I think you're seriously underestimating how much damage War/Sam or Sam/War does to the chariot bosses. You're saying similarly geared so assuming the mnk and the other DD has top notch gear they're going to be very close. Mnks main advantage is being a little bit easier to defend and obviously subtle blow but if you go /War you can't really counterstance and /Nin you spend a lot of time using Utsesumi: Ichi at 4 seconds a cast that does slow your damage. Seigan + Third Eye are not taken out by chariot WS. Sam/War and War/Sam also have Voke to bounce hate a bit easier. Also now because of auspice TP gain isn't a huge issue either that's not really an issue at all. The other be advantage War or Sam has as well is if you're in a rush and need to kill the chariot boss fast their 2hrs are much safer. Using HF on certain chariots is asking for special move spam. Chakra is nice but really you use it what like 3-4 times during a fight? If War and Sam are similarly geared to Mnk then how can you say that Mnks generally have more haste? That's a big contradiction, average haste gear being Mnks w.turban, brown belt, b.haidate, and fuma 21% vs. War w.turban, swift belt, dusk gloves, b.haidate, and aurum/dusk/unicorn boots 19-20%? Let’s not get into the difference of att/acc.
Personally I find it's less of a performance issue and more just what you're comfortable with. Wars, Sams, and Mnks are all really good and if you aren't well geared and merited you're just going to suck no matter what job. I realize salvage is the only place mnk really gets to shine in the spotlight but having other jobs sharing that spotlight doesn't hurt Mnk really.
Well, remember you are talking to a guy that thinks mnk is the end all-be all... (admittedly)
These are all good points, I also agree about the haste. Besides, if a war really needed to cap haste for shadows, all they need to do is put on a rune chopper and remove a couple pieces of haste gear. They can also eat rabbit pie if they really want to negate some chariot attk as well. Not to mention any retaliated hits (which you will take anyway) feed TP for a faster kill = less damage taken in the end.
I still think mnk is more suited to it, but really only because counter helps you get shadows back up quicker, and really for no other reason except store TP. Black belt changes the discussion, but not every mnk has a black belt. Edited, May 15th 2009 1:52pm by LordMnementh