This Ret Paladin gig is tough. Not trusting myself to heal through heroic dgns until I get better gear I’ve taken up Retting. And melee dps in a dgn is a far cry (for me anyway) from the simple hack and slash strategy that I took for the last 90 levels.
I’ve had a bit of a mindset that I’m going to be a holy pally at 90 and anything I do along the way is simply to get me there so that pretty much means I never bothered to learn anything about the ret pally short of hit this button because its flashing and the mob will eventually die if I hit it enough. But hmm now I see there is so much to it:
- Keep Inquisition up at all times, but at its maximum it only lasts for 30 secs. Man do I let it fall off a lot.
- Use Templer’s Verdict on CD, but hang on it uses the same power source (holy power) as Inquisition, now I have to sometimes chose which I want to use because I don’t have enough holy power for both.
- Use Hammer of Wrath, Exorcism, Crusader Strike and Judgment on CD.. wait wait too many buttons on CD. Sometimes I’m searching for spells that are lit up and other times everything is flashing, ready to be used, all at once. Overload central. I’m sure there’s more, this is what I remember from the Icy Veins guide to being an effective Paladin.
And this melee range is annoying. While questing I was a ranged Paladin, standing back and throwing hammers until the mob charged into range and there it would stay at my feet while I whaled on it. But now I spend as much time chasing mobs around the dgns as I do hitting them. DK tanks tease me, they wait until I’ve run up to the mob and then they yank it away leaving me staring at empty space. I think my ranged and healing bias is starting to show; I really don’t enjoy standing in melee range and I can’t see anything.
After countless dungeons and a few scenarios and turning the Justice points I’ve accumulated into 476 honor gear I have a holy ilvl of 448 (460 overall so I can just sneak into the first 2 lfrs) so I think its time I put the ret aside and embraced the holy.. we’ll see how it goes.
I love this talent (it’s a lvl 90 one, which one I can’t remember, the far right one I think) a big spinning hammer drops onto mob’s heads, love it.