Maybe I should never have said SCH was BLM 2.0. Maybe it got around. Maybe you just figured it out for yourselves. But SE, seriously, why are you showing no love for SCHs.
Yes, we got an awesome new spell. Only it's used once every 2 hours outside Abyssea. Fan@#%^ingtastic...
I think you missed the point of why people started loving SCH over WHM, RDM and BLM. It was more than just the AoE Stoneskine trick, albeit an awesome trick. Anyone with half a brain knows Stoneskin via that method is virtually useless unless you're in Signet areas fighting EM/DC mobs. It's day has come and gone.
No, the reason why SCH was BLM 2.0 is that it was more versatile. Need magic damage? Dark Arts/Addendum: Black and boom! You're a BLM. Need healing magic? Light Arts/Addendum: White and boom! You're a WHM. No longer are you useless when your current primary role becomes unneeded. No longer did you have to say "Oh, we need healing? Warping, BRB." You were there and you were ready.
Flash forward to Abyssea.
BLM is once more undisputed king of nukes. I can one-shot most normal mobs with the right atma and gear. WHM is the undisputed king of healers. They can duo with just about any job that can hold hate, and cure them with no issues whatsoever.
SCH can eat sh*t. Here, have a lame 1/tick Regain, some hate tools no one really needs, and a couple abilities. Enjoy! Oh and your Empyrean gear doesn't get really amazing until full +2. Sorry about that!
We are relegated to the fringe once more. Useless in all roles, as we can't really proc effectively, can't do as much damage, nor heal for as much. We were just finally gaining traction as damage dealers to the end game crowd.
I'm not asking you to give back the damage BLM now has, or alter our Empyrean to give us more power. All I ask is for one spell to be given to us.
That's it, one lousy spell. This puts us back in as a healer at the very least in Abyssea. Sure, it's not everything I would hope for, but honestly giving us some visibility again might remind people that SCH is a really useful job! Right now, you offer up SCH, you'll likely be laughed at and have someone ask what kind of job you're REALLY bringing...