I just wanted to check with perhaps some more experienced Thieves than I am about their experiences with Mandalic Stab. I unlocked it a while back, and try and throw it out there in situations that I would use Shark Bite, like SA/TA on higher defense mobs, things of that nature, but it really appears to me like a sidegrade. I've noticed nearly identical returns on Shark Bite and Mandalic Stab on most situations I use them. I know the mechanics of the WS are different, and so I've tried to play to the strengths of each WS when gearing (I focus a bit more on STR/Attack on Mandalic Stab than Shark Bite - is this something I'm doing wrong perhaps?) but I really haven't seen a difference.
Are there situations where you've found Mandalic Stab to pull ahead of Shark Bite? On the other hand, are there situations where it would be unwise to use Mandalic Stab over Shark Bite? My Thief doesn't tend to see much of the top tier mobs, I'm normally allocated to mage jobs for that, so is that a case where it might? I'd like to have an understanding of the 4 main Dagger WS and a better knowledge of when to use each one. I'm comfortable with when Evisceration or Dancing Edge are the WS of choice, but when I'm up against high def/high evasion mobs, I tend to just pick Mandalic Stab or Shark Bite more or less randomly, unless there are skillchain opportunities. (Well okay, I tend to lean toward Mandalic Stab cuz it's prettier >.>)
Thanks for any thoughts you might have.