Beta's up! Its time to get rolling again. Since we likely have months of beta with frequent changes ahead, this thread will be more analysis and commentary than comprehensive overview (which would require semi-constant rewrites anyway).
So lets get started. We will start with a broad fluffy statement of changes to the overall dynamics of tanking, then move onto what's staying the same, and then end with what's substantively changing. It will all be pretty brief.
How the world is changing
From a 10,000 foot view, three things are changing about tanking, Vengeance, Health Levels, and Gearing:
1) Vengeance has been renamed to Resolve and is completely redone
- Resolve does not interact with dps anymore, so Tanks taking damage no longer has any effect on our dps. Tank dps should now be far more stable and in theory is balanced to come in around 50-75% of what a DPS can do. Plus no incentive to stand in fire. No idea yet how they're doing on hitting this mark
- Resolve *does* impact tank self-healing and absorb abilities. The idea is that a tank in a Mythic raid requires far more survivability than a tank out questing, but doesn't really require any more dps. How Resolve works is complex and we will go into its details another time. For now, just remember that Resolve is based on damage taken in the last 10 seconds and scales up much faster than Vengeance used to.
2) Less emphasis on being at full health
- Yeah, I know, they said the same thing at the start of MoP, didn't they? Yes, they did, and to be fair they did actually make some marginal progress in that direction. Running around in beta, a basic impression is that while character damage has been scaled down significantly, character health was reduced by a smaller margin.
- Whether or not this design goal succeeds will have a lot of impact on how we view tank survivability (because it will put a lot more emphasis on damage reduction and reduce the importance of spike management), but whether it succeeds will be more a function of how they balance healers than what they do to us. So keep your eye on healer changes.
- The primary stats on all pieces of armor (not including Rings, trinkets, necks, etc) will be flexible and adjust depending on the wearer's spec. So If you're Prot or Ret, your helm will automatically have STR, but if you chance spec to Holy that STR will instantly change to INT.
- Gear will be far more broadly useable, though each spec will have its own preferred secondary stats which is how we will decide on who gets what gear. During beta, expect a lot of theorycrafting work on determining the exact rank order of each secondary stat for each spec.
- Rings, Necks, etc will be the only source of Bonus Armor, which will be the only formal "tank" stat.
What stays the same
- Fortunately for us, at this stage of beta, most of what makes us Prot Paladins is roughly the same as it used to be. At various points of Alpha, some of these things were very different ( as an example we've had anywhere from 2 to 4 seals at different points with varying mechanics, but we're currently back at our original 3) but as of the start of beta we're remarkably close to where we are on live. I'll put up a quick list of the things that are the same:
- HoPo generation
- Defensive cooldowns
- Utility abilities (We still have all the same Hand spells)
The list of things that are the same is actually pretty comprehensive. All of our rotational abilities still do basically the same stuff with the same cooldowns, so the vast majority of our play remains the same.
So, what's different?
1) Old Stats going away, Hit, Expertise, Dodge and Parry are all gone
- Hit and Exp will be set at default levels for everyone
- Dodge and Parry will be occasionally available via trinkets and other sources but mostly will not be stackable
2) New stats
- Bonus Armor - Extra armor on gear is back! And extra armor will also give bonus Attack Power
- Multistrike - Gives chance on attack of potentially multiple extra small attacks, and extra heals on incoming heals
- Readiness - Reduces cooldowns
- Versatility - Flat increase to dps and reduction to damage taken
3) Stat rebalancing
- Balancing aims to set Haste and Bonus Armor as our best secondary stats, and everything else (including Crit) to be slightly worse. Versatility will probably be the weakest of the lot because its broad applicability.
4) New level 100 talents
- Empowered Seals - each cast of Judgment empowers your seal according to the Seal. Light gives more healing, Truth increases Attack Power, etc
- Serpahim - 30 second cooldown ability that increases secondary stats (Haste, Crit, Mastery, etc) by 30% for 10 seconds
- Holy Shield - Increases block by 10%, allows Paladin to block spells (!) and does holy damage to attacker on successful blocks
Seems like Seraphim could be trouble at high gearing levels but we'll wait and see how the balancing shakes out.
So this should be enough perspective to get us going, bearing in mind that a lot will likely change over the course of Beta. A lot of theorycrafting needs to be done, and I strongly encourage anyone interested in helping to post here with questions or ideas.
Additionally, the redoubtable Theck is, as always, organizing the charge on data collection to knock out the current state of ability coefficients here: http://maintankadin....php?f=6&t=33707 I strongly encourage anyone with access to Beta to pitch in with data.
Also, for anyone interested in an early look at the specifics of Resolve, Theck posted an overview a couple weeks ago here http://www.sacreddut...elvet-resolver/
Edited by Wrathblood, 29 June 2014 - 03:03 PM.