During Wotlk there were loads of ret pallies.
Whether good or not there were so many ret pallies
that the number was similar to hunters
However, it seems like after cata
there seems to be a huge transition for us ret pallies.
I played 4 classes (DK, tank warrior, Restro shammy and pally and was fairly good at it)
Before cata ret pally was pretty simple
just press all the keys you can press and raid awareness
Simple as that ... and still you get a fair amount of dps.
after cata I believe that ret pallies became one of the hardest classes to play well.
There are so many things going on and the tools blizz gave to us is quite abundant
it's sometimes hard to even keep up with everything.
So what ret pallies can do?
5. Lay on hands (Keep someone from dying)
6. 1 min aoe heals
7. 2 kinds of buffs and several aura (Where each classes have 1-2 buffs)
9. 45 % movement speed during combat which is tremendous
10. taunt so that you can sometimes help out a tank
Pally right now is so flexible and can do so much stuff if you really look into it
Also while during boss, the priority system and always keeping track of
inquisition buff timer really makes pally dps challenging.
(For those who complain... do you know how useful the skill [Divine Purpose] is? and how the judgement and holy wrath can go in between CS cd?? )
I believe out of 4 classes ret pally was one of the classes that required most study and time in cata to be good at.
(Although I'll have to agree that pally aoe isn't that great compared to other class aoe)
So ... What I love about cata?
I just love how there's a huge wall between good ret pallies and bad ret pallies
(good thing pallies aren't called abundant kid class anymore :) )
If you use your class well and just use the strength of your class
then topping heroic dps isn't an issue...
(While writing I ran Heroic HoO and did 17k dps when I poped cd and
14k dps in the end, there was a hunter and a warlock in my group - I did all the interupts as well)
Well as I said above
I love how pallies aren't infamous for kids playing alot rather than it's more of a skill
and a class that needs lots of study and time to play well
or else you'll end up sending an email to blizzard complaining about how
badly nerfed your class is.
P.S - I'm not writing this to brag myself but it's more like a post trying to counter argue the ones who spam on pst complaining how bad pally dps is... it's NOT
you suck, just admit it. If you play well then the word nerf won't pop in your brain so easily.
(When cata first came out and I first ran the Throne of tides, I was shocked and I was hopeless because of ret pally's new system and I was pulling the lowest dps... I went up to the forum and youtube to find out what my problem was and practiced my dps hitting dummies... I mean rather than complaining and doing nothing with your class I'd rather find the problem and try to fix it, because in my inexperience ret pally right now doesn't have any problem at all - aoe dps is a bit of an issue but can't do anything about it right now :S
While writing this post I ran Heroic HoO
and at the final boss I got
18k when I popped cd and 14k when the fight ended...
(there was a hunter and a warlock that pulled 10k dps each)
Is ret pally still bad now? ^^