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10-17-2011 @ 3:02AM
Far too many Paladin offensive abilities are tied to "spells" but don't even perform damage or effects which would ever give you the impression that they were Holy. While a lot of people are qq'ing up the comments, of course the writer isn't saying that other classes have heals they can use when locked out through an interrupt. He's saying you have other things you -can- do. Priests have Shadow, Druids arcane. The only healer that is remotely as pitiful in this respect are Shamans, who have no potentially spammable spell; on the other hand, lockouts don't last for much longer than a Shaman could need to FS+LvB. No, it's not optimal; if a healer were able to wreck someone with their off-spec schools, it would be a massive balancing issue. But they can do it. The Paladin's kit actually generally requires the Paladin to get into the enemy's face to perform damage that isn't even influenced by his stats, unlike any of the other healers who still gain bonus damage via Intellect. For years I've advocated that several Paladin spells should be swapped to fire. I could shame you with how cromulent this idea is, but this comment's long enough.
10-17-2011 @ 11:37AM
As a Resto Shaman, I have to respectfully say you have no idea what you're talking about. Yes, I COULD Flame Shock and Lava blast, but I'd actually have to go through my spellbook to find them. My job is not to hurt folks, it's to keep them and myself alive, neither of those spells fulfill that function, so they are nowhere on my bars. I will admit to having Frost Shock on my bars, but that's a survival spell, it slows down those nasty melee that try to murder me or my comrades.
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