Thursday, June 18, 2009

Paladin 3.2 Patch Notes



* Blessing of Sanctuary: This blessing now also increases stamina by 10%. This effect is not cumulative with Blessing of Kings.
* Charger: Can now be learned at level 40.
* Exorcism: Now has a 1.5 second cast time, but can once again be used on players.
* Hand of Reckoning: Redesigned. Now does damage only when target does not currently have the caster targeted, but damage done increased to 50% of attack power, occurring after the taunt effect is applied.
* Judgement of Light: Now heals for 2% of the attacker's maximum health instead of a variable amount based on the spell power and attack power of the judging paladin.
* Lay on Hands: The buff from this ability now reduces the physical damage taken by the target by 10/20% instead of increasing the target's armor.
* Righteous Fury: No longer has a duration or mana cost, remaining until cancelled or death. Also cancelled when a Paladin activates a different talent specialization.
* Sacred Shield: When a paladin casts Flash of Light on a target with this buff, they also now place a heal over time effect on the target, healing that target for 100% of the Flash of Light amount over 12 seconds.
* Seal of Blood: This ability has been removed.
* Seal of the Martyr: This ability has been removed.
* Seal of Vengeance and Seal of Corruption: These seals have been redesigned to deal substantially more damage. Now, once a paladin has 5 copies of the debuff from these seals on his or her target, on each swing the paladin will deal 33% weapon damage as Holy, with critical strikes dealing double damage.
* Shield of Righteousness: Now deals 100% of shield block value as damage instead of 130%.
* Warhorse: Can now be learned at level 20.


o Holy

+ Beacon of Light: The healing amount on the Beacon of Light target is now based on the total healing done (including over-healing) instead of the effective healing done. Radius increased to 60 yards. Multiple Paladins can now have this active on the same target. Buff indicating a player is within range of the Beacon target is no longer displayed.
+ Divine Intellect: This talent now gives 2/4/6/8/10% increased intellect instead of 3/6/9/12/15%.
+ Illumination: This talent now returns 30% of the mana cost of the spell instead of 60%.

o Protection

+ Ardent Defender: Redesigned. Currently, any damage taken by the paladin while at 35% health or below is reduced. Instead, any attack that would reduce the paladin to 35% health or below has its damage reduced. In addition, once every 2 minutes an attack that would have killed the paladin will fail to kill, and instead set the paladin's health to 10/20/30% of maximum.

o Retribution

+ Art of War: Now only applies to melee critical hits, but will make your next Flash of Light or Exorcism instant.
+ Crusader Strike: Damage reduced to 75% weapon damage to match the new 4 second cooldown.
+ Seal of Command: Redesigned. This seal now deals 36% weapon damage on every swing, and deals substantially less judgement damage.
+ Vindication: Redesigned. Now lowers target attack power, is consistent and does not stack with Demoralizing Shout.


* Glyph of Seal of Command: Redesigned to cause the Paladin to gain 8% of base mana each time the paladin judges Command.
* Glyph of Seal of Blood: Changed to Glyph of Holy Wrath, which reduces its cooldown by 15 seconds.

Truly a mixed bag there.


Karl 18/06/2009, 23:46  

All win for Prot pallys if it stays as is.. dunno about ret, not sure it will fix what they are trying to fix. (I think these are stopgap ret fixes).

But for my Prot main-spec pally, I'm very happy... :-)

Vaadren 19/06/2009, 00:24  

As usual, we'll have to experience it before we can give a valid opinion.

I'm mostly interested in the new rotation for Ret. Will it still include Exorcism with the cast time, or perhaps only with the AoW proc? Time will tell I guess.

When was this supposed to go live again?

Suicidal Zebra 19/06/2009, 00:57  

The PTR is due tomorrow or next week. The patch itself probably won't be out for a month or more.

As for any changes to the Ret rotation, the short answer is that there won't be any change. Exorcism is currently pretty low down in the priority chain in our FCFS system and the new 4s CS doesn't eat enough GCD's to change the system from a Damage Per Second priority system to a Damage Per Cast system. To change things up Exorcism needs to hit significantly harder, and to not have spare GCD's its' cooldown needs to be reduced to ~10secs.

Using non-AoW exorcism in our rotation won't happen for a number of reasons, not least of which because plays havok with the swing timer.

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