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1-26-2012 @ 9:23PM
My prediction is that holy paladins will indeed end up wearing strength plate. Why? Because after making us first focus on crit, then mp5, then haste, then int, then spirit (all the while trying to make us care about mastery), Blizzard has run out of stat options in order to make us have to relearn our class again.
1-26-2012 @ 9:31PM
Poor dear. How many expansions in a row must Holy Paladins be overpowered before they'll stop complaining?
1-26-2012 @ 9:34PM
@Jack MynockDo you need a hug? There, there.../hug
1-26-2012 @ 9:39PM
Have to agree, and I think the concerns brought up with strength plate are easily dealt with. For holy, just make strength equate to sp and mana and maybe 1/4 ap, or maybe no ap. Hit and expertise would be... hit and expertise. They could stil use caster stuff like weapons,jewelry, and trinkets. Not sure why they didn't figure that out long ago.
1-27-2012 @ 2:50AM
"Not sure why they didn't figure that out long ago."They did. Then they compared it with the alternatives and decided it was not the best option. You may not agree, but it's kinda amusing that you think if they don't agree with you, it must be that they couldn't figure it out. Is anyone who doesn't agree with you obviously not thinking clearly? xD
1-27-2012 @ 3:52AM
My suggestion is make ret use spell power plate, just convert them to scale off spell power instead of attack power. Mechanically they could stay the same.
1-27-2012 @ 9:07AM
@Falcom: That's the best suggestion I've seen for the issue. Switch Ret over to Intellect Plate and leave Prot with Strength. Then Int Plate basically becomes Int Mail--only one class cares, but two specs of that class get to use it so it's not that big of a deal. That seems like a perfectly reasonable solution to me.
1-27-2012 @ 9:57AM
I never understood what was so horrible about holy paladins wearing cloth, leather, or mail armor. They would just have to figure out how the loot rolls would work in pugs.If it mas my decision, I would have just one class of armor. It would change to plate or cloth or whatever when you equipped it.
1-27-2012 @ 12:41PM
All joking aside (and, yes, my first post was intended as tongue-in-cheek), I believe it makes more sense to do away with spell plate than to try and redesign othe classes to use it. Or even better, how about redesigning loot drops such that items usable by classes not represented in raid either not drop, or receive a roll penalty that makes the likelihood of them dropping less? There are few things more aggravating than downing a boss with 8 of 10 classes represented only to have the drops be usable by one or both of the classes not present. (I've had this happen on many occasions.)
1-29-2012 @ 7:33PM
Unholy DKs are another good alternative for a plate DPS class that could be converted to prefer Int. With their focus on disease-dots and necromancy I feel they're the most castery plate DPS spec. Outside of lore reasons, though, retties are probably the best candidate as it would allow one character to use the gear for two specs the way ele/resto shamans work now. Paladins currently use three types of gear (tanky, smashy and casty) and it would be sensible and not even particularly horrible from a lore perspective to cut them down to two like pretty much every other class. Even druids with their three-and-a-half specs only have two gear types.
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