Boubouille over at MMO-Champion has listed a bunch of changes for the new PTR, which is testing out 4.0.6.
The changes that directly affect holy paladins are few (as in, 1) but it’s a buff, at least, not a nerf.
* Divine Plea now gives you 12% of your total mana over 9 sec, up from 10% of your total mana over 15 sec.
* Light of Dawn base healing has been reduced by 40%, from 1008 – 1124 to 605 – 675.
* Tower of Radiance no longer affects Holy Light.
The change to Divine Plea is a good one, probably meant to encourage us to remember that it doesn’t completely suck. The increase in mana gained is nice enough, but packing it into 9 seconds is the real buff. That’s only 9 seconds with 50% reduced healing done. This can mean a great reduction in the use of /cancelaura macros AND a reduction in cooldowns being blown in order to counter Divine Plea’s healing reduction. 9 seconds isn’t very long; there are several moments where you can easily take 9 seconds to do less healing if you need the mana back. If you feel that you can’t do that, for example in the early phases of Halfus, that’s when you blow your cooldowns, since the fight after the first couple of minutes gets easier.
Also, the actual patch notes are out. Here’s a link to them at MMO-Champion.
Of particular interest to us:
Glyph of Divine Plea now adds 6% mana, for a total of 18% over 9 seconds.
So that’s 18% mana over 9 seconds, glyphed, instead of 15% mana over 15 seconds.
That’s a positive change and I’m pleased to see it on the PTR.
*** Edit *** For crying out loud, three separate updates with paladin stuff? Really?
There was another push of updates last night while I was raiding.
General Paladin Stuff:
* Inquisition is no longer dispellable.
* Rebuke can now be trained by all paladins at level 54. Existing characters will need to visit their trainer, even if they had talented Rebuke before.
We rarely use Inquisition, but there are some cases where we probably should (Halfus post-enrage when you’re spamming the crap out of Exorcism?). But Rebuke? That’s the new-with-Cataclysm retribution talent that is an interrupt. Baseline now? That’s EXCELLENT news. I know pally tanks are OVER THE MOON about this. I’m pleased to have the utility, myself.
Denounce now has a spell overlay.
I don’t spec for Denounce, although I’m thinking of having a second spec with it for burn phases on Magmaw, for instance. A spell overlay (“power aura”) for it could come in handy.
With regards to the other listed changes, no worries, we are NOT being nerfed again. The Light of Dawn nerf is simply the official change for what they’ve already implemented. Same with Tower of Radiance.
So it’s a pretty boring PTR for us PTR that’s not too game-changing for holies, but it’s definitely a positive PTR for paladins as a whole, particularly with the decision to make Rebuke baseline.