Please dont turn this into a QQ or GC flame war thread, our spec isnt great but it isnt as bad as some people make it out to be
As well all know Retribution is far from fully broken and while its not the best spec out there, it has its strengths. Ive played paladin since 3.3 (when i started) which to some will still put me as a baby but what can you do.
I dont fully understand why Retribution is under represented as much as it is. Given the absolutely rediculous 250k+ Burst Dps in PvE and the epic assist and decent peel available in PvP it baffles me why there are no "popular" Retri Paladins. Looking at the rosters of many top end raiding guilds or the line ups of high end arena 3vs3/5vs5 teams or RBG teams, very few if any seem to use Rets.
Its not that hard to see on youtube either, most classes and specs have an assortment of "high-profile" players with endorsements from gaming accessory companies such as razer, etc. Paladins have Hobbs and Athene but neither play ret, until 5.0.1 Vanguardz was a highly rated ret in arena (running Vanguard Cleave; ret, frost, resto) in Cataclysm but it seems recently he has taken to Restoration shaman.
While im not too fussed about the quarrels and opinions of these players its slightly frustrating theres no "advanced" tactics or high rating tricks or tips to come by where a classes like warriors, warlocks and mages have a ridiculous amount of these videos available. Being quite serious about my own capabilities as ret i feel like i am severely limited into placing my skill level in a category where i can understand what im doing wrong and why... because there are no videos about it.
From a PvE standpoint, Rets bring a support package which is unrivaled (hands/off heals/SS/LH/DA/easy off tanking ability via simple RF on/off)
From a PvP standpoint, impossible to snare, many ranged based abilities, can heal themselves and others for stupid amounts when done properly, incredible support for casters or melee given the flexibility of the spells available all with the stupidly outrageous and relyable burst, great against priest/dk/warlock pets locking down their damage or CC using turn evil (no other class can do this as good as ret).
what am i missing? i dont understand this negetive outlook on retribution as a spec.
This leaves me with a couple of feelings
1. Try to create some sort of retribtuion paladin WoW coverage channel on youtube (though its probably been done to death unsuccessfully) to rectify this problem which will be doomed to fail without support from like minded people
2. Keep Searching as i may have simply missed the information im looking for
3. roll holy (JK)