Let me preface this by saying - I am just now approaching my first Level 50 class - Thaumaturge. Sometime by the end of this week I should be capped.
Moving onto my questions - Materia is vastly powerful it seems. So much in fact that it appears slotted items may be bumping out the Rank 50 gear from Dzemael Darkhold simply because of Materia. I don't want to turn this into a "my gear is outdated!!!!" rage thread - I'm just looking for some help.
So I picked up the materials to craft my first few Felt pieces. I think I got enough to make the Hat, the Robe or Biluad - the Gaskins, etc. I haven't had them made yet - but then my Linkshell wanted me to come for some Dzemael.. I said, sure I'll try it out.
I will only say that I got lucky with some drops and everyone else already had what dropped - so they were passed to me. So now I've been wondering this morning:
Should I make these Felt pieces and Spiritbind them and turn them into Materia for future pieces? Is that what people are doing? Should I make the pieces - wait until I get some powerful Materia - then slot them (and wear the Darkhold pieces in the meantime) - I'm broke gil wise - having spent just short of a million for the materials - so I was debating just using the Dzemael gear for the time being until I saved up enough to purchase Materia then slotting the Felt pieces... or is it that I should make and wear the Felt pieces then convert THOSE to materia instead then made more Felt made to slot those?
Also - for any mages or Thamaturge in particular - I picked up Water Brand (the non dated) as it seems to have the highest Potency buff I can get at the moment in addition to the slot - but I see Electrum Scepter was introduced as well and has a high Macc+ - can we effectively swap weapons for debuffing/attacking? Just a spur of the moment thought I can't test at work since we can be in Passive mode casting now..
Anyway, if anyone wants to share their thoughts on the most effecient way to gear/materia out I'd appreciate it. I think we're doing Keys sometime this week in Ixali or another Stronghold - I'm going to look up those pieces right now to see if they're better/worse/slotted/etc in case I luck out.