Did you play ret in TBC and Classic?

85 Human Paladin
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I also had the ravager. That will always be my favorite weapon. My second fave is TUF for the stun proc and back then we got a free crit from JoC when our target was stunned. Well, that was after they buffed us because our seal of command originally did like 38 damage whenever our target was stunned ROFL.


I never will forget my first experience with the Ravager. Got it in the armory run previous and dropped my entire savings (40g) up to that point on fiery weapon. Went into Cath with three good friends (a warrior and a hunter), my best friend IRL, and a PuG'ed DPS. The first pull when we got into the cathedral went bad, and somehow I ended up whirlwinding right in the middle of the double doors. Procs everywhere, mobs were just dropping dead practically the instant they got within eight yards of me.

So naturally, my smartass group made it a game of LoS pulling packs right into me. I must have sat there in one place whirlwinding for fifteen minutes straight.
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81 Human Paladin
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12/17/2010 10:44 PMPosted by Fandorfin
Rocked the Ice Barbed Spear, and stole a pair of Valor shoulders.

Those EPL bats didn't know what hit 'em.


Rofl. I had a love-hate relationship with my pighead on a stick.
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88 Blood Elf Paladin
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Played an alliance paladin back when BWL was new, although my guild was still trying MC.

Back in the day I was more of a ret/holy hybrid. I played the support role quite well I think in battle grounds tossing out heals to allies, then smacking horde over the head when they tried to stop me.

Back in the day when divine shield, blessing of protection, and lay on hands were all on separate cooldowns :D

Also back in the day when we had Seal of command for random proc burst, and a controlled judgment burst when it dealt more damage to stunned targets.

I also remember speccing into consecrate to pop people out of stealth
Edited by Tetsusaiga on 12/18/2010 7:05 PM PST
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90 Human Paladin
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Wow this thread takes me back when i was tanking and the smartest dps i ran with was a ret pally. Loved him to death and was suprised how well he topped charts. He would use repentance as a cc like a good lad when no one else would cc. it was awesome.
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85 Human Paladin
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ive played since 3 days after release, before mauradon back when all our dps was a seal that increased our auto attack
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85 Tauren Paladin
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LOL since BC came out, i tought i'd never going to see draenei shamans since horde had 3 awesome race to choose from, and alliance only 1 space goat. but every time i queued for eye of the storm (new bg) i get killed by like 5 of them, and 0 on my team were shamans, instead it was 5 shamans for the alliances, and freaking 9 blood elf paladins on my team. it was a nightmare through.

i lol'd
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80 Dwarf Paladin
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I was a BC baby. When I rolled I thought i was going to be a tank, the guild I was eventually recruited into had me dual spec, before dual spec. I was Ret for progression mostly, but I tanked when needed especially on off nights when we ran alts through old content. I always tried to be the best I could though even when I started out I was one of those Rets bah they are useless. Some how I came to love it.

I started as a BE, why I started becoming serious in WoW, to be a horde pally. I didn't like the ally side on my first server. I tried in Vanilla ended up shelving it. So, I worked my way in spent a lot of time doing off-nights after I was recruited by my raiding guild. I was understanding of the lack of need for a Ret in progression 25 Raiding, I eventually wormed my way into a top spot. I was reliable, I farmed when they were raiding while listening in on Vent. They needed resist gear, I was farming motes before they asked. After some time I started hanging around near the raid portal, just being available. I donned my tux and had a bag full of gems, and made sure they all knew if they got an upgrade I was ready to cut them gems to get that piece of gear ready. In Mount Hyjal They used to have a super superstition that Archi couldn't be beaten if I wasn't at the instance portal.

In BT was when I really made my break-in from farm raider to progression night. The guild leader went on Vaca and the melee officer was leading he stacked the #%!@ out of melee and I was one of them. From then on I became a main raider and I proved myself. I knew it all back then, I was a seal twister (BEs know what I am talking about Command and Blood). It was tough going I just couldn't beat some classes no matter how on I was, but I was always excited when I was making Top 50% (damn rogues).

I remember the really fun fights back in BC, like the ones we just couldn't do. LoL remember Kaz'rogal. Ooooh boy that was a fight, especially for Ret. We just couldn't keep our mana. I did everything I could used all my CDs correctly, Mana Pots, Dark Runes, anything that was able to sustain myself. Even with reducing my rotation to just to CS just enough to keep up the judgments to help the rest of the raid, eventually that fight boiled down to me running off to a corner to blow up alone.

I loved BC it was still a highlight for me, any time with CeA (my first guild) was times I remember fondly.
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85 Blood Elf Paladin
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I love the OP's name /drool
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85 Blood Elf Paladin
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I never understand these things. Ret was for leveling (and I suppose a little PvP), Holy was for raiding. I don't even remember seeing Prot pallies at all.

I don't see the satisfaction in flailing about claiming you played a broken/gimped spec for so long; think about your poor other group members who had to compensate for how bad you were (not you personally, but the class).
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85 Draenei Paladin
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theres nothing wrong with being prideful of something that hardly ever gets loved, except for the one time it was "OP" but then quickly got nerfed
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81 Human Paladin
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12/19/2010 2:42 AMPosted by Zasta
I never understand these things. Ret was for leveling (and I suppose a little PvP), Holy was for raiding. I don't even remember seeing Prot pallies at all.

I don't see the satisfaction in flailing about claiming you played a broken/gimped spec for so long; think about your poor other group members who had to compensate for how bad you were (not you personally, but the class).


First, please stop being butthurt about whatever you're butthurt about.

This thread is just fun for those of us who did play vanilla and BC and have actual good memories about it. Ret was still fun for those of us who didn't have a min/max outlook. For folks who enjoyed the paladin playstyle as being very "hybrid" that was the time to play.
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68 Human Priest
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I think I like you Kaynani
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85 Human Paladin
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I was Ret until about 5 hours after I was like the 8th person to hit 70 on the server. Then I realize that there was no chance for any tank to keep aggro off of me because of the casino threat.
You could easily do most raiding content as Ret spec I went through like 6/x in Naxx as a full Ret spec during classic. :>
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87 Blood Elf Paladin
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I never raided Retribution in classic but I was able to snag PvE weapons for great BG times. From there, I rerolled a Blood Elf and have been a PvE Ret ever since.

I do remember in TBC Beta thinking of how broken Vengeance was going to be and how bad Blood was going to be, oh was I wrong.

@Yzak: I made a Lao Shun reference in vent the other day, no one got it :C
Edited by Arrenamoo on 12/19/2010 9:11 AM PST
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90 Human Paladin
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12/17/2010 11:46 PMPosted by Sarannah
I also had the ravager. That will always be my favorite weapon. My second fave is TUF for the stun proc and back then we got a free crit from JoC when our target was stunned. Well, that was after they buffed us because our seal of command originally did like 38 damage whenever our target was stunned ROFL.


I never will forget my first experience with the Ravager. Got it in the armory run previous and dropped my entire savings (40g) up to that point on fiery weapon. Went into Cath with three good friends (a warrior and a hunter), my best friend IRL, and a PuG'ed DPS. The first pull when we got into the cathedral went bad, and somehow I ended up whirlwinding right in the middle of the double doors. Procs everywhere, mobs were just dropping dead practically the instant they got within eight yards of me.

So naturally, my smartass group made it a game of LoS pulling packs right into me. I must have sat there in one place whirlwinding for fifteen minutes straight.


LOL, sounds awesome!

You could easily heal a 5 man as ret in holy gear. Pretty sure you could even do MC.

As far as not seeing prot paladins, I never saw them tank (although I tried once or twice). It did catch on in PvP for awhile though.


So true. Although in the latter days of Vanilla after I came back from a hiatus (was sick of being forced to heal), I changed from 20/0/31 to 0/20/31, stayed guildless, and just pvped. In one of the AVs I was in, we didn't have a tank so I threw on a sword and board and tanked Drek. Had some great healers and we downed him and all was happy. Pally tanking was really rare. It really didn't hit me on how much of an impact that instance was until a month or two later I was in a BG and someone was like, "wow man I remember you, you tanked Drek, that was epic!" I was amazed that someone actually remembered that AND me. :P
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