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

There’s one side-effect of the game mechanics changes in 3.0.2 and the new spells in Wrath that many people haven’t realised: Intellect is now the primary regen stat for raiding holy Paladins.
This comes from two sources of regen that are based on total mana:
Divine Plea
This is the new paladin spell at level 71; it restores [...]

May 08

As I just mentioned, I picked up the [Vial of the Sunwell] last night in Heroic Magister’s Terrace, and I’ve been trying to assess its value.
A brief attack of theorycrafting (hello, Excel spreadsheets) later, and here’s what we’ve got:
Assumptions

Healer is a paladin
Healer uses approximately 75% Flash of Lights and 25% Holy Lights
Healer is chain-casting
Trinket is [...]

May 08

Healing trinkets can often be difficult to analyse, because they offer stats and effects that you don’t typically find on other items. MK of A Dwarf Priest said it best: “you should carry multiple trinkets and select based on your needs for the given encounter.”. That’s an excellent post analysing healing trinkets, incidentally, and I [...]

May 08

I’ve made myself something of an expert on Jewelcrafting, ever since I wrote a levelling guide for jewelcrafting during the TBC beta (which is now somewhat error-prone thanks to Blizzard changing recipes and skill levels around; I’ll redo it someday).
There are a number of gem options that are suitable for healadin pallies, but you should [...]

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. [...]