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4-21-2008 @ 4:56PM
I've got two paladins. One, the human female, is Holy. She's been Ret (back when BoK was the top tier talent), she's been prot, then I settled on Holy and most of the expansion was spent building up to Shockadin. I (kind of) like the hands off combat approach because it allows me to click a few buttons then spend the cooldowns healing myself (or whoever is taking damage) or swapping blessings/auras. I think a more active mage-like Shocker combat system would impact that flow. Though I would like a better reason to "twist" auras. I know I technically can, but the incredibly situational benefits and uselessness of the resist auras make the tactic more of a PITA than it is worth.My second Paladin is a Blood Elf. He's ret right now, and he's gone from ret to prot and back to ret in the standard Ret to 35 (until HS is available), Prot to 50 (until CS is available) and then Ret again cycle. My guild has me listed as Holy, and really I'm only ret until I can try out Seal of Blood. I'd love to run 5's and raid as ret, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm saving enough quest rewards to re-gear and respec to Holy when needed.That said, everything you say about Holy makes complete sense. It seems a shame that there really isn't any way to make a gear-sharing spec that allows you to spec from healing to damage without using completely different stats, or do spell based damage while healing. That latter part would make priests hate paladins forever though, so no, I'm not asking to be the best parts of Holy and Shadow all wrapped up in Plate with a shield.There are times when I really wish I had rolled a Hunter on horde side.
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