Haters Gonna Haste

*Tap Tap* Is this thing still on?

I’ve been very busy lately between holidays, preparing for classes, and recovering from the plague. I’ve barely had time to play, let alone write blog posts. In fact, I really don’t have time to write this blog post, but it felt important enough that I made some time. But only enough for a quickie.

By now you’ve probably heard about today’s hotfixes, specifically the three affecting us the most:

Secondary Stats
  •  The Haste stat is now 11.1% more effective. For example, characters at level 100 now receive a 1% increase per 90 Haste (up from 1% per 100 Haste).


The third change there is just a DPS nerf, which is probably warranted simply because Alabaster Shield was far and away the best DPS glyph we could use while tanking (Harsh Words is an even larger gain, but not really advisable while tanking anything relevant). Not much point discussing that change further.

The first two are big though. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll recall what I said in November about why haste was underperforming:

I think the biggest reason haste is weak this expansion is entirely unrelated to class mechanics. It’s actually fairly simple: the rating conversion got nerfed, hard.


A simpler fix would be to modify that rating conversion for prot paladins, either directly in the game data or (more likely) indirectly by increasing the rating boost granted by Sacred Duty. If Sacred Duty suddenly increased haste from gear by 30% rather than 5%, haste would be back in business.

In later tests on Maintankadin (with a significant amount of assistance from Ashaton), we determined that even 30% wouldn’t quite be enough on its own. Sacred Duty would need to be around 40% to push haste ahead of mastery under all circumstances.

It seems like Blizzard agreed. Haste must have been underperforming for a lot of classes to warrant an 11.1% buff to the rating conversion. Combining that with a 30% Sacred Duty is effectively the same as a 44.44% Sacred Duty, more than enough to push haste up to be our most preferred stat. So our attunement finally matches the stat we want.

How to Homebrew A Sim

To illustrate that, I ran some sims for the six currently-viable talent combinations – any combination of Seraphim or Holy Shield with any of the level 75 talents. The first sim here is pre-hotfix. In the second sim, I applied a spell data override to artificially buff Sacred Duty to 44%. In case you’d like to know how to do this yourself, here’s a quick tutorial. First, here’s the spell_query entry for Sacred Duty:

Spell Query for Sacred Duty

Spell Query for Sacred Duty

This tells us that the 5% bonus to haste is stored in effect #1, which is effect id 233413. If we want to change that to 44%, we can override the base value using the code:


This can be placed anywhere in the simc file or the text of the Simulate window.


Here are the two reports:

Pre-Hotfix (Sacred Duty at 5%)
Post-Hotfix (Sacred Duty at 44%)

And here are the scale factors generated from each sim:

Scale Factors pre-hotfix.

Scale factors post-hotfix.

As you can see, haste performs much better post-hotfix than before, at least according to scale factors. That said, scale factors are notoriously unreliable because they rely on the assumption of local linearity, which isn’t often obeyed. For example, we’ve seen before that haste’s value can be all over the place with Seraphim because of odd breakpoint interactions. It’s far more reliable to look at scaling plots, which is why both of those sims contain said plots. Let’s look at those.

(As an aside, I have plans to implement a more robust scale factor algorithm in SimC some time soon-ish, but that takes time, which it’s clear by now I don’t have!)

From experience, we know that haste performs better in HS_DP than in HS_SW. In fact, HS_SW is generally the absolute worst case for haste, so let’s look at that first. Here’s what the scaling plot looks like for HS_SW before the hotfixes:

Scaling plot for Holy Shield + Sanctified Wrath, pre-hotfix.

To read this plot, you have to understand what the sim is doing. It’s running a bunch of simulations with +X of each stat and plotting the result. Thus, the line for bonus armor represents the result of a bunch of sims with -500, -450, -400, …, +400, +450, +500 bonus armor artificially applied. It plots the results of those sims as a continuous line. Since adding bonus armor reduces your TMI (making you more survivable), this line has a negative slope – in other words, it goes down from left to right. The steeper that slope, the better the stat is at reducing TMI and thus the better it is at helping you survive.

So in summary, the closer to horizontal the line is, the worse the stat is; conversely, the steeper the line is, the better the stat is.

It’s clear here that bonus armor has the steepest slope, which is why it generates really large (negative) scale factors. That’s why we covet bonus armor items so much. The yellow line for mastery is the next-steepest, and as we know by now mastery is our dominant stat when we’re using Holy Shield. The rest of the stats have slightly shallower slopes, and the absolute worst of them here is haste.

This is how we know haste is the worst, even if the scale factor calculations occasionally suggest otherwise. Local fluctuations can cause an anomalously high scale factor when you’re only looking at ranges of +/-175 stats, but if you generate a plot like this you’ll see the long-term behavior of each stat very clearly. Generally speaking, that long-term behavior is what you care about, because a variety of factors (variable latency, player reaction time, player error, having to break rotation to do other things, time off target, etc.) tend to smooth out the local fluctuations you see in simulations.

Now let’s look at that plot from the post-hotfix sim:

Scaling plot for Holy Shield + Sanctified Wrath, post-hotfix.

We actually see a local fluctuation in the haste curve immediately to the left of zero, which would lead you to believe that haste is still bad. But if you look at the whole plot, you can easily infer that’s not the case. Above zero, the slope of the plot is much steeper, second only to the bonus armor line. And if you keep looking farther in the negative, you see that the haste line gets steeper again. If we continued this plot for more negative values, we’d see the haste line catch back up to (and overtake) mastery.

And remember, this is the worst-case scenario for haste. HS+SW generates the weakest haste values. If we instead consider something like HS+HA:

Scaling plot for Holy Shield + Holy Avenger, post-hotfix.

The haste line is very clearly the second-steepest here, putting it solidly ahead of the other secondary stats (except bonus armor, of course).

The Seraphim plots are a little weirder thanks to a few factors. For example, if we look at Seraphim+HA, we get this plot:

Scaling plot for Seraphim + Holy Avenger, post-hotfix.

It looks like haste is great on one half of the plot and terrible on the other.  On the other hand, if we look at Seraphim+DP, we get a different story:

Scaling plot for Seraphim + Divine Purpose, post-hotfix.

Haste is pretty clearly ahead of the pack here. Again, I think this long-term behavior is what we care about with Seraphim simply because it fluctuates so much based on somewhat questionable breakpoints (i.e. how many GCDs or ticks of X or whatever else happens during the fixed 15-second Seraphim buff).

Stat Priority

In any event, this change pretty clearly accomplishes what it set out to do. Haste is going to jump from last-place into first-place amongst the non-bonus-armor secondary stats. For pretty much every talent selection, you’ll want to prioritize haste. What you go for after that will depend on your talents – with Holy Shield, you may favor mastery, with Seraphim you may favor critical strike. Though a haste/mastery focus won’t serve you poorly for any talent combination, so if you want to be able to swap back and forth between talents freely that may be the most versatile strategy.

DPS values may be worth considering as well. To give you some idea of how that works out, here are the DPS scale factors for HS+DP (the most popular spec) and Sera+HA (arguably the most common spec for mythic progression):

DPS scale factors for Holy Shield + Divine Purpose, post-hotfix.

DPS scale factors for Seraphim + Holy Avenger, post-hotfix.

As you can see, this change also vaults haste to the front of our DPS priority.

So my summary of stat valuation here is

Bonus Armor > Haste (to 50%) > Crit (Seraphim) >= Mastery > Crit = Vers > Multistrike > Haste (above 50%)

That “to 50%” is important now that we’re getting so much haste from Sacred Duty, so it’s worth considering that 50% haste cap in more detail.

The 50% Haste Cap

Because the GCD is capped at 1.00 seconds, there’s a limit to how much haste is useful. After we reach 50% haste, it stops reducing the GCD of abilities affected by Sanctity of Battle, though the cooldowns of those abilities are still reduced. However, the majority of haste’s value comes from that GCD reduction. This means we only want enough haste to get us up to 50%, because anything after that is better off as a different stat.

There are two raid buffs that increase our haste multiplicatively. The first is the 5% haste raid buff, and the second is Heroism/Bloodlust, which gives 30%. To figure out how much haste we want, we need to account for both Sacred Duty and those buffs.

If we have X haste rating on our gear, it will turn into 1.30*X haste rating on the character sheet. So for example, 1000 haste rating from gear (or from Seraphim) will show up as 1300 rating on the character sheet. We’d divide that by 90 to figure out how much percentage that gives us – in the case of Seraphim, it’s 1300/90, or 14.44% haste.

To figure out how much haste we have after raid buffs, we’d have to convert that to 1.1444 and multiply by the value of the raid buff, which is 1.05. So if we started with no haste on gear and just Seraphim active, we’d end up with 1.1444*1.05=1.2017, or 20.17% haste. If someone popped Bloodlust, it would take us to 1.1444*1.05*1.3=1.5621, or 56.21% haste, well over our cap.

For us, it’s more useful to work backward from 50% overall haste to figure out what rating we want to stop at. Since the bonus from Sacred Duty is included in the character-sheet values, I’ve given both “raw” and “character sheet” rating values on the table below.

Unbuffed Haste Rating Required to Hit 50%
Configuration Character Sheet Raw
No Buffs 4500 3462
Raid Buff (5%) 3858 2968
Emp. Seals (15%) 2740 2108
RB+Seraphim 2883 2218
RB+ES (20.75%) 2181 1678
Heroism Only (30%) 1385 1066
Hero+Seraphim 410 316
Hero+RB (36.5%) 891 685
Hero+ES (49.5%) 31 24
Hero+RB+Seraphim 0 0
Hero+RB+ES (57.0%) 0 0

Note that the Seraphim values on the table are just 975/750 less than the associated buff value. For example, if it takes 3858 character sheet haste rating to hit 50% with just the Raid Buff active, it takes 975 less (or 2883) to hit it while Seraphim is also up. So if you want to hit 50% during Seraphim in that case, you’d stack 2883 and be below the cap the rest of the time.

The raid buff is active in these sims, so we really only need 3858 haste rating on the character sheet to hit the cap. The profile only has 688 character-sheet haste, so we’re well below that. Even with Seraphim active, we have plenty of headroom for more haste. However, we’ll always be over the cap during Heroism, with or without Seraphim active.

What this table really tells us is that we should stop stacking haste when we hit 3858 character-sheet haste rating, or about 42.87%. That’s a pretty steep target, so it’s not clear we’ll be able to reach it even in Tier 18. We’ll have to see how much ilvl inflation takes place from T17 to T18 and beyond to see for sure.

This does, however, mean that you’d be well over the cap during Seraphim or Heroism. Note that TMI is fairly insensitive to that – your worst spikes tend to come when you don’t have either of those active, so it’s going to value haste highly if it’s helping you stay alive outside of those buffs. I think this is the more useful valuation of survival, though, because you don’t plan around the periods of the fight that can’t kill you.

That said, if it offends your sensibility to be “wasting” (and I use that term very loosely here) haste rating during Seraphim, the table tells you what targets to aim for. Between 2883 and 3858 rating, you’ll be “wasting” some of the haste rating granted by Seraphim, so you could stop at 2883 and start focusing on other stats.

Again, I don’t think we’ll get there any time soon, but worth throwing  out there, primarily for those that are considering ways to push their DPS higher. If you’re going over the cap during Seraphim, then that haste is wasted from the perspective of doing more damage.

Note, however, that the DPS scale factors provided earlier in this post automatically include the reduction inherent from heroism. In other words, haste is still our best DPS stat despite the fact that it provides almost zero extra DPS during heroism in this gear set.

TLDR Summary

1) Even a “quickie” Theck blog post is 2300 words.

2) Haste rules the roost. Stack it up to 50%, being aware of the haste-cap limits provided in the table earlier in the thread.

Happy hasting!

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72 Responses to Haters Gonna Haste

  1. Ashaton says:

    Damn good feeling sir. Thanks for everything you did you make this happen.

  2. blizzhoof says:

    They didn’t implement the Sacred Duty buff or the Alabaster Shield nerf yet (as far as I know). According to the notes, those changes, as well as the Blood Boil nerfs *cheers loudly* are still in testing. If that’s true, then it may be worth noting at the beginning of the blog. Many people (at least in the MMO-C thread) seem to have read the notes and started gemming haste immediately.

    I hope it gets implemented soon. I’m super excited!

  3. axerax says:

    Damn it feels good to be a gangsta…. Again.

    I’m really excited to see where this improvement leaves me. It’s a bit disappointing about AS, but probably necessary.

    I will be swapping to haste gems once I know where my haste sits, I was at 10.35% Haste before the buff. Going Seraphim and probably back to Divine Purpose over Sanctified Wrath (my guaranteed HP generator) like I did in MoP.

  4. Honestly Theck, your blog makes it more fun to be a Prot Paladin. I can credit you, (my guild might say blame) with inspiring me to go out and tank. Thanks again!

  5. Emberwilde says:

    Do you happen to have the custom values for AskMrRobot for this new haste buff?

    • Theck says:

      These are the new defaults that I sent them.

      Bonus Armor: 1
      Strength: 0.75
      Armor: 0.6
      Haste: 0.6
      Mastery: 0.55
      Stamina: 0.5
      Critical Strike: 0.45
      Versatility: 0.44
      Multistrike: 0.4

      Those are for Holy Shield. For Seraphim make the following changes:

      Critical Strike: 0.55
      Versatility: 0.53
      Mastery: 0.45

      • Emberwilde says:


      • Çapncrunch says:

        On the subject of weights, there is one thing that’s been bugging me for a little while now. Shouldn’t the weight for BA be roughly equal to the sum of Strength and Armor’s weights? Since bonus armor’s effects is basically both a 1:1 conversion to both armor and attack power? (the only difference would be that the ap from ba doesn’t benefit from any str multipliers such as BoKings).

        In other words, 1 point of bonus armor is the same as getting 1 point of armor and 1 point of ap, so shouldn’t it’s value be the combined value of those things? But it seems to come out behind that mark.

        I’m not saying that BA needs a buff, just that the weights don’t add up (literally).

  6. Viscious says:

    For a holy avenger seraphim build would this buff to haste bring the haste weapon enchant above or below the bonus armor enchant? Pre hot fix stat values didn’t come close to bonus armor where as haste is now a 2.4 scale factor vs a 3.68 bonus armor scale factor. Though bonus armor is still higher the uptime on the black rock enchant is no where near the other enchants uptime a sometimes a 20% black rock uptime vs a 50% another enchant. Would this difference in scale factors and uptime result in a overall better use of the haste enchant?

    • Theck says:

      It’s entirely possible, but I don’t know yet. I’ll be running the glyph and weapon enchant sims overnight, so I should have answers to those questions by tomorrow.

      • Çapncrunch says:

        I also had a comment/question regarding Blackrock, not sure if this is the best place or not, but here goes anyways.

        The one day when I was doing my garrison stuff (I forget if I was in the garden or mine), and a mob spawned (one of the low health ones) and I quickly killed it, and noticed I had a buff-proc, so I checked what it was and was a bit confused to see that it was Mark of Blackrock….even though I was at max health when the mob spawned and it barely even touched me.

        In other words, I very definitely got a Blackrock proc when I was nowhere near the 60% health requirement that the enchant is supposed to have.

        Any thoughts?

        • Theck says:

          Your guess is as good as mine. I haven’t really tested the proc mechanic, I just took the developers at their word on how it worked now. Maybe it’s some weird bug where it automatically procs upon entering or leaving combat?

      • raenac says:

        Was going to ask exactly this, will wait til your sims are done. Thanks as always.

    • Theck says:

      Posted a bunch of sim results over here:

      In answer to your question, Blackrock probably still slightly better for survival, Warsong better for DPS. Differences aren’t large in either direction though, so use whatever you prefer.

  7. Kechlion says:

    Thanks for all the work you do. Even if I am massively disappointed as I’m a mastery lover and have disliked haste since it came out, its great to know what I should be doing to be the best for my guild. Thanks again Theck, you da man.

    • Sigismund says:

      I went through 2 key boards and developed a mild rsi during the MoP haste madness, so I sympathise entirely.

      Personally, I have more fun with less haste (regardless of class or spec) so I choose a mastery build. I know it’s now sub-optimal, but as our raid still kills the bad guys I don’t think it’s a big deal.

      • axerax says:

        I run a Master>Crit=Haste Build with Holy Shield. I noticed when I ran Haste>Mastery>Crit with Seraphim post-hotfix, that I had worse Active Mitigation, even though I could get SotR up more often, when building up HP I was just getting smashed by bosses and burning CDs sooner than intended, the current build I’m running is overall much smoother in my opinion. A lot less spiky and a lot more predictable. I also think I can get SotR up more often.

  8. Aurelon says:

    I join other ppl and thanks you for your work. I will ask you a question. At current Mastery and Haste seems to have pretty near value, since increasing your haste give you more HP and this increase the effectivness of mastery, could be that we reach a point stacking haste (prior to 50% cap) in which Mastery value rise above haste value? In other words could be that we have not a simple Haste>Mastery but instead an Haste/mastery optimal ratio?

    • Theck says:

      It’s possible, because haste and mastery do synergize in that way. I don’t think we’ll be able to stack enough haste to reach that point (if it exists) in T17 though. It’s something to keep an eye on for later tiers.

  9. xpyre27 says:

    Amazing work, just wish someone would do the same thing for rets. Thanks for the info though, will help me tank.

  10. Aeliac says:

    I wasn’t sure if I missed it in your post. I see how to change the value for particular spells. How do I change the scaling of the global haste state?

    • Theck says:

      I’m not sure there’s an easy way to override that. I know where it is in the SimC source files, but that’s unlikely to be of much help. It’s easier to just adjust the Sacred Duty coefficient appropriately (or wait for a new version of SimC to be released – one should be up tonight, if it isn’t already).

  11. Thanks very much for your work. As xpyre27 said, I wish there was a comprehensive resource like you for Brewmasters.

  12. Chino says:

    Theck, your blog is way over any definition of useful. The only, humble suggestion I made, should it be possible to stick somewhere a list of the acronym you use? So, when I find out DC somewhere, I don’t have to struggle to find out it stay for “Dirac’s Constant”…

    • Ellifain says:

      Lovely news! And thank you for the informative and enjoyable “quickie” :)

      Up until now all the mastery+haste geardropping from highmaul was downright annoying. I’m far from a mythic raider, so have to take what junk i can get!

      Ellifain @ Khaz’Goroth.

  13. Razeoflight says:

    Once again theck thanks for your work 😉

    And of course im a happy pally knowing our haste is back where it belongs in our stat prio, away with u slow and sluggish rotation! 😀

  14. AURELON says:

    Another question.
    Since haste now is again our main stat, i think there is a need to discuss which weapon enchantment is the best between Mark of Blackrock (MoB) which give armor bonus or Mark of Worsong (MoW) which give Haste.
    I hope the data on which i do the analyses are correct since the bad habit of blizz of not correcting tooltips.
    MoW 1000 haste scaling over 20 sec with a PPM of 1.15
    MoB 500 armor for 12 sec with a 40 sec ICD and a 100% Proc when under 50% healt.

    For MoW it is simple 1000 haste scaling over 20 sec with a PPM of 1.15 means an average of 210 haste which assuming the value Theck gives to AskMrRobot are equal to 126 Armor Bonus.
    For MoB it is a little tricky. Having MoB up for 12 sec every 40 means a 30% uptime so an average of 150 armor bonus, but this happen only when we are under 50% healt. If we have to stay over the equivalent value of 126 given by MoW we would need to be under 50% healt for more the 84% of the time of the fight, which i deem highly improbable.

    I am inclined to think MoW is better then MoB, i am missing something?

    • axerax says:

      I’d also like to know if this is viable. MoB doesn’t feel as beneficial any more, especially if they are bringing Seraphim to 750.

      While I like the proc of bonus armor, if haste gives us a better or an equivalent Bonus Armor on a quicker proc, especially if we already have good haste to begin with, then I would sooner go to this over MoB.

    • Theck says:

      Your model isn’t exactly correct. The trigger for MoB is when you drop below 60% health now, and any damage event that leaves you below 60% will trigger it, even if you started out below 60% to begin with. So if you’re actually tanking a boss, it will proc very shortly after the ICD is up.

      I’ve already addressed this in more detail here:

      In short: both are viable, MoW is probably better for DPS, MoB is probably better for tanking.

  15. Schroom says:

    could you update the haste rating table to account for the Seraphim nerf please? or has this already been done? :)

  16. axerax says:

    in 6.1 I noticed that Discipline Priests will be receiving a unique buff that will greatly benefit with them running with a paladin tank.

    Shield a friendly target, absorbing [(((Spell power * 5.1) + 2) * 1)] damage. Lasts 15 sec. While the shield holds, spellcasting will not be interrupted by damage. Once shielded, the target cannot be shielded again for 15 sec.
    Also grants you Borrowed Time, causing you to gain 40% more of the Haste stat from all sources for 6 sec.

  17. Max says:

    Hi Theck. I have followed your advice for years and want to first and foremost thank you for what you do for not the protadin community, but the entire wow community benefits from your work. So thanks.

    I have a question however, I have noticed that since switching to haste, my dps has seemed to go down by about 2 maybe 3k. This could largely be due to having to switch to SoR instead of SoT. But aside from that, I feel like I should still be doing a little more damage than I do. I run HS_SW in mythic progression right now. In your article you wrote that this combo benefits the least from haste prioritization, but haste still comes out on top. However on the HS_DP chart, haste and mastery are neck and neck. Am I wrong in assuming that for HS_SW, mastery prioritization would yield the most DPS? Here’s my amory: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/velen/Decendent/simple

    Again, thank you for all your work.

    • Axerax says:

      I noticed that my DPS has lowered as well. I used to be able to pull anywhere between 30-100K on group trash (depending on size of group of course) and on bosses it was around 15-25K. Now I see number fluctuations of 13-30K on trash and 12-17K on bosses. It feels like they nerfed our output without saying so, I never glyphs into Alabaster Shield before nerf.

      My co-tank is a monk and this decreased damage makes it real difficult to pull mobs off their Ox statue at times, especially can be problematic for boss encounters. Self healing was nerfed for us and now damage, a 7 second taunt isn’t going to cut it when it comes to threat gain.

      • Romoreas says:

        (For what it’s worth I finished 7/7 M @ US 13th)

        The Seal of Truth nerf was a pretty big deal. It was sometimes upwards 10 percent of my damage.

        Haste lowers your Holy Wrath CD so that’s why it has a higher value.

        I mean maximizing your dps on each fight is so different. Depending on fight length HA maybe better.

        I only ever felt like I needed Holy Shield when I was about 660 ilvl on our first Brackenspore kill and for M Imp where I collected the adds, outside of that you should get comfortable with Seraphim if you can and you will see a dps increase.

        • Romoreas says:

          Sorry for the double post but I just noticed your progression. You should really test out Seraphim on Heroic Farm. Definitely mess around with HA and Seraphim on Heroic Butcher Farm. Also do you have a better “dps” trinket than pillar of earth? PBE or the Mastery one are better dps and still good for survival.

          • axerax says:

            Thanks for the reply!

            Yeah our team has not attempted any Mythics yet, but we probably won’t with BRF coming next week.

            I was running Seraphim for our entire heroic progression, it played well up until we got to H-IMP and then decided to go back to mastery>haste. I’m not too worried about my overall DPS, but I have seen an improvement on my last H-IMP attempt with Holy Shield on the add phase collection. Doing HA might be more beneficial right now with HS, so Ill try that over Holy Wrath since my haste dropped a few %’s.

            I haven’t had much luck with trinkets lately, But maybe this week will be different =)

        • Max says:

          Thanks for the reply. I used Seraphim for a month. However I started tanking in BC, and have become very used to my rotation and SotR spam mechanics. Seraphim just felt bad to me. And after the nerf it felt even worse. I actually do really good output with Holy Shield through my play style so I’m sticking to it rather than Seraphim. You can check out my logs. https://www.warcraftlogs.com/rankings/character/2240385/7/#boss=0

          I think there’s a lot of people that are relying on Seraphim for the bulk of their output. Relying on any talent for the bulk of your output is always bad. The bulk of the output should be from a solid rotation.

  18. Brasidas says:

    When I move my cursor over Sacred Duty, it reads: You gain 5% more of haste stat from all sources. Yes – it still reads 5%. Is it just me, or Sacred Duty still gives 5% bonus?

    • schroom says:

      Tooltip changes need client side patches. This was changed in a hotfix, so tooltips aren’t updated.

      • Brasidas says:

        If this is so, then I am inclined to think that Haste is STILL underperforming significantly. Tooltip might not show the actual 30% boost, but the [character sheet] should, right? I actually do much worse when I stack haste as opposed to when I stack mastery or crit. I have to wonder why.

        • axerax says:

          Brasudas: I was thinking about going back to mastery gems and just doing haste enchants, I don’t see with all of our big nerfs that it’s viable to roll straight haste. Even though we received the boost, blizzard doesn’t want us to stack haste like that and ignore the other secondaries as we have been.

          Seraphim is under preforming, in fact I think I saw better results from Holy Shield before swapping to Seraphim pre-hotfix.

          They also want us to use Empowered Seals, it just makes the whole rotation more complicated than it should be.

          • Brasidas says:

            I basically stayed away from Haste for the past few days in favor of Mastery, Crit and Multistrike – and the result was substantially better.

            I haven’t used Seraphim or Empowered Seals – so I don’t know how that works. To me, Holy Shield seemed like the best out of the three, as it gives you a steady damage reduction without needing any micromanagement; the ability to block spells is a nice bonus too.

          • axerax says:

            I dropped back down from 19% to 16% haste and brought my mastery back up to 15% unbuffed.

            I also am going back to holy shield, I would love to just focus back on SoTR up time. Seraphim feels under-performing and Empowered Seals is too tedious to be a viable rotation.

            I’d rather keep the extra 15% block, spell block, and damage reflection.

  19. Shizenhowen says:

    Hi Theck. It’s great reading your posts.

    With Blackrock coming out do the T17 set bonuses make Holy Shield better than Seraphim? There seems to be a lot of synergies with it.

    • axerax says:

      Beginning to wonder this my self, it feels like our set bonus is geared towards block chance and Holy Shield grants that solid 15% in addition to whatever your stats are.

    • Romoreas says:

      From logs of Heroic and Mythic testing with 2 set it’s around a 58ish percent uptime. So no matter what talent you choose this will always be helpful.

      In terms of the 4 set, it’s around 16-20 percent uptime.

      I do not believe you should be in the mindset “oh I have 4 set I should use Holy Shield on every progression fight” because that’s not going to be the case.

  20. Kazie says:

    Hi Theck and fellow paladins.

    I have recently retaken the role of the holy knight the protection paladin and for that reason i have been actively following your blog theck, and the various forums to get back up to speed.

    I am no math wiz or anything, in fact i consider myself rather below average on that part. However i have done my best to put together a loot sheet so to speak. It started out as a personal list so i had a breakdown of what items to aim for in Blackrock Foundry as we finaly are at a place where we can begin mythic raiding despite being only 3 months old guild.

    Since then i added your haste table and worked it into my own table, to see how much haste i was lacking untill reaching the cap. At the same time grew to include stats and 3 tabs; Current gear > 680 > 695. Reflecting the progress that we will have.

    I only recently went back on my paladin in the 3rd raid week, coming from my rogue. I must say when i really got started i remembered why i always loved my paladin and why i have been returning to her over and over :)

    I was hoping Theck, or any other well informed paladins would have a look at my stuff.

    Here’s a link to my google sheet:

    Here’s a link to my armory which reflect the current tab:

    I included comments, so you can comment directly on the sheet. Please remember to put your name in the comments in case several people wants to help me :)

    Kazie aka. Sinope

    • Theck says:

      I’m not really sure what you want me to check about that sheet. Took a quick glance at the haste math (which seems right), but that’s about it. I don’t find best-in-slot lists all that useful, so I don’t really have any feedback on your gear choices.

  21. Kazie says:

    The math is exactly what i wanted you to confirm, since i’m really bad at math. i looked at how you did it and worked out whatever you see on the sheet. I actually found myself having fun doing this.

    I agree on best-in-slot lists tho, i have never used one before. i just figured that since my list is very specific to my current gear as an “upgrade list” that if the math was right it would support those upgrades.

    Thanks for confirming the math. I still have a lot to learn about my protection paladin and hopefully i’ll be the one helping others some day.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  22. George says:

    I am an extremely grateful for your job, Theck. Thank you very much. You create very interesting and useful stuff.

    P.S.: Why you use Dirac constant as your avatar?
    P.P.S.: Do you have the attitude to mathematics in real life?

  23. Nicaa says:

    Just wondering what happens if u combine holy shield with t17 set boni, wich as far as i know increase you chance to block and the vlaue that is actually blocked (sitting at ~50% block chance with holy shield)

  24. Theck says:

    The set bonuses aren’t strong enough to have a significant effect on secondary stats. They’ll make mastery (very) slightly better than it is, but haste should still be better.

    • Nicaa says:

      couldnt sim it myself , somehow my new computer doesnt like simcraft :/ just gonna trust you there as usual :>
      but hows that affecting the choice between holy shield and seraphim (also considering there might be a nerf for seraphim soon) you sit at ~55% block constantly and some of those blocks reduce the dmg by 60% instead of 40%

      since i cant sim it myself i m just gonna take a look at those sims http://www.simulationcraft.org/reports/Raid_T17H.html

      avengers shield is listed with 41 count there, wich equals ~3,3mins of uptime (very roughly since grand crusader proccs can happen at any point of the 2p uptime and refresh it for example from 4sec to full duration again)
      on a 6min fight. That sounds pretty god damn strong to me (maybe the uptime is around 35 or 40% of the fight taking grand crusader procs into consideration but u could also get “perfect procs” taking the uptime to ~50% (?) ), even more strong if ur blockchance is constantly higher and u have that chance for bigger blocks if u do block

      but blocking has never been THE strength of prot paladins and i might just focus to much on it since both boni are boosting ur blocking (and i like holyshield a lot more then seraphim) i m a pretty lazy person and the seraphim mechanics are just to annoying and very limited sometimes imo

      ok enough of all this guessing and maybe. i m gonna get myself a computer with simcraft and just take a look at the numbers

      PS: sorry for my english i m no native, i hope its understandable if not feel free to ask

      • Theck says:

        It definitely props up Holy Shield, to the point that it’s probably a slightly more defensive choice than Seraphim once you have the set bonus. On the other hand, Seraphim will still do significantly more damage.

        Ultimately you’ll still choose the talent based on the encounter. There are certainly encounters where you’d prefer the cooldown coverage of Seraphim to Holy Shield just due to mechanics (Kromog is one example that comes to mind).

        • axerax says:

          I’ve done Kromog with Holy Shield. Our team makeup has a disc priest in it using Clarity of Will on every Slam, the rest of the fight is cake as long as it’s handled.

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