Seems that Ret Paladin are getting the nurf that the forums cried out for. And I don’t mean an adjustment, or a conservative change, or a series of tweaks. Its a fully blooded destruction of the class that reached beyond Ret pvp (where there were major issues), beyond Ret pve raiding (where there were adjustments needed), and right into Prot tanking (which was just getting good), and into Holy (which needed a dps boost).
Its right back to Blizzard saying they think they know where the class is going, and has a vision for it. Sure, I see your vision:
– Ret: melee dps without snare, cc, intercept, or flee abilities. Fun? maybe.
– Prot: tanking was really good, but being still grounded in abilities that are affected by every other spec change means that there is potential for damage to Prot in every other change. And then boosting aoe tanking of other classes (which needed it), and adding a new class to tank. Right, so who is looking for a Paladin tank when the other tanks are around?
– Holy: being a good single target healer. Same old story.
WoW Insider has a good post about this.