I find it ironic Blizzard added haste to tank tier and then nerfed it.
Eternal Flame HoT:
(711 + 8.19% * SP)*2*(1+BoG*(~)0.5)
With 3 BoG stacks:
(711 + 8.19% * SP)*5
3555 + 40.95% * SP every 3 sec
7110 + 81.8% * SP every 6 sec
(343 + 117% * SP)*0.7
240 + 81.9% * SP every 6 sec
Obviously EF will have a overheal around 60-70%, while SS will have one around 10%...
Not worth it. Even if we would get it for free (T16 4P), it could only win if it would have the same overheal %.
It needed toned down, especially since it scaled so well with both haste AND AP/SP, but it still sucks. And yet, we still will take it 100% of the time.
No offense, but you're piping up a lot about "why would someone play this game?!?!" on, of all places, an internet forum for people who play this game. I feel we may not be the best audience for you.
Currently, Ret (PVP) has zero talent options: you take LAotL, FOJ, SH, Clemency, HA, HPr. In PVE, you take the same except for SW > HA and ES > HPr. Weee, choice!
Prot isn't much better, in that we are pigeonholed into quite a few talents with no viable alternatives.
That's the issue with this entire catastrophe of a talent system. Blizz sought to give us a system that allowed for equal choice, except they didn't account for (or didn't think possible) the fact that the theorycrafting community would have the choices min/maxed out in 10 minutes.
There will ALWAYS be a better and a worse choice for talents, which begs the question (for Ret) why they're nerfing the lackluster talent at all? As I posited, it could be just an easy knob to turn for Ret, and more importantly Prot. Or, maybe there are just a lot of Ret's somewhere in the world using SS to become totally OP, that we all somehow missed. Either way, it's a silly change, and even though a nerf was warranted for Prot SS, 30% isn't enough to get anyone to take the other options, and it's just enough to get everyone pissed off.
But, you missed all of that, because I brought up the fact that you're campaigning to quit the game over a questionable nerf to a talent that's subpar for 2 specs of the class, and instead decided to address that.
Its with V-cap of 30% for 10m H (since I don't raid 25s and don't want to hazard guesses at their numbers).
However, the recent changes to V-scaling make me think that perhaps we have dodged the 30/50% caps for V in 5.4. If so, the values in that scenario go back up to ~400k SS ticks, which would be doable even if certainly and markedly nerfed.
I think they accounted for it (they'd have to be extremely ignorant not to), it's just very difficult to make a compelling talent system that doesn't have slamdunk winners, which responds to three specs, and which must address two totally different game modes in PvE and PvP. It's one of those "we take the good with the bad" philosophies. The old system clearly didn't work, in that you always took the same talents, so they tried something different, and I'd say it's been a great change overall.That's the issue with this entire catastrophe of a talent system. Blizz sought to give us a system that allowed for equal choice, except they didn't account for (or didn't think possible) the fact that the theorycrafting community would have the choices min/maxed out in 10 minutes.
I know that I'm often changing talents in raids, as are many of my teammates. Some still insist on doing it every freaking fight (I'm too lazy to bother on farm bosses).
Taking stock of those numbers, we do see some slamdunk winners now and then for the three specs. That's like overhead, completely unavoidable. But if you look at the ultimate breakdown, the distribution's pretty solid. Except in rare circumstances, each tier's got at least two competitors, and the "lackluster" talent you can find having great representation in the other game mode or being useful owing to encounter specifics (like Divine Purpose is lackluster for Ret, but it's solid on some fights like Horridon and Tortos when killing bats). And I personally love Divine Purpose and use it when I raid as Ret, as it's my offset and I'm only in there DPS on farm bosses.
Wonder what the numbers would look like in the old system? I know it wasn't quite the same setup, but we could instead present a sample talent tree, and we'd find that probably 98% of players copied it verbatim.
@Storm Please dont corrupt the paladin forums. General Discussion is that way.
I am so tired of seeing terrible people, being admired, for being terrible people.
Prot has a lot more leeway than Ret in talent choices, specifically based on tank strat, gear, # of tanks/comp, and personal choice. Tier 15,
60, 75, and 90 all can have arguments made for their use. I think that's just based on the flexibility and adaptability of tanking versus something more mathematically and numerically constricted (like DPS).
And yes, perhaps the older talent systems had "traps" for new players or had cookie-cutter choices for PVE and/or PVP, but that's going to occur anytime and in any realm of play. I suppose it's just a neccesary evil, but all things considered, I'd at least like to get the old trees back so I can 90% of my Ret abilities back from Holy!
Last edited by Krekko; 2013-08-06 at 03:12 PM.
With ~100k vengeance Sacred Shield absorbed roughly 100k/3.8 seconds while EF healed me for roughly 160k/1.8 seconds at 5 BoG stacks.
The way I see it, EF should be equally effective if not even more effective on high vengeance bosses. A 170k/1.8s heal at 100k vengeance sounds absurd. Granted, most if it will surely be an overheal but Sacred Shield has an overheal rate of about 20-40% for me as well.
While EF is off the GCD (which is a nice nod in it's direction), it DOES cost 1 ShotR per cast.
While EF is great at healing up between swings, it cannot prevent damage, like SS does. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
EF looks to be a great asset in assisting healers with recovery, but not so much with stabilizing. This would be great, but for the fact that SOI is already doing this for us quite well.
I'm not writing it off, as with t16 4pc, the ability to fire off an EF for "free" negates one of its biggest counter-arguments, but I still would feel "naked" without SS.
Now the tricky part is, that you have to use HoPo for it. I checked it for 3 BoG stacks, as those who will game the 4P T16 + DP, will use it regardless of EF HoT or not. So it had no such loss there. You could push it further to 5 stacks, but then you would loose part of the benefit from the 4P.
Sacred Shield will also only over-heal if you don't take any damage, which can happen by tank-swaps. But then again, you can cast it on your coo-tank too! Especially now, that it grants the first tick instantly. This is partially true for EF too, but it won't benefit from the +100% from self-cast and the BoG stacks. It would also have way higher over-heal rates. My SoI normally overheals me by 60-70% when I solo-tank. And that is a relatively small snipe-heal. SS while actively tanking is near zero. If we would use EF rotationally, most of the base heal would end up as overheal, and I sincerely doubt that the HoTs over-heal rate would be better than that of SoI.
And if we don't have the 4P, then we even have to calculate in the damage and mitigation loss from skipping a SotR which would be never worth it.
Also, watching the Slootbag stream confirms my expectation. A ~300k/1.8s HoT looks awesome. EF and SS should be equal after the SS nerf/EF buff. I'll surely give EF.
(711 + 8.19% * SP)*7
4977 + 57.33% * SP
^ is the HoT tick.
For a 300k tick you would need ~515k Spell Power.
Spell Power is half of the paladins attack power.
That means this would need ~1M Attack power.
Even if we assume that the tooltip isn't yet updated, it would need 730k attack power. (With the obviously nerfed, and possibly later capped veng.)
On the other side SS would shield you for:
240 + 81.9% * 515k
422k every ~3 second.
(or 300k if we assume the tooltip is wrong.)
And then we would have to see how much the lost HoPo cost us. Especially if we don't have the 4P. But even if we have the 4P, we used it only to 3/5th of it's potential in HoPo generation. It isn't as bad as it was, but it is far from great. It would have also way higher over-heal, and while it could be arguable, that SS creates the same amount of over-heal to the healers, it being an absorb has a better chance of saving your life under normal circumstances.