You have to really suck or be incredibly anal to think the second guy meleeing matters.
If it's a boss, fine. Nobody pulls softstep to the side anyway.
If you're telling me that ore toss is going to make or break your campaign, you suck. I don't care how you look at it.
If a BLM is grav kiting, you can melee it all you want. Bind kiting is another matter.
Are you guys really that bad at this? Seriously, I've been doing this since 63, and it's not a big deal.
Radio, how the hell do you hope to mpk anything? Are you going to drag a mob/group to the pc and die? Short of the hide trick, I don't see how you hope to do it.
Get this through your peanut-sized brain if you can: Not everyone has Drain Samba or Stoneskin or direct cures to offset the damage they'd otherwise take between shadows.
A THF/NIN relies on their evasion to make their shadows last as long as necessary, not to save them from the stray blows between the shadows. More TP moves from a high level mob that has the potential to double or triple attack you at any moment on top of having TP moves that can hurt if you're unlucky is NEVER a good thing when you've got no means of survival except your shadows. Those TP moves eat shadows faster, which leaves you at a greater risk of taking a hit that can destroy your rhythm.
I was leveling DNC last night and had no problems with downtime thanks to Drain Samba; the hits the mobs put in couldn't outpace the draining output of the Samba. But the few times a mob lasted long enough to peg me with a Goblin Rush, Big Scissors, or Lamb Chop...it hurt. In some cases, enough that I didn't want to risk continuing without taking a knee and getting my hp back up first.
If you don't have a mage behind you ready to spam cures, TP moves are EVERYTHING. Controlling their flow is paramount to soloing on any job that has to stand toe to toe with the monster, especially when the monster still can dish out some hurt. Period.
If you think otherwise, please go out as a BRD/NIN and tank Charybdis with a WAR/NIN smacking it around alongside you and let me know how it goes.
Edit: Since in your typical fashion you decided to get anal retentive about my gravity point, I edited the original post. Of course gravity kiting wouldn't matter, the mob is awake, DUH. But I should hope one would know better than to mess with someone's sleep-nuking targets, and the same level of control and rhythm applies to any blink soloist that doesn't have the mitigation tools of a PLD or RDM. Edited, Feb 7th 2008 1:35pm by Norellicus