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The irony being I originally came to FFXIV BECAUSE I thought I’d get that experience. Thank the Twelve for Summoner and all its awesomeness. It’s also a surprising relief not having to watch everyone’s HP bars.

I can’t have that same experience in FFXIV is disheartening

For the longest time, I’ve always said that I’ve reeked at DPS. This is not without merit, as I’ve always played healing classes, and when I do play a DPS I tend to tunnel-vision too much, leading to death by mechanic. This has led to a bit of irony, thanks to the current meta and healers being pretty much required to contribute DPS as a result.

 

That said, I did level up one DPS job, Summoner. It, along with White Mage, intrigued me before I started playing FFXIV. I accidentally started as Arcanist (mixed it up with Conjurer and thought it was the class that became White Mage. Oops!), but I found I loved leveling up the class, even though I eventually switched to Conjurer and mained that and White Mage through 2.0. I eventually went back and leveled it up, and gained Summoner. I quickly fell in love with the job, even BEFORE gaining Deathflare (Dat Bane AoE! And the pets!), and its been my secondary job ever since.

 

It got to the point where I even went through the 2.x and 3.0 MSQ as Summoner. I used Scholar to get gear/tomes from Alex NM and EX Roulette while bringing White Mage to cap (Using the fact healers share non-Eso gear to my advantage). Unfortunately, I just couldn’t handle Scholar at higher play levels, though I desperately wanted to like it. And while leveling Summoner, I encountered the aforementioned ‘tunnel vision’ problem. I died at least once a dungeon, and I apologized to the healers for it on many occasions because as a career healer myself I *knew* how frustrating it had to be.

 

Not to mention Summoner is considered one of the most complex classes to play for a reason, and I had difficulty remembering every part of my rotation. I tried running Neverreap as Summoner, and while I didn't die somehow, I got a snarky 'Hope you enjoyed your carry Summoner' from one of the party members after the last boss (after they hadn't said anything the whole time), which was incredibly discouraging. It was a huge sigh of relief when I finally got White Mage to 60.

 

Sadly, the main reason Scholar didn’t work out is the same reason why, as I finally move into Savage, I’m encountering problems as White Mage: Healer DPS. I just *can not* stance dance. I fumble it in myriad ways, and between that, keeping an eye on everyone’s HP, AND dodging, it inevitably leads to death. Either my own or someone else’s. I have kept constantly trying to master it, and it keeps eluding me. I’d be perfectly fine it I wasn’t expected to DPS, but I am, so I have been forced to adapt. I already know I can’t straight DPS well.

 

Or so I thought.

 

Recently, I had an *amazing* run of Fractal Continuum as Summoner. I was remembering almost all of my rotation. I was dodging with using Ruin II and weaving oGCDs. I’m still in awe. I even got a player commendation at the end for reasons I can’t quite pinpoint, but I like to think it's because I was doing so well. (I don’t parse myself because I feel like I do better without knowing exactly how much I’m sucking at the moment.) The takeaway is I’m *capable of DPSing.* I need more practice, of course, but with time and gear I might even be capable of handling Savage as Summoner.

 

So it is with a somewhat heavy heart that I am giving up on healing in FFXIV. I’m done. I just can’t handle the current meta, and I’m definitely not capable of handling Savage. It sucks because I used to heal back in World of Warcraft, a healer was the only thing I played. Raid healing was some of the most fun I had, and the fact I can’t have that same experience in FFXIV is disheartening. The irony being I originally came to FFXIV BECAUSE I thought I’d get that experience. Thank the Twelve for Summoner and all its awesomeness. It’s also a surprising relief not having to watch everyone’s HP bars.

 

I wish to apologize to all of you in advance, because while I’ve gotten *far* better, I’m still the gal ‘most likely to die to an AoE.’ Not for lack of trying, mind you, but that Photon Spaser...Good thing Summoner is one of the most mobile jobs, so with some practice hopefully I’ll be able to overcome the issue. I’ve caused healers a lot of grief, probably will continue to cause grief, and so I apologize to the ones who will have to deal with this headache. (Like the healers who had to Raise me every few seconds on AS1 this morning, though to be fair I was lagging and ended up outright DCing...)

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