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Posted: Jul 6th 2009 5:14PM Dblade said

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No real rivalry, paladin got buffed so absurdly that it is the premier tank. Ninja has been suffering for quite a bit, especially at endgame and mid-fifties EXP. This is a very modest boost in concept, until we see the amount of stat increases in play.

Posted: Jul 6th 2009 5:19PM myr said

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I was about to say, I can't remember the last time I leveled a DD with a ninja and wasn't constantly peeling hate off them with simple autoattacks, to say nothing for WSing too early.
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Posted: Jul 6th 2009 6:17PM Coldbrand said

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Uh, Paladins and Ninjas don't really compete in FFXI, and at endgame events most Paladins after a certain point sub Ninja anyhow. I don't really think the author of this article is really familiar with the game, or was simply being lazy.

Posted: Jul 6th 2009 6:27PM Cendres said

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Or maybe the author actually knows their FFXI history. A few years ago paladins became second rated tank and nobody wanted them preferring ninjas.

Paladins gets buffed so things equalize more and now I guess ninjas are hurting a bit... It's a constant give and take with SE it seems and their class balance.
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Posted: Jul 6th 2009 6:35PM Coldbrand said

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If you're talking about people "wanting" tanks as long as we are discussing a time that ToAU has existed than tanks have been a moot point and totally 'unwanted'.

On the other hand! Paladins have been the choice tank for more or less ALL things endgame from the beginning of the game's history up until the present.

Posted: Jul 6th 2009 8:26PM Shinmaximus said

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This is funny since SE never ment for ninjas to be tanks I guess due to the majority of players using them as tanks they are having a change of heart lol

Posted: Jul 6th 2009 11:44PM (Unverified) said

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I wouldn't say pld was the choice for all things endgame from the beginning of the game. For awhile there a nin/drk was an exceptional endgame tank.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:07PM (Unverified) said

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Well.....

There was a while when many, many people preferred Ninja for both HNM and XP tanking. However, this isn't because NIN was better. In fact, PLD's been really amazing the whole time. SE kept buffing them, anyway, though. They seem to be one of their pet jobs, and SE won't rest until everyone plays them, I guess (others being SAM and to some degree BRD).

What really changed was the playership's understanding of the game. Remember back before anybody built for haste?

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