From the desk of Ghostcrawler:
"- We agree that Retribution does not offer enough benefits to an Arena or Battleground team beyond just taking a Holy paladin. We are going to try a change where Hand of Sacrifice also dispels all harmful magic effects on the target for Ret only."
What say you ret community?
I think its great that GC has taken notice of our current situation, but this change isnt that great. Sacrifice already has an important role in pvp. I feel like the spell will have many competing uses for a two minute cooldown. I really love that they want to give us some type of defensive dispel back, I just wish they gave us a little more control over it, perhaps by putting it on hand of salvation instead. And I wouldnt mind being able to cast it on myself once in a while. Either way, this further cements clemency as the proper talent choice. And will this suddenly make RBG teams want us? I doubt it.
GC - ""We are considering some other buffs to Ret still. We don't know yet if we will do any or all of these (they are emphatically not promises) but the kind of thing we are considering:
- Glyph of Blessed Life -- no longer requires Seal of Insight. You can have any Seal or none active, which puts the glyph in Ret's hands.
- Glyph of Templar's Verdict -- damage reduction triggered by Exorcism (or both) instead. That way you aren't choosing TV over a heal.
- Light's Hammer -- also snares targets it damages while in range. This one potentially buffs Holy too, but we're not sure that many Holy paladins would give up Prism to take it."