No, this doesnt have anything to do with the quest of the same name. This does however have to do with bards. More specifically, those bards who dont seem to understand their role.
Ill start off with the story that goes with this. Basically i was doing titan trying to help a friend get his relic. My friend is a WHM and i also went as WHM. Now, everyone who has done this fight knows that it is very taxing on our MP pools as healers because of the need to spam medica or quick heal people who got hit with things. So of course i ask our bard to give use mages ballad which i dont think is an unreasonable request given the situation. Shroud of saints is good, but has a recast timer so keeping my MP up alone isnt easy especially since the tank needs to be constantly topped off. The bard flat out refuses to give us ballad because it would lower his DPS.
On the heart sure, change to DPS mode so you can go all out and take it out before we get taken out. But to prioritize your DPS over the survival of the party? Its not a race before or after the heart, and 1 person loosing i think a 20% DPS buff isnt going to make or break the fight. If our MP is high i dont have a problem with bards going for DPS but when we need MP, we need MP.
This isnt the first time ive been refused a request like this (all of them for ballad) which is why im making this post. Maybe i just havent been lucky with the people ive played with but a lot of them arent very nice when i ask this. My FC bards dont have an issue with this. I think this might be attributed to the fact bards are labeled as DPS instead of support. They seem to think all thats important is how much damage you can put out and if anyone needs their songs they must be doing something wrong.
Of course this isnt everyone and i know some amazing bards. But a lot of people i encountered dont seem to know what job they are playing.
I would like to know what you guys think. Am i wrong in my opinion? Do you guys agree there is a problem? And what do you guys think could be done to improve the situation?