Abyssea and then VW revived BLM in a way, but the expectations are so low it hardly counts. Any naked BLM who can hit the magic procs in a somewhat timely fashion is given a pat on the back, regardless of how many stuns they miss, how little damage they contribute, or how poorly they coordinate with the rest of the mage line. So yeah, in that sense, BLM is a viable use of an alli slot or two.
This is very true. I haven't had the opportunity to play BLM in VW much. I did a few runs the other day on BLM and was actually complimented on my stuns. I kind of had to giggle at that because it seems so simple, yet it apparently isn't.
I will admit that I have to really concentrate on the chat log to see moves coming, but aside from proccing, isn't that my job?