Warning It appears that you may be blocking the ads, and we are fine with it (read more here). That said, it would really be awesome if you decided to whitelist our website or make a donation :) You can also send us Bitcoins (1DEkropiHPWBmfJxogFaXQscfzhmdpTti4)!

Protection Paladin Tank Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 14, 2016 at 15:35 by Vlad 100 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our Protection Paladin tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. 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. Significant Legion Changes

The Protection specialisation has undergone a number of changes since Warlords of Draenor, but it still retains common elements.

  • Holy Power and Resolve have been removed.
  • Seals, Righteous Fury, Crusader Strike, Hammer of Wrath, Bastion of Glory, Word of Glory, and Divine Protection have all been removed.
  • Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous works much the same way as before, but it no longer has a resource cost.
  • Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector is a self heal that is off the global cooldown.

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 7 pages:

4. ChangeLog

  • 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 (gear page): Added BiS list.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the survivability stat priority slightly, and added more mentions about the value of stats.
  • 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 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations (gems, neck, consumables; Versatility recommendations removed).
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Consecrated Ground evaluation.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated artifact progression path introduction text and slightly updated relic mentions.
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Hand of the Protector and Light of the Protector healing percentage (now 30% of missing health).
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated Hand of the Protector and Light of the Protector healing percentage (now 30% of missing health).
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Made some small updates to the Light of the Protector section.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 4, 5, and 7 talent sections to slightly re-evaluate our recommendations.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated survivability stat priority slightly, and added a mention about Mastery.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (artifact page): Clarified that Stern Judgment should be taken before Forebearant Faithful in the artifact progression, and slightly tweaked relic recommendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated the texts for Sephuz's Secret, Heathcliff's Immortality, and Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Light of the Protector description to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 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.
  • 04 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Added Cavalier talent in place of Blessing of Salvation.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Changed potion recommendation to Draenic Versatility Potion.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added separate stat priorities for DPS and survivability.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Added different recommendations for survivability and DPS stat priorities.
  • 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.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation 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 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
Force desktop version
Force mobile version