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11-18-2011 @ 3:35PM
@GerardthePriest"It's been said before: it would make it too easy for holy paladins to both DPS and heal."Monks, dude.That said, seriously, there isn't anything wrong with being able to fulfill two roles at once. Tanks can tank and dps at the same time, why shouldn't healers be able to heal and dps at the same time? Disc priests already can, in a manner of speaking. Holy Paladins used to be able to - it was called the Shockadin spec and it was incredibly fun to play. Not because it was somehow OP, but because the gameplay was really flexible and engaging. Balancing my damage output with keeping people alive was super exhilarating. It felt like my Paladin really was wielding the Light to his fullest potential. Of course I can't do it anymore because of the spellpower scaling of Exorcism in 4.x, but back in the day it was right and good and I loved every moment of it.In Cataclysm, way too many players have fallen into the trap of thinking that since so-called "Hybrid" classes can no longer properly fulfill their true roles as hybrid classes, they never should be able to. Blizzard has openly stated that they wish to see more actual uses for a class's ability to do two different things without completely sucking at either one. ( as evidenced by the Druid 5.0 talents ) Holy Paladins used to be the shining example of what it means to be a hybrid class, and while that playstyle is currently floating face-down somewhere off the coast of Northrend, its legacy remains and there are many many among us who would see it rise again to its former glory.
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