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4-21-2008 @ 4:50PM
I completely disagree with certain aspects of this article, mainlydealing with retribution pallys. I have been a ret pally since level 1, when i chose a two-hander over a one hander and a shield after oneof my first quests, and now as I approach 70 (65 now), I have to sayit is one of the easiest classes to solo with. There is just so muchversatility. Ret pallys can pump out some impressive dps, whether youhaters would like to admit it or not. On top of that, we have platearmor. This means that we can fight all sorts of mobs, downing themquickly while at the same time taking much less damage than, say, apriest or mage would. This improved armor means that we can alsohandle groups of mobs efficiently, and we always have the bubble tofall back on when things get iffy. I find that gear for ret pallys isrelatively easy to find, and even though I can't take as much as aprot pally, I have 6k health and over 1k ATP at lvl 65. By far ret isthe best leveling spec for pallys, as we get the mob down quickly andmove on. Our heals may not be good for raids/instances, but we can,in a pinch, heal ourselves or our group members if need be. Also, your generalized statements about how pallys are a "support class" sicken me. I quote, "Even Paladin tanks, fantastic as they are (don't let anyone tell you otherwise!), need healer support. I know all tanks do, but you understand what I'm trying to get at." No I do not understand. All tanks need healer support, it is a fundamental part of WoW. Since you admit this, why do you single out pallys as a "support class?" With this logic, every class is a support class. And it is true. You reference raids/instances frequently in your arguments. No group/player in an instance can survive without a tank, healer, and dps. NO ONE. Are you trying to say that other classes would be just fine if they went in and attempted to solo, say, Karazhan? Not a chance. You also say that pallys,"shine brightest when we have friends." What class doesn't benefit from grouping with other players to quest/do instances/whatever? NAME ONE. All classes perform better when they have "friends" to help them. This is one of the fundamental points of WoW and what Blizz is trying to accomplish -- a game where no one person can achieve all the game's best content by themselves -- they must interact with other players to get to the top. Hence the very genre WoW is classified as being in -- Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. Notice the "Multi"? This means more than one, folks. This applys to WOW as being that no class can truly survive in any sort of end-game content without the others. So, there is no reason to single out pallys as a support class -- all classes are in their own way. Zach, quit whining and go play your shammy. There is no need for this basesless inflammatory hate.
4-21-2008 @ 6:52PM
Paragraphs love you, they really do!So why not show them some love too?
4-21-2008 @ 7:20PM
Sorry about the wall of text. I thought for sure I had paragraphs set out in there. This is when an edit option would really shine.
4-21-2008 @ 10:56PM
What negative things did he say about Ret pallies, other than:- Their itemization was changed which reduced their effective healing when not smashing faces.- Concecration is waste of mana for them, since they have little +dmg now.Seriously, re-read the article. His complaint seems to be that Holy pallies are similar to Prot warriors, in that they lose a lot of their solo ability due to their spec.
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