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.
I’m getting fed-up with Paladins being totally redefined every time a major patch or expansion occurs. I don’t just mean adjusted, I mean repeatedly mangled. Its the cycle of change that could be expected once or twice, but to have the class see-saw between fantastic and pointless so many times, every time an patch or x-pac is launched is insane. And totally disruptive.
Pre-BC both the Ret and Prot specs were basically pointless, especially for raiding. Sure people tried, but it was kind of a joke, and that is where the lolret jokes started. For all the new-ish players out there who didn’t try to get into a raid as something other than Holy, you just could not do it reliably.
Then we saw Prot get made viable and pretty awesome. Finally something to do with a paladin that didn’t involve a whack-a-mole mini game and every spell being 1.5 or 2.5 second cast time.
To those who cried for the nurf, whined in the forums, and bitched endlessly about Ret – shut the hell up. You are causing these type of knee-jerk reactions, and you’ll cry even harder when your own class is adjusted.
We knew this would get addressed, but the series of mindless zombie like forum posts is what brings us yet again to the same point in time. It does not help. The class again is being significantly changed, in all its three specs. If half of what has changed in the recent beta is applied to the live realms, all Paladins will feel it.
Holy needs more dps not less, Prot needs to be left as is for a while to see just how it plays, and Ret needs to be reduced, but not so far that Ret paladins are back in the bottom of the tables. Its PvP vs PvE balance too, which seems like trying to find a corrolation between a hamster and a wolverine – both small fury animals, but totally different beasts. Don’t treat them the same.
It all just means it will be months into the new game before anyone knows what will be viable. And that means not knowing if playing a Paladin will again be series of frustrations, which I’ve done for 70 levels so far, or actually enjoyable…..you know, like a game.
So how about this – Blizzard tell us what the plan is, and god damn stick to it! I can then decide if I want to play that way, the forum trolls can get back to chuck noris and penis jokes, and we might be able to plan runs.