So your example was based on abusing a game mechanic, along with convert AND a full set of meds on NM's in Abyssea that you could already defeat without too much trouble? That's great but I'm not really impressed.
Abuse is in the eye of the beholder.. the monster can and will kill the **** out of you if you make a wrong move; but with movement speed, you actually can outrun something so that it can never touch you, and even continue to cast on it with proper timing. The only difference is that pinning something well enough where you can get such a fast kill actually takes some practice and, dare I say it, skill. In my opinion, killing Genbu by constantly kiting it out of range is much more of an exploit of game mechanics.
Also, how exactly are you defeating these NMs solo without pinning without too much trouble? If you're talking about bringing a normal party that's fine, but it's actually much less efficient than my method. Even if a party of 6 kills it in two minutes, they're still using more Visitant status between them than I am, especially when you add travel time to the kill time.
Aside from some of those buffs being superfluous, I guess that is impressive if you are the only mage in that zerg party, which I doubt because I can't imagine your melees not wanting Haste. But it no doubt has it's place. I actually do thing this is probably the best example you've given to date.
Of course you're the only mage in this party; when you anticipate a battle to last a minute, tops, and your melee are using HF, MS, etc., Haste loses some of its' luster. No other job can give you that many buffs in so little time, and they're balanced pretty well between offensive and defensive. Ask yourself what a RDM or WHM would cast in preparation for a zerg and compare; I'd certainly prefer the SCH's buffs over them. Also, if you're fast with TR buffs, you can switch to Dark Arts and throw nukes once the melee engage to add some more damage, since it's not like they're going to be taking much through all the buffs you gave them.
Surely this is not a noteworthy use of a Scholar's ability. It goes against the entire purpose of the job. Had your party brought a WHM, you wouldn't find yourself in a situation to need a 2hr . . .
I'm curious as to why you think using Accession on spells that SCH gets natively is going against the entire purpose of the job...?
Surely this type of thing never happens to you! NM's and the like can't catch you with your pants down if you've prepared accordingly.
Getting caught with your pants down, and running into an especially Tribulation-happy Soulflayer aren't really the same thing; you kinda expect that sort of thing out of a Soulflayer. Getting caught with your pants down would be more like running around in Dark Arts and then getting surprised into switching roles; like I said before, I take invites to heal/support, or to blow **** up. When I did Nyzul I was usually there to heal/support, so using Addendum: White and Accession with my native spells to cure status debuffs? That's my job. Are we fighting a monster that uses a ton of AoE status debuffs? Better save my charges for Accession and have TR ready if it gets ugly, to keep things moving. The point of using Tabula Rasa in this instance is not survival; that shouldn't be an issue, period. The point is to use your spells and abilities with the proper timing to speed things along in a timed instance; TR can be extremely helpful to that end.
Besides, what's a non-mythic WHM going to do when a Soulflayer uses Tribulation 4 times in a row? Wish he was on SCH.
There's absolutely no reason any mob should catch you with your pants down if you do some research and plan accordingly.
I'd say that knowing about Tribulation in advance, recognizing that you're the one on status cure duty, keeping Strategems in reserve for Accession, staying in Addendum: White, and using Tabula Rasa if necessary to keep Accession, and by extension the party, moving in a timed zone, would be a pass for doing the research and planning accordingly. I'm sorry but you'll have to try harder than that..
I'm pretty sure you can't do this, but I assume you know that and are instead referring to Penury/Alacrity spamming of raises. I seriously hope you are not trying to put that in the same category of usefulness as Chainspell Raise.
Of course Chainspell Raise is faster. But, so is a TR SCH faster at raising than a non-TR SCH.
Tabula Rasa is exactly the same. Nothing that you listed about isn't something that the job could already do. It allowed you to cast more nukes, more buffs, more enfeebles and more raises.
Well ok, if you want to take the broadest view possible.. we are mages after all. The fact remains that we can cast a wide variety of magic, and we can alter it in several ways with unlimited Strategems. Manafont is still just free MP on a job that's a one-trick pony. Doesn't compare.
Previously you talked about SCH not being a Faux RDM, Tabula Rasa not being an oh sh*t button, and how proper party set up would eliminate the need for such a use, but aside from crowd control those are exactly the responses you gave.
Not exactly; neither of my Dark Arts examples would remotely qualify as emergency usage. Spamming Raises isn't either; that's speeding up the triage after a wipe, not saying ***** and preventing the wipe. Pre-fight buffs hardly qualifies. Only the Soulflayer example kinda fits, and in that case it's not exactly an ***** situation; the main purpose is to speed things up in a timed zone.
That's twice now that you took my 'faux-RDM' comment out of context; that applies to situations where you're switching Arts too much and trying to handle situations that would normally require Addenda to perform effectively, thus making you ineffective. A RDM would fill that role much better, hence 'faux-RDM.'
I just found your arrogance on the subject and your inability to pull yourself out of your FFXI world to be entertaining to say the least.
Stating and defending facts is not arrogance, it just appears that way when you stubbornly insist on being on the other side. And again with the personal? I don't even understand how you can possibly get that impression through message boards; and last time I checked, your posts are just as long-winded, nitpicky, argumentative, and mired in semantics as mine are, so again, pot, kettle, etc.
Tabula Rasa is obviously the more versatile of the two abilities and you have provided examples to show that. You have also given me some ideas of things I'd like to try myself (and for that thank you!) Perhaps I was rash in decreeing Manafont to be superior.
I'm glad to have been of some use, but I don't understand how you can make several posts trying to pick apart every point I make, tossing personal insults while you're at it, and then agree with me out of nowhere at the end of one of them. Next time just lead off with that and save us both some time.