I didn't say SCH would shun WHM and BLM outside of abyssea. I just said we would come to the spotlight again. And yes, even if we would probably get the #1 nuker spot, BLM has received very nice pieces of equipment, that will probably make them still very desirable. And of course, WHM was, is, and will be the king of healing... The difference is, outside of abyssea, we well be an option for that role, while in abyssea we simple aren't*.
I'm not sure I agree with you about the popularity of SCH pre-abyssea.
As far as EXP parties go....
10-55 was great for SCH
55-70 Popularity dwindled a little bit but nothing too bad
70+ The job was completely dead, Lack of haste pushed SCH from the merit scene. If you checked your LFG window and saw a RDM or WHM seeking your chances of getting a invite dropped drastically. You had better chances making your own PT at this point.
Being able to AOE Stoneskin,Regen, and Enpsells was a great asset and SCH wasn't worthless by any means but Haste was just too broken for merit parties to give up.
Pre-Abyssea the only ones who cared about Black Magic was SCH and BLM and it was mostly only for soloing/manaburns/Dynamis. Everyone else was zerging HNMs with K-clubs, Brds, SAMs and DRK.
There are things that only a SCH can do like Weather spells, Helix, AOE buffs, but for whatever reason it never clicked with the community. People just refused to break the cookie-cutter mentality. I remember when a group of SCHs discovered they could deal massive amounts of damage in a short amount of time using Helix spells. No one was able to capitalize on it before SE patched it because it was so difficult to find a group level 75 SCH on your server, not to mention ones that were merited.
With access to Haste, Convert, a beefed up sublimation, more charges and a 1-tick regain I agree that SCH would be much more popular outside of abyssea. To what degree? I am uncertain, But I for one would dread the day that things returned to "Normal" Edited, May 4th 2011 7:38am by GagBag