Monday, November 2, 2009

Ghostcrawler on Ret

Eh. This ain't such a happy post. I'm pretty upset with a few of Ghostcrawler's comments of late with regards to ret paladin representation in high-end arena.

Ret paladins are complained about by the community more than anyone bar perhaps rogues. Unfortunately a lot of people don't realise the relatively poor situation Retribution is in currently with regards to arena. Yes, ret is grossly overpowered when matched against someone with shit gear, but against a high resilience opponent we become much weaker. And yes, we have 3 lives in duels, but the game isn't balanced around 1v1 anyway and we can't use LoH in arena, so deal with it.

Ret is in a pretty sorry state at higher ratings, so when we have GC coming out and saying "ret probably needs more nerfs" and "everyone is playing prot/ret, so ret is fine", it's really unsettling. The first comment is stupid, and that's immediately obvious, but the second one is a little bit more interesting. Ret/prot is a niche spec, much more so than the infamous prot/holy paladins were back in S6. They're not particularly feasible beyond 1700 or so except in 2s which Blizzard has deliberately stated they no longer wish to balance around.

So why are they being used to undermine the validity of the ret paladin community's concern for arena representation? Why is arena combat being balanced around lesser forms of PvP that offer no or limited rewards? Why can't they get my class right?

I've pretty much given up on playing ret as a serious arena playstyle for this expansion in the hopes that they might be able to get things right for Cataclysm with a serious redesign of the class. Let's keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

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