I also never merit on BRD so it's not as if I levelled the job for easy merits - I levelled it long long before the whole "BRD must pull chain bazillion and you suck if you can't pull colibri out of your butt while farting tunes up against 10 other parties in the same camp" phenomenon and that was pretty much the reason I retired the job in the end. My LS leader knows I took the decision to downgrade my gear on it and they were OK with that.
Pretty much the same for me. The job use to require me to know ranges of my AoE's, set mages / melee's so those who needed ballad got it..and calming down the THF who ran into range of Ballad b/c he wanted to TA..lol, being asked for Etudes, everyone asking for the job specific songs and figuring out how to get it to them..that's what made the bard job interesting to me. Now it's ATK/Haste/Ballad, the rare Acc for THF beastmen. Job got, boring but the merits were great..still, took the thunder out of the job for me. Gimped my bard pretty bad, I join ls merits now when they need a bard. I can still pull the insane #, all that CHR, sleep isn't resisted.
Now, some brd's left the ls so I've got to get all that gear back haha..going to try for the Yigit, b/c a few melee just chewed me out for wanting Manteel again, saying I'm better off with the EVA over CHR..so they'll at least help me with the Yigit body.. ; ; And I'm going to pimp smack that Imp for that Torque.
It was always funny to me how melee do the least in a merit party but complain the loudest.
That's...a damn good quote right there. Rate up. A brd messes up, it's our butt. A melee hits the wrong damn bird that's slept and another floats in just spawning and links to him and he gets slaughtered..meh nobody's fault it' happens. What get's me is when I'm pulling a colibri from a far corner, and one pops near the PT. They say "Pop" and some melee's just stare at it..they won't engage they won't voke, ranged attack..poke it. Just wait..for me to come back and cast on it. I go nuts then..because i've gotten responses when asking why they just stare at it..and they go "Waiting for you to pull it."
I was the only one with any pressure while a WHM or RDM kept 4 idiot melee alive.
Sucky part is while the bard is shoving pulls out the wazoo trying to keep songs on the RDM or WHM is most likely dealing with some jerk off /WAR or /SAM who refuses to /NIN. They just suck the MP pool. Then again if you got all decent /NIN's or someone who can hold their own as their main job then yeah..you got the pressure and it turns into an actual job rather than fun like it use to be.
If you've leveled to BRD and are doing/wearing any of the following, please rethink your job choice and GTFO:
Replace bard with just about any other job, lol I'm sure it sucks to see a bard like that, but it's everywhere..jobs can either "get by" or be good at what they do and how they're geared. Getting by, is tolerated for only so long you know? But there's so much that makes your head hurt wondering how did these people get to 75 in the first place.
I just had a THF who wore all Level 30 gear, Noct and Now here's the kicker. lv58. Exception..was his weapons.
Seen War's Merit with fishing rods and pumpkin hats, signal pearls, Level 36 Rings.
SMN's who had xp rings, no AF no evokers ring. Still didn't have all avatars towards the 70's.
RDM's main healing with swords and blank spaces in gear slots wearing life belts.