Tuesday, July 28, 2009

[Patch 3.2] Bugged by Bug Fixes

Blizzard recently published a set of bug fixes that are going into the next Patch. This isn’t an exhaustive list, more just covering the ones that I feel impact me.

Auras: Any paladin aura active at the time of the paladin's death now automatically reactivates when the paladin returns to life.

Nice little ‘quality of life’ improvement. There actually have been times where I’ve had to put Devotion Aura back up halfway through a Boss fight. I’m sure nobody noticed though.

Blessing of Sanctuary: This talent and Vigilance will now both be able to be cast on the same target without sometimes overwriting each other.
This is welcomed news. I don't feel that a Warrior should be casting Vigilance on a fellow tank. Vigilance should go on the highest threat DPSer. I recommend you macro a /cancelaura Vigilance into your Shield of the Righteousness if you are running any PuG raids, or have an uncooperative Warrior in your guild. That will remove Vigilance from you.

Not to turn this into a discussion of Vigilance, but I would at least like to acknowledge that many Warriors really don't like the Vigilance mechanic. They feel it causes them to be balanced around things innately outside of their control, i.e. the threat output of a chosen DPSer. I can certainly understand their position. The Developers should increase the range of Vigilance and Hand of Salvation to 40 yards.

Hammer of Justice: Tooltip now specifies that the Interrupt effect only occurs on non-player targets.

Nice change for PVP, now can we have it OFF the Global Cooldown so it can actually be an quasi effective interrupt for PVE?

Judgements: All paladin judgements are now properly considered as melee attacks that cannot be dodged, blocked or parried. Previously Seal of Light, Seal of Wisdom, Seal of Justice and Seal of Righteousness would cause the judgement to be considered a ranged attack.

This doesn’t have much impact on Tanking Paladins, but further underscores why we don’t value Expertise as much as our fellow Plate Tanks. When Judgment can't be dodged, blocked or parried it kind of removes the benefit of Expertise.

Judgement accounts for about 8 to 10% of my threat depending on the fight.

•Heart of the Crusader & Judgement of the Just: The effect from this talent will no longer be removed if a paladin without this talent overwrites the judgement placed by a paladin who does have the talent.

Thank you, Blizzard Development Team.

This is a much needed change, and with the normalization of Judgement of Light, greatly simplifies Judgments. Judgement of Light on Live determines how much it heals based on the Attack Power and Spell Power of the Paladin judging, making a Ret Paladin’s Judgement of Light heal more than Holy or Prot. On the PTR, Judgment of Light heals 2% of the attackers maximum health, regardless of which Paladin put it up. In 3.2 Raids, just make sure at least one of your Paladins is covering Wisdom and one is covering Light, and everyone else can judge whatever they feel like.

Sacred Shield: This buff blah blah duel, blah blah stand, and it is no longer possible for two paladins to both have the spell active on one target.

This means you really need to know if the Holy Paladin in your raid is putting his Sacred Shield on you. If he is, you don’t want to use your own. Since it is highly likely a Holy Paladin will be assigned to heal a tank, and the Holy needs a Sacred Shield up on that tank for his new sexy HoT, it’s pretty safe to assume he’s going to have his Sacred Shield on you which really makes Divine Guardian loose a great deal of its appeal for Tanking Paladins.


Argon said...

"There actually have been times where I’ve up Devotion Aura back up halfway through a Boss fight. I’m sure nobody noticed though."

The mod ZOMGbuffs tracks auras, so I automatically get my aura set up when I am spinning my mousewheel to rebuff everybody after a wipe. It is also compatible with PallyPower.

Rhidach said...

"I recommend you macro a /cancelaura Vigilance into your Shield of the Righteousness"

Ha! I do this too. Mostly because the warrior tank I run with likes to sneak Vigilance on me to leech my threat. He thinks he's funny, but he is not.

Dorgol said...

I don't know if things have changed, but last I heard the HoT would trigger on any target with a Sacred Shield - even if someone else cast the SS.

So if Holy Paladin put his SS on the OT, and the Prot Paladin put his SS on himself - both would get a HoT effect when hit with a Flash of Light.

apokteino said...

@ dorgol. you are correct. the HoT from FoL will be applied regardless of whose SS it is (you don't get the 50% crit if it isn't yours though).

@ honor. just wanted to stress that judgements becoming melee attacks is huge for holy paladins using JoW (since we will get mana back when we judge now). especially considering the awful awful nerfs they've made to our regen. the nerfs are almost as bad as the way they've broken beacon imo but that's a different rant! =P

Ironhorn said...

You guys have got vigilance all wrong. Yes having it on another tank may be a bad thing if that tank is really struggling to out threat dps.

However there are also times when it is a huge benefit. -3% damage taken to the vigilance target and a taunt which is constantly up for the casting warrior are not small benefits. Particularly in aggro swap fights or fights where a warrior has to pick up multiple adds.

The warrior in question is not trying to "leech your threat" because he thinks its funny he will most likely have good reason to have vigilance on you. If he wanted threat he would put it on the top dps.

If you really have a problem with threat then just ask the dude to take it off. Cancelling it and not telling anybody is just wasting a raid buff and a talent point in that warriors build.

Im not saying it should go on the second tank as a matter of course just that there are situations where youd be retarded not to put it on him. Dont believe me? Honors go tank OS + 1 whelps and elementals on your warrior and tell me vigilance on tank isnt useful.

/rant off

Honors Code said...

I've had some bad experiences with Warriors who were putting Vigilance on me for nothing more than a Threat leach. They would do it on every fight and trash pull.

They continued even when asked to stop. So I came up with the macro. It's specifically why I mentioned an 'uncooperative warrior'.

If it's going to help the raid for Vigilance to be on me, by all means I want it.