Monday, April 21, 2008

Gearing up.

Recently I have been talking to a couple of people about working on how to best gear themselves for different jobs and situations. So, I am going to do a series of posts on how I would select gear for different people with different selections and for different purposes. I am pretty much a gear nerd so this is fun for me and I think it will better illustrate how I believe gear is best selected for all jobs. I have some prefaces to place on this discussion and to best fit the theme of this blog, lets do it Fight Club style.

1. You are not your job. When you make decisions on gear, your job actually plays very little role in how you should decide on what gear to use. No matter the job, you will want to default to a weapon with the highest rating, you will want to uses the best gear, you will want to WS as quickly as possible, etc. If you start by thinking that your job some how defines how you should equip yourself, then you are starting off on the wrong footing. 99% of gear selections are universal.

2. You're not how much money you have in the bank. Gil and the ability to purchase gear do not define what you can do as a player. Gear is an additive bonus and sometimes the additions are huge, but they do not fundamental alter the nature of the job or the roles that it will be playing for whatever event that you are doing. We should all pursue better gear (if not, then what are we really playing for) but we should not believe that we are limited because we do not have certain gear yet.

3. You are not your fucking O's Kote. Adapting and learning is the key to achieving the best play possible. There was a time when Haste was not the important statistic that it is today, instead people favored Accuracy and Attack. People today still use Kirin's Osode for Asuran Fists. Let go of the attachments that bind you to gear that is no longer valuable for your purposes. Do you want to be the person that is passed over because you gear selection recalls bygone days? More importantly, if you attach yourself to gear even if it is optimal for one situation, it might not be optimal for all situations, and you should be ready to let go and accept change.

4. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. There is nothing about you that makes you special in this game. All gear is obtainable (well, except for AV drops, and even those are not game breakers), all selections apply to anyone that plays the game. The moment that you think you have figured out something that no one else can do is the moment you have lost your mind. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.

Tomorrow we will begin with a Blue Mage. Your mission tonight is to get aggro, die and home point. Blowing up Neptune's Spire in Jeuno is next week.

1 comment:

Ashhhhh said...

i sense im about to get laid bare to the world....be gentle >.>;