I have been playing Paladins in WoW for a long time. I have done it all, classic pvp, pve, raiding from MC to BoT. I am an oldskool pvp ret paladin and holy raid paladin. I tanked and healed from Naxx to ICC in WotLK. I had high hopes for the Cataclysm paladin. I play 2 paladins, one prot/ret, the other holy. I geared them both up for Cata end game pve and pvp. What a disappointment! Of the 3 specs, only one is viable, prot in pve tanking only. Holy and ret just arent viable, period, end of story. I have enough experience to know what I am talking about.
As a Paladin, I have lost faith in the WoW dev team. I do not believe they are sincere about balancing paladins with other calsses in pve and especially pvp. After watching Blizzards shameful treatment of paladins for 6+ years, I have come to the sad conclusion that the current dev leadership is in fact biased against paladins, especially in pvp. Paladins are once again non-viable in high end pvp, particularly in the arena. There is no role that a paladin can fill in high end arena that another class or spec cannot fill better. When I log onto either one of my paladins, I feel a crushing sense of futility, hopelessness and discouragement.
I do not believe that the current wow dev leadership has any intention of balancing paladins. I dont think that even if they did, that they are capable of doing so due to personal bias against the class. Therefore, I have been forced to cancel my subscription rather than spend another entire expansion hoping in vain that my class will be fixed in the next patch. That has not happened in 6 years nor will it at any time in the future.
New leadership is needed on the wow dev team. The current leadership is out of touch with the player base and moving the game in the wrong direction. The only thing that would cause me to consider returning to WoW and playing either one of my paladins would be if the current leadership of the wow dev team were replaced.