I think I've literally never failed to win a Paladin Gold run in testing, and it's actually been kinda depressing every time I've gone back and nerfed it more as a response to these sort of threads. I doubt I'm going to make it any easier, this really does seem to boil down to a playstyle paradigm.
Wraps and Wand are nice, but they're certainly not critical and I don't think I've ever depended on them. BYSSEPS is a guaranteed spawn.
I think it's easy enough now. I won closely on the first try, no wraps, no wand (fine sword, badge of honour bought), knew what to expect (so lemissi'd to pick up Bysseps without wasting too much dark space, got maybe 8-10 corrosions off, used slow to catapult, cleared plants when my piety was flat), kept Halpme to the end and used clearances to fuel halpme/bysseps until I ran out. Had one mana potion, badge of honour and an entangle available, so doable with worse play and luck.
And at least it's not a maze level