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#1 Oct 13 2010 at 5:13 AM Rating: Good
So now ladies and gentlemen, patch 4.0.1 is out and our class has been almost completely reworked. Lots of new things, mostly holy power points (HPP). I'm interested in what everyone's opinions are? Let us know your complaints and compliments on the newly reforged Paladin class.

Personally, I enjoy the changes to paladin. Its going to take a few days of playing to get used to all the changes of course, and we don't seem to be the gods of AoE tanking anymore. I noticed a little difficulty with consecration, i have it glyphed and the CD is pretty long, and doesnt really do an awful lot. However Hammer of the righteous and holy wrath seemed to make up for this loss once i get into a decent rotation with it, and Avenger's shield on a shorter CD with chance to reset CD also helped out extensivly. I like the changes in that my class is completly new to me again, but still has all that i loved and more.

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[question]How do you like the new paladin?[/question]
[choice]Love it. [/choice]
[choice]It's ok. [/choice]
[choice]Hate it. [/choice]
[choice]Rerolling because of changes. [/choice]
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#2 Oct 13 2010 at 7:21 AM Rating: Decent
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I installed the patch over the course of a few hrs. I have no real clue what I think. I spent the first few hours updating my action bars and working on my glyphs (For some reason they were all screwed up)

People are making too big a deal about it. The class might be completely ruined and could be removed from the game entirely - BUT we have had a live patch for a matter of just a few hrs and no one can/should be making that determination yet...
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#3 Oct 13 2010 at 9:55 AM Rating: Decent
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I only got to play my pala for about 3 hours, but it was very interesting to say the least. Alot of changes...

Likes:
Holy power is a cool concept. I like that my pala buffs are rolled together and work raid wide instead of class by class. I play mostly prot, so didnt mess with ret yet. I really like the changes to HoR and SoR. my SoR hits for like 15k crit w/ avenging wrath up. Holy wrath working on anything is oh so nice. MY single target threat has sky rocketed, whereas my AoE threat has fallen a little bit (might be cuz i dont have a priorities list setup yet), but i guess that gets us rdy for cata, when AoE isnt the #1 way to clear EVERYTHING.

Dislikes:
I dont really like some of the glyphs for paladin. The consecration glyph made the spell nearly worthless imo, and the patch made it pretty useless. The dmg is too low for the CD on it imo. I dont like being able to see how much dmg most of my attacks do, i dunno if its a glitch or not, but just has the skill description in the tooltip.

Overall, the changes are ok with me. I was starting to get pretty bored with paladin, but this patch made it interesting for me again, its new and fresh yet still the class i rock with.
#4 Oct 13 2010 at 1:03 PM Rating: Good
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My tank pally is only lvl 45, so I haven't really gotten set in my ways with him yet. I do like having Avenger's Shield and HoR available so soon. Gonna take a little getting used to though, not having Consecration at my disposal every 8 seconds (or was it 10?).

#5 Oct 13 2010 at 5:56 PM Rating: Good
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It is both new and exciting. The ret and prot rotations will take a while to get used to, but i used to be teribad at wrath mechanics too.
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#6 Oct 13 2010 at 7:46 PM Rating: Good
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Healing, no. It is the naxx of class changes.

Ret sucks harder!

Edited, Oct 14th 2010 12:52am by bodhisattva
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#7 Oct 14 2010 at 11:35 AM Rating: Excellent
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I don't mind as much as I thought I would. I haven't healed in a raid environment yet (and won't until both Grid and Clique are fully online), but it seems like the new style is pretty similar to how I was healing heroics with WotLK mechanics - so it's just a matter of translating that to be useful when I'm being stretched. I think I'll adjust to the new healing spell mix easier than I will to the changes in utility spells (SS, raidwall, beacon).

Ret is better than I'd feared. AoE is no longer a strength, of course, especially on Waves-O-Skeletons, but trivial trash is trivial. My boss DPS might actually be up relative to pre-patch, since fully-charged TV hits like a truck. The priority system is an unholy mating of the 3.3 FCFS system and feral druid John F. Madden, but I'm one of those strange guys who /likes/ playing kitty DPS... And I'm pretty sure that experience with my cat is helping my learning curve.
#8 Oct 15 2010 at 3:45 AM Rating: Good
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My single target dps is vastly higher than pre-patch, from 5.4k or so (heroic dummy) to 8.5k, or higher with lucky procs. I haven't raided yet to see where i am on the meters. I'm used to being first, but we'll see. Prot is really fun, i think it was a good decision to seperate aoe and single target rotations. AoE threat is down a little, but 15k shield crits on heroic bosses is good times.

Gonna try holy later in some BGs as my mage friend reactivated his account. I hear they are pretty OP so we shoud have fun as a dps - pocket healer combo.
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#9 Oct 17 2010 at 10:29 PM Rating: Good
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Personally, I am not liking the new Holy Power at all. I'm all for mixing up the rotations and giving us something to do other than hit everything we have as soon as we can, but this feels too much like Combo Points to me. That's one of the biggest reasons I haven't leveled a Rogue much is I hate Combo Points. Also, it seems that Prot hasn't been compensated enough for the nerf to its AE threat generation (combined with DPS getting buffed). I haven't tanked in instances yet myself, but that's the word from others as well as what I have witnessed from Paly tanks I have run with since the patch. Going to take a trip to some Heroics as a tank soon, if not tonight then probably tomorrow.

Most people I've talked with aren't too happy with the majority of Paladin changes. I'm actually thinking of changing my main to my Shaman for Cataclysm because of these changes. That's something I never thought I'd say =/
#10 Oct 17 2010 at 11:52 PM Rating: Good
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I've been having fun with it. I had just dinged 80 with my paladin about a week before the patch, so I didn't have any real habits to break and the learning process has been fairly smooth. Only real problems I've been having aren't a result of the changes to the class so much as problems with not having any mods(I've been lazy about downloading new ones) and bugs with the game itself.

On the other hand, it seems to vary between me having no buttons to hit while waiting on cooldowns and needing to go John effing Madden druid style, as someone already mentioned.

Edited, Oct 17th 2010 11:53pm by Poldaran
#11 Oct 18 2010 at 12:07 AM Rating: Decent
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History: My first toon was a prot pally. Lvl'd prot. Started April of '07 (sometime into BC). Still my main.

Honestly, I was getting bored of pally tanking. The worst thing we had to worry about was hitting Divine Plea not to run out of mana. I'm sitting with a gs of just over 5400 and had been into ICC once (for the first 4 bosses) so I haven't seen all the WotLK content, but really? 69696969696969696969696 meh.
I built a Enhance shaman over the past year and what fun she is! NO REAL SPELL ROTATION! Built on a priority instead of button mashing the next spell out. You actually had to watch which spells were up and when because of the Maelstrom Weapon proc would throw things off just that one beat. So after your first proc, it was off, and that second proc you were now on the off beat... kept you on your toes. Pally tanking? I could watch play after play of the 49'ers getting pounded and the worst that would happen was I would have to pop a mana pot cause I forgot to hit DP.

4.0
Pro's? Well, even though they have killed Defence, and made block a K, we still basically rely on the same stats. Our theorycraft shouldn't be too hard to figure out as far as that goes. The new display for your stats makes it really easy (mouseover your hit to see lvl 80 and up miss%). Same with other stats. Kinda cool for us that don't crunch the numbers and have loved EJ and all their work.
Our spell rotation? Out the window. Some say there is one, but I've yet to find it. My first instance was Anub. We ripped through that in about 15min, taking in all bosses. I lost agro a few times and had to hit up a target dummy to get a basis for a rotation. Then it was on to FoS (random runs), and we went through that in something close to 15 min also. I lost agro 3 times the whole run. Was pretty happy about that. Now I've been running a guildie through Ramps and BF pulling as much as I can and trying to keep agro on 15 to 18 mob pulls. FUN! In all, I start with AS, Judge, CS or HOR (pending on #of mobs and if I have aoe dps in group) Holy Wrath (loving the changes there) and Cons. Our single target agro is crazy with the CS/4pt SoR! Aoe is fairly easy to keep up with if you pull them all in with HW, Con and AS (love the shorter cd and extra proc!), though I don't like the 30 sec cd on Con. It does enough damage that between that HW and HoR you can keep the mobs on you even with a 6k/gs mage raining down Blizz, but it throws me off as I'm used to the cd being the same as the duration. I seem to hit 30k threat quickly and stay ahead of the dps as long as they are doing their job right, eg not pounding on the caster in the background. Though it reminds me like early Bear tanking in that I have gotten into the habit of tab targ to make sure I'm on top of omen on all my targets. If not I hit that one for a 6k (13k crits aren't uncommon) 4pt/SoR and I'm in the lead again. My guild/friends are doing a 10man Naxx run monday to test things out in a raid. We'll see how that goes. Easy Justice pts and learning (or re-learning) our classes.
Holy Power? It's what has made our class fun again IMO. Very much like a shaman and it's Maelstrom Weapon proc, it can throw off our rotation. The extra boom in SoR is hot! 13k crits are common, and build nice agro on the main target. The quick heal is ok... better on Ret if you spec into it as it provides a little added heal to say your MT and 4% damage for you. A nice dps increase. The chance to proc a quick AS is always nice. I tend to pop that off everytime the cd is up or it procs.
Holy Wrath. So cool. So many targets. I really should put that in the front of my opening spells as it hits mad targets and get's that inital agro to pull them in for the HoR hit (and it's wimpy aoe range). Casters are pulled in by our AS. So if you really want a 5+ mob pull, start with your HW, drop a Con and then HoR.

Con's? Well, I'm finding that even a spec'd Consecration is kinda lame. Low damage and high cd make it.... well lame. A glyph to help either of those negitives would be nice. HoR, well 8yrds is OK. I think I liked the 4 target bounce better though. You could hit targets outside of that 8yrd circle and bring them in to you. Making Holy Wrath hit everyone was a nice swap up for it... but a glyph to expand that 8yrds would be nice.

Don't understand? I never, and I mean NEVER run out of mana. I don't think I've seen it drop below 65%. Where is this mana balance thing that they have been talking about?

Over all I really like the changes. Going to take a little more time to get used to, but I like 'em. It keeps you on your toes, forces you to wait till most of your mobs are inside your "inner circle" (8yrd) to pop that HoR, and watch your agro on all targets so that a well placed SoR keeps that mob on you instead of the rouge who is cranking out the dps on a target you're not focused on. Off timed cds to make sure you're not burning that Con on the last 2 targets, or hitting that HW when you have a big pull coming up in 6sec and still keep the flow moving (like in CoS). Keeping agro means I miss a lot of the 49'ers game, and with Holy Power there is a flux in the spell rotation. Good stuff.
I know that we are OP for WotLK stuff, but that happens with every new release. Remember when you went from Vanilla to BC and the greens were way better? Or better gear in WotLK ment getting up to lvl 77 and we really started to see the difference? Blizz has been learning, and doing a better job.

Hates? When can we get a company to release a product that isn't broken? So many glitches. I'm not in a guild, but I'm the GM! Freezing on a loading screen, getting kicked in BG's to log back in and have a debuff for deserting? I spent 90 min getting that last 5pts in unarmed skill, and lost the Achiev! Pts and all! Something for my time would be nice!
"Mage, Shadow Priest, Destro Warlock, and PvP DPS is too high. Fury, Arms, Feral cat and Retribution DPS is too low." Via Ghostcrawler.... didn't you guys test it? Honestly, if it's not ready....don't release it! Higher more players to test, sponsor top guilds, give out more beta keys. We know it's going to change with the final release! I don't buy a TV with a broken black filter knowing that in 3 weeks I'll get a new one in the mail...
STILL, way less glitches than WotLK. Getting better guys. Looking forward to when all the bumps are ironed out, and then we can get ****** 'cause we can't log in with the release of Cat, and it will be fixed at 2pm pst.... I mean 4pst....LOL!
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#12 Oct 18 2010 at 12:41 AM Rating: Good
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I got WoW re-installed on my new PC this weekend and took my Ret pally out for a spin. Haven't raided yet but I felt pretty good in the heroic I ran. I'll probably hop in ICC this week and see how I do on longer fights.

It's kinda fun so far. I'm definitely going to have to get an addon that puts holy power centered near my toon.
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#13 Oct 18 2010 at 9:40 AM Rating: Good
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I don't think I'll be raiding much anymore, but in heroics the playstyle was fun but of course we're all overgeared for it now. My main focus will be PVP and I like how they gave us a spammable damage spell and crusader strike for totems. I'm pretty happy we can help out on kills now. I've watched so many arena videos and if you were watching say a disc priest or resto shaman they usually chipped in significant DPS on a burst attempt.

Now a better CC would be amazing, HoJ sucks as a form of crowd control compared to everything else, but at least we have some form of spammable DPS now so I'll keep playing holy pally, I might even level as holy with some of the DPS oriented glyphs and talents.

Playstyle felt smooth to me, I looked at mana costs for each spell and really have had 0 issues with mana yet so I'm still enjoying the holy paladin. Too bad my game is crashing faster then I can play anything.
#14 Oct 19 2010 at 10:59 PM Rating: Good
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Well I raided on my ret paly tonight first time post patch. It's pretty great! My single target is way up, and my AoE trash DPS is not bad either. If I hit consecrate and wrath to much I have to actually divine plea but otherwise I forgot about mana all night and mostly watched holy power.

I hit 14k+ DPS on both Saurfang and Fester. I'm sure thats low for hard core guilds running 25 man hard modes but for me its about 3-4k higher than I was before I pretty much quit raiding 6-7 months ago. My gear is not terrible mostly i264 with a few i251. But anyway in my casual guild that put me in top 3 in 25 man. Considering I haven't raided in months except on my rogue a couple of months back and it was my first raid with new mechanics I was pretty stoked.

The rotation is a bit weird. I feel there is a bit of downtime if I get no AoW procs sometimes and I am still building to 3 HP for TV. Other times I get procs like mad and am deciding what to prioritize between free 3 HP TV, AoW exorcism, or HoW's. I been hitting the 3 HP TV's first but man those exorcisms are no joke. They snack hard now.

Anyway I like it so far.
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#15 Oct 20 2010 at 2:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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From my experience with Retribution all this night, I can say that the problem Ghostcrawler sees with DPS is the spiking that takes place with the pop up buffs. There's points in time where you'll hammer two free, three point Templar's Verdicts in a row, a full 3 point TV, Art of War Exorcism and just for ***** and giggles, a Holy Wrath. Then ten seconds later you're starved for Holy Points as all you've got going on is Crusader Strike.

I... I don't even want to talk about Protection. I really don't. My Paladin is like five years old, and she's been Protection since level 10. She's been Protection since you leveled Prot because the reactive damage in Prot dealt more than your melee ever could. A part of me died in that patch as I lost a beloved friend.
#16 Oct 20 2010 at 2:43 PM Rating: Good
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I don't think the changes are BAD but I'm not a big fan of them either.

On one hand, big changes in major patches like this are pretty much inevitable and while we complain about the things we don't like, eventually we get used to it and move on (or reroll if you hate it THAT badly.)

On the other hand, wtf at Holy Power? If I wanted to be reliant on combo points I'd be a rogue.
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