At the urging of several friends and Guildies I am writing this post. Though this will be more of a guide than what most would consider a blog post. This guide will cover the ins and outs of Retribution Paladins. This guide will be broken into three main subjects: Rotation (spell priority) And Talents, Gearing, and lastly Stat Priority. But before I jump in there are a few things that need be known. 1) I don’t currently, nor never have, consider myself all-knowing. 2) These are opinions, and though I will provide facts and statistics to back most of them they should not be blindly put to use. Everyone has their own play-style and what works for me may not be right for you. 3) Any add-ons sited are not an endorsement, only suggestions. And with that let us begin shall we?
We will start with the Rotation as it will remain the same regardless of gear or stats. your basic spell rotation is as follows:
Inquisition >Exorcism>Judgement>Crusader Strike>TV
That is your BASIC rotation. As in pre-20% and without cooldowns. You want to keep Inquisition up at all times. And you only really want to use it with 3 Holy Power as it will have more effect on the amount of spells you can fit between usages. Statistically speaking Judgement and CS (Crusader strike) are roughly the same in damage so those two can be reversible. You want to use Templar’s Verdict (TV) at 3 holy power UNLESS you and use another Holy power generating ability and DO NOT already have 5 Holy Power. The reason for this is quite simple. Using Tv at 3 stacks while you have another ability ready is a dps loss. Example: you have 3 Holy power, Exorcism is on CD, but CS and Judgement are not. Use CS and Judgement, then TV. With the effects we receive from haste and the GCD by the time you CS, Judge, then TV, your CS should be ready again and you can use CS, Judge, and TV again and even after doing that twice you should still have 1 Holy Power left. in simple terms, if you can do something else to generate Holy Power and you are NOT already full Holy power, use it. Then use TV as a Holy Power Dump.
Now that I’ve explained to general, let’s get into the specific. What to do during post 20% and CD phases. Typically you want to time your CD’s with heroism as we benefit greatly from haste. But you should never hold out if you can use a CD and you know heroism is still looming over a minute away. Personally I find it’s best to use everything at the start of a fight, AFTER YOUR TANKS HAVE AGGRO, then use things as they come off CD. As Ret Paladins our CDs are nearly non-existent. We have two main DPS CDs that we can use and they should be used at the same time as they both have the same duration if you have Sanctified Wrath, Which is currently the BEST Ret dps talent. Our other big dps CD is our level 90 talent. Execution Sentence is the best for single target DPS, and the other two options are equally great for AoE. All our other talents don’t impact dps enough to mater. though i do recommend Clemency as it offers a lot of utility.
Her’s how your entire boss fight should look based on my recommendations.
Exorcism (you’re out of range and running to the boss)>Judgement>CS>Inquisition>Avenging Wrath>Guardian>[HoJ>(ANY of the following keeping the previous stated rotation in mind Exorcism>Judgement>CS)>HoJ]
Repeat what’s in white until AW is gone and you can no long HoJ. Once AW is gone just keep up the normal rotation. Part 2 of the guide to be released tomorrow. 🙂