So... I have actually been looking at classic jobs and am actually... very worried. Bard gets like... 3 buffs and one damage skill. Wtf? Its basically useless. Whm only gets 2 healing spells? One i am guessing is single target and the other AOE? Again... crappy... These classes can hardly be what they are supposed to be with so limited skills... even building off of other classes their selection sucks for that job.
I am really hoping SE implements a good variety of skills for us to use. I want Bard to be able to be an awesome buffer/debuffer in groups... not a passive buffer who uses archer skills 95% of the time, then casts its 3 friggin buffs it has when needed just to go back to dps... UGH! RUINED!
Many innacuries in your post.
1) Bard is an archer. They had BETTER not change that, because the players who started as archer suddenly had to live with the knowledge of being a support DD, when previously, we were the top dog kings of dd. The strategy for all fights was "we need more archer".
If we step into 2.0 and are suddenly FULL support, there will be a rage of epic proportions.
2) The number of buffs is on the low side, due to limitations in the job system, only granting 5 total abilities. That will change when the level cap rises, but hopefully it changes sooner, because I agree that if I'm going to support, I want more options. What you are neglecting is Bard is the only DD with access to healing abilities and buffs. As Bard you can deal dmg, cast cure. curaga (every minute), protect, stoneskin, raise, and then refresh your own MP with a song.
3) Whm has Cure, Cura, Curaga, and Regen. It is more than enough and it is actually very fun to play compared to Whm in FFXI. Whm has great aoe dmg spells as well, and is quite an active class and feels very much White Mage.
4) Bard will never be a debuffer. That is Arcanist and their DoT magic. As bard, you are actually quite active if you want to be a good bard. You can only have 1 song up, so 3 songs on a 3 minute timer is more than enough. Sing to the mages, run and sing to the melees, runs back, do a combo or two, sing again. Edited, Oct 31st 2012 6:27pm by Louiscool