I’ve been working on ROG a bit recently, and am now up to level 25, higher than I ended up getting through playing around with it on Brynhildr a while back. Getting approximately two levels out of a dungeon is pretty nice, so there’s not as much grind at the lower levels (but you’ll still need to go through many dungeons several times to open up the next, so it’s not like you’re shooting up in levels and not likely to understand your job).
I ran a couple of Halatalis last night (one specifically as the highest dungeon I could access, and the other as a Leveling roulette). The first was rather odd, as the NIN (dual-rogue, wat?) took a minute to follow everyone else at the beginning, and then was concentrating on mobs the tank wasn’t focused on and running into groups as the tank went a different way. x.x The tank disappeared after the first boss without a word, but the AST said to keep going, so the NIN and I split quasi-tanking duties (I’d try to ensure mobs were on me instead of the healer, and otherwise be spreading Mutilate status and spreading damage around). After a bit we got a replacement tank and things went a little more smoothly (and with the tank marking, the NIN seemed to figure out how to prioritize the mobs so she wasn’t liable to steal hate ;).
The second time through I got a tank called “Weedlord Dankmemes”, which was a bit concerning, lol. He actually was doing a pretty good job, surprisingly (given his choice in naming). I started playing around with Sneak Attack (unlocked during the course of the previous run) to see what it was all about, and was otherwise doing my usual thing of trying to spread DoTs and keep mobs off the healer (there was one instance in the snake/mantis section where the healer caught aggro so I stole hate and brought it to the tank). Nothing too fancy, and I apparently left the final boss to deal with adds when I could’ve stayed on to LB it to death, yet out of the two party members who weren’t in the final cutscene (the tank was and I wasn’t staying to wait for him, especially as DPS tend to be ignored for commendations) I got both commendations. So the AST and BLM I guess thought I did a good job in there? Maybe most ROG/NIN they run into are dumb? I have no idea… I kinda wish there was more feedback about commendations, whether it’s a random vote or they wanted to thank you for something in particular. If I did well it’s be nice to know (same with room for improvement, there’s cases where you were “meh” so nobody complained but you’re not thanked for anything either).
I’m hoping that over the next evening or two (only made this much progress because Ver was tired so didn’t log on) I’ll hit 30 and unlock NIN and see what that turns out like.
I also need to be leveling DRK more and getting more dungeon practice, as an FC/LS party into The Vault I felt like I was pretty “meh” and would’ve been getting flak in a DF group. So need to get my reactions down so I’m doing the right things in the right situations and not losing even one mob in AoE-spam groups (this was BLM+SMN+SCH) without cratering my MP. With more practice, hopefully I manage to get better at it. :)