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The Holy Paladin Guide for WotLK

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The Holy Paladin Guide

Last updated on 12/28/2008

I. Introduction

Theorycrafting Tools

While talking about skills can be useful, sometimes you need to crunch the numbers to see what wins out. This is where these tools can come in, to help you find out what gear is better for you. As far as I know there is no Holy Paladin spreadsheet updated for 3.0, but if there is please let me know and I'll include. Your only option now is to use Rawr, you can read more about it in the Rawr Healadin Module thread.

Acronyms

There are many acronyms in WoW, and Paladins are doing there part to keep that true. For the new Paladins out there this is to help you not be totally confused while reading posts.

  • AW: Avenging Wrath.
  • BoK: Blessing of Kings
  • BoW: Blessing of Wisdom
  • BoL: Beacon of Light. Was formerly Blessing of Light, but that spell no longer exists.
  • CD: Cooldown.
  • DF: Divine Favor.
  • DI: Divine Illumination. For the purposes of this thread, it doesn't refer to Divine Intervention.
  • DP: Divine Protection
  • FoL: Flash of Light
  • HL: Holy Light.
  • HPM: Healing per mana.
  • HPS: Healing per second.
  • HS: Holy Shock.
  • ICD: Internal Cooldown.
  • IoL: Infusion of Light.
  • JoL: Judgement of Light
  • JotP: Judgement of the Pure
  • JoW: Judgement of Wisdom
  • LG: Light's Grace
  • Mp5: Mana per 5 sec.
  • OOM: Out of mana.
  • SP: Spell Power.
  • SS: Sacred Shield.
  • WWS: WoW Web Stats.
  • 5SR: 5 second rule.

Assumed Raid Buffs

With the changes to buffs so that they are almost all raid wide, it is safe to assume during discussion you will have these buffs (unless otherwise stated).

  • 5% Spell Haste, from Wrath of Air totem.
  • 3% Spell Haste, from Sanctified Retribution or Imp Moonkin Aura.
  • 15% Spell Haste, from Judgements of the Pure.
  • 5% Spell Crit, from Moonkin Aura or Elemental Oath.
  • 144 Spell Power increase from Flame Tongue, or 280 from Totem of Wrath.
  • 0.25% max mana per sec, from Replenishment, with 90% uptime.
  • 10% increase to stats with Blessing of Kings.
  • 91mp5 from Blessing of Wisdom, or 109mp5 with Imp BoW.
  • 97 Intellect, from Arcane Intellect and Mark of the Wild.

II. Stats

For each stat I will try to demonstrate what 100 items points gives, which is equivalent to 5 epic quality Northrend gems. For most stats 1 item point is equal to 1 point in the stat. The exceptions are Spell Power (1 item point = 1.166 sp), Mp5 (1 item point = 0.4mp5) and Stamina (1 item point = 1.5 stamina).

Stamina

While this won't increase how much healing you do directly, a dead healer is not doing any healing. You won't need stamina for all fights though, but if you are going to get a piece with low (or no) stamina I would recommend keeping a set of gear around that has higher stamina. So you can throw them on for fights with heavy AoE damage. For 100 item points you get 150, which with BoK becomes 1650 health.

Intellect

Intellect has received a HUGE boost with WotLK mechanics, and is now the best stat for Holy Paladins by far. Let me list what 100 Intellect gives you:

  • 126.5 Intellect, with BoK and Divine Intellect
  • 1897 Mana at the start of the fight
  • 39.5mp5 from Divine Plea, if its used on CD.
  • 21.3mp5 from Replenishment, with 90% uptime.
  • 4.7mp5 from Arcane Torrent, if you are a Blood Elf.
  • 25.3 Spell Power
  • 0.759% Spell Crit

This gives you a lot of mana, which lets you cast a lot more Holy Lights and be more liberal in using them. If you stack this stat you will be able to spam Holy Light during most fights.

Spirit

Despite being told while WotLK was still in its initial phases that they wanted to make spirit good for all healers, nothing ended up getting changed. Spirit still is as crappy as ever for Paladins, you are never out of the 5SR to gain any mana from it. 100 spirit gives you nothing :(.

Spell Power

Increases how much healing your spells do at a rate dependent on each spell, exact values are given in the spells section. FoL scales really well with Spell Power because it has a low mana cost, but gets more benefit from Spell Power then most 1.5sec spells. So once you get to higher gear levels its low amount of base healing won't really matter, since 75% of the healing it does is from Spell Power. 100 Item points gives you 120 Spell Power, which increases each FoL by 134, and HL by 223.

Critical Strike Rating

Critical Heals end up healing for 50% more and cost 60% less mana, and 100 Spell Crit gives +2.17% crit rate at 80. Crit scale really well, but it starts out not being that great compared to other stats. This graph shows you how much effective mana is gained when you add 1% crit at varying initial crit rates. As you can see crit scales geometrically with itself, because you spend the extra mana from crit heals casting more heals which can crit. So going from 48% to 49% crit gives you twice as much mana as going from 0% to 1% crit. It also scales with how big your effective mana pool is.

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Crit Rating is a good stat, especially at high gear levels. Though Intellect gives you 1/3 of the amount of Crit for the same item points, while also giving you all the additional mana.

Haste Rating

Increases how fast your heals cast, but they cost the same amount of healing per mana. 10% Spell Haste does not mean your spells cast 10% faster, rather it means in a given time period you will cast 10% more spells. So the cast time after haste is calculated by (Base Cast Time)/(1 + Spell Haste). The more haste you get the less cast time it will reduce, but it will increase how many spells you can cast by the same amount. Its important to note that all haste effects (Wrath of Air, Sanc Ret, JotP, and Gear) stack multiplicatively. So with all of them you only need 20.6% haste from gear to get haste soft capped (50%, for 1sec GCDs). 100 Spell Haste at 80 will give you 3% haste. With the amount of mana we have now and that people rarely die if a HL reaches them. Haste increases the chance that HL will reach them in time, and increase the amount we can put out.

Mana per 5 sec

Gives you the specified amount of mana over 5 seconds, wether or not you have been casting a spell. This stat is pretty crappy now, with Divine Plea intellect is better then it in every single way by far. 100 item points will give you 40mp5, which is 2880 mana over 6 minutes. Even though it isn't a great stats, you can't just ignore it though. Items with mp5 can still be really good. Just because of there higher ilvl, or not being any better itemized items of the same ilvl.

III. Abilities

Holy Paladins are no longer restricted to just casting two spells in combat. We got a few new good ones, and some old ones are now worth using. At level 80 a Paladin has 4394 base mana, which is a 48% increase over level 70. This is a brief run down of all the skills.

Holy Light

With how much mana you can have now, because of Intellect and Divine Plea, this is your main spell that you can spam most of the fight. Holy Light receives 188.5% of spell power per cast if you have Healing Light, which was buffed by 25% with WotLK. There are a lot of new mana reduction effects (Libram, GSoW, and 4pcT7) that if you have all them brings the HPM for HL and FoL very close. Remember that the amount of mana returned by Illumination is unchanged, so these effects are even more powerful. HL will very often overheal with how much we can cast it now, but that is okay. Unless you are going OOM before the fight ends, it doesn't matter how much it overheals.

Flash of Light

This is now used when mana is tight, or if there is a lull in a fight and not much is needing healing. It receives 113% of spell power per cast, if you have Healing Light. This was buffed by 25% with WotLK, so it scales even better with +healing now.

Holy Shock

Yay! This spell has sucked for so long, it used to only deal damage, and now it is finally a good healing spell. This spell got greatly improved in WotLK, to heal for a lot more, have a 40 yd range as a heal (finally), and a 6 sec cooldown. Along with Infusion of Light, which makes it so whenever you crit with Holy Shock, your next FoL is instant or your next Holy Light is 1 sec shorter cast time. It receives 90.5% of spell power per spell casting, if you have Healing Light. This is great a spell to use when you are moving and can't cast anything else, or the tank took a huge burst and they will likely die before you can get a Holy Light off. It is around as efficient as Holy Light, so I wouldn't use it in place of FoL if you don't need the extra hps or an instant heal.

Beacon of Light

This is the spell that we were given to help us deal with being able to heal multiple targets at the same time. This is no CoH or Chain Heal, but its not meant to be. It can be much better, or it can be worse, it depends on the situation. This only takes into account effective heals, so if you heal someone for 4k, but they are only down 3k then the BoL will get healed for 3k. A common complaint of it is that it can't be relied on because of overheals not providing any healing. It also only works on Paladin healing abilities, so if you have a trinket (or something else) that heals then that won't proc BoL. If you place the Beacon on tank and go to raid heal you will need to watch the tanks health still and be ready to toss Holy Lights on him when needed. It can be a huge mana sink to keep it up, but it can be very worth in a lot of situations. But don't feel like you need to have 100% uptime on it, sometimes it just won't be effective when you only have 1 target that can use heals.

A perfect example of using it while tank healing is in Illidan Phase 2. While you can't rely on it to keep the tank you are healing alive, you can use it to greatly help the other tank stay alive. So at the start of P2 I will cast it on the tank the I am not healing, and then just heal my tank as normal. Let me tell you, getting a 1.7sec 10k Holy Light crit (with AW) that heals my tank, and then heals the Beacon for 10k is amazingly awesome.

Sacred Shield

First I will clarify how SS works, when you cast the spell on someone they gain a 30 second buff. Nothing happens until the target takes damage, when they do they will take the full amount, but will gain a second buff. This new buff will absorb the next 500 + 75% of your Spell Power damage and then expire, while it is active it will also increase the crit rate of FoL by 50%. This 2nd buff lasts a maximum of 6 seconds, and can only occur every 6 seconds. The ICD on the proc is shared between all SS's on the target, so it doesn't stack between multiple Paladins.

This is most effective on Tanks since they take damage often, but can also be useful on group members if you know they are going to be taking damage more often then every 6 seconds.

Avenging Wrath

With WotLK this now effects healing, but is reduced to a 20% increase. In 3.0.8 its was changed to no longer cause a GCD, and to only cause a 30sec blackout period with Bubble. So its much easier to use while healing, and should be used often unless you think you might need Bubble in those 30 seconds.

Divine Plea

This spell gives an insane amount of mana back, and makes Intellect an amazing stat. You do lose healing output, but the extra amounts of Holy Lights it lets you cast makes it worth it on all but trivial fights.

Divine Favor

This is unchanged with WotLK, but with IoL it warrants no longer being relegated to just a HL macro. Saving it to use with HS for when the tank gets a big burst, for a combo with HL, can be very useful.

Divine Illumination

Nothing really changed with DI, try to save it for when you are going to be casting a lot of Holy Lights or have to renew BoL. But, don't let it sit off cooldown for too long.

Lay on Hands

Is significantly better to use in fights now, since it no longer drains all of your remaining mana. Its uses are pretty obvious, save it for when the tank gets a huge burst and will likely die before a cast time spell reaches him. If you cast this on yourself with Glyph of Divinity and Glyph of Lay on Hands you will get 4680 mana back. Which is a substantial amount mana if you won't need to use it on the tank.

Judgement of Wisdom/Judgement of Light

With Crusader Strike no longer refreshing Judgements and JotP, a Holy Paladin needs to actually judge on a regular basis. There are two main different strategies you can use for judging, you can either be trying to keep a 100% JotP uptime, or to keep 100% uptime on the Judgement debuff. It costs 3 GCDs per 2 min to keep JotP up, and 7 GCDs per 2 min to keep JotP and Judgement debuff up. Either way though with 15% extra haste you will be able to get more total healing spells out even after "wasting" 7 GCDs.

JoL was also buffed with WotLK and is definitely worth keeping up, but it scales significantly better with AP then SP. So if you have a Ret or Prot pally in the raid it is better for them to do JoL and you do JoW. Conversely though the Ret/Prot Pally will have a much more reliable uptime on there Judgement, since sometimes you just can't spare the global, and some classes are dependent on 100% JoW uptime for their DPS cycle. So if you can't guarantee to keep up JoW, it might be better for you to do your weaker JoL.

Hand of Sacrifice

The new version of this spell for WotLK is now very useful for PvE. A good button to use to help keep your tank alive when he gets some burst on him. Be careful though, the tank can take a lot of damage which will the be transfered to you. If your tank has BoL on him, it can be useful to just heal yourself while HoS is active so you don't die.

Hand of Protection

Nothing new with this for WotLK besides a new name. Its good to use on someone when they pull aggro. Can also be used on tanks in some fights when you need to force a tank transition.

Hand of Salvation

This now gives 20% threat reduction over its duration. A dps will likely call for you to use it on them when they are close to pulling aggro.

IV. Gear

Most of the individual stats are discussed in the stats section. So this section is going to more geared for abnormal stats on items like meta gems, librams, and trinkets.

While there will always be one stat that is the best for you, that doesn't mean you should stack it with little concern for the cost. The more of a stat is on the item, the more items points it takes per stat point. For example, one item could have 10 intellect, or it could 8 intellect and 7 crit rating, while being the same item level. So it is in your best interest most of the time to have items with balanced stats, and use gems to stack a stat since they are exempt from this rule. Sometimes balanced items won't always be the best, or the distribution of stats on another item could be better, but in the general case balanced items are better.

Meta Gems

WotLK added a lot of new options for meta gems to choose from. For all the comparisons I am using 1400 Int and 25114 mana as a base, approximately mostly epic gear that is favoring Int. I also assume a 6 min fight, 4 Divine Pleas, and 90% Replenishment uptime.

[item]Insightful Earthsiege Diamond[/item] (5% chance to restore 600 mana with a 15 second ICD)

  • 26.6 Intellect (After Kings/Divine Intellect)
  • 399 mana at start.
  • 399 mana from Divine Plea.
  • 323 mana from Replenishment.
  • 48 mana from Arcane Torrent, if you are a Blood Elf.
  • 5.3 spell power.
  • 0.156% crit.
  • 4800 mana from proc. With ICD an average of 45 seconds per proc.
  • Total: 5921 mana (+48 if Blood Elf), 5.3 spell power, 0.156% crit.

The proc is approximately 70mp5, varying on your ratio of HL to FoL. This is the best meta you can use.

[item]Revitalizing Skyflare Diamond [/item]

This is can be a good meta if you feel your burst healing is too low. Normally HL crits are big enough that the extra amount healed is often wasted, so that I find the extra HLs I can cast while using an IED better.

[item]Ember Skyflare Diamond[/item]

  • 28 Intellect
  • 420 mana at start.
  • 420 mana from Divine Plea.
  • 340 mana from Replenishment.
  • 50 mana from Arcane Torrent, if you are a Blood Elf.
  • 30.6 spell power.
  • 0.168% crit.
  • Total: 1180 mana (+50 if Blood Elf), 30.6 spell power, 0.168% crit.

Though it looks good on paper, you will never get enough Int to have it come even close to Insightful.

[item]Beaming Earthsiege Diamond[/item]

  • 502 mana at start.
  • 502 mana from Divine Plea.
  • 407 mana from Replenishment.
  • 60 mana from Arcane Torrent, if you are a Blood Elf.
  • 0.457% crit.
  • Total: 1411 mana (+60 if Blood Elf), and 0.457% crit.

Similar to Ember, it is in the same boat of 2% being too small of a benefit.

Librams

[item]Libram of Renewal[/item]

This is a huge increase in output, because of how much mana it saves. It reduces the cost of your Holy Light spell by almost 10%, it is the best libram you can get. Remember that Illumination works off of base mana, so you will still get the same amount of mana back from crits.

[item]Deadly Gladiator's Libram of Justice[/item]

This is a good Libram and works well with the style of FoL. It just can't rival the massive mana reduction on Libram of Renewal.

[item]Libram of Tolerance[/item]

I don't see any situation where I would use it over Renewal. Since I can use the 113 mana I saved on a Holy Light to do a lot more than 265 healing.

Trinkets

Just a list for now, I'll add some discussion for them later.

[item]Living Ice Crystals[/item]

[item]Forethought Talisman[/item]

[item]Illustration of the Dragon Soul[/item]

[item]Soul of the Dead[/item]

[item]Darkmoon Card: Illusion[/item]

[item]Darkmoon Card: Greatness[/item] (+90 Intellect version)

[item]Embrace of the Spider[/item]

[item]Je'Tze's Bell[/item]

[item]The Egg of Mortal Essence[/item]

[item]Forge Ember[/item]

[item]Figurine - Sapphire Owl[/item]

[item]Soul Preserver[/item]

V. Glyphs

Personally at 80 I am going to use Holy Light, Divinity, and Seal of Wisdom for my Major Glyphs. Here are all of the options you have currently.

Glyph of Holy Light

With 3.0.3 this Glyph got change, so the initial target of the heal can no longer get a proc from the Glyph, and how much it procs for is different. If your heal doesn't crit, it will proc off of effective healing amount if its less then 50% overheal, otherwise it will proc off total amount. If it does crit, it will proc off of effective healing amount if its less then 66% overheal, other wise it will proc off total amount. It does not smart heal, but rather heals 5 random targets in range. Which greatly diminishes the effect compared to CoH, but it can be very effective at healing when the whole raid takes damage. It can do a substantial amount of healing in some fights (I have had up to 15% of healing done), so I wouldn't go anywhere without it.

Glyph of Flash of Light

This is getting changed to +5% FoL crit chance in 3.0.8. Reduces the average cost of FoL by 9.21, and increases the average amount healed by 2.5%. The Glyph I would consider using this over is Glyph of Divinity. I don't currently cast FoL enough to make it better then Divinity though, but with low gear levels or long fights it can be better.

Glyph of Seal of Wisdom/Glyph of Seal of Light

Both really good glyphs, especially since you will be keeping a Seal up anyway for JotP.

GSoW ends up reducing the average mana cost of Holy Light by more then 5%, because it doesn't change the amount of mana returned by Illumination. With Libram and 4pcT7, GSoW takes the mana cost from 1102 to 1044. Crits restore an average 344 mana, with 45% crit rate. That takes the average cost for HL without SoW to be 758, and 700 with it. That is a 7.6% average mana cost reduction.

GSoL will be better if you are having issues with not having enough burst healing, otherwise GSoW lets you output a lot more healing.

Glyph of Divinity

A good Glyph with no downside. If you cast LoH on yourself with this you will get double the mana returned. Which will make it great for fights where you are crunched on mana, and don't need the burst heal of a Lay on Hands.

Glyph of Spiritual Atunement

You will need to get healed for 117,000 healing by another healer for this to return more mana then Divinity.

Glyph of Cleansing

Not a good Glyph, since if you are spending a lot of GCDs on cleanse you won't have mana issues.

Minor Glyphs

Glyph of Lay on Hands - A big increase to LoH mana for a minor glyph, use this one.

Glyph of the Wise - Great Glyph to use with Glyph of SoW. Saves the cost of approximately 1 FoL per cast.

Glyph of Blessing of Kings - If you have Kings, this makes your life easier, and there is no better 3rd minor for raids.

VI. Consumables

Potions

While you can only use 1 per fight now, you do have some choice about which that will be.

Runic Mana Potion - The good old bland mana potion. Thankfully they also greatly reduced the range of mana restored.

Potion of Nightmares - This got changed from its former brethren, so that it lasts 6 seconds and is no longer dispellable. Can definetly see being able to use this easily in many fights for the extra 1200 mana over Runic. I will carry a stock of both of these along with me.

Potion of Speed - This could be useful in some fights if you know there will be 15 seconds where you will need to totally maximize output.

Potion of Wild Magic - Same idea as Potion of Speed, but I don't see any reason to use this one over a Potion of Speed though.

Well Fed

These are the 4 relevant different buff types, but you can get different food that give the same benefit. Just chose them how you would your gems.

Firecracker Salmon

Imperial Manta Steak

Mighty Rhino Dogs

Spiced Wyrm Burger

Flasks

Flask of the Frost Wyrm - A solid throughput increase, my flask of choice for WotLK.

Flask of Pure Mojo - With how poorly Mp5 has scaled to WotLK content I don't see any reason to use this over Frost Wyrm.

Flask of Distilled Wisdom - Sadly this flask from Vanilla WoW is still half decent. I wouldn't use it over Frost Wyrm though.

Elixirs

Spellpower Elixir

Elixir of Deadly Strikes

Elixir of Lightning Speed

Elixir of Mighty Thoughts

Elixir of Might Mageblood

Spellpower/Mighty Thoughts could beat out Frost Wyrm (67 SP vs 45 Int), but is more expensive to keep up while learning a boss.

Mana/Wizard Oils

They discontinued these with WotLK, and any old ones you have will not work on your new WotLK weapons.

VII. Trade Skills

Listed are the benefits you get from being each profession. With WotLK enchants can require you to have the profession to receive the stats, so you can no longer level Enchanting (or any other profession) for ring enchants and then drop it.

Alchemy

Mixology - 37 Spell Power or 13mp5 depending on Flask used. Also reduces how much gold you spend on consumables.

Blacksmithing

Socket Glove/Socket Bracer - Gives you 38 Spell Power, 32 Int, 32 Crit, 32 Haste, or 12mp5.

Enchanting

Enchant Ring - Greater Spellpowerx2 - Gives you 38 Spell Power.

Engineering

Hyperspeed Accelerators - Which is pretty crappy for healing, it averages to 23 haste rating, and the normal spell power enchant is better then that.

Unbreakable Healing Amplifiers - Decent helm to start off with, but can be replaced easily with [item]Helm of Purified Thoughts[/item] from AC rep.

Herbalism

Lifeblood - Small amount self healed, but it is off the GCD.

Inscription

Master's Inscription of the Storm or Master's Inscription of the Crag - 37 Spell Power increase over The Sons of Hodir version.

Jewelcrafting

Dragon's Eye Gems - Gives you 33 to a stat, 39 spell power, or 15mp5. These gems are prismatic, so they let you achieve some socket bonuses and meta requirements while only using one gem type.

Sapphire Owl - A really good trinket that is better then many epic trinkets.

Leatherworking

Fur Lining - Spell Power - Offers you 37 spell power upgrade over normal enchant.

Mining

Toughness - This is pretty useless.

Skinning

Master of Anatomy - 25 spell crit.

Tailoring

Darkglow Embroidery - 18.75mp5 on average at the cost of Enchant Cloak - Greater Speed.

VIII. Add Ons

A good UI for a healer is essential, you can be much more effective at healing with it then the stock UI. Here are some suggestions for AddOns.

Grid (Raid Frames)

Grid is a raid frame addon that I highly recommend for any healer. It makes it much easier to see the health of everyone in your raid, and is very customizable to fit your needs.

Pitbull (Unit Frames)

I find it much easier to keep track of your health and mana with this, then the insanely small bars in the default UI. This mod is also highly customizable, and can do almost anything you want it to do. XPerl is another popular Unit Frame addon. Both of these can also serve as your raid frames, but I find Grid does a better job.

Parrot (Scrolling Combat Text)

This addon helps me better keep track of damage incoming to me, and the healing I am doing then the default one. Another option is MikScrollBattleText.

Clique (Click Casting)

With a click casting addon you assign a mouse button (like middle mouse) to a spell, and whenever you press that button on a unit frame it casts that spell at that unit. I like using this with Cleanse, because I find I have better reaction times with it. Some people like assigning a button (or key-button combination) to all there heals, and using just that to heal.

PallyPower (Blessing Asssignments)

This AddOn will make your life keeping everyone blessed with the proper blessings much easier. While I am sure a lot of us have had their frustrations with PallyPower, it is significantly better then not using one. An alternative is ZOMGBuffs.

ClassTimer (Spell Timers)

Keeps track of the time left on all of your buffs/debuffs like Beacon of Light and JotP. Being able to see the time left on these spells at a glance makes it significantly easier to keep them up.

IX. Talent Builds

Here are a few sample talent builds that will give anyone a good starting point, and are by no means the only builds you can go. All of them are just guidelines meant to give people an idea of where to start and then customize for themselves.

Paladin (51/0/20) - World of Warcraft: PvE without any Blessing talents

Paladin (51/5/15) - World of Warcraft: PvE with Blessing of Kings

Paladin (51/0/20) - World of Warcraft: PvE with Imp Might and Wisdom

Paladin (51/20/0) - World of Warcraft: A guideline PvP build.

X. Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much Mp5 is X% Crit worth (or vice versa)?

A: It depends on your spell rotation. If you are mostly spamming just FoL, then crit isn't that much of a mana return. It is when you start using HL heavily, that it overtakes Mp5 in mana returns.

Q: Which is these two items are better for me?

A: Use a theorycrafting tool, it will be able to answer it much better. If for some reason you think it is wrong, post here in detail about why you think it is wrong.

XI. Version History

  • 12/28: Large updates to many sections.
  • 11/28: Updated meta gem and libram section.
  • 11/5: Change Glyph of Holy Light to the new behavior in 3.0.3, and other minor updates.
  • 11/4: Added Trinkets, Glyphs, Trade Skills, Consumables and Addons. Did some reformatting.
  • 11/3: Initial version. Added some talent builds.

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I just posted the initial version of this thread. It is by no means complete, but it is better then the outdated one for now.

I will be adding a lot more calculations once I get to 80, and I have a much better idea of stats with level 80 gear.

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If you were curious of the stats of the pre-made (blue 80 gear with epic neck and rings and the blue Libram is 204 SP to Flash) with 51/5/15 spec and Kings up:

1373 stamina

657 int

1606 Healing

24.23% Crit

98 mp5

Here is a stab at a 80 PvP build 51/20 Holy/Protection:

http://talent.mmo-champion.com/?paladin=000000000000000000000000000503520503021320501025012311403203223000000000000000

Edit: Base Mana is the same for all 80 paladins

Total Mana was around 13.6k

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Ya, I will start doing some calculations based on those. Level 80 dungeon blues and heroic epics should be significantly better then that, so they won't be totally accurate though. Do you have the stats for base mana at 80, and total mana with that gear?

For the PvP build, I am surprised you didn't put any points into Light's Grace. I think it is definitely more useful then 3pts in Judgments of the Pure. Besides that though I would probably do a build very similar.

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Ya, I will start doing some calculations based on those. Do you have the stats for base mana, and total mana? But, level 80 blues and heroic epics should be significantly better then that.

Those stats are assuming level 80 entry-level PvP blues with Resilience/Stamina gems socketed, I believe.

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For the PvP build, I am surprised you didn't put any points into Light's Grace. I think it is definitely more useful then 3pts in Judgments of the Pure. Besides that though I would probably do a build very similar.

Light's Grace is almost impossible to maintain given the huge mana cost of HL - I'm not surprised that PvP healers would skip the talent in favour of the more 'guaranteed' returns of IoL and JotP.

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The only nitpick I have with the talent builds is that you didn't take Improved BoW with the PvE Holy builds. I personally would find it much more useful than Improved LoH.

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Light's Grace is almost impossible to maintain given the huge mana cost of HL - I'm not surprised that PvP healers would skip the talent in favour of the more 'guaranteed' returns of IoL and JotP.

The point wasn't to keep 100% uptime, but there are times when the other team is throwing out the burst that you just need to pop DI and spam HL to keep up. That is where I think LG will become very useful. But that is more likely to happen in a 5v5, in like 2v2 though JotP might be better.

Yea, if you are going to the PvE build without Kings it is can be worth it to pick up Imp BoM/BoW over other talents. I will post up another build that has both of them, but that will be the last variation I will likely post. You could go on forever trying to think of where to spend your "filler" talents that best suits you. Which is a fine thing to discuss, but that is something that would be better to read in discussion and make up your own mind and what talent build you want. All of these talent builds are just guidelines meant to give people an idea of where to start and then customize for themselves.

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The only nitpick I have with the talent builds is that you didn't take Improved BoW with the PvE Holy builds. I personally would find it much more useful than Improved LoH.

Actually I'd drop Pursuit of Justice and pick up Imp BoW and keep Imp LoH for a 53/0/18 spec. Let the ret pally get kings which should be easily doable.

Paladin (53/0/18)- Talent Build

Seems to be more along the lines of what I'd do.

If you're taking PoJ over either Imp LoH or Imp Wisdom then you need to explain why PoJ directly affects our healing. Both those other talents clearly do but the link between faster run speed and more healing isn't clearly defined. I agree that you shouldn't keep adding every variation on spec but you should change the ones that are up there and labeled PvE to not have PoJ when there are healing alternatives available.

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I too am hesitant to drop Imp Lay on Hands, I rather choose Aura Mastery and Blessed Life. To armor cap your tank for 15 seconds seems really good to pass up. I wouldn't drop Pursuit of Justice though, unless the quantity of movements fights dropped drastically. In any fight that you are healing and have to move, when you are moving you doing much less healing then if you weren't. PoJ lets you get to where you need to go faster, so you can start healing 15% earlier. Remember sometimes when you just didn't move out of the AoE fast enough? This will help with that, and remember a dead paladin does no healing.

Yes, a Ret paladin can get Kings much easier then Holy can, but some unlucky Paladins might be forced to get it anyway. In 10mans I can see this being much more likely, when a lot of times you won't have a Ret Pally.

Also some good news for Holy Paladins.

Our eventual plan is to put Divine Shield on a shared 30 sec cooldown with Avenging Wrath. We also plan on changing Divine Shield's attack speed penalty (which isn't really much of a penalty) and have it apply to all damage done while the bubble is up.

Source: World of Warcraft - English (NA) Forums -> ?'s most Paladins are wanting answers to.

This would leave us much more free to use Avenging Wrath in any encounter where Bubble might be needed.

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Thanks for the post Endoscient, if I could make a suggestion perhaps a section for glyphs in the gear section? I know there aren't a lot of choices atm but they've mentioned expanding them in the future.

Edit: I'll start posting some of the better Wrath items so we can come up with an optimal set with their locations.

Weapon:

Crit: The Turning Tide - Item - World of Warcraft KT 25

MP/5: Torch of Holy Fire - Item - World of Warcraft KT 25

Cloak:

Pennant Cloak - Item - World of Warcraft Sartharion 25 Hard Mode

Off-Hand:

Voice of Reason - Item - World of Warcraft KT 25

Amulet:

226

Life-Binder's Locket - Item - World of Warcraft Malygos Quest Item

213

Crit:Ceaseless Pity - Item - World of Warcraft unknown location

Haste:Chains of Adoration - Item - World of WarcraftNaxx 25 (Multiple Bosses?)

Rings:

226

Signet of Manifested Pain - Item - World of Warcraft Likely KT 25, not sure.

213

Crit:Seized Beauty - Item - World of Warcraft

Haste: Ring of Decaying Beauty - Item - World of Warcraft

Trinkets:

Living Ice Crystals - Item - World of Warcraft

Forethought Talisman - Item - World of Warcraft

Illustration of the Dragon Soul - Item - World of Warcraft Sartharion 25

Soul of the Dead - Item - World of Warcraft

Bracers:

Abetment Bracers - Item - World of Warcraft

Bracers of Liberation - Item - World of Warcraft

Zartson's Jungle Vambraces - Item - World of Warcraft

Chest:

Valorous Redemption Tunic - Item - World of Warcraft

Chestplate of the Great Aspects - Item - World of Warcraft

Chestguard of Bitter Charms - Item - World of Warcraft

Shoulders:

Elevated Lair Pauldrons - Item - World of Warcraft Malygos

Valorous Redemption Spaulders - Item - World of Warcraft

Gloves:

Valorous Redemption Gloves - Item - World of Warcraft

Gauntlets of Guiding Touch - Item - World of Warcraft

Rescinding Grips - Item - World of Warcraft

Legs:

Valorous Redemption Greaves - Item - World of Warcraft

Bone-Inlaid Legguards - Item - World of Warcraft

Legguards of the Apostle - Item - World of Warcraft

Helm:

Valorous Redemption Headpiece - Item - World of Warcraft

Faceguard of the Succumbed - Item - World of Warcraft

Helm of Diminished Pride - Item - World of Warcraft

Boots:

226

Boots of Healing Energies - Item - World of Warcraft

213

Sabatons of Rapid Recovery - Item - World of Warcraft

Poignant Sabatons - Item - World of Warcraft

Faithful Steel Sabatons - Item - World of Warcraft

Belt:

Girdle of Unity - Item - World of Warcraft

Waistguard of Divine Grace - Item - World of Warcraft

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Thanks for the post Endoscient, if I could make a suggestion perhaps a section for glyphs in the gear section? I know there aren't a lot of choices atm but they've mentioned expanding them in the future.

Good idea, I changed it. I was just putting them in the abilities section with there spells, but it makes more sense in the gear section. For PvE your options for Glyphs are extremely limited currently. The biggest probably being is if SA or Cleanse is better, while both being mediocre. Some people might like FoL, but I feel that it totally guts the spell. It makes it extremely inefficient to use while spamming the tank with FoL. Which is what we are doing a large portion of the time. Hopefully they will change it to make it more worthwhile.

I am also going to start the trinket section tomorrow, at least listing them all for now.

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Also some good news for Holy Paladins.

<GC's quote on changes to AW, DP and DS>

This would leave us much more free to use Avenging Wrath in any encounter where Bubble might be needed.

By which I'm presuming AW keeps its 3m CD and DS its 5m CD, but each one triggers a 30s CD in the other when used. I'm also presuming they're dumping Forbearance, at least on AW. GC didn't actually say this would be the case, but it stands to reason - there's no sense in putting a 30s linked CD on a spell you couldn't cast for another couple of minutes anyway.

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For Glyphs, Minor Glyph of Lay on Hands is practically a no brainer. The +20% from Glyph of LoH gets calculated before the mana return rather than after, so used in conjunction with Major Glyph of Divinity, it results in +20% mana returned to the Paladin when used on another target, and +40% when Lay of Hands is used on the Paladin.

Considering L75 Lay on Hands restores 1950 mana, this results in a return of 4680 mana when used on yourself. This equates to more than a Runic Mana Potion will provide, essentially giving you two potions per fight assuming you don't need to save LoH for a potential huge tank damage spike.

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Thanks, I agree the PvE options are fairly slim atm but I hope the second batch of glyphs will add some more options down the road. I also agree the Flash glyph is pretty bad for every scenario I've encountered.

Did these get removed or should they be added to the list?

Glyph of Seal of Wisdom - Item - World of Warcraft

Glyph of Seal of Light - Item - World of Warcraft

I totally forgot about those since you can't get them until 80. I'll add them today, thanks. Minor Glyphs are really straight forward, but I'll also include them.

It is worth noting though on live the Glyph of Lay on Hands only effect how much mana your target gets, not how much mana you get with Divinity. So with both of those Glyphs you only get the base amount of Lay on Hands (900 at 70). Also are you saying that if use LoH on yourself with Divinity, that you get double the mana? I didn't think that was the case, but I'll definitely test it out later.

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You missed a libram, though I'm unsure of how well the effect on it would scale-- if it works identically to the "increases spellpower of x", or if it's really as gimp as the tool tip would indicate. If it works how I hope, it may be good for high mobility, low damage fights, or even just in 5 or 10 mans where you'll be wanting to hit HS fairly often.

Venture Co. Libram of Mostly Holy Deeds - Item - World of Warcraft

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You missed a libram, though I'm unsure of how well the effect on it would scale-- if it works identically to the "increases spellpower of x", or if it's really as gimp as the tool tip would indicate. If it works how I hope, it may be good for high mobility, low damage fights, or even just in 5 or 10 mans where you'll be wanting to hit HS fairly often.

Venture Co. Libram of Mostly Holy Deeds - Item - World of Warcraft

How do you hope it works? None of the Librams like that scale, they will heal for the additional amount it says on the tooltip. I saw that Libram, but purposefully didn't include it since it isn't that great. Even if you are hitting Holy Shock really often, you will almost surely be casting more FoLs. Which would make the level 70 FoL Librams better, if you haven't gotten a chance to get a level 80 Libram yet.

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How do you hope it works? None of the Librams like that scale, they will heal for the additional amount it says on the tooltip. I saw that Libram, but purposefully didn't include it since it isn't that great. Even if you are hitting Holy Shock really often, you will almost surely be casting more FoLs. Which would make the level 70 FoL Librams better, if you haven't gotten a chance to get a level 80 Libram yet.

If it works like a flat +69 heal effect, then yes, it's as gimp as the tooltip indicates. One would HOPE it worked like the three librams you listed, but if indeed it doesn't, it's not worth even looking at.

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If it works like a flat +69 heal effect, then yes, it's as gimp as the tooltip indicates. One would HOPE it worked like the three librams you listed, but if indeed it doesn't, it's not worth even looking at.

The Libram works exactly like the other spell power librams, when you cast a Holy Shock it is as if you have that much more spell power. Since HS has a 90.5% coefficient with Healing Light, Holy Shock would be increased by 63.

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Just compiling some more links in case you need them.

Flasks:

http://http://wotlk.wowhead.com/?item=40404

Flask of the Frost Wyrm - Item - World of Warcraft

Food:

There are multiples but your choices are between,

40 crit 40 sta

16 mp/5 40 sta

40 haste 40 sta

46 sp 40 sta

Fish Feast - Item - World of Warcraft

I'm not sure how practical these are but they might reduce the need for farming food prior to raids.

Potions:

Potion of Nightmares - Item - World of Warcraft

This might end up being great for fights with phase transitions.

Runic Mana Potion - Item - World of Warcraft

Potion of Speed - Item - World of Warcraft

Some more trinkets:

Darkmoon Card: Illusion - Item - World of Warcraft

Embrace of the Spider - Item - World of Warcraft

Je'Tze's Bell - Item - World of Warcraft

The Egg of Mortal Essence - Item - World of Warcraft

Figurine - Sapphire Owl - Item - World of Warcraft

Mercurial Alchemist Stone - Item - World of Warcraft]Mercurial Alchemist Stone - Item - World of Warcraft

For completions sake, if you'd like to mention Hand of Sacrifice as a new ability now that it's function has gone from PvP to PvE.

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The Vent Co. Libram isn't as good as a Flash libram due to it being less efficient than Flash, and the 70-80 instances don't have any hard hitters to need that many Holy Shocks.

PoJ should not be in a Holy build because Crit is better than run speed and you should have Tusker's Vit on Boots anyway.

I updated my post with total mana of 80 Holy Pally in starter PvP blues (epic rings/neck should make up partly for the resil/stam gems), it was about 13600 mana.

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Thanks for the summary. Its interesting to see how intellect will become a stat we'll end up gemming for, however i would've expected more of crit rating myself which i was considering to fully socket for.

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