Been to support land. Done the support thing. Ya know what? Even now its still a lot like playing a bad holy paladin. I struggle to see how this play style will lend itself to either fun or high level PvP, either in arenas or in rated BGs.
Its just not a great situation to be in. Even if we A) Get hand of light, B) Have full holy power, C) Trigger Eternal Glory, and D) crit all 3 times, you wont heal an ally to full most of the time, certainly not if they have any kind of healing debuff on them. And thats your best case scenario and you blew 3 globals to do it in. If you run in ret gear, using real heals means you have no mana for anything else AND you heal for crap AND you risk locking out your entire combat bar. If you run in spell power gear....why are you not playing holy?
The problem is the same on the support side of things. Ret is only as good as other players allow it to be, and we bring nothing that a holy paladin would not do just as well if not better. On top of that, now you have to divide your attention between a horribly RNG ridden combat system with no reliable way to generate HP at range and keeping your allies alive and working. Sorry, but your enjoyment of that playstyle is not going to make it a viable choice, or a fun one. It might work in random BGs, but once people start paying attention, your going to get focused, dispelled, and killed. To top it all off, Blizzard specifically stated they wanted to move AWAY from this model and nerfed or removed our best tools for the play style. I cant see how there is much future for this effort.
Edit: It seems the original post was about PvE, so I will add in a bit about that here. Raid leaders don't care if your 8th on the healing list. I learned that the hard way back in vanilla, when I was reliably high on the healing charts thanks to Judgement of Light and middle of the road on dps. If your coming as a DPS, you need to do good DPS. Right now ret is middle of the pack at best, and will have a large number of fights where our numbers will tank because of our long ramp up time and hyper complex and unpredictable combat system. Even if the fight favors you, your spending all your time keeping up. If you spend the time to do anything else, you loose damage. Hell, even when I do everything right I still usually sit at 3rd on the DPS charts. Being a good offhealer will not save you from this. And ret is NOT a good offhealer right now. So its not "Powerful" in any sense of the word.
If you think this is fun, well I suppose you have very odd hobbies. I personally cant stand having to divine my attention 5 different ways, paying attention to cooldowns, procs, inquisition, random HP generation, mana, fight effects, and loosing DPS every time something goes wrong that I cant predict. Its aggravating as hell to see HoL pop up just as that dragon gets airborn or the boss pops spikes for the 5th time. And all this so I can do so-so damage? Bleh. And thats not even taking into ACCOUNT the ways that our combat system trips all over itself with its cooldowns and procs, how we basically exclude the most common stat on plate gear because its horrible for us, and how we basically now have a THIRD stat cap to reach to actually have a chance of cleaning things up a bit (which is so high we basically wont reach it until the second round of tier gear comes out), or how about half of our combat system is bland, uninteresting, and weak filler we only use because it has slight chance to give us holy power. I cant really call it "Fun" either.
Edited by Dstonehand on 12/20/2010 1:32 AM PST