I've been reading these forums for years, but have never been so bothered that I actually posted, until now. I just picked up a ret pally after playing casters and healers for my entire WoW career, and am just confused on how to go about thinking about the priority list.
I know there are add-ons, such as clcret, that I can use in order to learn the rotation. However, I don't want to use a crutch and become reliant on it. I'd rather learn the class and think for myself. I was just hoping someone could clarify, or gibe me a better way at thinking about the rotation. Memorizing 16 different priorities for each talent combination doesn't seem to be working or productive for me.
I guess this is how I'm thinking of it, and would appreciate any input or words from more seasoned rets that could help me along (I attached the basic priority below from Solsacra's thread, just as a reference and something to go off of...hopefully the formatting isn't too awful)
1) ES/LH makes sense because it's a 1 minute CD and a lot of damage.
2+3) DP and EDS next with less than 3 seconds remaining also makes sense to me, because you don't want to be wasting any prods, regardless of if they are netting holy power.
4) TV5 next also makes sense because you don't want to be wasting Holy Power
5) HoW - High damage and generates HP, I get that
6) Won't have t17 for a while but makes sense
7) This is where the confusion comes in for me. I'm not understanding why casting TV with avenging wrath up, or below 35% falls where it is. Below HoW, but above CS
8) Also, why is Crusader strike more important than EDS with AW or <35%?
And then everything below just makes much less sense to me than the first 6 did (aside from 13-15)
I just don't know if there's a way of looking at this that I'm missing, or is it simply just memorizing this long priority list for every single talent combination? Sorry if this is long winded, just trying to learn.
Thanks again for any help. It is much appreciated.
1 - ES / LH
2 - DP(-3)
3 - EDS(-3)
4 - TV5 Templar's Verdict
5 - HoW Hammer of Wrath
6 - ExoBC
7 - TV CD/Exec
8 - CS Crusader Strike
9 - EDS CD/Exec
10 - J
11 - DP Divine Purpose
12 - EDS Empowered Divine Storm
13 - TV4 Templar's Verdict
14 - Exo Exorcism
15 - TV3 Templar's Verdict