So I'm one of those people who just refused to use Spellcast. It's not that I don't understand XML, or consider it cheating. It's one of the few plugins I have no problem with seeing people use. I just never saw a huge benefit to it. My macros are done up so extensively that Spellcast just doesn't have anything to offer except one thing... precast sets.
Until now I'd just stacked my idle set with a mix of refresh & fast cast. It was never much of a conflict aside from choosing between Owleyes & Winged Wand, or Serpentes Sabots & Cure Clogs. I chose Owleyes & Cure Clogs, and called it good. However, just this Sunday I picked up Nares Trews which are a bit more difficult of a choice. I'd love to idle in them if I can, but I hate to lose the 12% cast time on healing magic from not idling in Orison+2.
So the question... I'm curious how many people here use Spellcast to equip a precast set that differs from their idle set? Has anyone used it and gone back, finding the precast delay to be counter-productive?
That's the one thing that bugs me the most about the idea of a precast set: the idea of adding a delay before my cast in order to swap in equipment to make my cast faster. I'd rather have faster cures than anything else, any amount of refresh or anything. My cures cast in less than half a second, so even adding something like a tenth of a second precast delay would be a significant increase to cast times. So I'm thinking I might just develop two idle sets: one that maximizes refresh for events like Legion/Dynamis/Salvage. and one that maximizes fast cast for events like Abyssea/Voidwatch.