Let me first preface this by saying I saw the power of scholar both as a subjob for my WHM, and as a main specialized tactical nuking/healing job long before the big 'buff' the job received last year. In fact, I was one of the earliest to 75 on scholar so I hope what I'm about to say isn't taken the wrong way as a spoiled scholar trying to even the playing fields yet again.
What I want to talk about is Grimoire Recast timer, the Merit 1 ability. Having played scholar for KS99 Tartaruga (Aspi), I immediately ran into various problems with charges. In terms of buffing the BLM pt with the storm spells, barspells, and also effectively nuking.
It got to a point where I gave up on trying to nuke along with the BLM and accepted more of a support buffing role. Multiplying their nuke damage with my storm spell, healing them and applying a Helix spell to counteract the NMs strong regen ability.
I feel somewhat frustrated by this and it does seem scholar's strategem limits hurts us either when we're called to buff then nuke in quick succession, or in situation where speed is essential. Thus I feel that the stratagem/grimoire recast timers should be improved.
Recast duration of Light/Dark Arts should be decreased by 4 s per upgrade instead of the current 2 s, giving a potential of 20s timer reduction. So that it will only take a 40second cooldown once a special arts is used.
I also would like to proposition (NOT) the addition of a 5th stratagem but rather to reflect the same timer reduction of grimoire into the stratagems at half strength, reducing recharge timer of a new stratagem from its current 60 seconds to 50 second (20/2), essentially allowing a fully merited Scholar to get 4 charges back 40 seconds sooner.
Please drop your comments. I would like to hear what everyone else things.
Edited, May 26th 2009 5:18pm by Dekusutaa