Quote Originally Posted by TotallyNotEvil View Post
It's only useless when compared to Epic spells, which are the most broken part of a very broken sub-system.

There are enormously worse things to do with your 21st level than learning ninth level spells (for the White) or just having the casting of a 17th level wizard with the raw stats of someone much higher, immunity to the majority of arcane spells and all the other stuff.
This is true, yes. While I'm not particularly in agreement with such a high LA, personally, I certainly don't think it's a total deal-breaker.

Honestly, the only real big problems are having less feats and less HD - and the last one is mostly just a real pain when someone uses HD-based abilities such as Dictum on you.