A bit of optimism is here for Divine Storm enthusiasts (which I think most of us are…at least pre Patch 4.0.1). Divine Storm currently uses Holy power instead of mana, and can really only be used at 3 Holy Power in order to be effective. In AoE situations, Divine Storm cannot be used nearly as much, and it leaves us longing for the days long gone where Divine Storm cost simple mana and could be spammed with two T10 equipped!
It would seem Blizzard is thinking along the same lines, and would like to make Divine Storm function similar to Fan of Knives, and cost mana instead of Holy Power. Thus, you could use both Templar’s Verdict and Divine Storm in AoE situations.
Cool, right? More or less, until you realize the trade-off would be Divine Storm sharing a cooldown with Crusader Strike. You know what, I’d take that. You still have Exorcism and Judgement as single target attacks, and with Crusader Strike seemingly getting a nerf to 115% weapon damage (at the time of this post), it seems a fair trade.
This would launch the utility of Divine Storm way above its current form, and I for one would love to see what Blizz can do with this. Of course, Ghostcrawler has said these are all ideas they are toying with, but a glimmer of hope is better than no hope at all, right?
Ghostcrawler on Divine Storm
We’ve been toying with a change to Divine Storm to make it more like Fan of Knives. Specifically, you could use it whenever you want, for mana, but it would share a cooldown with Crusader Strike. It would have nothing to do with Holy Power (unless Divine Purpose still applied). The idea would be that sometimes you’re okay giving up the single target rotation of Crusader Strike -> Templar’s Verdict in return for being able to use an AE attack every 4.5 to 3 sec. It’s too early yet to know if this design will work out.
Divine Storm has a great visual and many long-time Ret paladins have a soft spot for it, so we’d like to get it back to more common use. [Source]