With the new Hand of Light changes, Mastery is about to jump up in terms of stat priority. While the new design is still sitting on the PTR, we can expect Mastery rating will jump up for Retribution Paladins in terms of priority.
As it stands right now, Mastery now adds 2.5% of damage done by Templar’s Verdict, Crusader Strike, and Divine Storm as Holy damage per 1 point of Mastery. So, by default, we start with 8 Mastery, giving us a flat 20% boost to the aforementioned damage sources.
So if everything hold true, my guess is that our stat priority list will look like this:
- Critical Strike
Now, that changes a ton of gear priorities. If you read my site, you will know that in several articles and pages I have recommended holding onto your Mastery gear, even if you aren’t wearing a particular piece anymore. Now, those pieces may shift in importance. Gear with +hit/+mastery will now out-value gear with +hit/+crit. Now, until we see these changes go live, I cannot say this with certainty, but it is definitely a probability.
Reforging also gets a little trickier now that you won’t want to be reforging Mastery into other stats. Excess hit and expertise will be reforged into Mastery for sure, but whether or not to reforge crit or haste into Mastery is something that needs to be determined.
For example, if I am already hit and expertise capped, and I get a piece of gear that has +crit/+haste, then my assumption (based on new stat priorities) is that the haste would get reforged into Mastery.
Finally, to leave you with one more little bit of information, my guess is that [Impatience of Youth] and it’s Horde counterpart are about to become very sexy options for Retribution Paladins! So save those Tol Barad tokens! While they may not replace the +strength trinkets, they definitely can help fill a trinket void for those in such a need.