Monday, August 03, 2009

On The Shopping List Of Most Ret Paladin's This Summer...

I don't mean the Argent Changer (for 100 Champion Seals).

Nor Tier 9, that set of dubious fashion.

It's the Libram of Valiance:

This effect has a proc chance of close to 100% and an internal cooldown of roughly 45 seconds, leading to an average up-time of 33%. So long as this remains the case the Proc is worth around 169 AP /w Kings, which compares favorably with the Furious Gladiator's Libram of Fortitude (144 AP with 100% uptime). Predicting the 200Str proc and chaining cooldowns in order to gain the most benefit from this buff will tend to stretch its' lead over last Seasons' PvP Libram.

PvPers will still want the Furious Gladiator's Libram due to SoV's lack of PvP viability, and can look forward to an upgrade in Season 7. Incidentally, the Season 7 Libram is worth slightly more than Valiance at 172 AP. However it is budgeted at 6 ilvl's higher, so this disparity seems very reasonable.

The Libram of Valiance can be bought for 25 Emblems of Triumph from your friendly Triumph Emblem vendor. Emblems of Triumph are dropped in the 10-man and 25-man Crusaders Coliseum raid instances (both normal and heroic), or may be obtained as a reward for the Heroic Daily Quest. Unless you are already rocking the Furious Gladiator's Libram this probably represents the canniest investment you can make with your first Triumph Emblems, especially as it doesn't drop from any boss.


In the current live build (as of 13th August) the Libram of Valiance has an uptime of 95%, equating to a passive 190 Strength. Frankly this is all sorts of overbudget in a single item slot and should be toned down pretty soon, probably via hotfix. Until then though, go mad.


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