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Heavensward Guide: How to Play as an Astrologian

Astrologian is first and foremost a healing class. Perhaps more so than any of the otherFFXIV healing classes before it. What Astrologian lacks in damage dealing capability, though, it more than makes up for in healing prowess and versatility.

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One important thing that is worth mentioning before we get into it: Astrologian benefits GREATLY from the Conjurer cross class skills. At the bare minimum, you’re probably going to want to get your Conjurer to 34 for Protect, Stoneskin, and Cleric Stance, if you plan on taking Astrologian seriously. Party members will definitely notice that they aren’t getting Protect and Stoneskin and your overall DPS will suffer without Cleric Stance.

Astrologian’s signature ability in Heavensward is Draw. Draw randomly picks one of six (beneficial) effects and applies them to a targeted party member. You then have 15 seconds to decide if you want to lock this buff in, or reassign it to someone else. The idea is you want to see which card was drawn and then reapply it to someone that gets the most out of that buff. For example, if you draw The Bole you’ll most likely be giving that to the tank since it reduces damage taken. If you draw The Ewer (MP Regen), throw it onto a partner healer, a caster DPS, or yourself.

Aside from Draw and its basic curing abilities (Benefic 1 and Benefic 2), Astrologian has a powerful instant cure ability by the way of Essential Dignity. Although this ability has a cooldown, it instantly cures without a cast time and heals for more potency the more damage the target has taken.

Lightspeed is your typical “oh sh!t” ability. Using it makes most spells nearly instant cast at the expense of some potency. Make sure to use that if you need to pop off some quick Benefics or Heloios (your AoE healing spell). You could also use it offensively to rapidly land some Malefics

Luminiferous Aether is an Astrologian’s best friend as it reduces your enmity generated AND refreshes your MP. Awesome! You newly earned ability, Diurnal Sect increases your attack speed and when used with certain actions that you’ll learn later on, adds an additional healing Regen effect. And of course, Astrologian has its own native status remover by way of Exalted Detriment.

And that just about does it as far as beginner Astrologian tips are concerned in FFXIV: Heavensward. As you level up, you’ll acquire new abilities that you’ll need to work into your rotation. But as long as you understand the basics, you’ll be in a great position to learn how to use these new abilities with ease!

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3 basic methods that how people are cheating in FFXIV

 Generally people use alts or pay money to play against others that are willing to throw games. It is not directly against the TOS (GM confirmed) and because of this, cheating is pretty rampant. So if you want to win, it’s what you have to do.

 

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How the points work

Everyone starts off being worth 100 points. If you beat that person, their point worth will slowly drop 1-2 points at a time, stabilizing somewhere around 89-90 if all you do is play one another and he consistently loses. This, in theory encourages you to play other players.

If another player reaches the top 20 board however, their point value begins to dramatically increase, starting at 101 points for 20th position, and ending at around 130 for defeating someone in 1st.

Additionally, and here’s the kicker, you get bonus points playing a real person, and even more points if that person has a stronger deck than you, somewhere around ten points per tier. For example, if I have a 1-star deck and go up against a 3-star pro with a 5-star hero card, given that he is undefeated and not in the top twenty position, I will receive around 130-135 tournament points, which is a lot more than average.

How People Are Cheating

There are 3 basic methods.

  • Paying people to lose -If you have money, you can offer 100k per match for fc members, friends, and total strangers to lose to you. If that person hasn’t lost or played a match yet, he’s worth 100 virgin points. Do this 35-55 times and you will end up somewhere in the top ten. This is inefficient and very time consuming. Not my recommendation for cheating.
  • Waking up at 4 am on a Tuesday when the tournament starts – At the start of every tournament the board is clear, so as soon as anyone scores, they immediately fly to the top of the board and are worth a stupid amount of points. So you get a 1-star deck, find someone that has a 3-star deck and have them lose all their matches during that initial 4 am window. You will start off winning 145+ points per match, which will slowly decline as you play. Most likely you will be in the top 3 if you time this right, potentially 1st. This, combined with the first method, is what I normally do to win.
  • EXTREME NO-LIFE SUPER CHEATING
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Things you should do for coming FFXIV Heavensward

I’m sure you already know that,the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is set to launch on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.Here are a checklist of things to do before the expansion drops.It makes sense to share it, so that others can benefit.

 

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1. Complete Your Story Quest
If you’re a newbie who’s wet behind the ears — like me — then the first order of business is to finish up all of the available story quests. This is going to take a long time if you’re starting fresh, and maybe even if you’ve been at it for a while.

The last entry you should see in your journal for the main story is the following: Quest Log > Complete > Main Scenario Quest > TBA.

If you see the name of a quest instead, then get it completed and turned in as soon as possible. You won’t even be able to start on the new story content in Heavensward until you’re all caught up.

2. Level Your Main Class and Crafting Profession
In XIV you can swap out classes and professions at any time by equipping new gear. No doubt you already know this, but it means you can max out every class, job and profession on a single toon.

If you can max everything out before Heavensward drops then excellent! If you can’t, then focus on your main class and your main crafting profession. This includes your main cross-class too!

It’s also a good idea to level up a tank class, as there are several benefits for doing this, one of which is that you can queue pretty quickly for duty roulettes.

If Heavensward introduces a new cross-class skill that you can only get when you’re max level on both classes, you’ll be kicking yourself in the ass for not preparing appropriately. If you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about when I say “cross-class” then you should probably make a point to get up to speed.

3. Hunt Down Some Decent Gear
If you’re a noob like me, there’s no point in doing this until you meet the level cap.

Some will argue that Heavensward is going to introduce new stuff that renders previous gear useless, and that’s probably true. You should still do your best to find decent gear for your class and profession. Similar to when you’re leveling up, collect gear for any and all classes you regularly outfit.

I couldn’t even begin to list the best gear to farm or craft for each class but there are plenty of resources out there to help you find what you’re looking for.

4. Save Your FFXIV Gil
Seriously, don’t spend any of your gil and in the meantime save as much as you can. You’ll want to use any stored gil for teleports, equipment repairs, new gear, and requirements for flying mounts that are added in the expansion.

Since Heavensward content is for higher-level characters anything you do is going to be expensive. Prepare accordingly.

5. Join a Free Company
Obviously, this only applies if you haven’t done so already. Free companies are XIV’s version of a guild. More important than simply joining one, is making a few buds to play the expansion with. You’ll need to team up with a group of like-minded players to get through the new stuff so why not find some people you can tolerate beforehand?

If you’re having trouble finding a free company on your server that aligns with your goals, it might be time to consider a server change. You’ll definitely want to finalize that before the expansion drops.

6. Stock Up on Retainer Ventures
Once you get to a point where you can hire retainers, you’ll need retainer ventures to assign them tasks. Since the expansion raises the level cap to 60, these will come in handy when you’re trying to level up your retainers. Not to mention, you’ll want to send your retainers out on missions added in the new expansion as they’ll likely bring back some unique gear, loot or materials.

7. Max Out Your Grand Company Seals
If you scoffed at most of this list because you have a lot of it done already then why not shift your focus to grand company seals? It’s likely they will play a role in the new expansion, and they might even help you hit the new level cap faster. There are guides out there to maximize how many seals you earn per hour, if you really want to get serious with it.

So, there you have it and be ready in time for the Heavensward launch!