First off, the disclaimer: I have not had the opportunity to party yet since the latest patch, so please keep that in mind.
Now, I'm seeing a lot of people disappointed with the new SP attribution system in party play. I'm not sure this is warranted quite yet. Let me draw a parallel with partying in FFXI (bear with me). At NA Launch, although the means to make very good exp in parties existed, we NA players SUCKED at it. This was normal, because we were new and had to learn all about skill-chaining, equipment swapping, and using the right buffs and debuffs to perform better and kill mobs faster. At the peak of performance, a party could EXP chain five mobs that could kill a tank in three swipes!
Back to FFXIV: at this point, a day after the latest patch, a lot of people are already writing off partying and talking as if they know everything there is to know about it. The consensus seems to be that SP attribution should be raised to compensate for the discrepancy between solo and party SP. Don't get me wrong, if this is really the case, and we have:
- Mastered Regimen and made full use of it in Party play
- Figured out all the best gearing and the best stats to use for our weapon skills and spells
- Figured out the best mobs to camp for the best SP, depending on the number of party members
... and we are still getting sub par SP, then by all means, let's fill SE's mailbox with demands of readjusting SP attribution. But have we really achieved peak efficiency in our partying?