Hey! I’m Tokaine, the best tank you’ve never heard of and the number 1 advocate for T.D.M (Tank Damage Matters). I’ve been tanking since cataclysm, mainly playing protection warrior until legion where I branched out into other tank classes as I climbed the world ranks.
Protection Paladin, what warriors turn into when they drink too much holy water and get tired of shouting angrily at their enemies, instead opting to just throw a variety of golden hammers at them to replace the shouting.
Now, protection paladins are known for their utility and damage… their tankiness is well… we’ll get into that later! Lets focus on the utility, which protection paladin excels in compared to pretty much every other tank. Blessing of Protection and Spellwarding have a multitude of uses in both M+ and Raiding environments. Additionally they also have Blessing of Freedom, Blessing of Sacrifice as well as insane on demand and passive off healing.
On paper protection paladins bring the most out of any tank in the game and I’m not just referring to utility, their damage is unmatched as well, being able to burst an absurd amount of damage during their cooldowns. Everything sounds great right? Well, paladins are by far the squishiest of all the tank classes and are very gear dependent. If you’re pretty well geared you won’t really notice it as much however compared to something like a Brewmaster or a Guardian Druid, if you’re undergeared for the content you will REALLY feel it. Additionally, similar to the protection warrior, a mistake on a protection paladin will be way more punishing than other tanks.
What has changed
- Fleshcraft became incredibly strong, increasing the shield amount as well as adding a 20% damage reduction buff while channeling. Additionally tanks are able to dodge, parry and block during the channel.
- There weren’t too many changes individually to protection paladin. The main one is that our legendary The Ardent Protector’s Sanctum was redesigned so when your Ardent Defender procs as a cheat death it restores an additional 40% health. Additionally, when it expires without activating the cheat death part it has its remaining cooldown reduced by 40%.
- Protection Paladin, along with pretty much every other tank, received a flat 10% passive damage reduction.