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#1 Dec 07 2010 at 4:43 PM Rating: Decent
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After your first day, what's your take on lvling speed with ret specs or prot specs? Anyone better?
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#2 Dec 08 2010 at 2:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Protection is chugging right along - very nice!

At 82 almost 83, now, I have sunk 7 talent points into Ret as well and now have Pursuit of Justice 2. I honestly feel that there is no way Ret could keep up as take 5-8 things at a time that I see others taking 1 of and getting down to half health.

Then again it'd be fair to hear the other side of the story from a Ret pally =)
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#3 Dec 09 2010 at 8:36 AM Rating: Good
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Level 82 as ret. Seems fair, but I can see how prot would be faster with the number of spawns as they are now. I can take 2 or 3 at a time, though not preferably.

My DK in his dps spec levels faster than my ret pally.

#4 Dec 14 2010 at 2:24 PM Rating: Good
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Just to finish up here I'll throw my personal opinions around - remember these are simply based on my experience as a whole.

Vash'jir: Prot > Ret
Hyjal: Prot > Ret
Deepholm: Prot = Ret
Uldum: Ret > Prot
Twilight Highlands: Prot > Ret
Tol Barad: Prot = Ret

I literally have zero experience questing as Holy so I cannot speak for it. I will say, also, that Protection continues to be easy-mode throughout all these zones more-so than Retribution, however Ret's killspeed on 1 or 2 targets vastly exceeds Protections near the closing levels of 84-85.

Regardless, this whole expansion seemed pretty easy as either. If one ain't workin' give the other a try, but both should get you through =)
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#5 Dec 17 2010 at 12:15 AM Rating: Good
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I guess it must depend of the server or playtime, but I have tried doing my questing as both Prot and Ret, and Ret has been far and away the faster experience. With Word of Glory and a buffed Holy Light after killing something, I've have very little, if any, downtime as Ret. Also, I seem to always be leveling alongside numerous people, so rounding up a lot of enemies with Prot isn't always a viable option.
#6 Feb 19 2011 at 8:14 AM Rating: Default
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At 77 i am prot and have been from the start, i can easily if not preferably take on 2-5 mobs at once
with bit over 20k armor my dmg reduction is around 58% and my dps is far from bad, at 67 i was dealing
with 2-4 mobs at the beach outside Valiance keep and ending the fight at 90%+ hp, my frost mage had problems
with one mob at the time :) i was fighting the humanoid mobs and there level is 68-70.

Currently at 20400armor and 23k hp my gear is mostly created by myself(525 mining and 480 bs)
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#7 Feb 19 2011 at 3:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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Please check the last posted date and the context in which the thread was made before posting. It's been over 2 months, and he was talking about Cata leveling. I'm glad you wanted to help and have been having a good experience leveling as prot, but this kind of post is what's called a "Necropost" and is usually frowned upon. Just letting you know now before you are rated down on any more posts in the future.
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