Shattering Throw *New Skill* - Throws your weapon at the enemy causing [ 50% of AP + 12 ] damage (based on attack power), reducing the armor on the target by 20% for 10 sec, and removing any invulnerabilities. 25 Rage, 30 yd range, 1.5 sec cast, 5 min cooldown
That's baseline BTW.
Paladins are extremely powerful in PvP right now.
Priests are the only class that can break bubbles. We felt another class needed the ability.
Warriors are weak in PvP right now.
Warriors needed another reason to want to go to Battle Stance.
Going to Battle Stance helps to telegraph what the warrior is about to do.
It just all fit.
Look, I can understand that Warriors are under-represented in PvP right now, and that Holy Paladins are over-represented. I was however hoping that Blizzard weren't going to try and rectify this by making Ret the personal bitch of every Warrior in the game, and Holy not far behind. Holy is strong because the classes it pairs with are very, very strong. Hunters are so strong that the Professional PvP Tourney on right now has banned some of their talents. In the EU Continental Finals held on Thursday a bleeding Rogue Mage Priest won the whole thing and Paladins were convincingly countered at every step.
Holy has been battered with the nerf bat this patch, and Ret will be dead for all intents and purposes. The fall in Paladin representation in Season 6 will be spectacular, and I doubt they'll reach even Season 3 levels thereafter. There's PvE to look forward to I guess, that is if they actually boost Ret's DPS and/or Holy are actually capable of dealing with the raid-wide damage
I guess should say now that this is a PTR, and anything can and will change. But really, what's the ****ing point?
I'll finish with a throwaway line from Bornakk:
EDIT: I haven't mentioned how much this skill bones Mages. My apologies, no anti-Mage sentiment was intended in this post.
EDIT2: Incase you missed it, the latest Paladin Patch Notes can be found here