Uh, sorry, we don't bot. Flash is a better claiming tool then provoke, since it doesn't get eaten nearly as much.
Flash + Provoke> Flash for claiming.
Unless you're playing on a LAN with everyone in your LS, and you know exactly what everyone's running on their PC, you really can't say you don't bot. You have no way of knowing whether that guy next to you is really PS2 player or not, etc.
And I did read what you said about the staff, and its still stupid. You lose out on 100% (read that number again) spell interruption with a shield block (that means if you're casting ichi and you get hit but shield procs, it doesn't get interrupted).
It's a good thing you're PLD/NIN and not NIN/DRK or you'd be in trouble, bro.
My reply- Learn to Utsusemi...
You lose out on spirits within,
you lose out on 7 enmity (yes im saying that again because 7 enmity substantial). When you do get hit with a staff equiped, its virtually impossible to get ichi up if ni is down, unless if you dont have hate (which is probably why you dont notice a difference). Think of how much "hate bleed" you're doing when you're constantly getting hit for 300s, because you don't get any damage reduction from a shield.
Think of how much your co-tank sucks if you're getting constantly hit for 300s and you still have hate.
Obviously, you don't understand what a shorthanded situation is. What if you claimed Khimaira with only yourself, another PLD/NIN, a WHM, and RDM, and you had to hold him until your DDs and BRDs showed up?
Do you honestly think Enmity+7 from Macahuitl+1 and Koenig Shield and a Swift Belt would do more for you than Capricorn Staff and Haste Belt?
The second set of items would do more to lower timers and reduce MP expenditure than the first set, as long as you know how to recast Utsusemi, that is. You clearly don't understand what the word "situational" means.
And the 7 enmity isnt for a hate cap, its so that you can stay above the melees, the mages, and the other tank (yes, co-tanking should be treated as a competition) every step of the way.
You have little understanding of how hate actually works. There is a hate cap, and all +Enmity does is decrease the amount of time it takes to hit that cap.
In the situation I described with Khimaira, clearly +Enmity isn't as important as boosting Haste% to lower the amount of damage taken.
Co-tanking should be treated as a cooperative competition. Both co-tanks should be doing as much as they can to boost their hate unless it's counter-productive. If my Utsusemi timers aren't ready, and casting a Cure III or IV will result in me getting blasted instead of my co-tank with the full set of shadows ready, I'd be a fool to cast that Cure IV.
i can guarantee you that i would outtank you, me wearing a sword/shield, and you wearing that staff.
Do you want a medal to pin to your chest that says, "I would outtank Scar if he was using that Capricorn Staff thingy" or something?
I *could* guarantee I can cast Utsusemi better than you, since I don't have any problems keeping shadows up even without Shield Mastery, but considering I've never seen you tank, I'd be a fool for saying it.
However, I have seen you write.
I can guarantee you that I'd outwrite you, me using paragraphs, proper spelling and punctuation, backed up with common sense and experience, and you writing wall-of-texts based on truthiness and which prove you have no idea of what certain vocabulary words really mean.
Don't forget, the people who have more "situational" gear and the knowledge to use it correctly can and will outtank, outnuke, outcure, outenfeeble, or outwhatever you. That's how this game works, and the sooner you understand that, the better you'll be as a player.
my shell takes down fafnir in 10 minutes, nid in a bit under 20. we have two tanks, and we never have hate issues.
oh, and you can do a swift belt run with 6, we got 3/6 people a belt in 2 hours. Limbus is a 45 minute event 2 times a week, thats not a big time commitment either.
"Big time commitment" and "significant time investment" do not mean the same thing...
Just gathering together a group of 6 people to do a Swift Belt run can take more than 2 hours. Farming a Fomor Codex can take more than 2 hours, which is why lazy people or people in a rush often buy them. Building up enough Fomor hate to even pop the NM can require a "significant time investment" if everybody is at level 1 hate. I could go on and on, but it's not worth the "significant time investment" to do so.
Attending Limbus for 45 minutes 8 times a month for 2-12 months before obtaining a full set of Homam is a "significant time investment," and that's not even factoring in the time required to farm the gil for entrance fees, tools, and food.
In any case, when I said "significant time investment", I simply meant you will have to put in some effort to get those items. You can't buy those items from the AH, you have to complete a certain amount of CoP missions to even attempt to acquire them, and you won't get a full suit of Homam in 15 minutes.
If you can't agree with what I'm saying here, we'll never agree. If you want to keep arguing, we can continue to do so. I don't mind derailing the guide. LOL Edited, Aug 13th 2007 12:13am by ScarShiva