I was excited to log in to WoW after patching (I didn’t like the streaming patch) to see if anything changed for holy paladins.
Near as I can tell, two things have changed. And also, I don’t know if something is intended or not, but good gravy, there’s an interesting mechanic to talk about.
1) Infusion of Light still reduces the cast time of Flash of Light by 1.5 seconds. But now it ALSO, as advertised, reduces the cast time on Holy Light by 1.5 seconds. So your FoL is instant, which isn’t in the tooltip (we are told the tooltips are borked), but Holy Light’s cast time reduction works, where it did not previously.
Edit: Wow, I need to play less beta and get more sleep. I was wrong. I read that I was going from a 2.3 second cast to a 1.8 second cast as a 1.5s cast time reduction. What I am actually seeing, however, is the Speed of Light haste bringing it down that 0.5s.
Sleep deprivation is bad, mkay?
2) Rule of Law in the first tier of the ret tree has been changed from a 3-point talent to a 2-point talent. The tooltip now reads:
Increases the critical chance of your Crusader Strike, Holy Shock and Word of Glory by 5/10%.
That’s 5% crit gone from Holy Shock and Word of Glory, unless they’ve changed the talent to be 7%/15%. I can’t tell; my crit rating is terribly low at 82.
And the interesting mechanic is this…
As long as you have a beacon on someone and even one charge of Holy Power, you can heal that person for free indefinitely.
Check it out.
Edit: I’m totally late to the party on this, btw. ElitistJerks was talking about this the other day.
Edit: Also, guild ranks are saving! I don’t know if all the associated rank stuff is being saved, but I was able to promote people in my guild to officer without, you know, promoting them to GM first!