^ I agree with this.
Unless the survivors combo set is guaranteeed to allowing you to 1-2 shotting whatever mob you are murdering, there is no point to the the combo. anything that requires 3+ shots benefit more from your cast delay reduction. AB's have the easiest time kiting mobs and considering the 2 second immunity that ME gives to a mob in between damaging waves, you are better off being able to walk around kitting mobs and planting ME's everywhere in mere miliseconds as you walk with it in contrast to only be dealing a slightly higher damage but making pit stops every single time. We should aim to make the most economical of the time we have, ME'ing is no exception.
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About Pilgrim's Shoes, I tried them with level 5 Praefatio but other than the nice Def I didn't see the point since without them if I time it right I can cast Lex Aeterna on each wave of ME anyway. Admittedly every second cast of ME when fighting a boss I have to skip the first Lex A to either High Heal or rebuff but losing 50% mdef piece for that didn't seem like a good trade so have left the Pilgrims in storage unless I'm supporting. Are these much better once Praefatio is level 10?
As for the Shrine Maiden's Hat vs Survivor's Circlet I normally wear SMH for the instant cast as the only enemies that aren't killed in 1-2 waves are bosses. But what surprised me is the bonus matk from the S.Circ is more damage with my current setup (+9 S.Circlet(uncarded), +7 Shoe and +13 Rods) than from my +9 SMH(weakened fenrir), so I use S.Circlet for killing Bijou/Stefan/Charleston3.
Typing this up made me realize my hat cards are bad so followup question. What card should go in a +9 SMH?
Engkanto would be good against demon's race with poison attribute (eremes guile, gertie, etc)
you can say the same about piercing 100% mdef , Who need that except for Fhb , Beelze ,
Celine and charleston ( he is really easy you just save time ) ?
I guess if you want to try to kill those you want that 100% mdef but the rest of mvp die so fast that i don't know.
Celine Kimi can't be hitted with Magnus Exorcismus, please learn the basic skill fundamental before posting to avoid misled people here.
Btw I think you don't even know how significant monsters mdef reductions to your magic damage as opposed to def reductions to physical damage and you just play magic classes recently post the OCP eras where getting 100% mdef bypass equipments is pretty easy and much more affordable.
Say hello to Morroc The Desperate God, Brinarea, Muspellskoll, Bijou, GX Eremes Guile, RK Seyren Windsor, SC Gertie, Sura Chen, Immortal Wind Ghost, Immortal Cursed Knight and many more mobs that you haven't bother explored which I won't bother mentioning further
Learn mdef formula here or read parsed image below made by fuyuki in case you're too dumb / lazy in doing maths calculation
100% mdef pretty much outweigh lots of magic damage boost alternatives to magic class (not only AB) because of how overwhelming mdef formula works.