Ridiculous. You have macros for a reason. Macro in Errant/Mahatma for body and relic/Errant/Mahatma for head when casting SS. Why would you assume that a well-geared SCH would be incompetent and cast in the gear you listed? Is that what you would do? I have to assume so, which almost negates anything further you suggest.
I'm saying you should
be swapping gear in order to cast your spells...and if you are swapping gear out, you're going to be missing ticks of your sublimation while you cast, so you can't run numbers assuming you are full timing your sublimation gear, since you'd have to be dumb to do so. I should have been more clear, when I said "No way you don't buff in your Ixion Cloak if you have it" I also meant to imply "Or Errant otherwise". You apparently have taken it as "Since you're not swapping in stoneskin gear, it's better to be full timing Ixion Cloak instead of Sublimation gear", which is not what I was saying at all. I'm saying that since you're swapping in MND gear, you're going to lose those ticks while its casting. Now of course, none of those points of MP really matter...you'll never see a SCH struggle because they lost those ticks of sublimation/refresh while they were buffing. But I've never seen a RDM struggle when Princess Gerkin makes it so they have to refresh 4 people instead of 3, so there you go I guess? It's all horribly pointless and I don't see why you're all getting so mad about it.
And anyways, as an FYI, a hume SCH/RDM with semi-decent gear can easily reach the stoneskin cap, you don't need Goliard Head + Mahatma Body do to it. Ixion, or NQ Errant head+body, AF legs, Errant Feet, NQ water staff, P.Rope, even +3 MND rings, that'll get you to the cap. Throw a rainbow cape on and a strap and upgrade your rings, you can even make the 380 cap for a stone gorget. It'll be costly one way or the other to reach the 410 cap for gorget + mufflers, but I think that's pretty uncommon, to have a tank with both coordinating with a scholar to swap gear in when the sch gives them stoneskin. If it happens, that's impressive, though I'm not entirely sure it's worth the effort on the PLDs part!
As for nuking, I thought 1 or 2 int for 5 m.acc was a decent trade, if you're not going full out m.acc or full out int. If I'm wrong and there is no middle ground on damage vs. accuracy then fine, I'm not a scholar I wouldn't know, but my point wasn't that you should nuke in Ixion Cloak no matter what, it was that you should never nuke in Argute Gown. That is, just reinforcing that no matter what role you are playing, you will be doing gear swaps.
Finally, I'm also not saying it's worth the money, because it's a rip off for what it gives you. But if you're in an HNMLS, you probably can get one for points, instead of 10 bajillion gil. In that case, the extra MP in a party situation seems pretty decent for a week or two worth of points, considering it's reasonably close to the best you can nuke with in situations where you don't need to cap out your acc, and it's certainly going to cap your stoneskin out. It'll also be better to cure in, by the way. Sure, your errant + goliard has more MND, but VIT is important too when casting Cure V, if not as much as MND is, take it from a whm. Probably doesn't affect Cure IV at all, but meh ;) Edited, Jun 23rd 2009 4:16pm by Zaredx