I keep hearing that Blizzard is designing the raids with the cloaks in mind. So would that mean they would try to kill the tank once a minute?
The likelihood of this happening is approximately zero. Only a few % of the raiding playerbase has cloaks. Sure, that % is mostly at the top of the "food chain", but it's not those players that you have to worry about. It's Johnny Average, who's at 4/12N and on step 3 still, who can't then walk into SoO and have any chance in hell at winning.
Now that the recent updates of the cloak dmg procs on PTR scale with Attack Power instead of % of weapon damage the dps cloak will definitely be the way to go imo, depending on the PPM of the cloak could it potentially end up being an even bigger increase in damage than the meta gem?
I am no where near the cloak myself on my paladin (been neglected for way too long) and as of this patch i would choose the DPS cloak over the tank cloak probably if i where to finish the quest tommorow.
But somewhere in the back of my head i feel like i have read that they are changing how stats work for prot pala to make dodge and parry more "desireable" stats than they are atm when 5.4 comes out. Am i way off on this?
And if dodge/parry gets "boosted", would still the DPS cloak outshine the tank cloak?
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That said, avoidance will be "less bad" by pure process of elimination once we reach hit, exp, and haste caps in SoO; this leaves only Crit, Mastery, and Avoidance as the remaining stats. And since you can't get Crit/Avoid pieces, our options are 1) Crit/Mast, 2) Avoid/Mast or 3) Avoid/Avoid. 1 and 2 are going to be personal choices based on what you, your raid, and the fight values more. 3 will still never be useful
Also dont see too much difference between weapon % and ap scaling. Our weapon damage scales off ap, so only difference is that the weapon dps (ilvl) is even less relevant now.
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Well if they don't limit each proc to specs, then I'm guessing alot of guilds might use the tank cloak on certain fights to cheese one shot mechanics. Just a thought.
I mean the only ones who are really affected by this are prot pallies/warriors, because everyone else is either 2H or DW.