I'll link the source when I get home, but I was reading some statistics, and 0.3% of the players receiving gladiator are DPS paladins. The exact same number of DPS monks are recieving glad. One class has been around for 7 years, the other for 4 months.
Makes ya think. How accurate/up to date those statistics are is a toss up but still.
that's a recount report on my judgement hits. the 2337 were in prot spec, the 2571 were in ret spec. I only had my weapon equipped to test whether the allegations that SoL does not affect judgement were correct.23:20:30 [Nzall]: Recount - Nzall's Hostile Attacks: Judgment
23:20:30 [Nzall]: 1. Hit 7 (100%) (Min: 2337 Avg: 2437 Max: 2571)
as you can see, every ret judgement hits for 10% more than every prot judgement. so the allegation is false. if you wish to test this for yourself, go to a targetting dummy in prot spec, no gear and seal of light on, but a 2H equipped, cast judgement, the repeat this in ret spec. you need the 2H because SoL only works with a 2H equipped, and you need it in both specs because you need the gear to be the same. you can't have any other items on because they can skew the results. for example, plate gives a 5% STR increase.
I am not a pro, but PvP wise, I think that I would like to see a complete revamp of the Ret paladin as an avatar of freedom.
Instead of trying to match his CC with others classes (which never truly happens anyway), I would give him as many tools as one might think of to get out of any kind of CC, snare but would remove his CC and let him have only slow effects
The 5% extra 2h damage will help a lot though. I still don't think Ret compares to the utility of a rogues 5.2 shadow dance (entire enemy team is silenced or stunned for like seconds). Guess we'll see. I'm still probably staying Holy for PvP though, as he won't be my pvp main for the coming season (don't have anything other than alt arenas and RBG's to get him points... and its so much easier to do that as Holy, and hope 5.3 buffs us if we aren't good enough still and grab a full normal tyrannical set with honor then.)
It simply increases your weapon damage by 15% for spells that scale off of weapon damage, and auto attack. Instead of having 10k top end weapon damage, SoL would make spells scale off 115% of that, thus giving you 1500 extra damage before spell coefficients and buffs are applied.
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Alright, so I was in the process of abandoning my long time main Pally for my long time alt Warlock..
What I want to know is.. do you guys thing that the wings buff and 2-h buff will put us on par with melee like frost dks and warriors in strictly PVE? From what I've read, it seems like a lot of melee are getting buffs... are we just getting buffs to be put in the same spot on the totem pole we're already on?
try it yourself. log into the live servers with a prot/ret paladin. take off all your gear, but leave your 2H on. use seal of insight and judge a dummy a few times. it'll always hit for the same. then switch spec, keep your 2H on, keep seal of insight on and judge a few times again. I can tell you right now that Ret will hit for exactly 10% more than prot, which is only explainable by SoL.
5% buff is a step in the right direction, i would like to see a bit more buffs if it is not too much to ask.
Well, every buff, for little as it is, is welcome at least for me), i dont know how much will improve our sustained/overall damage, but at least we get buffs without being ridicoulusly nerfed in other ways
all i want is for something to be done about holy prism. its incredibly underpowered for a lvl 90 talent. heals for around 25k and deals about 25k dmg in pvp. and it has a 20 second cooldown to top it off. either buff the dmg/heal of this ability or remove the global cooldown.
edit: i'll also try harsh word glyph, since that's definitely not a melee attack.
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Harsh word glyph is hard to test because word of glory damage isn't constant. hammer of wrath appears to be affected as well, with shin'ka LFR equipped it hits for about 4000 as prot and about 4400 for ret, with minor changes.