Update 2: This post is now out of date due to the changes in Cataclysm, and has nothing specific to level 85 tanks anymore.
I can tell you that builds for Paladins have changed in an incredible range of ways, as to has the rotations and use of resources. The Holy power addition means a Paladin Tank is no longer just a AoE tank – target switching is real for all Tanks now. If you don’t like switching targets and loved being lazy then Paladin is probably the best choice for tanking, but you’ll readlly need to be careful and change your style to be effective.
The EJ Forum is the best place to start, read the first sections, and then jump across to TankSpot for more information.
Update: A new post for Paladin Tanks at Level 80 is here, updated for 3.3.3.
The patch v3.0.2 has me thinking of how to spec, and honnestly I just don’t know. I’ve tried to silently troll the usual forums for builds, but found a storm of activity with no clear winners.
So here goes…Here is a spec that is for a level 70 Prot Paladin, is heavy on Tanking, and has little flex into the other talent trees.
Edit: As 3.1 is fast approaching, consider this spec out of date. I’m sure the basics will be ok, but I’m not claiming this is accurate anymore.
Edit: Make sure you read the comments in this post, the build advice changes! Don’t miss out.
Firstly I put less points into Reckoning and Ardent Defender, because I think these are not as useful as other talents. Secondly I kept the Improved Judgements and Deflection, as 5% parry is good, and I think quick and often judgements will still be part of Prot Tanking.
Also I spent no points in Judgements of the Just, as its not a mandatory but would be handy later. Redoubt is a funny one that confuses me. I took no points in the end as I figured that we cannot be crushed anymore, so a few crits and hits just gives me mana. The total reverse could be true, this could be the cornert stone Tank talent, and avoiding the chance at extra Block could be a foolhardy choice. Block hurts them afterall. We’ll see.
Lastly no Holy, nothing in the Ret tree beyond the above, and as the levels tick toward 80, they’ll all get spent in the Prot tree.
Should mention too that I mean this to be a Prot build up until the leveling process. After that a hybrid Prot/Ret will make more sense. Stacking Ret for the extra dps, with some Prot (or vice versa) will be the go.