Ranged attack from WHEREVER THEY WANT. Melee must be close.
DK can grip, if stuned can IB, if feared can LB. War can charge, if feared can BR. Ret don't have a reliable gap closer - can get a speed boost and use Freedom maybe but can't counter a fear.
OK, so Ranged can attack form distance and can peel whoever comes close - some melee have reliable gap closers but Ret not so much.
Ranged have the OPTION to positioning and melees have to be exposed all the time. If not with FoJ, a Ret must be in melee even to CC someone and the only peel have 2 mins CD and break with a DoT.
It's the complete oposite of how it should be.
The one who is exposed the most, must have the better moviment, peels and defensive to be able to hold out.
And the one who have the better options to be behind a pillar so he can attack from a protected position near the healer, is less open to be CCd should have less defensives in order to be balanced. Or else, what's the upside from being melee and downside of being ranged?
And even since a ranged have so many positioning flexibility, they can and they DO get near whoever they must to get a CC. What's the downside for a ranged to get close? They have even better defensives than melee right know... if a Lock/Priest die if they come close to the healer that may be a point, but a Lock can even get close, fear and teleport back. Right. Not OP at all. Any problem he can be with Blood Horror, any problem he can PainSup himself, heal himself to full... pets can peel for him.
Look, the day someone kicks a Lock/Priest for a Ret Paladin you talk to me, OK? Better, if someone kicks a ranged for a melee if not a DK for grip or rogue for Stealth/CC, you get here and we talk.