My name is Spencer Storey, and i have been playing a ret pally for 4 years. I have played arena for 7 seasons ( i played a resto druid from season 2 on, Storizzle if you want to look) , and last season i hit 2400 in 2s with a pro pro hunter and 2200 in 3s. I lost my account ( it got hacked, i got my druid back , but since the person SOLD my other 2 toons, i could not get them back) So i play a Ret pally on Scilla named Storey. He is undergeared, but i am a beast :)
We are getting nerfed for survivability, which is not our problem. Vanguards, being an a$$ hole amazing player, has AMAZING healers for his teams. This makes it looks it look like we can survive everything. Almost every ret with gear, can faceroll his comp to 2k. I have used wings on mages that are under 2k, and they just try to run, not spellsteal. You can throw a 20 k hammer, every 6 seconds, for 20 seconds. This gets off 4 hammers, assuming you get the 1st one off when you pop wings. Plus 20 % increased damage. Now of course you are going to blow something up, that is 80 k damage in 18 seconds, with just hammer. The problem is, once you hit 2k, mages spell steal INSTANTLY. I can get 1 hammer off, and unless he is silenced, its gone. Another problem is priests dispelling. There really needs to be a consequence for dispelling it. You Dispell a locks UA, an ability usable ALL THE TIME and there is a 4 second silence and damage done. Yet, a 2 minute ability, that is our MAIN dps ability. Zealotry is always used for healing yourself of team mates, its our peel.
I am not saying that when i get a full 20 second wings, i kill something. But, when i play TSG or KFC with a pally healer, we usually win. In fact, we have a huge win percent over them versus PMR or anything with a priest or mage.... weird? I have no problems with rogues, a pro rogue is pro. The fact that Reckful can peel 3 people to keep is healer alive, within 3 gcds, and be 3050 on the hardest bg in the world with 3 losses. He. is. good. A mage hitting 40 k with ice lance and frostbolt, in 1 gcd, with no cool down, may be a joke. I can hit that much with wings, not without. Plus they can spell steal.... Sure rock beats scissors beats paper beats rock, but preists and shamans can take wings away . RAWR that is stupid. A fix that i think would help, would be something like buffing judgments damage, or making judgment add a holy power every time used( Put it in place of selfless healer as a talent) . Although it is a low chance, crusader strike being dodged can be game changing if you have zealotry up and you are trying to kill something.
I hate the 4.1 changes coming up. For Ret, it is game changing. The Sacred Shield nerf going to 60 seconds is a little extreme. 45 seconds i would say is fair. I have played Rets, and 35k plus absorbs every 30 seconds is in fact annoying, but you can train a Ret dead pretty easy. WoG Nerf is kind of a kick in the nuts, but, needed. I liked that they made a change for the selfless healer buff from 12 seconds to 30, but that was taken away pretty fast. I do not see many Rets above 2200. In fact, I am the 1st Ret on my server above 2200 that played Ret and not holy. Look it up its true. I see plenty of dks, mages, rogues, etc. Ele shamans do need some love though. For now this is just venting, I am sure next patch they will over buff Ret yet agiain.
Here is my pally, Storey , He is pretty amazing. I know. I will post Vids at later dates, please leave any feedback as to how you hit 2200, what comp you played, any crazy globaling stories.I enjoy feedback from people even if you say " Durr da durrr you are teh bad pally cuz you play triple dps ROFL newb" . If you troll, i feel bad that you have nothing better to do but be a douche.