Nothing in there suggests that that would be the case.
In fact, that Cure example is misleading, because Conjurer's way of being "unique" is that most of it's spells become AoE. Even those taken from Thaumaturge. And likewise Thaumaturge's spells are conal.
Use the Cure spell on Gladiator, and you lose the AoE effect, which makes sense. The only real limitation after that is that the range is shorter, and of course if you have equipment on that doesn't boost the spell it will be weaker. Oh boy.
Without limitations it's too hard to balance all the classes. That's the only reason there are limitations, but a **** good one at that. It doesn't mean there can't be different archetypes. Who is saying that some DoW class has no "cure" like ability? Who is saying that you can't set tanking, healing buffing and DDing abilities/spells at the same time? No one.
From what I have heard (and I'm trying to toe the NDA line here), extant factors are already making DoM spells worthless
on DoW, and vice versa. Originally, I had presumed that this was an unintended outcome, but SE's decision to make additional restrictions on their usage indicates to me that they do not want us using cross-discipline abilities.
If they're going to make that call, then I doubt they'll fix the other glaring issue
that's currently preventing cross-discipline abilities from being viable.
As I said before, there are extant factors which distinguish DoM and DoW, and make them better at their particular field. A healing Marauder would never be as good as a Conjurer. I'd prefer to see SE tweak the balancing from that position.
So now yes, you can certainly "set tanking, healing, buffing, and DD'ing abilities/spells at the same time." Just like how in FFXI, you could sub ninja on your red mage, dual-wield, use en-spells, and DD. But you sure wouldn't be much use in a group.
We're always stuck with the holy trinity because developers are afraid to break the mold on any real level. To let them off the hook by surmising that "it's too hard to balance", relegates us to mediocrity, I say.
That's just my humble opinion. I hope I'm not coming off as cross. Edited, Jul 18th 2010 2:29pm by Eske Edited, Jul 18th 2010 2:31pm by Eske