just play what you enjoy and feel like to play. Any spec has a fair chance to complete the same stages in the game.
From my experience, it's always been easier to find a guild as a healer. I really enjoy Holy so give it a try and see if it's something you can see yourself doing full-time. If not, keep looking for a guild as ret! You may want to consider a server transfer if your having difficulties on your current server finding a guild. If it gives you any hope, in 5.1, our 10m raid had 2x Holy Paladins (both with ret off-specs!) and a Ret Paladin.
Healing at lower levels vs. healing at 90 is pretty different, so there's no point in re-leveling another paladin.
I've raided as all 3 paladin specs this expansion and I've personally found Holy to be the most fun. Paladin healing isn't really difficult and once you get some gear (and get used to the spec), you should be able to top LFR meters pretty easily. You can craft 450-463 gear for nearly every slot so if you're a BS or have access to one, it'll be easy to build up a starter set. Run a few heroics to get the hang of it and then jump into LFR and get some gear. The 522 valor gear is pretty decent for holy paladins too, so you can spend your valor on that.
I would suggest checking out some guides on YouTube to get an idea on how to play the class. PreachGaming is pretty good. Also, be prepared to Holy Shock a lot. Bind it to a spammable key.
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I especially don't enjoy healing either. Not unless healing as a Paladin meant using my weapon to heal with. Like a healing strike, which would make total sense for the Paladin class. But no, Holy Paladins will sit in the back of the raid and heal.
You are by far, too few. I personally enjoy Prot and Ret, but then again I like to melee. Though Prot sucks this expansion, since they do so little damage compared to other tank specs.I've raided as all 3 paladin specs this expansion and I've personally found Holy to be the most fun.
I raid as ret and I found that to keep my raid slot I really have to up my game in other areas. Situational awarness, self healing/dispelling (you will become a healers best friend), Aid people with less SA with good use of your second bubble. I keep mine on a focous macro and focous our warlock who usualy struggles with SA. I also keep a macro for a quick tank pick up incase a tank goes down. Mitigate my damage taken and do what i can till the tank is up.
Last edited by SirRaven; 2013-04-12 at 01:14 AM.
Holy Paladins have been one of the strongest healers through every expansion, so it's nice to have that consistency. Sure, we may not be able to heal via dps (a la fist/zealweaver monks), but I don't necessarily mind "sitting in the back" and healing. Topping healing meters is still fun.
Not sure why you feel like Prot paladins aren't doing well in dps. I was actually surprised at how well I was doing on the meters. I outgear my DK-tank, so this may be why, but I've found that we are usually within a few %s of each other on any given fight. I always assumed DK tanks were on the higher end of the tank dps spectrum since they get a 2H so I don't think our DPS is necessarily low. On average, I pull somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-70k dps on most fights. Plus, when you consider how much utility prot gets (BoP/Freedom/Sac/Bubble/etc) AND our insane raid heals...I would say prot paladins are one of the top tank classes.
Stick with what YOU want to play in my opinion I have been playing a Ret paladin since TBC as well and it has had its downsides like the start of Cata when we were nerfed, you will I'm sure find a guild eventually, it seems to be only 25's looking for rets though but if you're good enough it shouldn't matter! Also Prot right now is great for tens, in 25's I find it a bit odd to gem but that's alright.
GC said himself if you dont have a ret paladin your raid group then you have the wrong raid composition. Stay ret and find a guild that would take you. But like any class if you dont have flashy credentials they will take the FOTM DPS over you.
If you really are a good ret paladin you will find a guild. It is always good to learn an offspec tho. (My personal opinion is if you play a class, but only learn to play 1 of the 3 specs, you are seriously wasting alot of potential!)
Dont waste time leveling another pally, you can pretty much master or at the very least get the basics of a class/ spec in about 10 mins of research online with sites like elitistjerks.com or noxxic.com
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also another nice thing is Ret gear= Prot gear this expansion since Haste is prot's best stat.