More AoE healing
It has become much easier for holy paladins to AoE heal targets
now, compared to previous expansions when paladins were labelled as pure tank healers. Back then, their AoE healing prowess was weak. They've come a long way since then. The next expansion will give paladins even more
tools to help shake off that stigma even further.Daybreak
means you'll be following up Holy Radiance with a Holy Shock
almost immediately to help keep up your group's health. It's a nice upgrade from the old Daybreak
. Naturally, the effectiveness and smoothness is going to take some time to get used to. The ability to test it on beta should help.Holy power
The bonus resource for paladins is going to be here to stay. If you were adept at balancing and maximizing your usage of holy power, then you'll be in excellent shape. Take a close look at Holy Avenger
and Divine Purpose
at level 75. While Divine Purpose has a chance
to make your next holy power ability free and act as if
3 holy power were used, the problem is that it's a chance and isn't something you can inherently rely on consistently. On the other hand, Holy Avenger is on a 2-minute cooldown.Glyphs
Those are going to be the main healing glyphs for healing paladins. They're all going to be somewhat useful in a variety of situations, so choose the right glyph for the right boss. It's going to be hard to nail down the three must-have glyphs, but I'd make the Flash of Light glyph a strong priority.
Love the level 90 talents and can't wait to give them a spin. All three of these talents can be used to interact with both your allies and your enemies.
- Execution Sentence Out of the three level 90 abilities, I don't think I'd favor this one over the other two. But that largely depends on how much that final burst healing. With its 1-minute cooldown, I'd sit on Execution Sentence and save it for any damage burst phases on the tank.
- Holy Prism Fairly long range on this ability. You'll just need to find time to lob it at a boss or a mob. I'm not sure if it's going to be a spell that you're going to want to keep spamming on cooldown or anything, but it's nice to know you can use it to supplement your AoE healing during any intense raid-wide damage phases.
- Light's Hammer Finally! Another AoE healing spell that doesn't operate in a conical shape! Drop it and forget it. Nice to know it can double as a damage ability too. Hint: Try to use it on melee players.
There was some discussion and speculation on allowing paladins to benefit from spellpower
in other areas instead of relying on intellect plate items. The initial thinking was that holy plate was a type of gear designed to fit a narrow playerbase (plate armor with intellect). Paladins are the only
class that benefit from it. That brought up additional questions such as what would hit and expertise become? Should holy paladins wear mail instead?
With monks using leather, paladins will continue to be the only class with access to intellect plate. It seems like the developers will be sticking with that for this expansion.Single-target healing
Nothing has changed here. Paladins will continue to be really good at tank healing. You get some nifty new spells from talents like Eternal Flame
As an aside, it appears retribution paladins experienced a slight spellpower change as well. Sword of Light,
which normally buffs their two-handed melee weapon damage, also grants spellpower equal to 50% of your paladin's attack power. Other sources of spellpower won't benefit you at all, however.Where are paladins going to fit in the raid teams of Mists?
In a word, anywhere! I mean, theoretically, you could run a viable 4-healing-paladin composition for 25-mans with other healing combinations if you really wanted to. Paladins will continue to be extremely strong tank healers, since none of their major core healing skills have been negatively altered (at least, not significantly).
Healing leaders will want to start thinking about where
they want paladin coverage now in addition to who
they're healing. Some of those talents have powerful potential depending on where the paladin is relative to the raid (in a location sense).
Do you plan on continuing to heal on your paladin going into Mists of Pandaria
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