80 Prot Paladin Talent Build

Now that Diamon (my Paladin) is 80 and patch 3.3.3 is live it is time to update the Protection Paladin talent build. Once again I’ve read through forums, and the base build is pretty steady, but there are a ton of variations for a Tank build.

Here is a Tank build I’m planning to use for Diamon. Like most builds it uses the Retribution talent tree for additional powers and that makes threat building easier.

Now no build is good without some explanation, so here goes:

  1. I’ve seen builds that have more points in Crusade and Seal of Command. This seems to me to be a build for when you’re never out of mana, and also looking for maximum threat. That is not my case as a new Paladin tank, so I’ve taken some points out of these areas.
  2. I did however put a point in Conviction, as a 1% crit chance is always a great thing.
  3. If I was being totally selfless as a new 80 tank, I would have taken at least some points in Divinity in the Prot tree, as it increases the healing that the Paladin receives. But meh, most runs have very over-geared toons, so and I’d rather match the pace of the run to the gear and spec of the characters than try to stay alive the most.
  4. On the flip side of that is choosing a Glyph for reduced cooldown on Lay of Hands. I can’t think of a handier ability for a protection paladin. The self heal is huge, and having that power more often is a godsend.
  5. Some builds will only have 1 rank of Spiritual Attunement, but I want and need both points.
  6. An alternate could also be to put some points into the improved Seal of Vengeance in the Holy tree, but I rate Crusade’s 2% to all and 4% to Undead as a better bonus.

Much of what is good in Tankadins is available for easy reading at MainTankadin.failsafedesign.com.

This post is an update to my previous post for a level 70 spec from October 2008.

Rise of the Paladin, ding 80!

After a weekend of burning through all the rested xp, a stack of instances, and more kills that I can poke a stick at; my Paladin is now level 80!

/happydance /rawr

Diamon (armory link)* was my first Warcraft character, rolled as I like the Paladin class from DnD, and has always been a character that resonates with me. I leveled primarily as a tank, with a bad dps set for solo questing, and honestly I think the tanking is far more fun.

Upon hitting 80 I spent a stack of gold on the skill-ups, equipped a few upgrades that I had in the bank waiting, was gifted a set of ilevel 200 Shoulders (thanks Rakk), bought a few upgrades from the AH too.

Now wearing a mix of blues and purples, and looks ready to strike into the basic Heroics. Bring it on.

In the coming weeks I’ll probably add to my list of daily pugs, all the stories of being an under geared dps and tank, and no doubt will have some utterly stunning stories of ineptitude (like x2 DKs in a CoS run who could not do more that 500-700 dps).  I suppose I should dps a run and see if I can do any better. :)

Grats also to Rakk who’s shammy levels with me and also ding’ed last night.

*Armory was down when I posted, but honestly – he is 80.

Another AH bargin?

More bargins ffound: cheap-ish Armour kits and some cloth to resell, but a set of Revenant’s Treads for 30g looks good.

I’ll go out on a limb here and say that any spell caster gear for Mail and Plate wearers seems very cheap. So cheap in fact that you’d be mad not to snaffle the when it appears at these prices – if you’d use them.

RevenantsTreads on the AH

Is all spellpower mail and plate just diry cheap?

In this case I think it was probably made to level a skill, but for 30g – its a great price. The mats alone are worth 60g.

Epic AH drops

Had a quiet 30 minutes last night of digging through the AH and found some real bargains.

Purchase window for Boots of avoidance

9g for a level 40 epic, Bargin!

I found a Signet of the Accord (ilevel 200 epic Tanking ring) for around 120g, a Durable Nerubhide Cape ( ilevel 200 epic Tanking Cloak) for just over 200g, both which will go to my Paladin when he hits 80. Also found a set of Boots of Avoidance, which are a groovy set of Tanking boots for my lowbie Warrior Tank for a staggering 9g.

So a nice night for buyers of Tank gear on the AH. It is funny to consider that the enchants for some of these items will probably cost 30-40% of the buy price of the item. I’ve also got another really swanky cloak and boots with bids, but I really doubt that I’ll win given how often the AJ is farmed by folks.

I don’t use the AH for cash generation most days, more to periodically look for great deals on gear I might want. Was stoked to get that gear last night for my Paladin.

LeggingsStoneWeaver for 200g

Are 226 legs worth 200g, or did I just overspend?

Also made out ok just after that with a little purchase that I’ll try to resell, a Leggings of the Stoneweaver, which is 226 ilevel Shaman gear, for 200g.

I think this AH scanning thing could have some merit, and although I do most of my searches “by hand” and pick bargains – this could put me a lot closer to grabbing some silly gear for alts.

Perhaps work toward a 6th toon with epic flying.

What would you start over as?

If you had the chance to start all over again in WoW, what would you play?

Now I don’t know why on earth somebody would choose to restart from scratch, as I think there is always a strength in using your old toons. Starting a level 1 Alt is very different from starting on a new server clean. I tried this once, and did not last long until I transferred a higher level toon over to make the process easier.

TLDR – I’m too lazy to start over without a high level toon to grandfather gear and bags.

Would you switch to a new class or race at level 80?

I would only consider switching to something else if I had decided to switch Factions, then I’d grab an Orc – as I see it as the perfect Unholy Death Knight race / class combo. But I like my Draenei Death Knight, it has the mass which matches a Death Knight. Tauren would be another OK choice.

Maybe a Worgen in the expansion.

And also what if your account was destroyed and you needed to start from level 1? What and why choice of class, race, and faction?

I’d probably not play for a long time, if at all. Starting from scratch would be such an ending, that I don’t think it would work. Unless I was supported by a few high level mates.

Given a bit of time to get past the grief; my characters would be x2 bank toons, a DK main, and a Hunter, Paladin, or Warlock as alts. Got to have something to do when the rested runs out.

And most of all what would you plan to do with it? Raid, PvP or just hang out in Dalaran?

I’d keep casually raiding and running 5 mans. I only like PvP in bursts, and can’t take the RP side seriously. If  real life permitted I’d raid seriously, 3 times a week.

And yes, I’d be one of those guys who are also hanging about in Dalaran, looking for a PuG or some such to entertain me.

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A noob hunter in SAN gets a level

A noob hunter in SAN gets a level

Joined the folks in Single Abstract Noun, on the US version, and by golly they are a chatty and fun group of folks. Both the EU and US variants are present on Argent Dawn, Horde for the EU folks, and Alliance for the US guys.

If you are a blogger, or want to play with no strict requirements, or want to talk to bloggers, then come join. My little toon (named Corrian, a level 6 Hunter) is for comic value, and I’ll keep dropping in from time to time.

A huge number of bloggers have already signed-up.

Info for EU players, US players, and groovy google search for a stack of activity.

Happy hunting and feasting.