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Protection Paladin Tank NetherLight Crucible Relic Paths (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Feb 01, 2018 at 20:11 by Vlad 192 comments

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General Information

This page will help you choose the right paths on your Netherlight Crucible as a a Protection Paladins. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. For more information, please read our Guide to the Netherlight Crucible.

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, who has been a long-time leading Protection Paladin who has competed for world first kills for 5 years. He is one of the casters for both last year's and this year's upcoming Mythic Dungeon invitational. You can watch his stream on Twitch and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. General Optimization Advice for Protection Paladins

Netherlight Crucible

Optimizing through the Netherlight Crucible is straightforward; you are offered 2 initial paths, Shadow and Holy, and you should determine your path contingent on the following suggestions.

Defensively, you should mostly use the highest item level relic you have and simply make the best of the traits it provides you with. The exception to this is  Icon Unflinching Defense, which is a trait you should try to get in all 3 of your relics, if at all possible. If you can combine this trait with  Icon Bastion of Truth or  Icon Resolve of Truth, then that is a very solid defensive relic.

Offensively, you can sacrifice item levels to make sure all 3 relics have both  Icon Consecration in Flame and  Icon Hammer Time.

2. Tier 2 Upgrade Priority for Protection Paladins

As stated above, you might sometimes get forced into picking certain Light/Shadow crucible traits to get to whatever artifact trait you choose to go for, but when you have the ability to choose, you can follow the suggestions below.

2.1. Defense

  1. Best: Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind, Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness, Refractive Shell Icon Refractive Shell.
  2. Great: Light Speed Icon Light Speed, Master of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows.
  3. Good: Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent, Infusion of Light Icon Infusion of Light, Secure in the Light Icon Secure in the Light.
  4. Bad: Shocklight Icon Shocklight, Torment the Weak Icon Torment the Weak, Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows.

2.2. Offense

  1. Best: Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind, Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness, Dark Sorrows Icon Dark Sorrows (AoE).
  2. Good: Infusion of Light Icon Infusion of Light, Secure in the Light Icon Secure in the Light, Torment the Weak Icon Torment the Weak (single target).
  3. Average: Light Speed Icon Light Speed, Master of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows, Shocklight Icon Shocklight, Murderous Intent Icon Murderous Intent.
  4. Bad: Refractive Shell Icon Refractive Shell, Light's Embrace Icon Light's Embrace.

While defensively, Light Speed Icon Light Speed and Master of Shadows Icon Master of Shadows are technically much more reliable than Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind and Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness, they are also sort of weak. Haste is always nice and Master of Shadows is mainly for the avoidance.

In both cases, Shadowbind Icon Shadowbind and Chaotic Darkness Icon Chaotic Darkness are both on the top of the list, and are definitely the best traits for general use.

3. Tier 3 Upgrade Priority for Protection Paladins

Defensively, it is not very important to go for any of the traits in particular. The exception to this is  Icon Unflinching Defense, which is a big outlier due to the fact that the more of this trait you have, the more leeway you will have with using your personal cooldowns (mostly when Ardent Defender Icon Ardent Defender is used to fill in when you have no Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous coverage). If you really want a ranking of the traits, the following can be used:

  1.  Icon Unflinching Defense
  2.  Icon Resolve of Truth
  3.  Icon Bastion of Truth
  4.  Icon Righteous Crusader
  5.  Icon Stern Judgment
  6.  Icon Scatter the Shadows
  7.  Icon Faith's Armor

Offensively, we recommend the following priority:

  1.  Icon Consecration in Flame
  2.  Icon Hammer Time
  3.  Icon Stern Judgment
  4.  Icon Righteous Crusader

For pure DPS, it is worth quite a few item levels to try to get both  Icon Consecration in Flame and  Icon Hammer Time in the same relic, with hopefully a "good" or better DPS trait as well; both of these scale very well with multiple targets.

4. ChangeLog

  • 01 Feb. 2018: Added tier 3 trait priority.
  • 31 Jan. 2018: Updated the tier 2 offensive priority for clarity.
  • 30 Jan. 2018: Updated the page considerably.
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Added Netherlight Crucible page for Protection Paladin.
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