Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Remove Head From Sand

Yes, this is about Wrath, and it might contain a bit of spoiler, but I assume many of my readers are Paladins, and Prot Paladins at that. You (and our Warrior friends) need to be aware of these changes.

I know Wrath of the Lich King is still in Beta. I know a million things could change between the way the Beta is today and the way it will ultimately ship and be playable on the Live realms

One of the reasons I haven't blogged much about Tankadins in Wrath is because the situation if very fluid. What I post today will in all likelyhood be totally changed by the time we actually zone into Northrend. I don't see much to be gained by analyzing what will come.

(Okay, the REAL reason I haven't blogged about Wrath much is I haven't gotten a Beta invite).

HOWEVER, there have been two rather significant changes on the Beta server that even those not interested in keeping up on every twist and turn of Beta needs to get up to speed on.

First one is that Anticipation no longer provides Defense, instead it gives Dodge. What you need to do is see what your Defense is in your gear WITHOUT Anticipation. Since I had been Ret for the weekend, I put on my tanking gear to see what my Defense would be.

Not 490.If you don't want to go to the trouble of respecing, just subtract 20 from whatever your Defense is right now .

The other major change is all tanking gear has been reitemized. That is, the current gear you and I have on our toons right now. Whenever 3.0 hits, we will have different stats as soon as we log in the first time.

This is relevant for what you are doing right now. The change will effect Tier 6 Paladins who may have passed over 'Warrior' items in favor of 'Paladin' items. Now those items must be compared again. It also means I need to revisit my Badge Pick Order post. Items that may have been less appealing may now be more appealing.

Here is my current Chest:

When 3.0 hits, it will look like this (I'm not in Beta, this is a screen shot from MainTankadin):

Basically a straight swap of Spell Damage for Strength.

Not everything was a simple. Some pieces lost Defense, and Avoidance to add Strength.

So what should you be doing today in Live to prepare.

Check your Defense, and have materials ready for Steelweave for your chest and back.

Next grab some uncut gems and be ready to have some Defense/Stam gems cut. Good thing that Talasites are dirt cheap.

Lastly look to get a melee type weapon. Slow speed would be nice. One option open to you at any Tier is the Merciless Gladiator's Slicer. If you can handle Heroic Magister's Terrace, Kael drops Breaching Comet. In Tier 5, Morogrim holds the Talon of Azshara, and A'lar drops Netherbane. At Tier 6, you have Syphon of the Nazerium off Supermus, and Najentus drops Rising Tide.
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