Cataclysm Beta – Build 12694

Oh how the mighty nerf bat swings…Looking at this current build, my Ret Paladin morale dropped about three notches.  I have been hearing not-so-quiet whispers that Rets are doing very good damage on the Beta servers, and it seems it might be too good in its current state.  Check out the following changes:


  • Swift Retribution – Gone.
  • The Art of War – Now a Tier 3 talent, down from Tier 4.  Increases the damage by 20/40/60% and critical strike damage by 30/60/100% of your Exorcism.  Has a 5/10/15% chance to proc from melee attacks.
  • Communion – Additional effect – Your auras increase your party and raid’s damage dealt by 3% and your damage by an additional 2%.
  • Sanctity of Battle – Gone.
  • Rule of Law – Now a 2 rank talent. Down from 3.

Swift Retribution is gone.  Ouch.  The 20% haste was a great buff, and now it’s banished.  A single tear falls to the ground.

Art of War undergoes yet another change.  Max rank increases Exorcism damage by 60% with a guaranteed 100% crit damage increase.  Will proc off 15% of melee attacks.  As I have yet to get into Beta, no way for me to test this out, but the damage increase seems to be a nice boost.  Still waiting to see how often this will get used and what priority it will take when all the dust settles.

Communion gives us 2% increased damage and 3% increased raid damage.  Not quite sure that replaces the haste boost, but at least it’s something.

Also in this build:

  • Consecration now lasts 10 sec (down from 15 sec) and has a 30 sec cooldown.

Switching things up again, not sure how well this will work.  30 second cooldown?  Ouch.


  1. Pimpmybubble says:

    Well i suppose we will have a single target rotation including:
    Seal of Truth
    Crusader Strike
    Templar’s verdict
    and most likely Holy wrath

    and our aoe will be:
    Seal of righteousness
    Holy Wrath
    Divine Storm
    and Crusader strike for Holy power

  2. Xav says:

    Since my main is a Paladin I hate whenever we got a nerf, even if it is fair.

    I think that the new mechanic for AoW will be better on Arenas and high Resilience opponents but not so good for PvE.

    30 secs CD for Consecration is a lot of time I think that we’ll need to plan ahead and use it only on high density mob packs.

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  4. Revvy says:

    Just Dinged 80 with my pally yesterday, this site has motivated me to make my pally my main out of my other 3 80s. Thanks Khor for the Site! ^^

  5. pallynagy says:

    hi everyone…..
    i just saw how the mighty nerf bat hammered us…..
    20 % haste to fly from us cant be compensated by 5% increased dps…but just like khor said…at least its something…..
    but i like the art of war change…in the past build..i wasnt even thinking i would get art of war….and that sanctity of battle alone was enough….
    but consecration with 30 sec cd….they are switching it to holy
    death and decay…..really :/……
    hope for the better…..


  6. T says:

    Increases the damage by 20/40/60% and critical strike damage by 30/60/100% of your Exorcism.

    Max rank increases Exorcism damage by 60% with a guaranteed crit.


  7. Khor says:

    Holy crap, Khor is slipping. Guaranteed 100% crit DAMAGE increase, not crit chance. Doh.

  8. Boshi says:

    lame =[

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