Go check the history of changes on Cure and Phalanx. You're arguing things that were out of era for the time this server replicates. If you find evidence that PLD had Phalanx in ToAU I'll give you 5m. I'm done replying to someone who can't at least fact check their points.
Well there's um...https://ffxiclopedia.fandom.com/wiki/Spartan_Hoplon
It's total crap though
I don't know where this WeGe guy is coming from with his Phalanx in era stuff... Afflatus is also out of era... someone mentioned PLD doing amazing damage with 100 MP Holy?
this thread is a wild ride...
There are certain jobs that are good at optimized exp, there are certain jobs that are good at endgame, there are certain jobs that are good at solo, etc. A lot of solid endgame jobs are not optimal exp jobs, e.g. BLM, SMN, PLD, WHM. As for the people wishing for the era of SC MB vs crabs for 6k~ an hour, nothing is stopping you from making a party and finding people. The only way it will be the best way to exp would be if you gave everyone a lobotomy. People were TP burning weapons in sky, stuff in sea etc before ToAU even came out.
Some stuff might be inaccurate one way or another, but you're not going to "restore" an era of turtle tanking HNMs because even in era players knew the limitations due the way the damage formulas and enmity formulas work (SE did a lot to try and fix this with SoA iirc). PLD/NIN and Aerial Armor rotations (lol) were a thing in era. Also why do I see so few people pining for the days of DRG/THF Full Swing spam at gods, but a bunch wishing to facetank pld/war with E Staff?
Also Kazen, can I get that 5 mil on a technicality for my knowledge of crappy enchant items?