No I agree, any RDM that is semi serious should be looking into attaining the pretty easily obtained items that are available. However most RDM's would prefer to bitch and moan and expect an SE handout. While my 80% number is likely not entirely accurate when comparing against DD who give a @#%^, Ive on numerous occasions been top of the parse as RDM (all be it against not as geared DD). Hell I have posted parses here from abyssea that show just that and that is when I had no access to any atma's at all.
Fact: Most players in this game are not geared very well
Fact: Most players in this game do not eat food
While RDM might not stack up as well to equally minded gear nazis, a well geared melee RDM is still going to be on par or better then the majority of this game. While in the small % of well geared food eating players it is not that good, the overwhelming majority of this game is not well geared and food eating.
A RDM that actually cares to be a strong DD will preform close to or above the majority of DD in this game.
When all is said and done however it doesn't matter because the stigma is RDM melee is sh*t terrible, because it isn't a top contender in the top geared/food eating %. The "regular" folks assume that a RDM with great gear, eating meat is still going to be worse then a WAR who is using full AF+2 when the difference is actually fairly minimal.
This thread is a testament to that, you have several people whining they can't out DD a pimp WHM, a WHM who has to sacrifice much much more to attain that, then a RDM. Said WHM is not useful in the role the job is meant to play, yet a RDM is still parsing close to them while near infintely able to debuff,buff,nuke,heal as needed.
In the end it is evident that players like Alma, Hyrist, Shadow, Sae, Ser, will never be truly satisfied with the jobs performance at any level, because either they want to argue for versatility, or damage. RDM is a competent melee, it could use some upgrades in certain slots, (namely riding us of Dusk +1 requirements) and access to EX Weaponskills, but overly it is not that bad off, and loses very little to be able to do what it does.
Sure a well geared WHM can take a well geared RDM on the melee parse, but that RDM is going to be offering more to the group in way of utility in the end. If you can't see this, then you are blind, and as pathetic as the majority of the game who think RDM is terrible DD because it isn't a top teir DD. It is sightly behind where it was at 75, and comparison to WHM is stupid, because a WHM gives up everything else it does, to be able to top a RDM.
What are you using for your Dex build WS?
LOL DEX build. Gear Attack, and only attack. Dex was cool when we couldn't cap ddex for crits, and didn't have the ACC to land all 6 on Evis. Attack gear in WS + Meat. If you doing it any other way, you doing it wrong. Edited, Jul 18th 2011 5:11pm by rdmcandie