So the latest bit of news is that recently, the PTR received a massive patch. This thing was a few GB worth of massiveness information overload. The Holy paladin, after settling into some of the changes with the tree, received a blow that really hurts, in my opinion. What could have been a strong build with support from the ret tree now looks like a hodge podge of talents slung everywhere BUT the holy tree.
First let’s take a look at the changes.
Enlightened Judgements now also Increases the range of your Judgement by 5/10 yards.
This change is addition to its other effect that your judgements heal you for x amount when cast. If you take into consideration that Ret received changes recently that reduced their Judgement range from 15/30 to 10/20 we now have to spend 4 talent points to maintain our 40 yard stance to judge. I could see more detrimental changes than this but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect us all the same.
Divinity is gone, moved to Protection
What!? I was so excited this was moved to the Holy tree. We started off beta pretty early with the change to put this in the holy tree…it makes sense to be there imho…but alas, they’re going to fill its spot in the Holy tree with more useless talents. It is getting really hard to get 31 strong points in the build.
Protector of the Innocent is now a Tier 1 Holy Talent and has been revamped – Casting a targeted heal on any target, including yourself, also heals you for 1240.83 to 1427.62. (Multi ranks, but currently all with the same value)
Somewhere, I am sure that they are saying the less we have to heal ourselves, the more time we spend healing everyone else. Which that is true…but…I would perfer to have stronger heals to perform on everyone than just healing myself for minor flesh wounds all the time.
This just sums up the changes that I have already talked about and I fully believe this flipflop of talents was stupid.
Selfless Healer now increases the effectiveness of Word of Glory’s heal by 25/50% when used on others.
More often than not, we will use Word of Glory on others so could be a highly beneficial change. However, sorry to get your hopes up but it is currently Tier 5 in the Ret tree. With that said, let’s take a look a potential build:
Holy: All talents that have points are max rank. This gives us a total of 31 points. Chosen talents are Protector of the Innocent, Judgements of the Pure, Clarity of Purpose, Last Word, Divine Favor, Infusion of Light, Daybreak, Enlightened Judgements, Beacon of Light, Speed of Light, Sacred Cleansing, Conviction, Aura Mastery, Tower of Radiance, and Light of Dawn.
This holy tree excludes talents that boost damage such as Denounce. It also has no points in Blessed Life as you should not be getting hit. Start with 2 ranks in Protector of of the Innocent and work your way down; there has been some debate where to put the last point and I went back to Protector instead of Spiritual Focus because I don’t seem to have any problems with my judgements hitting and I will not miss a heal.
Prot: Divinity increases healing done by up to 6% and Eternal Glory has a 30% chance for Word of Glory not to consume Holy Power. Both are great for healing and with the Divinity change it destroys our ret support.
Ret: Improved Judgement for range and Crusade for Holy Shock healing. In previous builds, we would have had access to Rule of Law for Word of Glory and Holy Shock critical effects but unless you want to take those points from the Prot tree, we can no longer get there.
My plea is that they will put Divinity back into the place it had called home and take away our protector! We save not protect! Maybe that should be a mantra? Maybe not.
Anyways, with these changes done on the PTR, there is one more thing that I don’t think was out with the last patch on the PTR or maybe I just hadn’t noticed but…CULTURE SHOCK at seeing this:
Yes, I had a spell power/int gem in this piece…do as I say not as I do?… but spell power is no longer a stat on gear or gems…and int gems are red…and…MY PLATE HAS SPIRIT. It isn’t that I didn’t know these changes were coming, it is just that…well, there they are!