Tseric weighs in on Pally DPS.

I’ve been snoozing on the Pally forums so I’ve got to give a big “Thanks” for the heads up from WowInsider on this one. Tseric, the all knowing *cough* weighs in on the state of Paladin (and Shaman) DPS and their roles in the game.

Posted by: Tseric

A healing/tank hybrid. Every class needs some capacity to deal damage, as that is the primary component for the solo game, but Paladins have always placed fairly low on the damage spectrum.

Rogues define the baseline measurement and, on average, all classes fall below that baseline. Now, in certain cases some classes may exceed that baseline, whether they be a Mage in a particular raid encounter or a Fury Warrior having a good run in a BG, but on average that is the way damage is arranged.

Burst damage and big crits are harder to control and design from a development perspective, due to the number of random or unpredictable elements in any formula. Therefore, crit-based abilities and burst damage tends to see more fine tuning and tweaking than sustainable damage.

As far as tanking and healing, the Paladin has been given plenty of tools for healing and threat gain/management.

Nothing that any Paladin with a brain didn’t already know right?

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