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Protection Paladin Tank Stat Priority (Legion 7.0.3)

Last updated on Jul 20, 2016 at 14:36 by Vlad 27 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Protection Paladins in World of Warcraft Legion 7.0.3, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Protection Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Basics

The stat priority for Protections Paladins depends on whether you are trying to maximise your survivability or your DPS.

1.1. Survivability

  1. Versatility;
  2. Haste;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Critical Strike.

1.2. DPS

  1. Haste;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Mastery;
  4. Versatility.

2. Getting a Better Understanding

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Mastery, thanks to Mastery: Divine Bulwark Icon Mastery: Divine Bulwark, increases your chance to block attacks and your attack power, as well as increasing the amount of damage you can block with Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous. Therefore, it provides a direct increase to your survivability.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

Haste reduces your global cooldown and the cooldowns of most of the abilities that are part of your rotation.

Critical Strike increases your damage and healing output, and also gives you avoidance, as you get 1 Parry from for every 1 point of Critical Strike.

Most encounters have abilities that cannot be mitigated or avoided. Also, you need to have a decent amount of health, in order to give yourself the chance to be healed before a subsequent attack kills you. In addition to this minimum amount of Stamina, we feel that Stamina remains quite valuable for Protection Paladins. Therefore, we advise you to consider getting more Stamina than is innately found on your gear (through trinkets, enchants, and gemming, in that order). As you become more comfortable determining the amount of survivability needed for each encounter, you can shift some of that Stamina into other stats.

3. ChangeLog

  • 20 Jul. 2016: Added separate stat priorities for DPS and survivability.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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