I’ve played World of Warcraft since Vanilla. You know the old joke, “How can you tell if someone was in Vanilla? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you”. But I have, and I have to say, I’m kind of disappointed with the Legion beta so far. I’m not in it, but I do have enough time around it to know when something’s not right. Demon Hunters? Oh, they’re amazing. They get tons and tons of damage for absolutely no work. But Retribution Paladins? They’ve taken the most horrifying nerf ever. The posts on the Ret Paladin forums are so deep, so lengthy that people couldn’t post in them anymore. Retribution Paladins are basically a crappy copy-pasta of Arms Warriors. Sure they get Ashbringer, but they lose everything else.
So what’s the big deal? Arms Warriors kick ass! But Arms have something Paladins do not have. Tactician: Their key abilities have a 10% chance to reset cooldowns. Warriors gain resource [Fury] through Auto Attacks; they basically always have a button to press. But Paladins? They have to use their skills to gain resources. Then they have a limited resource and a really low window for damage. It pains me that the only thing Blizzard has listened to is a Butt-shot Pose? Is that what constitutes a serious issue? Some booty? Of course, it’s still in the Beta and things can change, but they released a patch yesterday, and managed to nerf the one talent that was getting positive feedback? They nerfed them AGAIN? Come on, Blizzard. You’ve been making quality products since I was in Middle School with Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, and The Lost Vikings. I don’t understand what they’re thinking.