Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Spending Arena Points as a Paladin

10-5-2007: My conclusion below is suspended. A rumored change in Patch 2.3 would give 1/3 of all straight +healing as spell damage. I must reevaluate this thread.




As a Paladin you get to choose from 3 sets for PVP rewards.

  • Ornamented (+healing)
  • Lamellar (+spell damage and healing)
  • Scaled (Str, Stam, Crit)

I'm going to ignored Scaled for the time being.

The 2 piece set bonus on each set is +35 resilence.
The 4 piece set bonus is reduced cooldown on Hammer of Justice.

One idea is to mix two pieces from one set with 3 pieces from the other. This gives you an extra 35 resilience because you get both sets 2 pieces bonus.

What do you give up for that 35 Resilience.

Lets examine an example set of Ornamented Shoulders, Legs, and Gloves with Lamellar Helm and Chest.

The difference over a 5/5 Ornamented Set is:
+39 Resilience
+65 Spell Damage
+14 Spell Crit
-12 Int
-47 Healing

Well you gain more than just the set bonus. You actually gain 39 resilience because the two Lamellar pieces have 4 more than the Ornamented Pieces (1 more on the head, 3 more on the chest). You also gain 65 spell damage and 14 Spell Crit.

So what's the price? What do you lose over going 5/5 Ornamented?

47 +healing and 12 intellect. I would argue the spell crit helps make up for some of the lost +healing.

In my mind the trade is well worth it.

So far Arena points, I recommend
Merciless Gladiator's Ornamented Gloves
Merciless Gladiators Ornamented Spaulders
Merciless Gladiators Ornamented Legplates
Merciless Gladiator's Lamellar Helm
Merciless Gladiator's Lamellar Chestpiece

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