Re: Some basic gameplay questions, particularly about Anthems
I can only speak for myself, but the way I play is fairly similar to what you're saying. I almost never use Coda when I'm healing/grouping, unless it's a long fight and I need the power restore. I use it much more when I'm soloing, for the morale and power HoTs. So it sounds like your understanding is correct. Playing a Coda will erase all three ballad buffs and any anthems you have up, but it will apply the special effects that come from any anthems that are active at the time. (power restore, etc.) The anthem duration legacy does not have any impact on those Coda effects.
I really enjoy buffing, so I have all the anthem duration/CD traits and the legacy maxed. In groups that makes it simple to keep two anthems up all the time, even when I'm busy healing. I also think it's useful solo. When I pull something, I'll hit a damage buff anthem as early as possible (Anthem of War or the WS form of Anthem of the Third Age, or both if possible) and it will often be up for the entire fight. It's kind of fun to plan ahead and balance my skill rotation so the WS calls will fit in when their damage-boosting anthem is up so they have the biggest impact.
If it's a tough boss I might instead go for AotFP, so I don't have to worry about healing myself until a ways into the fight. If I'm chaining fights I might use the Coda for the power HoT, but often I think it's easier to just keep going so I don't have to set up my ballads again.
I've seen other minstrels who barely use their anthems at all and are hitting Codas right and left. I find the damage from Coda of Fury underwhelming, but I guess it's a playstyle difference. If you don't want to depend on anthems so much, you don't have to. But once I tried maxing out all my anthem durations, it was hard to go back. Try giving it a shot at least for a little while and see if you like it.
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