Realistically, if you get that Lancer to cap and are in a good endgame shell, all they will basically do is say keep smacking the mob until it dies, don't take too much hate doing it, and run if there's a sign of incoming aoe. I don't see the NEED for any abilities outside the class you choose to play unless you WANT to play it differently then how it is delivered. The reasons go back to my earlier responses. You only hit one button at a time and have a limited number of spots for abilities to set, like Blu in FFXI, and a crew is going to want you debuffing if necessary and swinging as a DD, perhaps some natural class buffs as well if available. Most realistic endgame shells typically have their tanks and healers set and either look for specialization for backup or straight up damage dealers, usually a mix so looting is more fair and debuff/buffs are utilized to the fullest(I know there's suppose to be an end triad, but realistically there will be some form, otherwise taunts and shields are pointless and so are abundances of cure spells). If charts come out eventually that show major improvements with hybridization, then that's a different story. That's going to take a while which means all styles will be tested. Until numbers come out, no one in their right mind can sit there and say how it's going to be at endgame.
There may be enough of a nerf of abilities in endgame to make hybridization weaker then many of you all let on. I mean seriously, take FFXI. How many of you went into endgame with your first 75, only 1 subjob, most likely not the "right" subjob and no merits and everyone said GTFO? Seriously... I mean for DRG, a good crew may say get that /rdm or /whm to help heal or /war is good, but on Kirin we need you as /sam, so work on it. The first thing they will ask is if you have Angon merited to cap. Realistic question, seeing how it is a goal of all Drgs mains to get capped; and you know you won't be kicked if as long it is your class goal to get it. On the same note, how many of you had Pld or Smn, or anyother as your main, but came as other 75s instead due to need, meaning merits were nerfed, and in many cases so was gear compared to your mains? There is absolutely no way a good crew will take a hybridized guy that went to a pre-conceived cookie-cutter who didn't know why over a committed, solid specialist... especially while this game is new. Thats why I say let him play the way he wants, just like I will feel it out my way. If someone NEEDS that 1 ability outside their class for the LS to down a boss, then it's the LS's fault and that's a poor excuse. No one wiped to JoL because a single blm came /smn and didn't have stoneskin or a drg merited str and dex before getting jumps merited down. It doesn't happen. A good LS knows variety is key, and that may involve needing different styles.
If you all are going to be closed minded before we really know how the game works, then you all may as well team up now and form your own LS and only recruit others who feel as elite, meanwhile the rest of us will enjoy the game and actually feel it out as it goes along. Give me final crunched numbers between hybrids, specialists (and I mean level every job to cap and do EVERY single combination possible), use the same gear and weapon; do it the scientific way and then re-post this thread. Otherwise those who feel they are already right should just STFU because you have no proof; you act like the spreadsheets are done and you have them, some act like they are the ones that did them. Seriously, WoW's subscription costs about the same as this and the numbers are crunched already, as well as all the strats; don't take that juvenile mindset here. And for you all that use real life examples here, I mean seriously, stfu, you always have a choice, including career choice, education style.. blah blah blah. This is a game and one we don't know the specifics yet. Just like it's your choice to post "solid" idiotic assumptions like you're in SE's design hall crunching data to balance the game. I plan slight hybridization, but that's my freedom, and trust me, I will be in endgame rockin' some sweet gear with an intelligent and fun crew regardless of my path as this game develops. I also predict the OP will be rocking Lancer straight to the end and know his specialized class well enough to tear some s* up! Like I've been saying all along, PROVE IT, or post your opinions as opinions and not fact.
Edited, Aug 17th 2010 3:57pm by Toryu