I want diversity and clear cut roles.
Like, say, Summoners main healing? Ninjas tanking? Beastmasters soloing? Warrior's DDing exclusively? Remember that definition and clear cut roles come from the way players respond to the content of the game. Warrior was the original tanking class, but early on people discovered that Ninja was not just better, it was astronomically better. Summoners always had a great many options in how they were played, because of the variety of bloodpacts they had available. But the need for healers early on in the game (when everyone wanted to tank or DD) forced them into the position of white-mage.
Anyway, my point is that right now, this game doesn't have any clearly defined roles because none are needed. You need someone to cure and someone to do damage, and that's about it. They could give us back the strict order and precision of FFXI's job system, but you would just end up with a bunch of random DD jobs and mage jobs pummeling things until they die.
Nothing is going to change until we get some content that requires specialization of roles. And when we do get that content, lo-and behold, people already have a system in place that allows them to specialize. Lancer, Pugilist and Thaumaturge to debuff the monster, Conjurer to nuke or
heal, Gladiator/Maurader to tank (possibly Pugilist in some situations), nearly any job to deal damage in some capacity (Archer/Maurader for spike damage, Pugilist/Lancer for DoT). Because abilities can be changed on the fly, you can readjust your strategies on the fly, switching roles within a party to suit the situation. Maybe some fights would be better with more damage output. Others might require a heavily debuffed mob. Yet others might require all of the defensive power you can muster.
The system as it is offers enough options that you can fill the roles that people keep asking for with a little forethought. But without any reason
to fill those roles, people just default to the path of least resistance, i.e. mashing 1 and curing.
Still, I want that "we need a rdm for this" or "Does anyone have bard or cor leveled? We could use that here"
Yeah, go back to FFXI. We don't need any of that **** here. Edited, Feb 8th 2011 2:24pm by GailC