The Holy Paladin set bonuses are as follows:
Currently these bonuses are insanely powerful. I don't expect the 4pc to make it live at its current tuning values, unless we are only seeing a part of the picture. It is possible there are significant nerfs coming to Holy Paladin's damage, warranting a powerful set bonus, or some other context we are not aware of but currently this set bonus would lead to Holy Paladins having very high (and possibly permanent) uptime on Гнев карателя
, which is of course a massive buff.
Gameplay wise in a vacuum the set bonus doesn't change much, it incentivizes you to occasionally use Торжество
, even if you wish to Свет зари
every 30 seconds due to the 2pc. However the reality is, this set bonus has excellent synergy with the Necrolord covenant, as well the addition of a second legendary being restricted to a Covenant legendary makes Молот долга и служения
very appealing as well. All of this combined will make Paladin feel very different if you go down that route. The synergy between these abilities certainly means that Necrolord will be a competitive, or even Meta option depending on the fate of Пепельное освящение
Overall the set bonus is designed well. High Гнев карателя
uptime is something that is fun to play around with and very thematic to0 Paladins. We saw something similar with the Ineffable Truth corruption late into Battle for Azeroth. We don't have any context for other balance changes. Paladins have been a hot-topic for a while now, and have consistently dominated progression raiding rosters, so I would expect to see some kind of changes.
The downside is this set bonus isn't fantastic in Mythic+ or PvP. It's clearly designed with PvE in mind. It also could result in a rise of other less common legendaries such as Разрубатель Тьмы, Вестник Рассвета
In conclusion, this set bonus is good. It will feel powerful and I like that it fits into Holy Power generation, incentivizing aggressively accumulating and spending Holy Power. I would be surprised if it remains untouched going into live, but without the context of other class changes, we don't have the full picture of healing for next tier.
The announced 9.2 tier bonuses for Protection Paladins do not change their play style at all. The 2-piece bonus is entirely passive for something they do already - spend Holy Power on Щит праведника
. The 4-piece bonus will have a chance to fire off a Правосудие
when an attack is blocked. Spending Holy Power or blocking will happen regardless of what a Protection Paladin does and this won't impact how they gear, or press buttons. One interesting aspect is that the 4-piece could interact with Правосудие мирового судьи
and create a lot of Holy Power efficiency -- through gains and cost reductions.
Power-wise, the 2-piece bonus is pretty standard -- 4-5% damage reduction and this is in-line with other tank tier bonuses that provide similar amounts of damage reduction. The 4-piece will have a massive delta in performance between Raid and Mythic+. Part of that is damage profile -- there are some magic dots in the upcoming raid that won't trigger it but the other is just the number of targets we'll be fighting. It's possible that the bonus won't be included in an optimal raid set. Blocking is more common in Mythic+ because there are more targets doing mostly melee swings, and that will lead to situations where Holy Power can't be spent fast enough.
The gap in power for the 4-piece between Raid and Mythic+ will be really significant. The rate at which you block will obviously increase as you are tanking more targets and this bonus could scale to unreasonable levels especially when combined with Правосудие мирового судьи
. The 4-piece should be tweaked so it scales more reasonably when tanking multiple targets while bringing up the floor so it's better for raid content. Conceptually, I like both bonuses because they are attached to Block -- an area for Protection Paladin that doesn't get a lot of development but they just need to nail the tuning.
The Retribution set bonus is themed around the Искусство войны
passive, which gives your auto attacks a small chance to reset the cooldown of Клинок справедливости
. Baseline, this chance is 12% with Rank 2 of Искусство войны
, but doubles to 24% with Клинок гнева
, which is the most commonly picked talent in its row anyway. This isn't an RPPM proc, it's just a flat chance per auto hit. Искусство войны
can't proc on two melee hits in a row, but it will still average out to roughly 12% or 24% per melee over a fight. Depending on Haste, whether you're using Фанатизм
, and whether or not you have Тотем неистовства ветра
, you can expect to get somewhere between 5 to 8 Искусство войны
procs a minute.
The 2 set bonus provides Серафим
for 2 seconds whenever Искусство войны
procs, which should end up being around 10-15s of extra Серафим
per minute. Currently, Серафим
is mostly used to buff the Смертный приговор
window, so random procs in that situation won't matter a whole lot, but they do work a bit better when you also consider the 4 set bonus. 2 seconds of Серафим
is enough to fit 1-2 GCDs in - more on that below - so you're likely to be able to use at least a spender or a Испепеляющий след
proc within that Серафим
proc window, or potentially both. You'll also get an extra 2-3 Испепеляющий след
casts a minute, considering that you won't get any "natural" wake casts anymore, which is a very solid damage boost in either single target or AoE. The 2 set alone might not be a huge damage gain, but together they should provide a sizeable increase. Numbers aside, it's also just really fun to be able to cast Испепеляющий след
Set bonuses aren't actually testable on the PTR yet, but fortunately the way the set works seems to be relatively straightforward. There's only two things that aren't fully clear:
This tier bonus ends up pushing Ret towards a slightly different build than it currently uses. Because Искусство войны
just procs off auto attacks, effects that increase the rate of auto attacks obviously become a lot better. Фанатизм
, as well as effects that cast more Правосудие
s for more Фанатизм
hits like Божественный резонанс
, will probably be the best options to use to maximize Искусство войны
procs. Смертный приговор
may still be usable, but instead of holding Испепеляющий след
for each window like we do now it'll just be used on cooldown instead. For conduits, Огонь очищения
will become a bit worse, since half of your Клинок справедливости
resets will reset Испепеляющий след
instead, but След истины
may become good enough to see use for the first time.
My biggest concern with the tier set has to do with the gameplay adjustments that need to be made to maximize the Серафим
buff. 2 seconds is theoretically long enough to fit 2 GCDs in, but in practice this won't happen consistently for most players. For example:
- Reaction time to the proc needs to be taken into account. At the moment it's easy to slam Клинок справедливости when you see an Искусство войны proc, but with the set bonus you'll first need to process which ability actually got reset before using it. Even though this is only a split second hesitation, it can very easily make the difference between getting an extra cast off before the Серафим buff drops or not.
- Auto attacks will happen mid-GCD. If you happen to cast an ability just before an Искусство войны proc, you're almost certainly not going to get a second GCD buffed by Серафим.
To maximize the chance of getting a second GCD inside Серафим
, it's very likely that an auto attack tracker will become necessary to track exactly when a proc could happen. It'll probably result in a style of play where you try to use a spender right after an auto attack happens, just in case you get a proc, so that you don't have to instantly react to it in order to get another ability inside the Серафим
This punishes players who can't make these small optimizations in one of two ways: either they don't track auto attacks and only get half the value from each Серафим
proc as a player who is, or they do track their autos and start leaving large gaps in their rotation to try to accommodate potential procs, leading to a DPS loss from holding their ability casts for too long. This problem could be fixed by changing the 2 set bonus to simply buff your next 2 abilities instead, to give the same benefit without requiring as strict of a timing window. Just to be clear, there's no problem with having tier set bonuses that change the way that you play a spec - that's ideally what you'd want from a set bonus. The issue here is that the level of optimization required to maximize procs will be prohibitively high for many players, and the difference between optimizing it and not will probably be significant.
Other than that, whether or not you have Тотем неистовства ветра
will also start to make a very big difference on Ret's damage output. Even this tier, when it only affected Клинок справедливости
resets, Ret was one of the best melee to have in a Windfury group after Arms and the Rogue specs. But considering extra Испепеляющий след
resets and Серафим
procs, Windfury will probably be more like a 5% DPS increase. If Enhancement is still good and more guilds start to bring them then this isn't as big of an issue, but it'll be frustrating playing without Windfury knowing that you're losing a significant amount of damage without it.
Overall, I like the design of the set. Random extra Испепеляющий след
resets seems like it'll be a very fun addition to Ret's playstyle, and push it towards a build that is a bit different to what's been used in Shadowlands up to this point. If the 2 set gets adjusted to be a little less punishing for players not fully optimizing to play around it, then I'll be very happy with how it looks going in to next tier.