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Protection Paladin Tank Stat Priority (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Aug 28, 2017 at 18:47 by Vlad 192 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 7.3.5, 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, 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. Basics

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

1.1. Survivability

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

Haste's main task is to increase Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous uptime, to generally smooth damage intake and make you more predictable to heal. Haste reduces the global cooldown as well as the cooldown of your rotational abilities. There is no Haste cap and there is no reason to not keep stacking it.

Versatility is a very important stat to compensate for Protection Paladins' weakness, which is time spent without Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous up. It is also useful to increase the self-heal from Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector, since it does not scale with Attack Power.

Mastery is pretty close to Versatility in terms of overall damage reduction, especially with a lot of Haste. The issue with Mastery is that its main form of damage reduction is reducing damage when Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous is up, which usually ends up being redundant. Mastery does well with Holy Shield Icon Holy Shield, however, but is still not better than Versatility.

Critical Strike does very little for you defensively, while Judgment Icon Judgment critical hits increase Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous uptime, and critical strike gives you parry; both those effects are very minimal and too random to rely on. Offensively, it is a great stat, however.

1.2. DPS

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

2. Getting a Better Understanding of Protection Paladin Stats

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, but the latter effect increases your survivability while you are already taking reduced damage, making it somewhat redundant.

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

  • 28 Aug. 2017: Improved the stat discussion.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 28 Mar. 2017: No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Slightly improved the stat description text.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Updated the survivability stat priority slightly, and added more mentions about the value of stats.
  • 19 Sep. 2016: Updated survivability stat priority slightly, and added a mention about Mastery.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2016: Added separate stat priorities for DPS and survivability.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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