the light and how to swing it

The light and how to swing it
And the remainder
All in all, despite a few nerfs, protection paladins are still sitting pretty. We’ve got some of the best tanking mechanics in the game, we still have haste as a (powerful and viable) option for gearing, and we still have a wide and varied toolbox at our disposal. This expansion has been very good to us, and this patch does little to change that!

The problem is that people can EASILY focus on the numbers. Recount and World of Logs make it extremely easy to find your own specific numbers and your precious HPS. I’ve been guilty of posting my obscene HPS on certain fights on this very blog, but that’s more out of pure novelty than a real focus or concentration on that. At the end of the raid, what matters more? That I pulled 11k HPS on a couple of Blood Queen Lana’thel attempts, or that we didn’t get her down? Obviously, the latter is the more important issue. Was I doing my particular job? Yes. Was the rest of the raid? Clearly not, because she didn’t die. Should I have HAD that obscene 11k HPS? No. It’s not indicative that I did a good job, but rather, it indicates that the rest of the raid didn’t do their jobs and, as such, we didn’t get the boss down.
On to Glyphs… Mr. Christian says we have four true Glyph options and then lists five major glyphs, meaning he needs to proofread his articles a little better. To his credit, he does list the three most useful ones (in my opinion) first.

The light and how to swing it
I took all of the shots at 1/4 power on the SB-800. The camera was set to ISO 200, 1/80 second, 60mm. For the first three shots, I used an aperture of f/16. For all of the remaining shots, I switched to f/11. All of the shots are straight out of the camera with no post-processing or tweaking.
With that in mind, I decided to mimic Zack’s illustration, but for a different purpose. I lugged my camera and tripod out to the driveway, placed a flash in front of the garage door, and took some shots to see how the light changed from a bare SB-800, to the SB-800 with a dome diffuser, and finally to the SB-800 with a Gary Fong diffuser.

The light and how to swing it
Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Light and How to Swing It for holy, protection and retribution paladins. Every Sunday, Chase Christian invites you to discuss the finer side of the paladin class: the holy specialization. Feel free to email me with any questions you want answered, like why paladins are so awesome.
What is it with bosses in WoW not learning from their mistakes? We’ve had to put an end to Kel’Thuzad‘s sick experiments in two different expansions, while Nefarian actually rebuilt his sister so that we could fight the two of them again. Nobody can forget Kael’thas‘ infamous return, and I know I’ve killed Anub’arak like 12 different times now. It seems now that Molten Core was merely a setback for everyone’s favorite Elemental Lord, Ragnaros the Firelord. Ragnaros must’ve missed the memo about Al’Akir falling to our might, or else he might’ve hired a few more majordomos.

The light and how to swing it
I still remember the unmitigated joy I felt, sitting in my crummy seat far off to the left of the main stage at BlizzCon 2011, as Blizzard began to go into the new talent system for Mists of Pandaria and a screenshot of the paladin tree was shown. Sitting at the top of the new tree was a tier of familiar names: Speed of Light , Long Arm of the Law , Pursuit of Justice — all the names of the various speed enhancements that the class currently had. Sweet fancy Moses, it was a tier of “gap closers”!
The pattern here (other than that warriors are jerk-face show-offs) is that mobility can equal survivability in certain circumstances. I’ve said it before — as tanks, it’s our job to hedge against any corner case, and having a tool that would prevent (or at least aid against) getting squished in a mobility-dependent corner case is a huge plus.


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