Ahh Paladin class I barely knew you. It was bound to happen again and it has. Paladins are getting hit hard with the nurf bat and Blizzard took a few steps back before pummeling the class "into the ground" this time. Here is the great Paladin Nurf of 2009 breakdown...
Flash of Light: This spell no longer causes a heal-over-time effect unless the player has the Infusion of Light talent.
Aura Mastery: This effect of this talent has been reduced in duration to 6 seconds.
Finally the big nurf to Paladins outside of arenas...
Lay on Hands: This ability now places Forbearance on the target and cannot be used on a target with Forbearance.
You can hear the cheering on the forms about this one. LOH has been the 20 minute cool down oh shit spell for the class since the beginning of wow. It was used in duels to make other classes cry, nah beg, for mercy. The order of pvp was Fight until low health > bubble > full heal > back to fighting until low on health > LOH > back to fighting.
This is a huge nurf to PVE healing. Paladin tanks with Paladin healers are getting the shaft. Paladin healers are going to have to work around this nurf with BOL the MT and LOH the OT. I guess the MT should be BOL all the time.
Armor type rolling
For the longest time Paladins had to wear cloth to heal, leather and mail to dps, and armor to tank. Paladins needed to roll on other gear because they had none of their own. The Blizzard released set or healing/DPS/and tanking plate. But Blizzard never removed Paladins option to "use" other types of gear. That is until patch 3.3 drops on the live realms. So get your cloth, mail, leather rolls in because you won't have the option come patch 3.3. *sigh*
Good bye quickly gearing out Healing Paladins
Hello slowly beating your head against the wall while looking for gear.
Priests are getting some pretty nice buffs in healing and shadow. Guess it's time to return to my roots as a raiding disc/shadow priest who's only goal is to make Warlocks cry.
Top of the meters here I come again...