For solo situations, though, it can be quite a boon. That much less stress off the mp pool.
I'm going to wait to pass judgment on it, as well, until after we've actually seen it in use. Until then, we've only got speculation at best.
is a lot of PLD soloing /NIN, or is it usually /DNC? /DNC i would think you'd drain/waltz/cast for healing and atonement whenever possible. i guess there would still be a place for an emergency drain WS, /DNC or /NIN. (shrug)
A lot of my solo is /RDM. /NIN isn't good for prolonged fights, especially solo. Shadows are great, but we don't have enough haste flying solo to really get the most out of them. I haven't been particularly impressed with /DNC. I see it's uses, but everything I've done on /DNC, I've done better on /RDM.
Meh I guess I like /Dnc, because it fully removes my need to: watch my mp, recast timers (big deal on Galka) and avoid: spell interruption, just plain waiting on spells. I guess in the end /Rdm probably does a bit higher damage, while /Dnc lasts a tiny bit longer in damage heavy long fights where mp can't keep up, just because /Dnc (status) heals are so cheap and fast.
I'll probably switching to /Rdm at 99. Going to miss instant (status) heal, but Enspell & Phalanx & Ice Spikes & Haste & Refresh just makes me drool.
p.s. When I talk about /Dnc, I mean /Dnc + Joyeuse.