Friday, October 09, 2009

Patch 3.3: Tier 10 Set Bonuses - Ret Updated.

Loathe as I was to post about the Tier 10 Set Bonuses, here they are. Note that the Ret Paladin Set bonuses have been swapped and clarified by Blizzard over the current MMO-Champion listing, so I'm pretty pleased I chose to wait:

Retribution:

2 piece bonus - Your melee attacks have a 40% chance to reset the cooldown on your Divine Storm ability.
4 piece bonus - Your Seals and Judgements deal 10% additional damage.

(Source)

Protection:

2 piece bonus - Your Hammer of the Righteous ability deals 20% increased damage.
4 piece bonus - When you activate Divine Plea, you gain 12% dodge for 10 seconds.

(Source)

Holy:

2 piece bonus - While your Divine Illumination talent is active, your healing spells are increased by 35%.
4 piece bonus - Your Holy Shock spell causes the next Holy Light you cast within 10 sec to have 0.3 sec reduced cast time.

(Source)

Bonuses are in the testing stage and will remain subject to change for some time.

For my money, the Ret bonus looks pretty good and should change up the rotation slightly, though they may well start to limit what can actually proc the cooldown reset. The one concern with DS will probably remain mana cost, 18% is a big chunk of your mana bar.

It's quite late here so I'll leave it at that.

5 comments:

Jonathan 09/10/2009 09:20  

Don't think mana will be an issue to be honest - that's something we'll have to see on the PTRs or when it goes live

However it seems that they're turning rets into the best cleavers in the game. Seal of Command is quite effective in cleaving and sometimes even too effective (hell, can push up to 7k dps on trash in 5man dungeons here....not to mention raids.) and with the 2 set bonus resetting Divine storm...well...interesting change but I'm not quite sure what I think of it.

So far its better than the 4% chance to reset cooldown - which was /facepalm when I saw it - however I'm not sure what this'll do to our rotation, not to mention that our rotation really needs a overhaul from the blizz developers - FCFS is really not a good thing for the class, but I suppose it's something we'll have to wait for Cataclysm before we see any significant changes, if we see any at all.

Jonathan 09/10/2009 09:21  

Forgot to add something I was thinking about

this can be a really powerful combination in unison with the T9 set bonus that gives Righteous Vengeance to critically strike - rets all over the world, rejoice.

Anonymous 13/10/2009 07:32  

Keep in mind, if we're using DS more often, it will mean we're casting cons less often, which will probably keep our mana usage around the same.

Jonathan 13/10/2009 11:38  

Well in the long run it's nothing that will affect our class neither positively or negatively, T10 being the last set before Cataclysm and the probable upcoming drastic changes to the retribution paladin. At least I hope there will be drastic changes.

Anonymous 17/10/2009 18:33  

Really, mana should never be an issue, especially in 25man raids. And that's without a glyph that helps reduce mana expenditure.

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