Ret isn't too bad, but yet I miss good ole prot. I used to be Prot a lot back during Wrath and Cataclysm, but now in MoP... I don't know.
Something just doesn't seem right.
I also have a Prot Warrior and a Blood DK, and I'm going to say right now, that the Prot Paladin appears to be far, far, far squishier than a Blood DK while putting out nowhere near the same damage, slightly better survivability than the Prot Warrior, but yet slightly lower damage.
Unless, of course, I'm missing something.
Tried doing Domination Point dailies today as Prot, and I found that if I had more than 3 mobs on me at once, my Word of Glory could not keep up with the incoming damage, despite me being Prot. Yes, I know I'm wearing DPS gear, but sheesh...
My Blood DK, back when he was wearing practically the same gear, could eat 6-8 of those guys for Breakfast and come back for more while I struggled with 3-4 of them with this paladin.
Nothing on my hotkey bar actually really does much damage whatsoever, except Avenger's Shield and Holy Wrath (which splits up amongst targets), meanwhile DKs get Death Strikes that routinely hit for 70k+ crits AND it healed them for a large amount of their health.
Holy Power gain appears to be kinda slow, AND to get a decent heal, we have to use SotR -- which eats up our Holy Power at the same time. Judgment, and CS/HotR are our only two sources of Holy Power unless we get the rare free Avenger's proc.
So... using a 3 WoG heal = pfft, barely budges my health. Using WoG when 5 stacks of the buff = Good Heal, but eh... that's 30 HoPo worth just for one good heal. Odds are, I probably need healing far sooner than that if I'm fighting any number of mobs whatsoever.
To top it all off, to survive as Prot solo, you are pretty much forced to use Insight, which is yet another of the many cuts to our DPS.
I'm starting to think I miss Cata's Prot Paladin... it felt a heck of a lot better than this. Unless, of course, I'm missing something big. Tried reading the sticky on Prot Paladins, but it doesn't cover solo play whatsoever and if I'm going to gear this character as Prot, switching to Ret will most likely suck bigtime, as far as DPS goes and I'll have even less survivability.
A few notes about this character:
1). Yes, I know I'm using an agility sword. However, until a 463 drops from Heroics... I don't have anything better. The next-best is a 437 as I did the AoA when I was Ret and took the Ret 2-hander.
2). I am going to soon make a full suit of the 450 tank armor and shield whenever I get a few more Trillium bars. Although, swapping out DPS gear will only make my DPS suck even more in solo play... hopefully it'll add some survivability though.