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Protection Paladin Tank Guide (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:32 by Vlad 141 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Protection Paladin tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Protection Paladin in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Treckie, one of the best Protection Paladins in the world, who raids in Nihilum. You can watch his stream on Twitch and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

As a Protection Paladin, you can expect to perform the role of a solid and reliable tank. In general, your damage intake will be relatively smooth, with many attacks being blocked by your shield or softened by your strong active mitigation. No other tank class has quite the array of tricks up their sleeve that a paladin does.

Note that this guide focuses on aspects that are specific to Protection Paladins, and general tanking strategies are beyond its scope. If you wish to know more about the tanking role and what you can do to improve, we recommend that you read our tanking guide.

2. Patch 7.2 Changes

3. Patch 7.1.5 Changes

  • Aegis of Light Icon Aegis of Light now has a 3-minute cooldown (down from 5 minutes).
  • A few other talents received small buffs or nerfs.

4. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

5. ChangeLog

  • 28 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Tweaked the single and multiple target rotations slightly.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Made updates to tier 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 talent evaluations.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket and legendary item rankings.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (easy mode page): Made a small tweak to the rotation.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Mark of the Hidden Satyr as a neck enchant for damage output.
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Page added.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Slightly improved the stat description text.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated the talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5, and changed some talent discussions (tiers 1, 4, 6, and 7).
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added a Hand of the Protector mouseover macro.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated the Relic recommendations slightly.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added Potion of Prolonged Power and Flask of Countless Armies as alternative recommendations.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary ranking (including new items) and added recommendations for Tier 19 Set Bonuses.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 21 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Revised the Sephuz's Secret text.
  • 14 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Removed a mention about Blinding Light not damaging raid bosses.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Bastion of Light, Crusader's Judgment, First Avenger, and Retribution Aura descriptions and discussions to account for Patch 7.1 changes.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Consecrated Ground evaluation.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the survivability stat priority slightly, and added more mentions about the value of stats.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations (gems, neck, consumables; Versatility recommendations removed).
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Artifact progression path introduction text and slightly updated Relic mentions.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Eye of Tyr text to correctly mention that all damage is reduced, and expanded its recommended usage.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS list.
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated Hand of the Protector and Light of the Protector healing percentage (now 30% of missing health).
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Hand of the Protector and Light of the Protector healing percentage (now 30% of missing health).
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated survivability stat priority slightly, and added a mention about Mastery.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated the texts for Sephuz's Secret, Heathcliff's Immortality, and Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 4, 5, and 7 talent sections to slightly re-evaluate our recommendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Made some small updates to the Light of the Protector section.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added separate recommendations for total damage reduction and a smoother damage intake, and also tweaked some of the other recommendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (artifact page): Clarified that Stern Judgment should be taken before Forebearant Faithful in the Artifact progression, and slightly tweaked Relic recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated Hand of the Protection description to account for a recent hotfix that changed the healing amount, and revamped Hand of the Protector, Seraphim, and Righteous Protector discussions.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Light of the Protector description to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 04 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Added Cavalier talent in place of Blessing of Salvation.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added separate stat priorities for DPS and survivability.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the explanation for using Seraphim to clarify that it is a survivability loss to do so and that you should be careful not to die.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Removed a WeakAuras string that is no longer up to date.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Added different recommendations for survivability and DPS stat priorities.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Changed potion recommendation to Draenic Versatility Potion.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Removed a mention that Hand of the Protector's healing is not increased if you stand in Consecration, since this has been fixed.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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