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7-25-2007 @ 2:04AM
ret builds will out-damage shockadin builds with inferior gear. this really isn't much of a contest. arena/pvp geared ret pallys will can burst out nearly 10k in short order and can do 2-3k damage on non-crits almost at will.shockadins don't have ANY +hit (and seeing as they need both melee *AND* spellhit), if they get a resist on judgements (melee) or shocks (spell), they spend 16-30s standing around doing jack for dps. using leather/cloth instead of plate just trades durability for potential dps, which may or may not manifest itself. whereas ret paladins can clear the +hit cap almost at will.if people want to cling to this fantasy that sthe shockadin spec has any intrinsic value, be my guest. i think it's pretty darn worthless myself and exposes one of the deeper flaws in the holy tree -- the lack of any type of decent dps options for solo play. adding some sort of DD spell that becomes active when judgements or shocks miss/are resisted would be a good first step to address that.
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