Holy Paladin Helpdesk 2 - Pre-raiding in Cataclysm
I first launched in 4.0.1 times. Much of this guide is based on the research and therory crafting from David Lohmeyer who is the creator of Vilepickle.com; content and quotes from this guide are used WITH PERMISSION from David, who I extend my deepest thanks to.which
Gone! Gone are the days of mindlessly ignoring our gem slot bonuses and spamming INT harder than a diamond under an 18 wheeler (sort of). We now have some new stats that crept their way into our lives. Her are the5 go-to stats for holy paladins.
Intellect - Spirit - Haste - Mastery - Critical
Intellect - Primary
Intellect is still our strongest stat, but it needs to be used in fine balance with spirit. Intellect will offer better Healing Per Second as it combines the effects of a greater mana pool, as well as strength of heals (formerly known as spell power) Importantly, we need to be strategically using Divine Plea / Replenishment effects from other classes in accordance to a higher level of INT as the regeneration will be greater. INT should still be the stat we are Gemming for PROVIDED we don't waste good socket bonuses.
Spirit - Primary/Secondary (It's confused) Important, none the less
Spirit, the Stat formerly known as MP5. This is a VERY essential stat, and the idea is we need to be at such a level of spirit that when we use our core spells (Holy Shock, Holy Light and Word of Glory) Our mana should hardly deplete. The ideal number you want to seek to enter raids is about 2300-2500 with buffs. As holy paladins we will be using more than the three previously mentioned spells, but the idea here is that the 2300-2500 spirit will allow us to use our mana pool more for our bigger heals (Divine Light, Flash of Light, Cleanse, Holy Radience) without inhibiting our ability to use the core spells.
Haste - Secondary
Haste is the top dog for itemization stats, or secondary stats. The more haste we have gives us a high chance to proc Daybreak. With more Daybreak procs we can use an extra Holy Shock per cooldown (sperated with a global CD). A lot of people worry about Haste inhibiting mana, but if we are smart, the quicker generation of holy power will mean we are using mana free heals much more commonly than we would with lesser haste.
Mastery - Secondary
Mastery is going to be handy when it is readily provided with gear, or has a great amount of it proc via a trinket effect (For Example - Mandala of Shifting Patterns), but I just can not justify it's usefulness via gems and enchants. For mastery to be great, we need a LOT to be overly effective. It is not a dead dog, but is in no way superior to haste.
Crit - Secondary
Crit does not boost out regeneration like it used to, so Critical has been numbed a LOT for us. A definite one to chose to reforge out of if you feel the need to boost Spirit or Haste. Crit isn't useless however, as bigger heals are nice, but just an impractical stat to go gaga over.
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|(Lost City of Tol'Vir Quest)|
|(Heroic) Halls of Origination|
|(Regular) Halls of Origination|
|(Rep) Earthern Ring|
|(Heroic) Grim Butol|
|(Rep) Earthern Ring|
|(Heroic) Shadowfang Keep|
|Archaeology - Tol'vir Project|
|Inscription Craftiness (BOE)|
|Tyrande's Favorite Doll|
(Reputation) Tol Barad
Appeal: Dear Holy Paladins... If you see a weapon with HIT on it... Let caster DPS have it over you!
(If you know me, you know my Seethe rants)
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Arcanum of Hyjal
Guardians of Hyjal - Revered
1.) Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone
Therazane - Exalted
2.) Lesser Inscription of Charged Lodestone
Therazane - Honored
This is down to choice, but on the grand scheme of things Spirit is my preference on early reaid/pre raid gear
Again, the #1 choice is focussed on early raiding. As mana retention seems to become easier then Speed will be best.
Mastery doesn't have much usefulness in early raiding, haste is much more handy
Ebonsteel Belt Buckle
1.) Enchant Boots - Lavawalker
2.) Enchant Boots - Earthen Vitality
This is a nice way to get a bit of mastery. ALWAYS get the enchants with run speed enchants for PVE raiding. You should not be specced into Persuit of Justice, and the minor run speed increase can have MAJOR benefits. (In my hardcore guild in LK to even be considered for an application you had to have Tuskar's Vitality, regardless of class/roll)
Most people seem to be going Heartsong, however I believe the ratio of Int (500) vs Spirit (200) provides much more benefit with Power Torrent than Heartsong. However, Heartsong is a great deal cheaper and still very good.