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Getting Better At It
comment 5 Written by on November 27, 2012 – 8:20 am

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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5 Responses to “Getting Better At It”

  1. Are you using something like CLC Ret to help with your rotation? I found that to be really helpful during Cata to deal with the mess of interlocking If/Then commands that ret pallies had become. It seems a little better in MoP, but it might still be helpful to sort what spell to hit next. Lucks with it!

  2. Ratters: I’m using CLC Ret and it does help, though I haven’t perfected where on my screen I want to put it just yet. I feel like I’m waiting around for a button to push a lot, but I think that’s just Ret pallies.

  3. Ret back in Wrath was a completely different animal that Cata and Mists. Back then, the rotation was more of the whack-a-mole variety of “hitting the button that’s next available that you have highest on your priority list”. With Cata and the advent of combo points holy power, there’s now a more defined Ret rotation to worry about.

    That said, I’m sure you’ll work it out. Ret no longer has as many advantages as they used to have (like healing the tank on the fly), but it can still be fun to play.

  4. Red beard: yeah it’s a different beast altogether. I don’t like how “rogue like” the class has become, especially with having to keep up inquisition via holy combo points in order to maintain DPS. I dislike holy combo points healing even more though, so I think I’ll stick with DPS for now.

  5. The holy power and combo points are what’s annoyed me about ret since they put it in. Ret should be more whack-a-mole and intense. It feels too metholodical and clunky for me right now and I’m also having DPS problems. Reacting to fights and picking whatever’s handy seems much more adaptable. This is probably why I’ve loved my DK since they came out. FCFS is just plain fun for me and I miss that about Ret.

    By Kyraine on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

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