Assassination had auto refreshed SnD since WotLK which was before your holy power system... Also they gave you guys self stacking combo points which rogues had wanted since forever. Ret certainly isn't in a great place, but they aren't the only one with really dumb mechanics. I do agree with you that it seems they picked out the best of the best ideas for WW and ditched the flaws of the other combo-point-esque style specs.
Ret PvP was decent last season, There were very few rets over 2550 last season in the US, Vanguards and I (Fisten)
I completely stopped playing ret this season, we have no CC. Hodge simply isnt enough, a BLIND that you cant use effectively, its not ranged... you are trying to kill something, blind is next on the cc chain, let me woddle my way over to the healer to blind him while getting trained... Or lets spec repen NOT. your getting nuked as a ret in 3v3. Casting a repen just doesn't work. For holy 90% of the time they can get Repens off because they arent getting Trained to the ground..
So With Just Hodge being the only Real CC for a CC chain to land kills. Its just horrible.
Everyone talks about burst, burst what? 1800 teams maybe .. Any good player over 2400 will cc your brains out during your "burst".
So when you get 3 Holy power, Instead of using a tv on your kill target during your cooldowns, your Wogging yourself to stay alive. 2 mins later you bubble .. then you die.
That is why I switched to Holy this season on all my pallys. And believe me I didnt want to do it. Its just something that had to happen.
And the funny thing is, No one talks about it, no real changes to rets at all in 5.2. Im not sure how ret is doing in PvE, but im sure they are doing fine, because the pvp change doesnt exisit in 5.2.
I actually came here today to read what some of you had to say, I haven't really used the forum in a long time. But Im really surprised that no one is really raging over RET PVP.
Ret was actually in a better spot in the past, I would say. Even on a long CD, repent was instant. We had HoJ. Now all we really have is Improved HoJ.
We are all pretty irked about Ret PvP, throughout all of the threads that have been opened since 5.2 PTR launched.
Honestly, mechanics like Last Word and the old Sacred Shield from Cata were perfect ideas. Not sure why they got taken out with only one compensation... WoG CD removal. I remember being so happy seeing that they took the CD off. Too bad they NEUTERED it's healing. Even with PvP Power buffs to hybrids in 5.2, its healing will still be insanely lackluster. Ret will be slightly better than last season, but most teams are just flat out making a bad decision in using them, especially with the rise of Rogues, Unholy, and Monks.
Also, yes, Ret CC is a complete jpke. Sadly, while some of our issues are getting looked at, Blizzard has made no acknowledgement of our pathetic CC.
same reason why players play the same 3-4 characters in online fighting games when the game has 20-50 characters..... gamers only care to win instead of playing.
Funny part it, there are Ret's out there that will wreck a shadow priest or arms warrior all night long, yet no one will give them the time of day because of what they are.
Rets aren't all bad! You guys are arena gods!
Cloudy with a chance of BOOOOOOOOOOOOONE STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORM!
but like i said.. we need repen again or some sort of ranged cc, a hodge isnt enough especially because u can dispell it.. joke.
so going on ptr and ret damage is good proofs nothing, really.. nothing.
because good players will cc u out of it.