Maybe I'm a little late with my complaints and maybe it isn't as bad as I think, but are tanks (Paladins especially) getting totally hosed in 5.4?
I just started a prot pally recently and he is only level 71 so I don't know how the changes will translate at 90 but after reading the patch notes I think rolling a tank was a bad idea. These are from the PTR patch notes:
•Vengeance now grants Attack Power equal to 1.5% of the damage taken, down from 1.8% (The tooltip said 2% but it was actually 1.8%). (nerf)
•Tanks no longer receive Vengeance from many persistent area damage effects (standing in the fire) or from missed attacks (dodging and parrying an attack will continue to work as it has before). (nerf)
•Vengeance gains from being critically hit have been reduced by 50%. (nerf)
•There are now diminishing returns on Vengeance gains while tanking multiple targets. Each additional target grants progressively less Vengeance. (nerf)
Are tanks really doing too much damage? Yes, leveling up I have been far and away the top dps in my LFD groups but this won't last at 90, will it?
•Seal of Insight no longer has a chance to restore mana on attacks. (nerf)
•Protection: Sacred Shield is 30% less effective. (major nerf)
•Glyph of the Battle Healer has been redesigned. The glyph now causes Seal of Insight to no longer heal the Paladin. Instead, a nearby raid or party member will receive healing for 30% of the amount the Paladin would have received from Seal of Insight. (just ouch)
•Glyph of the Alabaster Shield now increases damage for the next Shield of the Righteous by 10% per stack (down from 20% per stack). (nerf)
I'm thinking I need to switch from Sacred Shield to Eternal Flame. Yes?
One buff I see is: •Characters in a tanking specialization now generates 40% more threat. However maintaining threat doesn't seem to be an issue at all. Again, I'm only 71 on my pally (main is a shaman healer, who is getting mucho buffed)
Personally I don't understand the nerfs. On my server tanks are hard to come by, shouldn't Blizzard be encouraging people to play tanks? I don't see how nerfing them is good for anyone. Are pallies just OP right now? My question is, was rolling a tank a bad idea? Are the changes as bad as I think they are? Am I overreacting?