Friday, September 21, 2012

Pre-Mists Retribution Guide

World of Warcraft 5.0.5 rolled in to the live servers, and here is my input about the state of retribution in the new expansion.


If everything stays the way it currently is, the only real choice retribution paladins have to make when it comes to spec is on level 75, tier 5 talent. That is the only thing that directly affects your DPS. It is a hard choice indeed.

  • Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger is a 2-minute cooldown that, for 18 seconds, causes your abilities that generate Holy Power to deal 30% additional damage and healing, and to generate 3 charges of Holy Power, instead of 1.
  • Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose gives your abilities that cost Holy Power a 25% chance to cause your next Holy Power-costing ability cost no Holy Power and be cast as if you had 3 charges of Holy Power.

ElitistJerks, Icy Veins and other theorycrafting sites state that all three talents are good, they usually indicate that  Sanctified Wrath Icon Sanctified Wrath pulls a bit ahead in DPS right now. I made my choice in favor of  Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose. It does sound like a gamble at 25% chance, however if Cataclysm showed us anything, it's that you never get your full CD time spent standing and hitting stuff (Yes Domo, I'm looking at you!).


When it comes to Glyphs - for Retribution paladin life gets very simple. They are all useless! Slightly less useless than others, in my opinion, are:
  • Glyph of Mass Exorcism Icon Glyph of Mass Exorcism reduces your Exorcism Icon Exorcism to melee range, but causes it to deal a small amount of AoE damage, in addition to its single target damage. Given this bit of extra damage affects main target too (currently it does)


Paladins have both melee and spell attacks, therefore your equipment and weapon will make some things hit harder. For example melee attacks and abilities will benefit more from good weapon, than say Exorcism Icon Exorcism. It will not be a rotation changing difference thou. Given the random nature of paladin rotation and procs (well, somewhat random nature I should say), here's what our priorities will look like:
  1. Inquisition Icon Inquisition should be up all the time!
  2. Exorcism Icon Exorcism now generates Holy Power
  3. Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict if it proc'ed of you have 5 Holy Power
  4. Hammer of Wrath Icon Hammer of Wrath can't be blocked since it's a spell - very good!
  5. Crusader Strike Icon Crusader Strike since it is our bread and butter
  6. Judgment Icon Judgment on cooldown, judging different targets if possible (see above)
  7. Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict when you have 3 Holy Power
Adding to this:

That's a lot of buttons! Fear not, with a few simple
macros your can pack everything into a nice and compact panel, that looks like this:


Simple as ever:
  1. Weapon damage
  2. Strength
  3. Hit Rating (until 7.5% hit cap);
  4. Expertise Rating (until 7.5% hit cap);
  5. Haste Rating (now reduces CD)
  6. Mastery Rating 
  7. Critical Strike Rating

Good hunting everyone,
Hope to see you in game!

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