Posts Tagged ‘pally-guide’

by Dan Desmond

 

Originally I planned to write this as soon as I was done leveling, but real life intervened and separated me from my precious internet connection for a few days while I moved. I apologize for the delay, and I hope that at least a few of you still find these tips useful!

Questing

Some people prefer to quest their way to the level cap — I am one of those people. It’s a great way to see the sights, get your reputations up, earn some coin, and get a few nice pieces of gear, so why not? Well, before you trigger that loading screen between Azeroth and Pandaria, I have a few pointers to help you get those last five levels.
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by Matt Walsh

 

It was a fairly painless five levels that brought you to the top of the food chain in Pandaria, and, as the expression goes, now you can play the game. If you’re officially leaping on the gear treadmill and getting ready for raiding, you have a lot of work ahead of you. Thankfully there is a lot to do, and easily available sources of gearing, so the task isn’t particularly onerous. Before you know it, you’ll be geared and ready to tank anything the sha toss at you.
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by Matt Walsh

 

With the change to Vengeance in Mists of Pandaria, a tank’s solo damage has just about cratered compared to previous expansions. Gone is the heyday of Wrath when we could kill things on our own, one on one, without our six o’clock shadows coming in. Here again are the unhappy days of The Burning Crusade, where there was plenty of time for a bathroom break between the engagement of an enemy and its much-subsequent demise.

I expect many tanks will be switching to their retribution offspecs to speed up the onerous process of leveling. Yet, for those brave few who refuse to take the easy way out and enjoy the long, possibly rewarding slog that is wading shin-deep in molasses — excuse me, I mean leveling as a tank — I sing your praises (in a “Here’s to you, Mr. Leveling as Prot for old time’s sake when it’s taking three times as long” kind of way). It might not be the fastest or most efficient path, but for those who choose to take it, let’s talk about how to make the process as painless as possible.
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by Dan Desmond

 

Before giving an official verdict on any of these changes I wanted to raid a bit to see them in action. Unfortunately I’ve had to resort to sidelong glances at Dragon Soul as my guild is finishing up T11 metas and mounts for everyone before the expansion closes. I did, however, get to down heroic Ragnaros again for another pretty bird and run a handful of Hour of Twilight heroics, so I did get at least some experience.
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by Matt Walsh

 

Finally the pre-release patch has come and we’re in that exciting interregnum time between the tired, old content and the piping-hot new stuff. There were a lot of changes made to the protection spec and, on the whole, I really think Blizzard nailed it. Yet, there are still a lot of growing pains, as with any pre-release patch, and today I’m going to talk about ways to mitigate that so you can finish out Cataclysm at the top of your game and totally ready for everything Pandaria has in store.
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by Matt Walsh

 

The pre-release patch dropping on Tuesday marks a new hill for us to conquer. Everything is changing, from our talents to our glyphs to our rotations to (at the most basic level) how we keep ourselves alive. In order to hit the ground running and be able to tank just as well (or hell, better!) than you were under the 4.x rules set, it’s critical to make sure you know everything you need to know about the upcoming patch and do everything you can do in advance.
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by Dan Desmond

 

For anyone starting a new paladin in Mists after hearing how awesome it is on the beta, or for anyone looking to change your races or professions, this article is for you. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
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by Dan Desmond

 

We are close, my lovelies, closer than we have ever been. With Mists of Pandaria slated to launch on Sept. 25, 2012, now is the perfect time to become acquainted with all of the changes that a new expansion inevitably brings.

This guide will bring you up to speed with what being a retribution paladin in Mists is all about, from what our talents look like to what food we should be eating. It is my intention to update this guide continually with any major changes we may experience.

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by Matt Walsh

 

Last time ,we talked about the basics of what paladin tanks are going to be working with when Mists launch. What we didn’t talk about was the remainder — whether it be how certain mechanics feel or how we’re shaping up with regards to the other tanks classes and the content itself.

The TL;DR version is that we look to be in a pretty good place overall. Our rotation is miles ahead of our current Cataclysm rotation in terms of quality of life, and on the opposite side of the planet from that drinking bird practice regimen known as the 969 rotation in Wrath. There’s a little more to play with and balance in our toolbox these days, thanks to the pick-’n-mix of the new talents system, which is definitely a good thing if variety and engagement is your bread and butter.

In terms of actual gameplay balance with regard to the game and the other philistines competing for our jerbs, we’re in a decent place as well. That is, we’re no longer in the Wild West days of Wrath, where patch cycles saw one tank class after another get brokenly good (except warriors, womp womp). The general trend of Cataclysm continues — keeping the balance to a reasonable level among the classes — though when it comes to the highest levels of the hardest content, the disparities start to emerge with gusto.

Anyway, that’s the 50,000-mile view. Let’s get down in the mud and talk turkey.
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by Dan Desmond

 

We have a launch date. Of course, we’ll see if Blizzard sticks to it — I’m hoping they do, because otherwise I will have taken those days off work for nothing. For just the next few minutes, however, let’s pretend that Sept. 25 will be the day that the continent of Pandaria opens up to us and all of that shiny new loot becomes ours for the taking.

As we level, quests and dungeons will offer the majority of our gear. When we reach the level cap of 90, another option opens up to us: reputations. Sadly, raising these reputations won’t be as easy as running a handful of random dungeons with a tabard on like it was in Wrathand Cataclysm, but getting to know your allies in Mists is still very important.
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