May 08

(I originally titled this post “Divine Plea Nerf Ahead of Schedule” but I thought that sounded too bitter.)
At the end of last week, I posted about the changes Blizzard announced for 3.1, including a nerf to Divine Plea (changing the healing penalty from 20% to 50%).
Not content to wait until 3.1, Blizzard continues the fine [...]

May 08

This post refers to gear that drops in 25-man raids. If you’re looking for a list of gear to get ready for raiding, you might be more interested in my Pre-Raid Holy Paladin Gear List instead.
This post aims to provide a nice ‘wishlist’ of holy pally gear to aim for. Let me say up front [...]

May 08

Just posted on the WoW forums by Bornakk:
As we have suggested, we have become concerned that mana regeneration is currently too powerful, especially for healers. We want players to have to keep an eye on mana. We don’t want you to go out of mana every fight, but running out of mana should be a [...]

May 08

A lot of Holy paladins dally with Ret when they’re not busy raiding, and with good reason: Ret has never been more fun, dynamic, interesting or well-balanced.
However, for the dedicated Holy paladin, Ret is quite a shift in approach, gearing, playstyle, the works. It takes a while to learn your way around this very different, [...]

May 08

An essential part of playing a spec is choosing the right glyphs to support your spell use. Here’s a quick guide to the best glyphs for Holy Paladins, current as of patch 3.0.8. (I originally covered holy paladin glyphs here and here; however, those posts are out of date since the changes during the WotLK [...]

May 08

I’m in the middle of a long and hefty post, so just to tide y’all over until I’m done, here’s a reader email I got recently, to which other people might also like the answers.
From Gemosi:
Is it possible to level to 80 as a healer. I am currently ret but looking to go to a [...]

May 08

As with previous guides, two things to note:

I’m recommending consumables that give you a good balance of stats, where feasible. If you’re very well-geared in one area and need to boost a specific stat, you can make your own choices.
My recommendations are specific for holy paladins. If you’re a priest, all those +Spirit consumables I [...]

May 08

A few of the items I recommended in my Pre-Raid Healadin Gear Guide are seeing some changes next patch, and they’re worth looking at. (Source: this MMO-Champion thread.)

The best change, in my opinion: the Brilliant Titansteel Helm is being beefed up. Old version: 46 crit, 24 mp5, 108 spellpower. New version: 53 crit, 24 [...]

May 08

This is an update to this post, taking into account some factors I’d forgotten.
For people who don’t want to follow the math, here’s the conclusion up-front: Given items of equal quality, gearing for Intellect is better than gearing for mp5.
Read on to find out why!
Introduced in patch 3.0.2, there are a number of new/revised [...]

May 08

Time for the next installment in my series of ‘How To Gear Your Paladin In WotLLK’ posts: Holy Paladin Gem Choices. This is an issue that’s been somewhat complexified by the mountain of new gem cuts in WotLK.
Updated 1 Feb 09 to include the Reckless orange cut and adjust recipes based on 3.0.8.
In general, I [...]