Recently there have been a number of people in my LS all leveling SCH. I have never leveled a mage job before, so I keep asking mages I know for advice. Generally, we agree on nearly all discussions about gear and offer each other play advice. However, there are two areas that seem to bog us down, grips and food.
As far as SCH there seem to be 2 grip options, bugard strap+1 or use both lightning and ice grip for nukes. I've also been advised that the grips enhance magic potency even of non-elemental spells, so that dark grip would be good for aspirs and earth grip for slow. What grips do you use on your SCH and why?
My second question is on food. I've been swearing my wizard cookies since dunes, but with the dependability of sublimation to keep mp up, I've been recommended to use pies or other mage food, but am not if these have any real benefits over mph. What food do you use and why?