I guess my point is that there is no game changing merit for BST. These are merely little tools that offer slight assistance when doing what we do. But none of them will routinely be a difference maker - unlike many other job's merits.
So you are telling me that shaving nearly 25% off our most important ability, and possibly the most powerful job ability in the game, is a "little tool"?
And Its apparent you dont solo much on bst if the scenario of using reward the very second its up is a "losing scenario" to you.
The only question that matters during BST NM solo is, "Does my jug pet survive long enough for me to resummon another pet". Anything that doesnt add to that survivability is badly allocated resources.
The abilities Call Beast and Reward have a direct impact on the ability to solo harder and harder mobs. The other abilities simply allow faster kills on a mob you otherwise would have been able to kill anyway. For this reason, Reward and Call Beast are really the ONLY choice for tier 1s.
Tier 2, same argument for Beast Healer as above. I did 5/5 Feral Howl as well, simply to have a 5min cooldown, ranged instant claim move when I have a pet out. I never ever use sheep (leech better hp tank, ladybug better evasion tank, rabbit better DD) so i dont care about Beast Affinity (as of now of course) Edited, Jul 2nd 2011 4:24am by ShadowsongLakshmi