hq blm isn't just about dealing more dmg.
it all depends on situation. One problem i've seen with new blm's is that they have no idea how to survive regualr mobs when all they have been doing is max up on int and mab, go /nin and oneshot pets. Yes that's a great way to lvl, but you're not lvling your skill and expirience as a blm this way.
Some of those blm's have no idea how hate control works, and how you can max your dmg in events without pulling hate of your tank.
One of my favorites is still: Aggro from an earth elemental and the blm goes Thunder IV. Elemental weakness charts ftw!
lol, but you can't tell me you've never stunned an earth elemental just on reflex before. ;p
merits: duh, they're FREE upgrades
experience: it'll come to you, just wake up and pay attention to what's going on
end result: CONTROL
i think this is the biggest difference in becoming that respected blm. you can have the gear, you can be fully merited, and maybe you've even been playing blm for 4 years to almost everything. but the really good blms, least that i've played with over the years, are the ones who are in complete control of nearly every mob they're fighting as well as themselves. hate control with nukes, sleeps, binds, stuns, gravity, using appropriate elements on mobs.... it really just says how confident you are on the job when you can walk into nearly every situation you're placed in and still maintain that control. this goes for solo play and party play. i definately agree that blms coming up in the post-ToAU era didn't get the kind of party play experience that would have benefited them later. some, but not all of them. gear and merits also factor into this. plenty of people fly into top of the line gear before they are at that level of play, and it shows.
:) and i've been good hap. went to seraph and joined BtL awhile back, though i don't play that much anymore. mostly just events a couple times a week now. kinda glad to be outta HNM's, so much stress and drama. besides, i kinda fell for SCH and i can play it for events.... sometimes. XD Edited, Aug 21st 2009 11:08am by tereksdeadagain Edited, Aug 21st 2009 11:10am by tereksdeadagain