Though there were few votes (8 in total), I have decided to follow the advice, and have a little bit of fun. Last night, while my wife was giving my son a bath, I hopped online and respec’d my Protection offspec to Retribution. Sadly, as often happens when decisions are made, Trade chat is suddenly filled with “LFM Tank & Heals for ICC10″ and “LFM Tanks for VoA25″ *sigh* C’est la vie. As I said during my last post, I plan to stick to this new spec for a while.
So, without further ado, here is Khraden decked out in his scary spiky helmet.
The Spiky Ret Khraden.
I’m not totally sure about the spec that I put together, but was in a bit of a hurry, and wanted to go ahead and put together a basic spec, and fix it up later. I did try out some rotations on the training dummy in IF, and was able to attain about 2.8k dps, and that was without really optimizing my gear, including forgetting to swap out my libram, forgetting my ret trinkets, and not reglyphing yet. So I hope to get a bit higher when I get a chance to really work on it.
Protip: Hit Exodar to use the Training Dummy, it’s so much less crowded.
Anyway, here’s the rotation that I was using, and please, don’t laugh, I’m just a beginner
Divine Plea (to get the mana regen started)
Judgement of Light (likely to use it more than wiz, cause we often have a pally healer)
Concecration (optional dependant on mana reserves)
Rince, repeat as cooldowns arise.
I decided to use Judgement of Light before Crusader Strike, simply because it places Heart of the Crusader on the target, allowing more chances for Crusader Strike, and the Divine Storm attacks to crit. It is most likely that I will swap Divine Storm and Crusader Strike for groups of mobs, so that I get more damage out at the opening of battle.
I had forgotten how cooldown dependant the Retribution Paladin was. I would slap all my attacks out, and then wait, while all my damage dealin abilities would be on cooldown, scanning my bars for something else to use. It almost felt like I should have been throwing pebbles at the target while I waited. I’m sure that will clear up the more I try it out though.
As for glyphs, I ended up picking a few out, just from looking at the AH, but will likely be swapping Glyph of Crusader Strike out with Glyph of Seal of Vengeance, simply because I don’t appear to be having trouble with mana yet, with Divine Plea and Judgements of the Wise keeping the trickle of mana coming in. In additoin to that I have Glyph of Exorcism and Glyph of Judgement in the other two spots. It is suggested that Glyph of Concecration should be used, but I don’t totally see the benefit of 2 extra ticks of Concecration. I kept the minors that I already had, as there isn’t much to choose from, and they already included Glyph of Sense Undead.
I’m currently just below hit cap, but with the change of one piece of gear can increase my hit to surpass the hit cap, but drop my AP and Strength a bit. Not sure if it’s worth it, but will likely try it out to see how it goes. I am also far below expertise cap, though I have another weapon that may increase that value, but again, in turn drop my strength/AP.
Needless to say, I’ve got a good bit to go to optimize this build and the gear with it. With the availability of gear with the inception of Emblems of Triumph, I’m sure it won’t be too long before I get these straightened out. (Note that I still haven’t even equiped my ret trinkets yet.. *sigh*)
We’ll see how this little experiment goes. If anybody has any suggestions, please throw them my way, I’d love to hear about them.