Patch 3.1 Paladin Updates

Here is a list of the Paladin changes coming in 3.1 but you can view all the changes here.

Paladin

General
Auras will now persist through death.

Blessing of Kings is now trainable at level 20. Removed from talent trees.

All Paladin auras have had their tooltip changed to note that they work on the entire raid, not just the party.

Talents
Protection
New Talent Divinity:Tier 1 protection talent, increases healing done by and to you by 1/2/3/4/5%.
Potentially a healadin can have a 10% healing increase if the tankadin spec into this. This is very nice. Now I wont have to spec deep into ret

Sacred Duty (Protection) rank 1 now increases Stamina by 4%.
Stamina increases are always good

Retribution
Benediction (Retribution) now affects Hand of Reckoning.
OK, it is a start but Blizzard needs to work more on HoR. Tankadin should not have to max out their hit just to ensure HoR does not miss.

Fanaticism reduced to 3 ranks for 6/12/18% bonus and 10/20/30% threat reduction.

Repentance no longer resets the Paladin’s melee swing timer.

Righteous Vengeance reduced to 3 ranks for 10/20/30%.

Holy
Skills
Exorcism can now be used on all targets, but is now a guaranteed critical strike vs Undead and Demon type mobs.

Judgement of Light now procs off spells as well. (Previously only “attacks” would trigger this)
Major buff. Seals will finally be useful for the entire raid.

Shield of Righteousness now deals 130% of block value + 520 at the highest rank. It no longer causes a high amount of threat. (Previously increased damage by a set amount)

Blessing of Kings is now a baseline ability. Trainable at level 20.

Talents
Purifying Power (Tier 6) now reduces the cooldown of your Exorcism and Holy Wrath spells by 17/33%. (Previously increased the critical strike chance of those spells by 10/20%)
I’m not a theorycrafter but if I did my math correct, Exorcism will be cut down to 10.05 seconds. That is quite interesting. Is this Blizzard’s way in helping Holy DPS, particular the Shockadin spec? It’s unfortunate prot or ret can not benefit from this.

Pure of Heart (Tier 5) now reduces Curse, Poison, and Disease effects by 15/30%. (Previously was 25/50% but did not include poisons)

Blessed Hands has been moved from Tier 5 to Tier 4 and now reduces the mana cost of Hand of Freedom, Hand of Sacrifice and Hand of Salvation by 15/30% and cooldowns by 10/20%.

Improved Concentration Aura’s (Tier 4) reduced silence/interrupt effect now works while any aura is active.

Talents
Shield of the Templar (Tier 10) no longer increases the damage of your Holy Shield, Avenger’s Shield and Shield of Righteousness spells. Instead it gives your Avenger’s Shield a 33/66/100% chance to silence targets hit by it for 3 sec.
Finally a spell that can pull casters.

Judgements of the Just (Tier 10) now reduces the cooldown of your Hammer of Justice by 10 sec, increases the duration of your Seal of Justice effect by 0.5 sec, in addition to its previous effect.

Avenger’s Shield’s (Tier 9) damage has been increased across all ranks.

Guarded by the Light (Tier 9) now reduces spell damage taken by 3% and gives a 50% chance to refresh the duration of your Divine Plea when you hit an enemy. (Previously reduced the mana cost of your Holy Shield, Avenger’s Shield and Shield of Righteousness spells by 15%.)

Holy Shield’s (Tier 7) damage slightly increased across all ranks.
I would rather like this spell to slightly reduce the damage than slightly increase damage.

Ardent Defender (Tier 7) is now a 3 point talent, reducing damage taken by 10/20/30%. (Previously was a 5 point talent)

Sacred Duty (Tier 6) increases stamina by 4% now. (Previously was 3%)
Again, any increase to stamina is helpful

One-Handed Weapon Specialization is now a 3 point talent, increasing damage done with 1 handers by 4/7/10%. (Previously was a 5 point talent)

Blessing of Sanctuary (Tier 5) now only grants 2% of maximum displayed mana when the target blocks, parries, or dodges a melee attack. (Previously granted 10 rage or 20 runic power or 2% max mana)
Did this become useful to only paladins? That’s unfortunate.

Divine Guardian (Tier 4) now has been changed to redirect damage “(up to a maximum of 150/300% of the Paladin’s health).” (Previously had no limit)

Improved Devotion Aura (Tier 4) now increases the amount healed on any target affected by any of your Auras by 2%. (Previously only worked with Devotion Aura active)

Improved Hammer of Justice (Tier 4) is now a 2 point talent, reducing the cooldown of Hammer of Justice by 10/20 sec. (Previously had a 3rd rank that reduced cooldown by 30 secs)

Paladin Glyphs
Glyph of Exorcism — Increases damage done by Exorcism by 20%. (Old: Your Exorcism also interrupts spellcasting for 2 sec.)

Glyph of Divinity — Your Lay on Hands grants twice as much mana as normal and also grants you as much mana as it grants your target. (Old: Your Lay on Hands also grants you as much mana as it grants your target.)
Not bad but I still think the glyph is worthless.

Glyph of Lay on Hands — Reduces the cooldown of your Lay on Hands spell by 5 min.(Old: Increases the mana restored by your Lay on Hands spell by 20%)

Glyph of Beacon of Light *new* — Increases the duration of Beacon of Light by 30 sec.
I like this glyph but I would hope Blizzard increases the duration to a minute. I believe 2 minutes total is about right.

Glyph of Hammer of the Righteous *new* — Your Hammer of the Righteous hits 1 additional target.

Glyph of Divine Storm *new* — Your Divine Storm now heals for an additional 15% of the damage it causes.
Is it a self heal or a party heal or both?

Glyph of Shield of Righteousness *new* — Reduces the mana cost of Shield of Righteousness by 1 to 6%.

Glyph of Divine Plea *new* — While Divine Plea is active, you take 3% reduced damage from all sources.

Glyph of Holy Shock *new* — Reduces the cooldown of Holy Shock by 1 sec.

Glyph of Hand of Salvation *new* — When you cast Hand of Salvation on yourself, it also reduces damage taken by 20%.

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1 Response to “Patch 3.1 Paladin Updates”


  1. 1 Adrugausi February 27, 2009 at 1:14 am

    “Glyph of Divinity — Your Lay on Hands grants twice as much mana as normal and also grants you as much mana as it grants your target. (Old: Your Lay on Hands also grants you as much mana as it grants your target.)
    Not bad but I still think the glyph is worthless”

    I may be wrong but isnt this glyph a minor? I never seem to be able to keep straight whether or not its LoH or Divinity that is the minor. I am not able to check where i am right now, but if my memory serves me correctly, it is. If so, this in conjunction with Gylph of Lay on Hands and with Imp LoH talented, gives a 9 minute cool down large heal, that cost 0 mana, returns around 5k mana to yourself and target, and boosts the targets armour 50% for 15secs. This to me seems to be a pretty good deal. My numbers may be a bit off, but i think that they are in the ballpark.


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