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5-11-2007 @ 3:01PM
It would take a lot.As a comparison, what it took for feral to become viable in raids:- Cat form damage made competitive with pure DPS classes.- Party auras buffed significantly- Bear form buffed to competitive, or even superior, tanking ability versus warriors in certain situations (hateful strike I'm looking at you!).- Sweeping itemization changes allowing druids to OT and DPS with the same gear.- Tranquility buffed to be an extremely strong emergency AoE heal.- Innervate becoming baseline.This created a useful niche for feral: a tank/DPS hybrid that is a better choice than stacking prot warrs, yet doesn't displace the MT. What would paladins need?- Ret damage becoming competitive with pure DPS classes.- Ret-specific auras and judgments buffed significantly.- Ability to raid tank (or heal) with a ret spec.- Itemization and game mechanics changes allowing a ret paladin to switch roles between tanking, healing, and DPS in the same fight, in the same gear.- LoH becoming a more useful emergency heal.- Possibly BoK becoming baseline.I don't see it happening, at all. Unfortunately, unlike druids, Blizzard hasn't realized that paladins and shaman need a niche specifically designed for hybrids, one where it is possible to play two roles at one time in the same fight.Frankly were I a paladin right now I'd reroll if I didn't want to heal any more. Oh wait.. haha, I already did.
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