May 08

Ghostcrawler has posted some upcoming good news for paladins.
Righteous Defense — cooldown lowered to 8 sec. It had been 10 sec recently and is 15 sec on live.
Infusion of Light — now affects Flash of Light or Holy Light. Flash of Light is reduced to 0 cast time with 2 ranks, meaning that if [...]

May 08

Ghostcrawler just posted on the Paladin forums, confirming that Infusion of Light was nerfed for arena balance (which, let’s face it, we all knew anyway). She followed up with “I know it can be frustrating when a PvP concern ends up making a talent less useful for PvE. We have some ideas of what we’d [...]

May 08

So, beta build 9014 landed on us overnight, and the paladin forums exploded in a storm of weeping – and pretty justified, too, I feel. Heck, people were upset enough that the main forum thread about it grew 16 pages overnight.
The two key changes were:

Infusion of Light no longer gives instant Holy Lights. Instead, it [...]

May 08

Firstly, apologies for the week-long silence – I’ve had family staying with me, and computer time has been rather limited.
Note: This post contains spoilers for Wrath of the Lich King.
So, the WotLK beta is open, and there are a lot of changes coming to light. I need to spend some time thinking before I post [...]

May 08

I’ve never been one of those hybrids who changes spec at the drop of a hat to meet the needs of a group; I change specs once every few months at most, agonising over the placement of every talent point. Regardless of my championing of the “hybrids should be able to perform all their roles”, [...]

May 08

Taking a quick break for the “Levelling a Pally” series, this is a look at tanking as a level 70 holy paladin. Some of the advice is relevant to sub-70 pallies (particularly spell choice and spell sequence); some isn’t (like the gearing discussion).
It’s pretty easy to tank when you’re a tankadin: you’ve got all the [...]

May 08

Most of my attention has focused on paladins at the level cap, because that’s where you really have to pay attention; that’s where the difference in a few stat points actually makes a long-term difference, rather than just being a poor gear choice you’ll replace when you level again tomorrow.
However, there’s a lot of confusion [...]

May 08

Just a quick post tonight, because I’m very tired and have been extremely busy for the last week:
Although I play a holy paladin by choice, I was really happy when 2.0 (and then TBC more so) made Protection a truly viable paladin spec, and I still get rather frustrated on behalf of my tanky brethren [...]

May 08

In the comments on my Holy Paladin introduction post, where I discussed various talent specs for a holy pally, Raquel disagreed with my decision to leave Divine Illumination out of the “bare minimum” spec. Now, I’ve been thinking about picking DI back up again, so let’s take a bit of a look at it.
Divine Illumination [...]

May 08

Time and again, I see posts in various WoW communities asking for information about how to gear up and spec a holy paladin. Rather than repeat the same information over and over again, I thought I’d do a series of posts discussing the issues.
First up is an examination of the roles of a holy-specced paladin. [...]