Why does Retribution DPS suck after Patch 4.0.3a? Why does Blizzard hate us? Once again, Blizz nerfs us into the ground! When are Rets going to get some love? Why, when we finally have decent DPS and stability, does Blizz rock the boat, and send us spiralling to the bottom of the DPS charts? I can’t even get into a raid as Ret anymore!
These are the types of things I have been reading…here, on the WoW forums, over at Elitist Jerks…everywhere. There are also a good amount of rational players accepting the DPS loss and just moving along, heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel that is level 85.
Guys, I am going to try to put out as many fires as I can with this one small post…
1. Blizzard has made these changes geared towards level 85
I have said this before, and I will reiterate it here…Blizzard is still tuning our class based on level 85 stats, gear, and end-game encounters. That is going to either skyocket our DPS, or nerf it to the point of, “WTF?” It’s best to just chew on these changes and wait out this last week and a half, then re-discover Ret DPS at 85. Sure, there will be kinks to work out then, but not near the roller coaster ride we have been through thus far.
2. Level 80 Ret Paladin, you have not yet mastered the elusive Inquisition ability
Inquisition is a huge DPS boost, and everything, in my opinion, revolves around this one huge buff. We don’t see Inquisition at level 80 because it is learned at level 81.
If Ret Paladins at 85 are equalling the DPS of pure DPS classes, or exceeding them, then it is understandable that Blizz would want to slightly reduce our damage at level 85. We simply are seeing more exaggerated results at level 80.
Inquisition boosts our Holy damage by 30%, lasting 4 seconds for each charge of Holy Power consumed. The Inquiry of Faith talent allows Inquisition to be extended to a 30 second duration.
Inquisition will literally be up almost constantly during raids. It even makes its way into our FCFS priority rotation as top priority:
- Inquisition > HoW > Ex > TV > CS > Judge > HW > Cons
Look at the attacks above and see how many deal Holy damage…all but TV and CS. The non-Holy damage attacks we have are our normal melee swings, Crusader Strike, and Templar’s Verdict. I am not sure on exact numbers just yet, but Inquisition may provide a rough 15% boost to our DPS when it is all said and done.
(Thank you Kalinis for catching the errors I made here!)
That’s a nifty bump up. Factor that into our DPS now, give yourself the Inquisition buff, and don’t you think we’d be right at where we need to be DPS-wise? Now imagine what Inquisition would have done to our DPS pre-4.0.3a…nuts!
3. Stats on 80 gear are not what they will be on 85 gear
Lastly, we have to realize our stats are not consistent with what they will be on level 85 gear. Mastery will be all over the place, and while it doesn’t out-weigh crit or haste, there will be more of it to help Hand of Light proc Templar’s Verdict more often (or whatever Mastery bonus other specs get).
Heavier stats will help contribute to more DPS, as well as easier methods to reach hit, exerptise, and haste caps.