You try using a controller to do your fancy moves then come back to me. Whatever special way you and your buddies have figured out to complete leves with a high star rating while you're low level is something not everyone can accomplish, so is not intended gameplay. I will say it again, AOE tanking is impossible right now even with the right jobs and CC is non existant. Please stop trying to make this hollow combat system sound and seem more spectacular than the pile of unrefined rubbish that it really is.
Also about leves. They need a crapload of work, so so much work to make them even mildly enjoyable. I prefer party grinding for SP on tough mobs over leves, because all leves are is:
a) Zerg easy mobs
b) No strategy
c) More of that delightful running SE likes to make us all do
Please don't try and tell me to do it on a higher star level as well please, unless you expect me to find two other tanks to tank any adds because AOE tanking is not viable. If there were ways, i'd know them. I'm an MMO veteran and raider for over ten years now and this game has the simplest and most boring combat system i've ever experienced.
Ahhhh, no need to feel insulted tylerbee. It is difficult to get to what you're saying with all that color.
You don't sound like you even want to hear the solution my group has come up with nor do you want to be convinced. We all ask for this utopian MMO that... doesn't exist anywhere, we ask for something new and yet, some cling on to old methods, it is no good.
Did I make trash sound spectacular? I only say what I feel heh.
For an MMO veteran, why do you want a simplified solution of fighting 1 mob a time conveyor belt system? Old puller, tank, DD, healer.
The computer AI for ff14 is simple from my observations, it goes for what it can perceive to hurt most. Normally your lowest level, weakest or dangerous party member, 'normally' not the tank unless 'something is done'. that's what I'd do if I were the mob~ I think that's smart.
What I do as a tank is no miracle solution or anything, 1 short example of many: I just use skills from my sub, sometimes as simple as cure tanking with stygian spikes, firm conviction, using provoke and taunt on 1 mob while putting on outmaneuver and circle slash ws whilst my pt moves and bursts down 1 of 3 mobs. It isn't true 'AOE' tanking but, let's get to that next time. ;D The description will have much to scrutinize without lengthy explanations.
Again tylerbee, out of respect I will say that we should vent, but we shouldn't blind ourselves from facing facts that others brought to us. They bring us a hopeful perspective, we should try before we dowse it. I have tried and paid my dues to post and comment here. Witch burning will not help and will only fuel unfounded hate amongst fools choosing to listen to them without trying for themselves. Nobody will post helpful tips under such conditions. I have digressed from the original topic with you for good intentions.
If I were to mention my MMO experience in top end raiding is longer than yours... Will it convince you of the points I make here? no. I don't think so. You'd probably mock my ability & preferences in MMOs, question the validity of my credentials instead of judging the post for its content.
I will end here unless you have a curious need to share and develop knowledge, (pm me even), I prefer to debate towards a general and developed understanding. I would not want to incur your wrath further he he.