Monday, July 21, 2008

WotLK Beta - Burst Damage

Sometimes I really don't understand Blizzard. Back in March, they said they were worried about Paladin burst damage. Fast forward to the WotLK Beta, and we see the following two talents:

Righteous Vengeance (5/5)
Requires 45 Points in Retribution
Increases critical damage bonus of all attacks by 15%.

The Art of War (3/3)
Requires 40 Points in Retribution
Your damaging Crusader Strikes have a 15% chance to cause your next Judgement spell to cause double damage.

Let's say you have a 30% critical strike chance. Your attack possibilities (ignoring misses, parries, etc.) are:

59.5% - Normal damage
10.5% - 2x damage
25.5% - 2.15x damage
4.5% - 4.3x damage

Yes, that's correct. In the current Beta, Retribution paladins have better than Quad Damage!

I think The Art of War is going to be nerfed, and nerfed hard.


  1. Also with Judgments of the Wise you get 60% of the damage caused by that huge Judgment back as mana. You do have to wait for the stars to align with Art of War + a crit, but if you are lucky enough to throw a critical JoComm on a stunned target you refill your mana pool. I'd dare say you overfill it.

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  3. indeed, I fail at math, not you. >.<