Vorpal doesn't feel like it scales as well as Evisceration has in Abyssea, but that just might be me getting stuck in parties without BRDs and CORs when I'm on BLU.
I noticed that too, then again most THF's use SA with it, and Razed ruin buffs Sneak Attack so bad lol.
You were complaining about needing an atma to make sanguine hit hard(er) and how Death Blossom was so much better then it. Basically you were comparing apples and oranges, DD as /NIN to solo as /BLU.
Actually a mass majority of the time /NIN is better to solo too. I wouldn't want to fight a VT or IT as RDM/BLU. That'd be a lot nastier than having shadows. That's a different debate though.
Death Blossom is better then Vorpal for RDM because you will have to use a really bad, low damage sword to weaponskill with it. If you do not, you're giving up a buttload of weaponskill frequency, which will hurt you really bad.
I went in with Razed Ruin and VV as RDM/WAR and did about 5~ Vorpal's with berserk up on DC flys with a D52 Atk+18/STR+8 sword. If I didn't get a DA it was in the 1.2k range. That's with a D52 sword, on DC mobs.
I also mentioned that DB as /NIN equals Vorpal as /BLU due to vorpals critting.
I really do not think so. Death Blossom gets a pretty huge buff in damage from modifer's compared to Vorpal. Death Blossom has a higher FTP, you'd be weaponskilling with a sword with 23 higher damage, plus you'd have 18 more attack and 8 more strength. Maybe if you got 3/4 crits, but probability says that wont happen most of the time.
None of this matters to me anyway. Cygne blows vorpal away so bad, and if I went /WAR i'd be in the same boat. OA3 weapon with crappy damage rating or D56 weapon for an obviously superior weaponskill, which would make my weaponskill frequency horrible. For me it's not even an option. Fencer would be a joke. RDM melee is falling behind more and more, and RDM needs to put in more and more effort to stay decent at it. At this point in the game you need cygne to be taken seriously. Edited, Dec 2nd 2010 11:56am by Zafire