a summon as a one time hit spell to me isnt a summon at all, its just a flashier one hit spell.
I hate to be the one to do this, but I should really remind you that this is how all summons functioned in the earlier FF games. You cast, you summon, it hurts stuff, and it goes away. Final Fantasy VII is considered one of the best FF games ever made, and does the exact same thing
That doesn't mean I'd like that to be how summons work in FFXIV. I loved having summons out in FFXI, even if they weren't all-powerful. They still looked imposing and at level 70 had some deadly skills you could use. Sure they drained mana like crazy and had a lousy damage/MP ratio but they were fun to have if not wholly efficient.
I will be mortified if this game doesn't include Summoners. If there's one thing this game needs right now it's a well-defined class.
FFXI: Siren Server: Seiowan Lvl 99 WHM, SCH, BLM
FFXIV: Ragnarok Server: Lemuria Glitterhands All Classes 50