I had meant to make this it's own topic before and I posted it in another thread by mistake.
Anyways, I only noticed Tank, Healer, DPS in the queue for Duty Finder.
I know BLM does some crowd-control, but is primarily a DPS...
and LNC does "Slow" and "Stun" moves, but is defnitely melee DPS.
ARC can "Bind" mobs for some crowd-control too but is primarily a DPS.
Is there a real "Support" role in this game?
Will BRD, RDM and DNC if/when they implement all of them, be primarily DPS with some support abilities too? Or is there going to be a support role added at some point?
Sorry if this topic has been beaten to death already, I couldn't find any similar topics when searching the forum regarding support roles/jobs in FFXIV.
Since I replied in the other thread, I decided I would elaborate a bit more here. With the way the game is currently set up, I don't think SE plans on adding a pure support class. With four man parties, pure support classes don't really fit as nicely as they should. Instead, we have at least one DPS/support hybrid.
BRD is a class that acts primarily as a ranged DPS. They pick up an additional attack over ARC along with three songs and a song amplifier. The songs give the class a support feel, but the MP drainage prevents them from being a staple to the class. As such, you end up with a DPS that can provide situational support.
SCH and SMN could likely fall into the same sort of situation. With pets in play, they are going to be expected to be able to do more than just heal and deal damage. In order to keep balance, their extras will likely have some limits put into place. I don't think they will behave the way BRD does, but I do think they are going end up with some restrictions. Edited, Jul 19th 2013 2:27pm by FrozenSherbet