This, apparently, is sparta - they've taken away righteous defense. Bye-bye mouse-over macro to save people from big bad adds. Now you just have to wait 8 seconds while my taunt recharges. Very short-sighted of Blizzard I think to give us just one taunt, and to reduce the damage of SotR so much - it's hard for it to be a high threat ability when it doesn't do much to cause threat.
Glyph of the Alabaster Shield would have been amazing in cata, but as it is, it's just something that happens, it's certainly not enough to make you delay your SotR, not like Scent of Blood stacks for DKs. I'm not really a fan of the new autarky builds either - my ret pala doesn't need damage reduction cds, or damage reduction glyphs, and my prot pala appreciates self-healing, but the healers don't! Every point of mana they waste overhealing me is a point they might hesitate to spend next time my health goes down.
I don't really want the self-heals either, i've always had WoG, and I didn't use it. When things got hairy, I popped extra cds, and the healers worked their magic. If that didn't do it, we probably wiped - but that's what happens in a good raid, if people aren't quite up to the task, or if someone times something badly, the whole thing can go wrong very quickly. The last thing we need then is dpsers leaping in to save the day by wasting valuable resources throwing out mediocre heals. Even with the Selfless Healer buff, the flash of light isn't exactly going to be a well-geared Hpriest's Flash Heal, is it? I've seen them crit at 100k, (and I'm sure they can do more than that with full hc DS gear), - now that's a life-saving heal, not the 40-45k that these waste-of-HP WoGs are going to be.
The last thing that bugs me about the new Prot spec is the final talent tier, I mean, sure they're all good talents, for various things, but none of them is really a tanking talent. I'm probably just going to pick the target-able AoE one, and swap out my Glyph of Consecration for Dazing Sheld. That, or I'll wake up tomorrow and these changes will all have been just a horrible, horrible dream...
EDIT: I fixed typos.
Edited by Josh, 01 September 2012 - 04:03 PM.