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#77 Feb 17 2013 at 3:18 AM Rating: Excellent
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Sorry, but if anyone is "doing it wrong", its you. Posting outdated opinions about the state of pup vs mnk from years ago when gear selection between them was vastly different then it is now, with a handful of "napkin math" numbers does nothing to further this thread. I don't care about the history of pup vs mnk, I am only interested in how they compare now. Its great that your opinion hasn't changed since pup was released. Apparently you feel that pup always did less damage then monk in high haste environments and that it always will. That is exactly the kind of opinion I couldn't care less to read about. You may be right, you may not, but all that those of us that are serious about doing high-end content care about are hard numbers. When you can't provide that, and instead can only regurgitate posts from years ago and pass them off as still relevant, well, don't wonder why I choose to hold out for more relevant information.

I'll be the first to admit, I have no idea how I would begin sim'ing pup and monk damage, which is exactly why I am here. Last I checked, I didn't need your permission to post in a pup thread, looking for information on pup. I am not going to "learn math [myself] mate", any more then you will, because this is a tough problem with a lot of variables to consider and I don't mind admitting that is well outside what I could come up with an answer for. However, that is not going to stop me from posting asking for more information. If someone is able to come up with an answer and further the thread, thats amazing and helps pup out a lot one way or another; either by providing evidence that they should be allowed in a group as they are only slightly behind other dd's or by proving that the pup needs to gear up monk or a better DD job because their is such a large difference in damage it is reducing the capability of the whole group. Either conclusion helps pup. Blindly holding on to outdated analysis and trying to pass it off as current does nothing but hurt pup. So whether you think I should post here or not, or whether I need to "learn to math" (really kid?), I couldn't care less. My only response to you is its better to leave this thread to the people with something useful to contribute to it.


It seems that the intentions of my post where completely lost on my "snappy comments", since English is not my first language, my sarcasm is not that good, either way ill try and keep it simple to avoid such scenarios again.

monk is better than pup on zergs, that's a known fact, for how much you ask? its REALLY hard to specify an exact number because of all of the variants on a lot of different situations, and I know I'm not gonna be the one to do it for you, far beyond my skills with numbers, either way good luck with that.

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#79 Feb 17 2013 at 1:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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It hasn't been proven that monk is better than PUP at zergs, it's just no one has bothered using a well-geared PUP parsing it because lawlpup and people Jinte making the job seem useless and everyone listening to him, as if his word were the will of the universe. Everyone is afraid of seeming pro-PUP because it's not "cool"


It's not just Jinte's opinion on the matter. There are a number of factors that are going to push a Monk over a Puppetmaster when it comes to any zerg situation. For starters, Monks have Impetus, which is a significant amount of Attack and Crit Rate for battles where level correction factors heavily Puppetmasters with Automatons out are going to constantly be needing to use Maneuvers, delaying their attack rounds each time they do (in comparison to Monks, who would only do that for Boost). Most importantly though, and this is something I've brought up a few times, is the fact that those "true zerg" sort of situations (Provenance and Legion) would be near impossible for you to keep your automaton alive for very long. The Sharpshot and Mage frames aren't much sturdier than a normal player, and a normal player can get rocked easily without constant cures and/or Fanatic's Drinks (in the case of Voidwatch), so those would likewise get destroyed pretty quickly. Repair is only going to do so much, as will the attachments that mitigate damage, since mobs in those fights use both a combination of physical and magical damage. Deus Ex Automata won't help much, since it's very likely that your Automaton would die again as soon as it was activated. The Healing Salves in Voidwatch would help a bit, but remember, doing that is, like Maneuvers, going to delay your attack rounds.

Puppetmaster wouldn't work well in a zerg situation primarily because it's just too busy of a job. Even if it was otherwise identical to Monk (which it really isn't, given Impetus among other things), the constant re-upping of Maneuvers would delay your attack rounds so often that the damage output of your Automaton (if it can even last long enough to do any appreciable damage) is going to be countered by the damage you're giving up in the process.

You keep saying that no one's shown any proof that Monk isn't better than Puppetmaster when it comes to zergs, but you haven't shown any proof to suggest that Puppetmaster is as good, if not better. Others have at least shown some degree of information to support their claims, but you've just sort of thrown your opinion out there, expecting us to take it as fact without giving any proof.
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SE designed it as damage dealer, therefore it is assumed to be swapable with MNK and do the same damage.
is an incredibly asinine statement. That's no different then saying all DD are swapable and do the same damage. Come up with a better defense for your point Zelduh.
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#82 Feb 17 2013 at 7:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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The burden of proof is on you to prove that PUP sucks :P You're the one making the claim. SE designed it as damage dealer, therefore it is assumed to be swappable with MNK and do the same damage. If you're going to claim it sucks, I'd like to see proof


The reasons why Puppetmaster falls short of Monk has already been pointed out several times in here. I gave the general points, Jinte elaborated on them in great detail, and others also hit on the points quite a bit. Just because it's also a damage dealer doesn't mean that it can be swappable and do the same damage. In FFXI, none of the damage dealing jobs are on the same level. Some are considerably stronger than the others due to their weaponskills available, their job abilities, etc, and that's how it's always been. It's the same situation with Dragoon. I'd like it to be up there with Dark Knight as far as damage dealing capabilities, but the limitations of Dragoon vs the capabilities of Dark Knight leave Dragoon just too far behind, to where even a Mythic only puts them as competitive by DD standards nowadays.

Puppetmaster falls under the same problems as Dragoon. The limitations of Puppetmaster vs the capabilities of Monk just push Monk that far ahead in a zerg situation. Impetus, Kick Attacks, etc are going to push Monk ahead of a Puppetmaster by itself as far as DD capacity is concerned, and an Automaton in a true zerg situation nowadays is going to get decimated quickly. It'd end up being a situation of Monk vs "Not So Monk".
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At 0 haste, does the automaton do 2x the damage that pup main does when both are going all out? and is this 3x the damage of a mnk w/out buffs?

No? then there is NO WAY for pup to win in a zerg. it is that simple.
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#84 Feb 17 2013 at 7:49 PM Rating: Excellent
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At 0 haste, does the automaton do 2x the damage that pup main does when both are going all out? and is this 3x the damage of a mnk w/out buffs?

No? then there is NO WAY for pup to win in a zerg. it is that simple.


this, a hundred times this. this is simple logic, you don't need the exact number, its as simple as this, and as Vlor said, XI was not designed like current day mmos where most damage dealers are equal just different flavor of skills, some have way better tools to deal damage than others, its the situations at where they excel that differentiate them from one another.

damage dealers on XI are not equal in power and hence, not swapable.
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#85 Feb 17 2013 at 10:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Just wanted to add a little to this conversation because I have been reading the Pup forums for quite some time. I agree with a lot of Jinte's math but I also think that some in game mechanics are being overlooked which makes some of it incorrect. I have no need or want to argue with you guys but I just wanted to point out a few things.

First: It is true that the automatons cannot receive buffs but I was wondering is there a reason that no one is mentioning that the Pup can buff up three maneuvers prior to attacking the NM? Also is there a reason that the Pup would not use his 2hr? I have just recently returned from a few year break so I haven't done some of these Zerg events.

Second: I understand and agree that if a Pup uses maneuvers this will delay his next attack round. This is very true if the maneuver is done without a gear swap. However if the Pup is using macros for every maneuver and they include gear swaps, the delay is much shorter. Also I've personally noticed that if you use the maneuver at the beginning of the swing animation, you will still get the next swing animation with less of a delay. It's not like auto attacking but it certainly not a 2 second delay like was mentioned earlier in this thread.

Third: I keep hearing that the automaton will die due to AOE damage but from my personal experience the Valoredge automaton is more durable then when I stopped playing years ago. I solo ALOT and I use the automaton to tank most of the nasty AOE NM's. With my gear, stout servant and attachments (I have all attachments by the way) my automaton does not die faster then Deux Ex is available.

Finally, I am not fully convinced of Pup's non zerginess since seeing a very well geared Pup Zerg down Briareus solo. For the last three to four days my linkshell has done this NM for his helms. I have seen it low maned and soloed by other jobs but I have yet to see any of the other solo attempts go so quickly. What I know from asking this player questions and getting back some limited answers, he was 99 Pup. He had some high lvl rare/ex gear that ne said was from neo nyzul(other pieces I couldn't tell due to constant macro swaps) lvl 90 Verethranga and he subbed thf. He used Soulsooher automaton. Now I know from personal experience that Pup can solo this NM because I was doing it and getting my own Jewel of Voyage for my AF3 feet. But I use my automaton to tank this NM and it takes me about 12 to 15 mins to kill. This guy did it in under 5. I came away very impressed and it immediately made me think of this thread. By the way he said his atmas were SS, MM and GH.

I think this thread may have been completely true a few years ago but now with the gear that Pup can equip, it makes this thread not entirely true. That Pup looked like he was double and triple attacking and he ws a lot. I'm just posting this because this encounter has made me think a little differently no because I wanted to join this crazy back and fourth thread. To me now, it seems that in game gear and mechanics are disputing some of what is being said here. I don't want to argue I just wanted to share my experience. Thank you.


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#86 Feb 18 2013 at 12:04 AM Rating: Excellent
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Just wanted to add a little to this conversation because I have been reading the Pup forums for quite some time. I agree with a lot of Jinte's math but I also think that some in game mechanics are being overlooked which makes some of it incorrect. I have no need or want to argue with you guys but I just wanted to point out a few things.

First: It is true that the automatons cannot receive buffs but I was wondering is there a reason that no one is mentioning that the Pup can buff up three maneuvers prior to attacking the NM? Also is there a reason that the Pup would not use his 2hr? I have just recently returned from a few year break so I haven't done some of these Zerg events.

Second: I understand and agree that if a Pup uses maneuvers this will delay his next attack round. This is very true if the maneuver is done without a gear swap. However if the Pup is using macros for every maneuver and they include gear swaps, the delay is much shorter. Also I've personally noticed that if you use the maneuver at the beginning of the swing animation, you will still get the next swing animation with less of a delay. It's not like auto attacking but it certainly not a 2 second delay like was mentioned earlier in this thread.



Even popping those maneuvers before the start begins will only do so much, since the Puppetmaster will constantly need to be re-upping Maneuvers, which even with gear swaps, it will still delay your next attack round. In a zerg situation with capped attack speed, even a second delay of not attacking is going to bump you down significantly.

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Third: I keep hearing that the automaton will die due to AOE damage but from my personal experience the Valoredge automaton is more durable then when I stopped playing years ago. I solo ALOT and I use the automaton to tank most of the nasty AOE NM's. With my gear, stout servant and attachments (I have all attachments by the way) my automaton does not die faster then Deux Ex is available.


A solo situation is considerably different than a true zerg situation, which is what we're talking about. This is primarily stuff like Provenance Watcher and Legion mobs, where a melee can easily get one shotted if they're not sitting there in -DT gear almost constantly and/or getting cure spammed. Abyssea, Dynamis, etc, aren't the zerg situations we're talking about, since the level of the mobs and/or your own buffs are going to sway things considerably. Legion monsters, especially ones in Hall of Mul, can drop a melee in one hit if it wanted to, the damage output from them is that significant. Likewise with Provenance Watcher. Between its melee attacks, its TP moves, and the occasional magic spell that gets off, a melee without a Fanatic's Drink is going to be destroyed quickly. Valoredge, while heftier than a full DD setup melee as far as taking damage, is still going to be destroyed rather quickly in the face of Legion mobs or Provenance Watcher.

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Finally, I am not fully convinced of Pup's non zerginess since seeing a very well geared Pup Zerg down Briareus solo. For the last three to four days my linkshell has done this NM for his helms. I have seen it low maned and soloed by other jobs but I have yet to see any of the other solo attempts go so quickly. What I know from asking this player questions and getting back some limited answers, he was 99 Pup. He had some high lvl rare/ex gear that ne said was from neo nyzul(other pieces I couldn't tell due to constant macro swaps) lvl 90 Verethranga and he subbed thf. He used Soulsooher automaton. Now I know from personal experience that Pup can solo this NM because I was doing it and getting my own Jewel of Voyage for my AF3 feet. But I use my automaton to tank this NM and it takes me about 12 to 15 mins to kill. This guy did it in under 5. I came away very impressed and it immediately made me think of this thread. By the way he said his atmas were SS, MM and GH.

I think this thread may have been completely true a few years ago but now with the gear that Pup can equip, it makes this thread not entirely true. That Pup looked like he was double and triple attacking and he ws a lot. I'm just posting this because this encounter has made me think a little differently no because I wanted to join this crazy back and fourth thread. To me now, it seems that in game gear and mechanics are disputing some of what is being said here. I don't want to argue I just wanted to share my experience. Thank you.


Again, it's Abyssea. Briareus is an NM in the mid 80's or so at most, and a Puppetmaster with Soulsoother is pretty much like having a pocket White Mage there for you. They don't have to worry about taking care of their own cures or anything like that. Abyssea really isn't a very good indicator of a job's capabilities, because Cruor Buffs and Atmas heavily sway things. That being said, if you had a well geared Monk and a comparably well geared Puppetmaster fighting Briareus, the Monk is almost certainly going to pull ahead of the Puppetmaster damage wise by a good bit because of Kick Attacks and Impetus, which is the same situation that a Puppetmaster in a zerg would most likely be in since his Automaton wouldn't survive for very long.
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#88 Feb 18 2013 at 4:00 PM Rating: Excellent
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PUP and MNK's damage is nearly identical without the automaton, MNK only has a tiny edge, even in a fully-buffed superhasted etc. zerg situation. Guess what makes up for that tiny gap MNK has over PUP? The puppet. It's that simple. Show me math to prove the puppet is useless or that will remain the reality. No one cares about pet damage, that's why everyone thinks the job sucks.


I'm really struggling to not think you are doing this just for the sake of arguing.
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Zelduh wrote:
PUP and MNK's damage is nearly identical without the automaton,

POIDH

Okay again I admit I'm new to the pup forums, is zelduh just egging people on? Or is this a real argument?
I mean a baseball bat and a broomstick are nearly identical, but you'd never see a broomstick in mlb.
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#90 Feb 18 2013 at 7:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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PUP and MNK's damage is nearly identical without the automaton,

POIDH

Okay again I admit I'm new to the pup forums, is zelduh just egging people on? Or is this a real argument?
I mean a baseball bat and a broomstick are nearly identical, but you'd never see a broomstick in mlb.


I honestly don't know anymore.

PUP it's a great job for multiple tasks, but zerg is not one of them, that's what we were arguing, or so i thought.
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Peimei wrote:
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PUP and MNK's damage is nearly identical without the automaton,

POIDH

Okay again I admit I'm new to the pup forums, is zelduh just egging people on? Or is this a real argument?
I mean a baseball bat and a broomstick are nearly identical, but you'd never see a broomstick in mlb.


Until I read this thread, I thought he was just out of the loop on XI. You know, one of those returning players not really sure what's going on anymore? Well, after being a part of the thread over in general and coming here to see this one, yea he's just egging people on. Jinte has thrown math + math + math + math all over the place and nothing convinces this guy of reality. Same as in general. Screen shots, benchmarks, FPS meters, whatever.

I applaud the admins for the epic patience they are displaying, because.... wow.

Then again, <3 the entertainment.
#93 Feb 20 2013 at 8:09 PM Rating: Good
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lol @ new or returning player. I've been playing since day one of release :P


and that entitles you to...?
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OK, that was a bit much to take in, while most of it was directed at one person in particular (couldn't it have therefore been sent in a private message? Why would it need to be out in public, if the work you've already done is already available publicly?), it was a very interesting read for someone who is just now returning to the game, and who never took PUP beyond level 20. That being said, with all the detail that you gave above, how do you still validate playing the job? I ask this not out of sarcasm, but rather as someone who decided that rather than picking up Dragoon or Summoner (which where my highest jobs on the one account I have left to me, the other having had it's characters deleted for some reason), I would level Puppetmaster (currently doing the quest to get the level 30 frame choice). Is it pointless for me to continue playing this class, and to stick to a job that has a solid and straightforward role in a party (Dragoon, Samurai, etc)? How do you validate your existence as a Puppetmaster, knowing that it is not able to perform as well as other jobs without the perfect gear and perfect knowledge of play? Thank you for the huge amount of information you gave...truly outstanding, and I applaud your work. I contributed something similar in the Japanese community years ago towards Dragoons, before they fell out of favor.

Cheers!

PS - If this Zelduh guy (such an...."original"...name) is so bad, why do people even bother replying to him?
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OK, that was a bit much to take in, while most of it was directed at one person in particular (couldn't it have therefore been sent in a private message? Why would it need to be out in public, if the work you've already done is already available publicly?), it was a very interesting read for someone who is just now returning to the game, and who never took PUP beyond level 20. That being said, with all the detail that you gave above, how do you still validate playing the job? I ask this not out of sarcasm, but rather as someone who decided that rather than picking up Dragoon or Summoner (which where my highest jobs on the one account I have left to me, the other having had it's characters deleted for some reason), I would level Puppetmaster (currently doing the quest to get the level 30 frame choice). Is it pointless for me to continue playing this class, and to stick to a job that has a solid and straightforward role in a party (Dragoon, Samurai, etc)? How do you validate your existence as a Puppetmaster, knowing that it is not able to perform as well as other jobs without the perfect gear and perfect knowledge of play? Thank you for the huge amount of information you gave...truly outstanding, and I applaud your work. I contributed something similar in the Japanese community years ago towards Dragoons, before they fell out of favor.

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PS - If this Zelduh guy (such an...."original"...name) is so bad, why do people even bother replying to him?


Sorry you if you drew the wrong conclusions since the whole thread is a mess now, as i said on a different post, puppetmaster its a really fun job and performs extremely well on several scenarios and situations, it just happens that Zerging down an end game enemy its not one of them, we can still participate but its not going to be any where optimal, since we lack the innate tools to do so, its just bad luck that most of the current endgame relies on extreme speed because of time restrictions.
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Touche, Zelduh. I was more referring to the way you swapped the "a" with "uh", something that makes the "duh" seem entirely appropriate in this thread...especially (as someone who came here looking for information), there hasn't been any to back up your claims. If they're wrong, why don't you prove them wrong? What better way to conquer your enemies and stand upon their corpses in triumph? The problem is, doing it...without being verbally decapitated by Jinte (she's fierce!). Besides, my name wasn't the point of the comment. If you must know, though, the goal wasn't originality.

So the main point to take home in this thread is that if we want to do "end game stuff", PUP isn't it, at least not unless we have an understanding linkshell or bribe money? Guess I'll go decide on DRG or BLU, then (SMN is too constrained by MP, unless this has changed in the years I was away).
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If you plan on using PUP for endgame you might as well throw yourself off a cliff, the endgame elitists have made sure that will never happen. You simply won't be allowed, there's too much stigma thanks to people like Jinte raving on about how lame the job is, since he personally has a distaste for it. That's what it boils down to, people simply have the l o l pup mentality, they don't like the job, so it's not included in anything.


Jinte has a distaste for it? Do you even come to these forums but more than once a decade? She is probably one of the fiercest and most loyal players of the puppetmaster class, like, EVER (and I did say that in my very best cheerleader "duh" voice!)

Also, don't be blatently insulting. If you had half a clue or spent any time at all on these forums.. Well nevermind. You're a lost cause.
#100 Feb 22 2013 at 5:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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If you plan on using PUP for endgame you might as well throw yourself off a cliff, the endgame elitists have made sure that will never happen. You simply won't be allowed, there's too much stigma thanks to people like Jinte raving on about how lame the job is, since he personally has a distaste for it. That's what it boils down to, people simply have the l o l pup mentality, they don't like the job, so it's not included in anything.


Jinte loves the job, but, just like anyone else who stops and analyzes things objectively and without bias, she knows that there are limitations to the job and that there are certain situations it doesn't excel at. For low man farming, smaller events such as Meebles, Salvage, etc, the job works fine and works really well, but when it comes to zerg situations, it just falls flat. Your automaton is going to get decimated quickly and repeatedly (for reasons I've mentioned multiple times previously), your damage is going to fall behind a Monk's because of what Monk has at its disposal, if your Automaton would be able to survive, you're greatly overestimating the kind of damage output they'd put on the table in a zerg situation, and just the simple fact that Puppetmaster, just like Monk and all one handed jobs, falls well short of two-handed jobs just due to level correction. Even before the fight started, they'd be at a huge disadvantage in comparison to two-handed DD on any high level monster.

People don't bring Puppetmasters to events not because they don't like the job, but because they don't offer enough to the table to warrant the spot. They'd be a bottom tier DD in any zerg situation (assuming competent and well geared DD all around), and your automaton, in the face of repeated one shot attacks, is just going to be dead weight, which isn't what someone putting together a zerg party/alliance is going to want.

Jinte is the last person that'd say that Puppetmaster is a lame job and that she doesn't like it, but she accepts the job's faults and won't blindly make it out to be better than it really is just because she'd like it to be better. It's the same as what I mentioned with Dragoon in one of my earlier posts. I love the job. It's one of my favorite jobs and always has been, but I'll admit its limitations and difficulties in standing with the "big boy" DD's such as Warrior and Dark Knight in a zerg situation.

You need to approach this from an unbiased perspective and look at it the way that someone whose view on the job isn't based on fanboyism or criticism from the community. Just look at it in comparison to other jobs in the situation you're putting them in (an end-game zerg situation) and you'll see its limitations.
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If you plan on using PUP for endgame you might as well throw yourself off a cliff, the endgame elitists have made sure that will never happen. You simply won't be allowed, there's too much stigma thanks to people like Jinte raving on about how lame the job is, since he personally has a distaste for it. That's what it boils down to, people simply have the l o l pup mentality, they don't like the job, so it's not included in anything.


I love that you keep raving about me even though I haven't played since last summer and only post very rarely anymore for my own amusement. I didn't know you had such passionate feelings for me. Smiley: laugh

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Zelduh wrote:
If you plan on using PUP for endgame you might as well throw yourself off a cliff, the endgame elitists have made sure that will never happen. You simply won't be allowed, there's too much stigma thanks to people like Jinte raving on about how lame the job is, since he personally has a distaste for it. That's what it boils down to, people simply have the l o l pup mentality, they don't like the job, so it's not included in anything.


Jinte loves the job, but, just like anyone else who stops and analyzes things objectively and without bias, she knows that there are limitations to the job and that there are certain situations it doesn't excel at. For low man farming, smaller events such as Meebles, Salvage, etc, the job works fine and works really well, but when it comes to zerg situations, it just falls flat. Your automaton is going to get decimated quickly and repeatedly (for reasons I've mentioned multiple times previously), your damage is going to fall behind a Monk's because of what Monk has at its disposal, if your Automaton would be able to survive, you're greatly overestimating the kind of damage output they'd put on the table in a zerg situation, and just the simple fact that Puppetmaster, just like Monk and all one handed jobs, falls well short of two-handed jobs just due to level correction. Even before the fight started, they'd be at a huge disadvantage in comparison to two-handed DD on any high level monster.

People don't bring Puppetmasters to events not because they don't like the job, but because they don't offer enough to the table to warrant the spot. They'd be a bottom tier DD in any zerg situation (assuming competent and well geared DD all around), and your automaton, in the face of repeated one shot attacks, is just going to be dead weight, which isn't what someone putting together a zerg party/alliance is going to want.

Jinte is the last person that'd say that Puppetmaster is a lame job and that she doesn't like it, but she accepts the job's faults and won't blindly make it out to be better than it really is just because she'd like it to be better. It's the same as what I mentioned with Dragoon in one of my earlier posts. I love the job. It's one of my favorite jobs and always has been, but I'll admit its limitations and difficulties in standing with the "big boy" DD's such as Warrior and Dark Knight in a zerg situation.

You need to approach this from an unbiased perspective and look at it the way that someone whose view on the job isn't based on fanboyism or criticism from the community. Just look at it in comparison to other jobs in the situation you're putting them in (an end-game zerg situation) and you'll see its limitations.


I also love that you guys keep defending me against his criticisms despite my obvious disappearance, and don't even mention that I've vanished. Smiley: inlove


KaynofTitan wrote:
I wish I could give you an excact number, but one of the things that hurts us the most is that the Automaton is not getting any buffs like cor rolls and brd songs or haste and that maneuvers have a job ability delay associated with them which is like, 2 seconds, if you understand how much 2 seconds on a high haste situation is you will get it, and no I don't think its 2-3% its way more, crunching numbers is not easy, and god knows if jinte would take the time to do it again.


Honestly, I love doing FFXI math. I haven't played since August but I still play with FFXI numbers from time to time, just because I find it relaxing and entertaining. Obviously, at this point, I'm entirely out of the loop a far as gear selection, mobs, and general play styles are concerned, but I tell you guys what; I will happily crunch out the numbers for you so we can have a definitive answer to this ******* issue. However, as I'm a bit out dated, I'll need the following stuff from you guys:

- The Target Fight, including the NM's level, nasty TP moves, and defensive stats (as best they're known, so one with more definitively known stats would be the best choice), as well as any other potential quirks of the fight, including annoying **** like sudden onset temporary damage resistance or whether or not the NM in question is being fought in a method where it can't actually **** with you (read: stunlocked or fanaticspam/PD, specificy which because they're obviously very different, or some other alternative I'm not aware of).

- How long the fight lasts, specifically, how long the two will be standing next to the mob without moving and just wailing on it, and whether or not they have prep time before the fight with which they can buff and potentially get TP (and whether or not they do so)

- The Alliance set up (if it's an alliance fight); the members of the party the pup and monk are in (if they're in different parties, with different set ups, that's also potentially important) are the most important factor, but if it's a fight where you've got rotating brds/cors giving everyone crazy buffs, the buffs everyone is getting would be important to now.

- I'm assuming we're talking two level 99s here, so I'll want the merit layouts and subjobs for both the monk and the pup, as well as which puppet the pup is using. And don't just arbitrarily assign merits to the monk to favor the pup, get a real, solid layout. I'll also want to know which WS the monk and pup are relying on primarily for the fight (since SP vs SS is situational and monks have ******** of different WS to rely on by comparison).

- Also important, though only moderately so, give me at race if you want me to account for something other than hume, and give me that race's stats at 99/49 for both jobs, specifically str/dex/vit/agi, but the others too, if you think they're important.

- A ******* of gear, specifically all of the following:
--- The Pup's: TP set, Stringing Pummel Set, Shijin Spiral Set (both would be ideal, but the priority is the one the pup is going to be using heavily), PDT/MDT sets if applicable, which puppet they're using, that puppet's attachment set up, and any other sets you think might be important
--- The Mnk's: TP set, Primary and Secondary WS sets (I'm assuming we're talking Shijin Spiral and something else, but I flat out can't remember what other ws would be competitive with it outside of VS, which I'll get to in a minute), PDT/MDT sets if applicable, and any other sets you think might be important, such as the mnk having two different TP sets, switching between them depending on whether impetus is up or down
--- I don't mind accounting for R/M/E either, but I will want you to tell me whether or not to bother, whether or not to consider Aftermath and if I should consider different levels of it (I assume not, unless they get time to build TP before hand to start off with that 300 TP aftermath; also, this is primarily for empy, since spharai's aftermath is lawl and Vere's aftermath is just sort of assumed given how beast VS is) and also, primarily for Verethragna, I'll want both the pup and the mnk's VS ws sets (if you want me to account for ascetic's fury, I'll want that WS set too. I'll need a legit pro monk to seriously ask for final heaven to be considered though, because lolfinalheaven)
--- Also note that unless there are new job abilities that are somehow a thing but not noted anywhere, I already know how to consider gear for stuff like Chakra or Maneuvers, which I will be considering the potential use of, and specifically for maneuvers, I'll do both with and without them.

So, the tl;dr list of ****: target mob, alliance-provided buffs, any potential fight quirks, subjob, merits, all relevant gear sets, and any other miscellaneous **** you think I forgot to mention.

On a totally unrelated note; I made a pupskin for minecraft!
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Glitterhands wrote:
Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
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