auto-regen trait would *especially with how little I would have that piece equipped*.
I have 2 idling macros; one of which applies relic body with af hat for the 4/tic, for when i have stoneskin up, or don't care about the hp loss, and prefer the quicker sublimation stocking; the other macro being the ixion for the reasons mentioned above.
I also have 2 idle macros: 1 used when sublimation is charging, 1 used when it's not. Rather than use a refresh body piece, however, I stock up on damage mitigation. Defense and evasion are useful in such a build. I'm rarely in this gear set however, as I'm usually casting something and therefore in the respective gear set. Because of this fact, I argue that vermy/ixion offers actually less than 10 MP every few minutes. Just because sublimation isn't chugging along doesn't mean I stop doing whatever I may be doing. I continue to cast, and you better believe that a refresh body piece will NOT be a part of any of those actions.
Personally I see no reason to use ixion for a nuking/helix piece, as there are far too many other nuking combinations out there, all of which surpass ixions nuking usage. AF hat + Morgana's cotehardie; AF hat + Errant/Mahatma; Yigit; or for anti-resists, af gown + either af hat or elite beret/(+1). Pretty much, there is no nuking scenario where ixion would out perform other gear, and honestly, the other said gear is incredibly cheap. AF coat is free, errant is like 30-60kish, morgana's is down to 200-300kish on my server (i could see how that's a lil pricey for some, but certainly much cheaper than ixion). So I jus don't even consider Ixion Cloak a nuking piece; simply a glorified vermy that happens to give scholars something they actually need more than a rdm or blm would, which is that regen to combat our sublimation pulling.
I agree and raise you a relic hat for resistances. As I've said in a previous thread, I'm currently working on a full INT build even for resistant situations, so even AF body/relic hat are rare to see my sexy body.
SCH doesn't NEED the regen of ixion's cloak. It's nice if you don't have relic body, but don't use words like "need" when talking about a very situational gear that is marginally better than some pieces and greatly overshadowed by an easy-to-achieve superior piece.
Once again... it's "pooling" and not "pulling". Sublimation takes HP, converts it into MP, and stores it in a "pool" not a "pull". Same concept as the "Treasure Pool" that mobs drop things into.