What sustained damage? And the burst is horrific. 35k non crit TV against players? So bad!
It is a meele class after all and they don't have the luxury of having their whole rotation etc on a 40 yard range. And the ranged attacks pallys have is mere convenience because they don't have time to use them all against their opponents once they close the distance. And pallys cant really pressure opponents with their ranged attacks. And harsh words is bad.
Only time dignified damage occurs is when avenging wrath and holy avenger(talent) are both popped simultaneously and with inquisition (non glyphed) obviously up. Pathetic.
For e.g against a hunter, all the hunter has to do is pressure the pally to use word of glory then its a very sad fight. Taking the pally ages to kill an equally geared opponent or taking ages to be defeated by one.
Gone is the whole option of "choosing" survivability or damage. It is very conforming and obvious as to what you must do now.
Pallys don't come close to having dignified survival or damage in pvp now. Its all just a desperate show as your opponent controls the hell out of you while you spam emancipate.
I don't see Ret as being capable of using control in battles anymore either. Unlike all other classes, they can't really control their opponent.
Buffing ret dmg in pvp would improve them overall.