I have come to realize something, over the last bit of running heroics and such for gear and badges.
I kind of suck at being a ret paladin.
There are a lot of reasons for my suckitude, but regardless of how long a break I took, how much the class has changed, and how out of practice I am with being ready to raid, the TL;DR version is still that I’m a baddie. My healer instincts are still pretty good (I catch myself using Flash of Light procs on other people around me), but trying to eke out something resembling a rotation while running after an add and trying not to stand in 12 kinds of bad and keeping behind the boss? I’m terrible, and my DPS numbers show it.
This is, fortunately, not a terminal problem.
I’ve seen myself improve pretty dramatically over the last two weeks, and that’s just through a new addon, a few Sha of Anger raids and a couple of heroics. I didn’t level in the instances, and learning the fights helps a lot, which shouldn’t be that surprising either. But I’m definitely still in the “wait what button?” phase of learning all this.
I was a decent retadin at the end of Wrath, so I know I’m not a hopeless case. Eventually I’ll get back to tweaking my rotation and knowing when to blow wings and when to wait for it. My raid would prefer that to be sooner than later, I’m sure, so now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m putting some extra effort into getting geared up. I’m 4 points of iLevel short of LFR, which will also help. Gear upgrades are still making marked differences in my DPS, in a way that healing didn’t really feel. I guess because DPS is so much more… easily numbered and rankable.
If I’m honest, part of that terrifies me. I know that my raid isn’t made up of the kind of people who will tell me I’m not worth my raid spot because I’m not that good… but I also REALLY don’t want to be THAT GUY, especially after all the help I’ve gotten to get gear so late in the game. So I’m working on it. There’s no shortage of resources on the fights now, so in a lot of ways the learning is much easier than it used to be.
I’m ready to cook feasts of the grill, I’ve got gems and enchants lined up for when I get some not-PVP gear. Now if only I could find some stupid Golden Lotus (my Tiller’s Rep isn’t high enough to farm it yet), I’d even have flasks!
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