I dont know about you guys, but my COR/WAR out parses a large chunk of my server. While I cant hold a candle to extremely well geared drgs/mnks/dncs i have ebaten plenty of ebody wars and various other geared things in merits. Outside of merits its QD and roll for the most part, due to the lack of accuracy from having a B- gun.
a) You might indeed outparse other DDs at 75-80 or "merits" (also, does this mean piercing weak Colibri, tailor made for COR?) with the typical "melee for TP/get as many WS as possible" style. But I'm looking more at the future (which is sort of arriving now). Do you really think that style of COR play is going to continue to compete with other DD jobs when they're getting the whopping boosts we're seeing on stuff like AF3 and magian weapons, and COR's gear improvements seem to be focusing a lot on other aspects like QD? I'd assume not, unless you shift your style to take more advantage of the kind of stuff COR is getting now.
b) You're probably better than the vast majority of CORs (and probably comparatively better at your job than many other DDs are at theirs). The average or slightly above average COR does not usually outparse other DDs of comparable quality skill/gear. Nothing wrong with that either, we have buffs to contribute. But S-E doesn't really seem to balance the game based on considering the elite geared/skilled players' abilities, it's more of looking at how the somewhat dedicated but not quite "uber" player really does play. If they did pay attention to the best of the best players, there's no way in hell they would have buffed something like PUP as much as they have in 2010 (seeing as how a good PUP could already demolish a parse prior to those boosts).
Then again, maybe there's something to the thought that the "merit" mentality we've all been in is gone anyway with new content. You might be mostly in QD/roll situations for most new content like Abyssea NMs or whatever else there is. Still, seems to me like other new content like Abyssea alliance exp parties at least work the same way as merits for gearing/style choices - you're buffing and either pulling or DDing as your secondary role. If it's DDing, the question becomes whether the same styles that worked for a 75COR will remain as viable for DD contribution.
Just trying to think things through... perhaps there's no change, but I'm not just assuming that what ended up being largely settled on as an effective COR style at 75cap merits will continue to be as effective in 85cap and beyond.
So aside from the guns and armor, has anyone found the new dice yet? I just checked the typical NPCs and they have no new items. I'm also seeing several of each appearing on the AH.
Chichiroon in Nashmau, same NPC as Bolter's/Caster's. 97,350 for Courser's, 100,650 for Blitzer's.
You probably just checked Jajaroon, the other Nashmau dice Qiqirn. Edited, Sep 10th 2010 8:18pm by Anza