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#1 Xonkk

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:27 PM

# Sacred Shield: The damage absorption effect from this ability now triggers only once every 30 seconds.
# Talents


* Holy

o Infusion of Light: This talent now also reduces the cooldown on the effect of Sacred Shield by 12/24 seconds.



Prot paladin healing is pretty much dead now.


Update****

As you can see, we are trying some different things with some paladin mechanics.

The Aura Mastery change (to 6 sec duration) is one we think is appropriate. If I had to guess, this one will stick.

We are trying some things with Sacred Shield to make it more of a Holy tool and less useful for Ret and Prot (without being totally irrelevant). I don't have a lot of faith that the implementation on the PTR is the one we'll go with for a couple of reasons, but our overall goal is to make Ret less tanky and the Holy tree feel like it's the right one to focus on for healing. I would expect a Sacred Shield change of some kind though.

I wouldn't worry too much on the Lay on Hands change at this point. I don't want to promise we won't change the spell for 3.3, but our intent was to revert the others only change before it went out to the PTR, which is why we didn't patch note it. We have already changed it back on our local builds.

The paladin class isn't just supposed to be for support anymore, but at the same time, the original intent for many paladin abilities was to help the group. Over time however they have contributed into making the paladin into a "one-man army," able to play offensively, defensively and heal without say the stance changing or shapeshifting or sometimes event talent specialization required of other classes. Many of the LK balance problems we've had with the class are because of that core issue.

With that said, we're just not sure a Lay on Hands change really accomplishes much from a balance perspective, while it feels bad to lose such an iconic ability. We just don't think the bang for the buck is there on this change, which is why we reverted it. But I'm not going to promise we won't touch it.

In fact, I'm not going to promise anything with this post. :) Please don't dredge it up later to try and argue against any upcoming changes. I'm just trying to clear up some confusion.
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#2 Abni

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:29 PM

i was excited when i first read it
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#3 HolyPaladin

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:29 PM

That's creative on their part.
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#4 Starcookie

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:29 PM

Goodbye prot, you served us well!
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#5 Fierss

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:30 PM

lol
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#6 Fierss

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:31 PM

ret nerf
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#7 Valkyrie

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:37 PM

Intended to nerf prot holy. Hurts ret the most.
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#8 Coot

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:40 PM

lol'd
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#9 Polymorphine

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:41 PM

hallelujah
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#10 Barre

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:41 PM

Intended to nerf prot holy. Hurts ret the most.


No, it hurts prot holy the most.
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#11 Pitiless

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:44 PM

It only took them how long to think up this basic change and realize why prot/holy was OP? This should have been in the LAST patch.
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#12 Barburas

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:46 PM

Mmm, does seem pretty harsh on ret really.
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#13 thexone32

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:49 PM

Im glad theyre killing off prot... But what a stupid way to do it

Nerfing the already gimped rets to trash
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#14 Puch

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:56 PM

good they are finally killing prot paladins, but imo rets need a talent to make it the same also, they have no survivability lol
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#15 Ameriss

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:08 AM

^ yeah
Divine Storm should reduce the cooldown aswell
or something like that.
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#16 wotfiveo

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:12 AM

nothing wrong with prot/holy as of now.

2s bracket doesn't matter
3s bracket prot/holy is a hell of a lot harder to single heal than as holy.
3s bracket double healer your spec honestly doesn't really matter
5s bracket everyone plays holy
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#17 Ruzephi

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:14 AM

Intended to nerf prot holy. Hurts ret the most.


huge nerf to ret, although intended on prot. ret doesnt have much solo survivability. bubble is all and with this it isnt as good as it should be
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#18 brewkz

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:16 AM

suck a dick prot
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#19 Gari

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:17 AM

3s bracket double healer your spec honestly doesn't really matter

Undispellable plea + More offensive pressure. It matters a lot against us.
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#20 Iambored

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:39 AM

I'll piss a brick if ret doesn't get a talent for SS.
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