I have tried several different merit point setups on summoner. I landed on what everyone else seems to be saying:
5/5 Physical Accuracy
5/5 Magic Attack
5/5 Heavenly Strike
1/5 Other Tier 2
Abyssea is all about Shiva, same way that pre-abyssea was all about Garuda. Sure, other avatars work just fine in both areas, and sometimes are far superior, but it's still the Shiva Show these days. Yeah, I miss Garuda too.
I like to use the Ice Spikes ward on Shiva. It works suprisingly well, even on NMs, in abyssea.
*** Since we sort of drifted into a semi-general endgame discussion ***
Odin basically looks cool. He's usually outdone by Heavenly Strike, which is sad. Odin is also useless in NM situations (read: Dynamis).
Alex basically looks cool. I have used him legitimately one time, ever, on a Shadow Lord zerg. That's it.
Diabolos, on the other hand, stil has use when outside of abyssea due to his fatty boom batty refresh. Learn it, live it, love it. Plus: using Diabolos in Dynamis is pure badassery. He's also the perfect back line support avatar: you get a magic attack/defense ward, and a ranged rage so you can stay by the mages, with a fantastic favor.
The other oddball item to pick up that really screams Summoner is the Evoker's Ring. What can I say. Bling that never goes out of style. Either the -perp or the skill alone would warrant permanently melting it to your finger, with both it is The Shiny of the game for us.
Oh, and one day I tried to to the chocobo baby summon on the Dynamis Lord's head. My ls agreeded to it for the incredibly small chance for it to work. It didn't ; ;
Edited, Jun 1st 2011 2:26pm by Thydonon
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