So I've a choice between rolling as a Prot paladin or a Bear in SoO. Both are roughly equally geared (540). Raid composition is a Brewmaster co tank, 3 very strong melee (dk, warr, windwalker) and resto sham & hpal & disco priest. Ranged are clothies and compared to melee, weak. Either way i'm sharing loot tables with 2 core raid members (but not stat priorities)
I had written up a longer post comparing the two, but the key in this question is SoO and it's mechanics.
All I've tried the two specs on are Celestials on Timeless isle and LFR, since that's all that's available now. Based on this, Paladin looks to be a bigger asset. Still very smooth damage intake with 5 BoG EF rolling, stronger cooldowns than the bear and more reliable AM. Traditional class utility should come handy even if there'll be no BoP/Bubble debuff resetting.
I've missed the raid testings.
I guess I should add that I'm more comfortable on Bear, it's been my main these past 6 years and I've regularly ran him as a tank. Prot pal I've been playing past two months and frankly, am worse at than guardian. Please don't quote this past paragraph as the only reason why my choice should be bear
Could someone that's familiar with both specs and has done raidtesting provide some insight into the choice?
Does it look like there'll be any singletank fights? (we've no leather int gear user, so Bear would have a good offpiece set)