Posted Tue, Jun 09, 2009 by Messiah
Bornakk from Blizzard announced an upcoming hotfix today that drastically effects Retribution based Paladins in PvP. The change was to the way that the vindication talent works, and while it should have little effect on the PvE game, I am sure that PvP Paladin players will be voicing a few choice words.
We are in the process of completing a hotfix that could go live as early as this afternoon that will make the Paladin talent Vindication no longer reduce Intelligence or Stamina from the target it is applied to. The talent will continue to reduce Agility, Spirit, and Strength as it currently does. We felt this change will help balance the ability out, especially in the lower arena brackets where they are very prominent, while not being a negative impact on a Retribution Paladin’s PvE dps.
Once this hotfix is live, the tooltip will be incorrect until we can update it in the next content patch.
Why with Ret is it always a hotfix for any other class it's ok to let them dominate an entire arena season?
Increasingly it felt like someone playing against a Ret-Pally really only had 60% of their health bar because Vindication took away 20% from the start and then Hammer of Wrath kicked in when they had 20% left. This change was something we could confidently hotfix and would have a minimal to no impact on the PvE side of thin