Thanks Rog Jr., but I’m fully aware of the difference between elemental affinity and MAB. Elemental affinity adds much more than MAB does. However, this is beside the point and has nothing to do with what I was saying in my original post. If I was comparing the effects of one set of atmas vs. another set of atmas on Thunder IV, then those differences would be germane to the discussion. That’s not what I was doing.
Let me spell out my original point for you again. Read it slowly so you understand it this time, and stop reading more into it than I’m saying:
If you stop using Beyond and replace it with a thunder affinity atma, THE DAMAGE ON YOUR NON-THUNDER SPELLS WILL BE REDUCED. The difference between MAB and elemental affinity is not germane to the point I’m making here. Your blizzards, stones, aeros, fires, and waters will do less damage because you replaced a general MAB atma with a one that only affects thunder. It was not my intent to quantify or comment on the amount of increase it will do to your thunder spell.
Here’s my original quote:
I'm thinking it would be best to stay with Minikin, Ultimate, Beyond. Swapping Beyond for either Lion or Blinding horn would give an extra 10 MAB for thunder spells, but at a cost of 60 MAB for ice spells. And with Blizzaja, I'll still be using ice spells more often than thunder.
Granted, I threw MAB and elemental-specific modifiers together for the sake of brevity. I’m sorry if this got you wrapped around the axle to the extent that you missed my point. Yes, the “10 MAB” should have read “+10 thunder attack” and “60 MAB” should have read “30 MAB + 30 ice attack”.
Your argument seems to be that I’m not giving due consideration to the difference between +40 thunder attack and +30 MAB. Well I’m not, because my comparison was not a before and after look at the difference to any one specific spell. It’s about which set is more useful in general. If you want to just maximize Thunder, then of course thunder affinity is going to carry more importance, and your gear/merits/etc. will be a big part of the discussion. That’s not the discussion I was having.
Here’s a rewrite of my original post.
I'm thinking it would be best to stay with Minikin, Ultimate, Beyond. Swapping Beyond for either Lion or Blinding horn would give a bigger boost to thunder spells, but at a cost of reduced potency for ice spells. And with Blizzaja, I'll still be using ice spells more often than thunder.
My intent with that post is best highlighted by the last sentence in it. Unless you just want to play with an Ironclad or cast only thunder spells, Ultimate/Beyond will still be a better choice for general damage output across the whole spectrum of spells.