Couldn't post this over on the FFXIV forums because they don't allow wordy posts (god that is the worst official forum ive ever seen, cant even post in some sections since I don't meet the level requirement to post and im nearly 40
My issue with the Dragoon is that I fear for its endgame viability. You are a DPS and nothing more. I have no doubts that a dragoon CAN be a top DPS, I just don't think anyone outside of a keyboard GOD will be able to get there.
So lets look at why the Dragoon, in my eyes, is going to be an under performer.
First of all the link you posted assumes the GCD is 2.5 seconds. Ive found this to be anything but the truth. Skill Speed stat seems to reduce the GCD. This stat is a main secondary stat on all dragoon gear, as well as food which carries crit bonuses.
My point is that the GCD for dragoons is ever changing with food and upgrades. Since the 2.5 second cool down is used in these rotation, there is a lot more room for secondary skill application, which is good. However ive found that the Dragoon (and if you have seen the linked thread on rotation youll understand) seems to be VERY macro dependent. I think it was what something like 19 or 20 skills a dragoon will need to use to be effective.
Problem is, if you are using a 2.5 second wait on your macros, you have skills sitting off cooldown and your macro is still waiting (ill be damned if I can find a skill speed value to time conversion). Ive also found macros to preform terribly. I sat there on a dummy with my macro skills on my hotbar so I could watch and would hit my macro and watch it execute. It was always faster to just manually hit the buttons, even when I reached a point where I thought I found my GCD (I didn't go more than one decimal out, I may have to) it was still executing extremely slow, there seemed to be lag between the wait and the button press. Im not sure if its going to be viable for endgame use in its current form TBH, unless people don't care and they always do care about endgame performance of DPS in the end.
So now lets looks at doing it manually .
Lets pretend for a second that every key on your keyboard was accessible to you in a raid, need to hit the 0 key and your finger extends like stretch Armstrong to hit it.
Ok never mind lets not pretend that since its not realistic. Im trying to think of where im placing all my skills so that I can easily use them for a raid. Some placement is good for quick use but any extended use hurts, which slows me down.
Now I think im going a bit more hardcore at this than most, and im going to keep trying with the macro, ill even use keyboard and mouse recorded macros and see if they preform better.
So if im going more hardcore than most, I feel the vast majority of dragoons and to a lesser extent monks are going to be garbage in hard modes and raids since they will not maximize their classes potential, either by using 2.5sec wait GCD, using the macro system in general, or by manually attacking and not being able to use half their skills.
All the mean while you have bards and black mages which bring a bit more to the table anyway, able to stand in place and focus on their attacks. They are going to preform better in the DPS department, as well as bring a little something extra to the table like spammible aoe or group buffs or whatever the fck bards do (they sing at things and they die right?)
Im a bit nervous as a dragoon approaching endgame. I wont get to stand there and DPS, I have to watch for telegraphs, boss moves will impede my positional attack, ill take side damage from aoe attacks which healers hate to deal with, and im not sure how viable outside the hands of professionals dragoons maximum potential will be. Certainly casuals will do awful with them....or anyone who read the linked thread and had their head explode.
I always got to pick the over complicated class.
Edited, Sep 6th 2013 6:30pm by Strangerous
Edited, Sep 6th 2013 6:32pm by Strangerous