Monday, December 22, 2008

Paladin Tanking Stats at level 80

What is the best stat for a Paladin tank?

  • 1 Defense = 4.92 Defense Rating
First of all to become Crit Immune all tanks (with the exception of Druids) need 540 Defence.

It's not hard to hit 540 Defence with all the craftable Blacksmith gear available. Once you have done got Crit Proof it's time start building on your other stats. Or is it?

So Should I be stacking Dodge or Parry Gems?

The anwser: Neither.
Lets break it down:
  • 39.35 Dodge Rating = 1% Avoidance
  • 41.00 Defense Rating = 1% Avoidance
  • 49.18 Parry Rating = 1% Avoidance
So Dodge is the cheapest avoidance per rating stat to start building on, but lets not forget about Diminishing Returns!

OMG what are Diminishing Returns?
While Dodge Rating gives better avoidance then Parry Rating the more Dodge Rating you have, the more Dodge Rating it will take to make up 1% Avoidance but in the same way the more Parry Rating you have, the more Parry Rating it will take to make up 1% Avoidance. This works the same for Miss rating.

Lets look at Defence now:

4.92 Defense Rating = 0.04% Miss + 0.04% Dodge + 0.04% Parry + 0.04% Block

  • 41 Defense Rating = 1% Avoidance + 0.33% Block Chance
  • 41 Dodge Rating = 1.04% Avoidance

So the real question is Defence or Dodge?
Would you rather have 0.33% Block Chance or 0.04% Avoidance?

At the end of the day Defence is the best stat when directly compared with Dodge or Parry because of dirty dirty Diminishing Returns you will need to spread out your avoidance, that combined with the fact that block is far more useful then it used to be with most tanks stopping up to 1.5k damage per attack.
Also that extra block rating is is an exelent source of mana. :p
Oh yeah & Block Rating is not affected by Diminishing Returns!

Defense > Dodge > Parry

So now when your Protadin hits the golden (Crit Proof) 540 Defense start collecting... more defence!
Of course while you cant have too much avoidance don't forget that Stamina, Armor & +Hit are important stats for your Protection Paladin too!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Retribution & PvP

I had a few days free of raiding so I rolled Retribution and went for a run around the battlegrounds splatting people with my Claymore of Ancient Power
In most matches I was around 100,000 damage ahead of the rest of the battle!

In PvE I find Retribution slow paced and boring (in comparison to main tanking as protection) but in PvP it makes me happy. Retribution has evolved massively in comparison to how it used to be. People used to say lolRet & Retardin. Ah I have a guy on me! oh don't worry, it's just a Paladin. Nowdays I have most classes on the run. I will happily single handedly charge a group of 3 Horde if I have all my cooldowns (and provided that they aren't 3 Mages QQ).
Sadly even with all the abilities we have been give some people are still running around making us all look bad.

To play Retribution well in PvP everything needs to comes into play, you need to use so many abilities to stay ahead of the game:
Every Man for Himself, Repentance, Cleanse, Hammer of Wrath, Hammer of Justice, Judgement of Justice, Sacred Shield, Hand of Freedom, Hand of Protection, Flash of Light, Crusader Strike, Divine Storm, Consecration, Seal of Command, Divine Shield & Avenging Wrath. Did I miss something?

Utilizing all of these abilities is very very important& you need to consider cooldowns in all your situations. My favourite tactic is probably: *Berserker!* *Wings!* *Splat!* *Splat!* *Splat!* :p

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dann, Champion of the Frozen Wastes

With the defeat of Malygos (The Spellweaver's Downfall) Dann has become a Champion of the Frozen Wastes!

Heavy Metal Inc havent yet dipped there feet into the 25-man content due to issues with numbers that will soon be reolved, but for now I am satisfied, at least I have tanked and defeated everything WotLK has to offer.

Of all the fights Malygos is definitly the most challenging & the easiest was probably Sartharion with 0 dragons alive.

There are allot of complaints that the content is too easy, but given that this is entry level raiding I honestly cannot say that i'm disapointed. It's not as if it's all a complete pushover, I wouldn't dare to try and pug Horsemen or Sapphiron for instance.

More challenges to come in the near future i'm sure!

Also While I'm Posting crap about my progress:

Dann has now completed Higher Learning & The Coin Master

Useless but fun! Sad? Maybe a little. :p

Monday, December 8, 2008

Snapshot Level 80 (1 month of change)

I havent posted in a while because, asyou can see, i've been busy clearing all the 10 man content with Heavy Metal Inc :p
You can see how I used too look here.

Here is a link to Dann's Armory

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Achievements & How to Deny Hadronox

Defeat Hadronox in Azjol-Nerub on Heroic Difficulty before he webs the top doors and prevents more creatures from spawning.

All in all this is the hardest Achievement Dann has earned so far. We failed around 4 or 5 times due to the sick amounts of damage we were taking, & Dann had allot of trouble tanking the ranged mobs (with everything else) & our healer was getting destroyed. Until we (it was my idea!) worked out a tactic.

Pic stolen from

How we did it:
We pulled the boss as soon as the third group went down, we used misdirect to pull the boss onto the bridge above the room far enough back so that Arachnan could LoS the ranged adds and they would need to run through my Consecration & Death & Decay.
Our setup was:
The boss creeped up to Dann and the rest of the group was positioned behind, forcing any adds to face Dann & Rhys on the way to Arachnan. Dann mainly focused on the boss & Rhys pulled adds off of me when I was getting out of my depth. Aymee did her best to make sure Dann wasn't diseased by evil spider scumbags while putting out dps & Mits's pet died in the first 12 seconds.

Dann had to pull out all of the stops: Health Potions, Divine Protection (Shield Wall for Paladins) & Lay on Hands were all used. Arach also found it a battle to heal, Volunteer Work as a druid healer is also pretty intense apparently. But I believe this one is much harder on the group as a whole.

Achievements have now been added to the armory now so feel free to check out how Dann's doing in heroics so far: LINK

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Seeking The Windseeker

For quite a long time now I've sought after Bindings of the Windseeker.
Apparently now I have a good chance at them.

Last night (this morning) I ventured into Molten Core on a mission to solo Garr.
The most annoying thing about soloing as a protection Paladin against this scumwhore is Antimagic Pulse, which dispells everything from Seals to Blessings. This wasn't really too much of a problem tbh. Anyone going up against Garr should try and keep Sacred Shield & Holy Shield up at all times and hopefully he'll dispel those.

I killed Garr suprisingly fast, it only took me 10 minutes and 6 seconds.

Sadly no bindings today, but there's always next reset. :D

Monday, November 24, 2008

Heroics Heroics Heroics

Ok so over the course of the weekend I went a little mad on heroics.

& I also got myself a some new epics!
Armored Titanium Goggles - Engineering Goggles
Bracers of the Herald - Ahn'kahet (Heroic)
Heroes' Redemption Handguards - Tier 7 Gloves (purchased for 60 badges)

That + lots of blue gear i've managed to become Crit Proof easily. (got my 540 Defence)

I am looking forward to going Naxxramas this coming weekend. :D

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Level 80

Last night I hit level 80 & wasted no time. I was straight into heroics!

The bad news is I'm slightly undergeared for it, but I'm very close to crit-proof & have around 21k hp unbuffed.

So far I have only changed 4 pieces of gear since level 70, those are my Chest, Legs, a ring and...

yes! I was able to grab myself a frozen orb as planned.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Level 79

So I have nearly reached the level-cap & i'm really looking forward to starting raiding Naxx as well as the high level instances I havent tried yet, including: CoT:Stratholme !

I also have the mats for my Titansteel Shield Wall farmed and in the bank! Just got to go farm myself a Frozen Orb! :D

Friday, November 14, 2008

Level 72

So this morning I dinged level 72. So far I've really been enjoying WotLK. Managed to finish EVERY quest in Borean Tundra, grabbing 2 achievements: Nothing Boring About Borean & D.E.H.T.A's Little P.I.T.A. as well as Sous Chef, Skills to Pay the Bills & Working Day and Night. (i'm pretty much a proffession whore)

I also want to be able to say I've Toured the Fjord but while working towards it all the servers died... ("restarted")... hence me posting here.

Also Death Knight (is fun)

Mine's called Dannknight (how cool am I?).

Really impressed with the way Blizz have made the starting area & how quests work. It meant I didn't see more then 5 other Death Knights at any one time. (untill I got to Outland...)

Oh yeah, & the armor they give you is sick. See how awesome I look:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

WotLK is Incoming

I know it's probably completely and utterly out of order to post 3 times within one hour, but I forgot to mention:


Snapshot level 70

So here it is, a snapshot of Dann at level 70 as of the 11th of November 2008.
it will be interesting to see how things go from here but at least I'm happy about how things worked out for me in The Burning Crusade, even if I didn't get to defeat kil'Jaeden.

Dann - Darksorrow EU


Shop Smart, Shop Pet...Smart

I was looking at this achivement:
Shop Smart, Shop Pet...Smart
and well...

So yeah... It had to be done really.
I needed him in my life. :D

Tonight I went and gathered the remaining pets I needed to adopt Stinker.

I should have probably been leveling my level 69 Rogue... but nevermind. Stinker is worth it I think. Even if I did spend over half an hour grinding Air Elementals in Desolace to craft Tranquil Mechanical yeti.

Also this evening: I went to Tempest Keep & killed Kael & got myself the Verdant Sphere which provided me with what I believe will be my last gear upgrade before WotLK. The Darkener's Grasp.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

How to Spec your Protection Paladin

(Warning: This is mostly a L2P rant post)

If you're looking for my Level 80 Protection Paladin Spec guide it's here.

I find myself a little confused and a little frustrated at many Protadins on my server (& i'm sure it's not just my server).
They seem to have completely missed the last patch, & still consider themselves fit for end-game raiding.

One in particular that caused much facepalm last night thought that 1 point spent in Touched By The Light was absolutely fine. Whats worse he was setting up a PuG for Black Temple & was inspecting people to make sure they were geared for it before inviting. As if he was geared to judge others! The guy was stacking crap loads of spell damage to make up for the 2 talent points he didn't spend!

You may not actually understand my frustration, let me help by showing you how he decided to spec: How NOT To Spec Prottection.

Where he shouldn't have wasted points:
Blessing of Kings (5) - 5 Points wasted, you will be using Sanctuary if you have half a brain.
Guardian's Favor (2) - While this is not a horrible talent to have, you will need your points for more useful places.
Benediction (3) - Your mana will be fine stop being a noob!
Reckoning (1 or 2) - You dont need 5 points in Reckoning, if anything this talent is for Protadin soloing ! I like to spend 3 or 4 points in it, that is more then enough.

Where he should definitly consider spening some points:
Divine Strength (5) - Strength = Damage = Threat, it's not hard to understand.
More importantly though, strength will also now increase your Block Value.
One-Handed Weapon Specialization (5) - 10% increased damage, Why would you not have this? I'm sorry but you must be retarded not to want this! & that's not even a good excuse.
Touched by the Light (3) - You do not need spell damage gear anymore, not with this talent. Go grab yourself a nice high dps one hander with a strength Enchant (or Mongoose if you favour Avoidence).

So here is my favored spec: How to Spec Protection

While I do not consider my spec perfect for everyone, I find it to be a good all-round tanking choice & it's been tested, i've tanked all of Black Temple like this & the first 5 bosses of SWP.

So next time you see a noob (prot) Paladin, send them here for a little advice.

Love Dann x

Monday, November 3, 2008


This weekend I set off on another adventure in the name of the achievement system. This time I was headed into The Temple of Ahn'Qiraj to slay the Old God, C'thun.

As you may know AQ-40 is not the easiest instance in the game, & I was taking no chances, I brought 5 friends & 30 randoms to battle along side me.

The only problem with random players is that they dont have a clue what they're doing and wont listen to instruction. Unfortunately I did need to kick a few people who were being plain stupid. As a raid leader I can be quite cruel, but fair.

As predicted we wiped on Twins, this was due to people not knowing the fight, but once we had it worked out there was no problem.

C'thun wasn't too tricky, although on our first attempt around 30 people died from his "Noob Detection Beam" (see left image).

I got my achievement and hearthed out, unwilling to do anymore instances that evening. :P

Friday, October 31, 2008

A Long Week

Guild Issues (Get the Tissues!) over the last week as a large portion of raiders left for a new guild called "Saints" (Ironic? lol).
So i'm back in "Heavy Metal Inc", and it is great to be with friends again. Our member list is growing steadily, and we have allot of good players.
We'll never be the best guild in the world or even the server, but I dont mind. As long as I get too see the content & bosses eventually. ^_^

The Invasion Event is still on, & I was able to grab myself some welfare epics on my level 66 rogue (Sphinxara). As soon as I hit 70, ka'pow! Epix!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Eredar Twins Down!

As the title says, last night Forgotten Heroes killed Eredar Twins!
Dann tanked while Fabi & Icarium battled for 2nd place on agro for the Shadow Twin, Meanwhile Cghost took care of the Fire Twin.

Once people had learned where to stand & how to not blow up the raid, this fight was hardly a challenge at all, a short but fairly fun fight.

Drops weren't particularly exciting (unless you're a hunter)

We also got M'uru to 2nd phase but ended the raid due to the late hour. We continue & destroy Entropius on Monday (hopefully).

It must be annoying for the "Hardcore" guilds that spent so many hours learning these fights now that it's easymode but i'm glad because there's a very good chance I'll be able to see KJ before Wrath. ^_^

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Adventures In SWP!

Last night was back in SWP after the reset, it was very different from most of our raids in that there was only 2 tanks, myself (Paladin) & Icarium (Durid). Who needs warriors anyway!?

I had allot of fun, more fun then I had on the trash leading to Twins even!

The highlight of my evening was tanking Felmyst, and then tanking all of the adds all on my own due to our Druid DC'ng and getting hit by her deadly breath of doom!

Sadly no shield for Dann, but I did manage to steal away Lightbringer Wristguards from Kalecgos!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

On the Brighter Side of Things!

The guild i'm currently a part of managed to kill Felmyst tonight!
I didn't feel particularly happy about it to be honest, it felt... too easy. Like blizz have given us a free kill there. Mind you the way things were going I don't think Forgotten Heroes were ever going to kill her lol, on the attempt we killed her 3 priests managed to get themselves killed!

My question? How hard is it to move from encapsulate? Because I found it quite simple when I did it on my priest, you even have Power Word: Shield!

The trash on the way to Twins however is Incredibly fun! As a Paladin Tank at least. Seriously, it's non-stop tanking fun! Grabing multiple mobs! Pew Pew Pew! I'll go SWP again just for that!

Twins: the fight itself was a complete mess, I dont even want to talk about it. Some complete idiot noob in the guild (seriously who invited him?) managed to pull during tactics something like 3 times! Cheers! That will be 20g please. no? It seems fairly simple, but some people will have to wake up if we want to kill this one. < /rant >


All week the servers have been up and down like a whores knickers, Darksorrow (my server) has spent more time down then up. I guess it's because it's one of the oldest of the EU servers...

I failed to do my fishing daily (crocs in the city) this evening because Eastern Kingdoms was down... 5 of my 7 characters are logged out in Eastern Kingdoms it seems & I lost Dann in the portal from Shatt. Gonna go play Geometry Wars, at least that always lets me play!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Patch 3.0.2 Part.2 - Achievements & Addiction

One thing I learned last night is that Achievements are addictive and they should have never have given them to me for my own sake. I found myself Running into a few unseen corners of Outland at 5am, knowing that I needed to be up at 7:30 for work. I few things I found myself doing that I wouldn't usually do included: Fishing up Lurker in SSC, running through Scarlet Monastery & Shadowfang Keep.

Next Benn & I, ran off to AQ-40 to see how much was 2-manable. So we discovered we can handle the trash, I was able to snag myself a Blue Qiraji Resonating Crystal and I can officially confirm that the AQ mounts do count towards Leading the Cavalry.

Oh yeah, & the first boss The Prophet Skeram is not 2-manable sadly. :'(
This was due to his ability True Fulfillment (Mind Control)... Benn owned me.

After that I was able to snag myself 2 hours sleep and a Red Bull, but that's just IRL issues, I didn't get any achievements.

Patch 3.0.2 Part.1 - Servers & Inscription

Last night I got home from work and was eager to go check out my new stats, unfortunately after trying to log in to Darksorrow for over half an hour I gave up & joined my horde (alt) companions on Spinebreaker (which was working fine btw).

Eventually Darksorrow was taken off the list for a bit & I worried a little about Dann, but it made a miraculous return (better late then never. First thing I did was to sort out Dann's Keybindings, UI, specc prot, train new skills, gem my gear, learn my social pets (all 24 of them), learn my mounts and got my hair cut.

Next I logged my Rogue Alt and procceded to some hardcore Inscription leveling! (not that hardcore lvl 200ish tbh I ran out of herbs)

On Darksorrow glyphs were selling anywhere between 10g - 30g and they were selling so fast! You know when you walk past a place selling fresh doughnuts, that's how well they were selling! People were biting my hands off for Glyphs.
Lucky me also, it looks like I was the first (only?) person to learn Glyph of Lay On Hands which I have been bashing out on the AH for 30g a pop. Minor Glyphs are random discoveries (like the alchemy ones) through Research which has a 20 hour cooldown.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The last Screenshot of Patch 2.4.3

So I guess this is goodbye to my haircut and also to my User Interface which I must admit, I had grown quite attached too.

Dann, October 15 2008

I am dreading how this will look tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

In Preparation for the Patch

As a protection Paladin it seems I've drawn the short straw in the sense that the upcoming patch is forcing me to re socket some of my existing gear.

We wont benefit as much from Spell Damage as we will from Strength, since Strength will be effecting our Block Value as well as increasing our Attack Power. (Which in turn Effects all our Offensive Abilities.) So I've got Sovereign Shadowsong Amethyst x3 sitting in my bags waiting for Spell Damage to go out the window. I also switched about a few of my other gems for some extra avoidance.

I'll also be replacing my trusty Hammer of Judgement with
The Unbreakable Will (+Mongoose).

Since Hammer of the Righteous is going to be causing weapon based damage this will be an extremely useful upgrade in terms of threat, as well as the increase the weapon adds to my Avoidance (0.72%) Oh and Mongoose offers around 5% Dodge when it procs.

This is going to be sick! =D

Introduction - 3.0.2

Introducing: Dann

My name is Dann, I am a Paladin.
Not just any Paladin, i'm a Protection Paladin!

I also have a Shadow-Priest: Dani

I have been playing WoW for some years now, you can tell you're old when you start daydreaming about how it was when you could drop "Reckoning-Bombs" and one-shot anyone.

My Proffessions are Engineering & Mining, they have been this way for around 2 years.

Dann resides on the server Darksorrow - EU

I'm not the worlds greatest Protadin, due to real life circumstances.
I have a Job: 9 - 5:30, Monday - Friday.
I also have a social life... well... I go out once (sometimes twice!) a week.

My reason for starting this Blog? I guess I want to record my progress & adventures from here out, especially since we will be thrown into the expansion soon.

Patch 3.0.2 (Echoes of Doom) comes tomorow & with it comes many changes to the Paladin class, especially Protection & Retribution. Part of me cant wait to actually be able to Main-tank, the other part of me knows the UI breakage is imminent, and i'll probably not be alone with issues patching the damn thing.

Lets see how this goes!