Since 6.2 comes out Tuesday, I figured I’d put a Best in Slot list together for Hellfire Citadel and talk a little about the Tier 18 2-set and 4-set bonuses and the implications of the class/role specific trinket.
Anyway, here’s what I will be going for in Hellfire Citadel:
Helm: Helm of the Ceaseless Vigil dropped by Kormrok
Shoulders: Shoulderplates of the Ceaseless Vigil dropped by Xhul’orac
Hands: Gauntlets of the Ceaseless Vigil dropped by Socrethar
Chest: Cuirass of the Ceaseless Vigil dropped by Mannoroth
Legs: Acid-Etched Legplates dropped by Hellfire High Council
Wrists: Wristplate of the Wretched dropped by Shadow-Lord Iskar
Waist: Anniharli’s Waistplate dropped by Mannoroth
Boots: Stompers of Brazen Terror dropped by Killrogg
Cloak: Polymorphc Cloak of Absorption dropped by Kormrok
Ring: Pompous Ceremonial Ring dropped by Velhari
Trinket 1: Libram of Vindication dropped by Archimonde (class trinket!)
Trinket 2: Intuition’s Gift dropped by Killrogg (on-use crit)
Trinket 3: Demonic Phylactery dropped by Socrethar
Shield: Soulwarped Tower Shield dropped by Socrethar
Weapon: Mindbender’s Flame Blade dropped by Hellfire High Council
While you’re free to use this list, keep in mind that I put a list together that best suits my play-style. I prefer having spirit on my neck and ring (only 1 is listed because the other will be the legendary ring!), but it’s perfectly viable – maybe even preferable – to go for the caster rings with crit/haste or crit/mastery. That said, this list is built from ten years of playing a holy paladin, so feel free to trust it if you don’t want to take the time to build your own list.
Tier 18 2-set and 4-set Bonus Discussion
2-set: Increases the amount of healing transferred to your Beacon of Light targets by 25%.
4-set: Your spell haste is increased by 2% every time you heal your Beacon of Light target. Lasts for 6 seconds. Stacks up to 4 times.
The 2-set bonus is game-breaking. Holy Shock, Eternal Flame, Holy Light, Flash of Light, and Light of Dawn transfer through Beacon of Light at 50%. This 2-set bonus increases the transfer by 25%, so 75% of the aforementioned heals will transfer through Beacon of Light AND Beacon of Faith with this set bonus. If Beacon of Faith wasn’t a forced talent before (let’s face facts, it pretty much was), it definitely is with this 2-set bonus.
The wording on the 4-set bonus seemed straightforward to me – it should be any heals whatsoever on the Beacon target that triggers the effect. But one of my guildies brought up a good question – did the wording imply that it was ALL heals on the Beacon target, including transferred heals, or just direct heals on the Beacon target? Since I couldn’t find an answer on the forums, I sent a tweet to Shuttle, Midwinter’s Holy Paladin. Here’s what he said.
Getting an answer to that question helped me determine that the 4-set is not only worth taking, it’s pretty much required, especially with the way it synergizes with the class trinket, which I’ll get to in a moment. The 2% haste increase stacking 4 times leads to an 8% haste increase that should be possible to keep up 100% of the time without much effort. It should still be tracked, of course, but if you’re healing correctly, then keeping the 8% haste increase shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Class Trinket: Libram of Vindication
Here’s what the Libram does for Holy: Healing with Holy Shock grants you Magnifying Light, increasing the healing of your next Holy Light or Flash of Light within 6 seconds by 101.03%
That’s the heroic tooltip, found on Wowhead. Since we use Holy Shock on cooldown, and Holy Shock critical strikes trigger Infusion of Light, this trinket is AMAZING. Holy Light typically heals for around 30-50k, depending on raid buffs, stat weights, and cooldown usage. With 50k at the top end of that spectrum, increasing the heal by 101% for 100,500 gives us the toolkit to be true niche tank healers again.
I’ve heard other pally healers complain about being forced back into a niche, but I’ve never minded being in the tank healer niche. I started playing in Vanilla, started raiding in BC, and tank healing was bread-and-butter paladin healing through multiple expansions. The only problem I have had with the tank healing niche is that we haven’t been given the toolkit we really need to BE tank healers. With the tier 18 set bonuses and the class trinket, we get our toolkit back.
Holy Power generation is still problematic, and I don’t see how Blizzard is going to remedy that. Right now, it seems they are relying on our set bonuses to give us the tools we need to fit the niche we were originally intended to fill, and even if it’s more of a band-aid than a real fix, I’ll take it. I’m tired of feeling like my single target heals don’t hit the tanks hard enough, and these set bonuses should help with that, if nothing else.