I'm not here to argue for a nerf, but I am going to provide some counterpoints to these arguments.
yes wild pyromancer equality is insane a board clear for 4 mana wooahoho
but then look at what other aoe a paladin has 2 consecrations that is not too impresive
I'd say that consecration is at least on par with Shaman's only aoe - lightning storm, which can't be counted on to do any more damage than consecration, and carries 2 overload, effectively dampening your next turn.
or look at the hard removal paladin has
aldor peacekeeper could perhaps be seen as hard removal
it is reasonable because paladins dont have tons of removal
Yes, paladins don't have a lot of hard removal, but they have some of the best weapons in the game, and some of the best buffs to help make up for it.
and equality can be played around if your say a control warlock and think its a good idea to put 4 giants on the board vs a paladin who has not played a single equality yet
you kind of deserve it
pace yourself if you already have enough big stuff on the field that he would play an equality there is often little reason to play more stuff
Pace yourself is good advice for anyone. However, there's a big difference between "pacing yourself" against an opponent potentially holding an AOE that can do damage, and one that is a guaranteed board clear. Against the former it means you shouldn't play too many minions that will perish to the potential damage. Against the latter it means "don't outclass your opponent on the board." That usually means that while you're "pacing yourself" you are either at a standstill with respect to actually effectively doing any damage, or worse, you're taking damage. (Because let's face it, only and idiot player would use this combo if they weren't seriously behind on the board.) Paladin's love that kind of situation because they can easily win a war of slow damage, due to their big heals. The only effective way to beat them is to gain enough board control to do significant damage, and that means you either need the near perfect trickle of very big minions that simply outclass paladin's minions, or you need to flood the board with enough small to midsize minions to overwhelm them, effectively opening yourself up to serious repercussions from the board clear. I'm not saying It's not possible, It just means your deck better be well stocked with beefy minions. (Effectively meaning you need a rather expensive deck to pull off that strategy)
I find it funny that people keep pointing out that equality/pyro clears the Paladin's board too, like it's some kind of major DISADVANTAGE. Yes, it clears your board. So unless you're brainless you'll only play it when you are seriously outclassed on the board.