There's two kinds of events in the game these days: Voidwatch, and everything else. You absolutely need WHM for Voidwatch, and everything else can be lowmanned, which calls for role specialization to be successful.
Point being, a group of 'skilled' players are going to be lowmanning things, not bringing twice, thrice times as many people as is necessary. As such, WHM or BLM are much more useful simply because they are specialists. This is why so few people play SCH anymore; it's still a good job, but the metagame has changed. Anybody who has a clue is going to opt to use 3 specialists over a menagerie of generalists.
So you can argue all you want, and tell yourself you're 'skilled' because you
make SCH work overkill everything you do, but fact is the game has changed, and you're still living in 2008.
Everything you said is completely true. You stated it very clearly and accurately. I can play like the masses, and play the "right" way. I can Zerg all the bosses i want with more than enough people to kill it, and never having a challenge. I have done all this, i never enjoyed it. I've had the godliest setup, and i've spent most of my earlier ffxi life doing it this way. I hate it. I cannot have fun without the chance of losing. Everything seems to mean something when it's fought for, not just taken.
I do go Whm when i absolutely have to, I love my blm, it was my first job ever on ffxi, always the one i think of first. Sch is all about utility. I love the tools it has. The most devastating thing that ever happened to me was SE introducing Sch, and seeing it's possibilities, my soloing life as blm was over. If i gave the impression that i go sch every single time to every event, i made a huge mistake. I play bst, nin, and war also. If you read some of my earlier posts my standpoint is that i don't believe sch should get cure V, with how the games setup currently. I was just making points i have main healed as sch, and you could if you had to/wanted to, and yes i have had support from my friends. No it's not as effecient, but yes it's possible.
How often do you bring more than one whm to an event? People DC in this game quite a bit. I love knowing that my group, if i go sch, can make do till the whm gets back. If i go blm can we? idk lol.
Everyone who understands sch knows it gets weaker the more you add. If you have 6 blms and you replace one with a sch, i think it has a positive effect. If you replace all the blm's with sch's you lose quite a bit. I don't argue all this. I agree, but there is more than one way of playing, and that's my point. It's a game I play to have fun. You can tell me i'm wrong, and that i'm wasting players, it sounds like you come from a good ls, you have good support. How often do you really have fun playing the game? How often does you ls support you when you think up something crazy? I understand there's a sense of accomplishment, but true enjoyment is different. When i log in tonight I might play with something that's not the "best setup", but i will have fun tonight. In fact i'll enjoy every random struggle tonight.
I did a /sea all yesterday, and each job had at least 100 people playing that job between levels 75-95, with the exception of sch. sch had 17, and 23 total from 1-95. I like that i play a job no one else does. I'd rather do that then jump on a job when it get's popular.