Since there are a few hours yet before we can all set foot on the Isle of Thunder, it seems like a good time to offer a brief roundup of updated information for 5.2. Here are a handful of useful links and commentary on how your life will change post-patch:
5.2 Smoothing Simulations – Last week’s post discussing how the different gearing strategies are affected by the change to Grand Crusader. Short version: Control/Haste and Control/Mastery are both strong, either works. Avoidance-based strategies aren’t that far behind, though, so don’t feel obligated to turn down pieces with avoidance if it’s a reasonable ilvl upgrade.
5.2 MATLAB DPS Simulations – Updated today with results that are current for T15 gear and mechanics. Not a whole lot has changed, but if you’re into min/maxing your DPS choices, the data’s all there for you. DPS stat weight simulations still coming, literally running as we speak (type?).
WoWInsider’s 5.2 tanking gear list – Rhidach has a nice, concise list of the tanking gear available in 5.2. The only omission I noticed was the (arguably) best-in-slot chest, which is the Retribution tier chest.
5.2 Plate tank gear list – Kerriodos of <Odyssey> has put together a detailed gear list in spreadsheet form, if you prefer that format.
Elitist Jerks Protection Paladin Thread – Wrathblood has updated his all-in-one guide for 5.2, and contains his commentary on the changes and the results of current theorycrafting.
TankSpot’s Protection Paladin Guide – It looks like Fetzie has updated his guide as well. It’s a fairly comprehensive (if less numerical) of the protection spec as a whole.
Smoothing Stat Weights – I posted some suggested stat weights for use in AskMrRobot that model the gearing strategies covered in my 5.2 Smoothing Simulations. Their default values are still pretty good, but still based heavily on the “avoidance is bad” 5.1 paradigm. These new ones should be a little more robust and less stam-focused.
Official 5.2 Patch Notes – In case you’re not up-to-date on the changes.
Q & A
In addition, I’ll try and check in every 15-20 minutes to answer any questions you have and add them to the bottom of this post. Feel free to post any paladin-relevant questions you might have in the comments here, or tweet them at me @TheckPhD.