Shared Topic: Class Spells and Misunderstandings – Paladin style

So far, it looks like I’ll be the only one taking part in this week’s shared topic, but it’s okay, I’ve never been all that good with sharing anyway. The shared topic (which probably isn’t going to be shared) for this week was suggested by Rilandune of A Rogue’s Tale and the original thread can be found on Blog Azeroth.

This is a topic I have planned for an upcoming piece. It happens far too often that players of another class simply do not understand your own class, and for that matter everyone elses. The classes within WoW are so dynamic that there is a large gap in understanding between those who play [insert class here] and everyone else who does not.

What 3 core abilities, be they spec dependent or core class spells, would you most like to see every other player know and understand? These could lead to better teamwork in PvP, or cleaner, more concise raiding environments where, for instance, everyone understands how the Hunter Misdirection works.

I’ve written in depth discussions about specific spells before, notably the Blessings, Divine Sacrifice and Beacon of Light. If you’re interested in the ins and outs of paladining, I suggest you check them out. I’m going to bend the topic a little because, lets face it, I never do things the way I’m supposed to. Still, when it comes to paladin spells, some things need to be said. Said, and sometimes beaten into people by my giant spoon. So here’s what I’m going to talk about: the use of my tanking shield, resurrecting etiquette and the darker side of blessings.

Things you (and me and them) can do with a tanking shield

A shield can be used to block, which decreases damage taken. You can also use it to bash enemies over the head, which damages and angers your victims. And if you have to, you can throw it from a distance to grab an enemy’s attention or to shut them up for a few seconds.

Not a tanking shield

Me: I can’t line of sight, could someone silence that caster for me?
Person X: Use your shield.
Me: *sigh*

What they say is true, if a pally tank does does their talents properly, Avenger’s Shield will silence for 3 seconds. On the downside, it also dazes whatever it hits, so chances are the silence will run out before those casters reach us. It’s also on a 30 second cooldown and takes up a lot of mana, which is sometimes an issue in a 5 man. Yes, it’s a great spell, but it’s not always available.

And just because I get asked this all the time, Block Rating increases a tank’s (or anyone’s, really) chance to block an attack and Block Value increases how much damage will be absorbed by a block.

How to Die and Be Rezzed Properly in 6 Easy Points

1- Really, you shouldn’t be pulling aggro (unless you’re the tank) or standing in bad looking things in the first place.
2- Paladins can’t battle rez. As long as we’re in combat, you’re not getting a rez.
3- If the rezzer in the party seems to be at least sort of aware of what’s going on, don’t ask for a rez.
4- If the rezzer has died and will need to run back, release and run back too. The rezzer isn’t below you in any way. If he has to run back, so do you.
5- Upon rezzing, sit down and eat. If the healer is busy drinking, then you should be busy eating. Don’t expect to be spoonfed health points.
6- Upon rezzing, thank the rebuffers. Don’t ask for buffs unless it’s really obvious they forgot.

Why do I always get so pissy when talking about rezzes? Anyway, moving on.

Be Patient about Blessings

If there’s more than one paladin in the party, it might take a few minutes to them to come to an agreement. We’re not like priests or mages who can just buff the whole raid with one click. (And if priests and mages sometimes screw up, then we’re allowed a break!) While the system is far from the headache it used to be, it can still be confusing to a new level 80 paladin, especially one who doesn’t have PallyPower or ZOMGbuffs installed. Personally, I discuss buffs (I’ll do kings, you do might) in party/raid chat at the beginning of a PuG so the others can see whats going on, but it doesn’t seem to be common practice.

Also, if you get battle rezzed, you’ll probably be given a temporary 10 minute buff. It’s ok. Most fights are shorter than 10 minutes and you’ll get a full buff after you’re out of combat.

Note that Blessing of Sanctuary (3% damage reduction) is a prot talent and must be given by a tank. Note as well that Blessing of Might and Blessing of Wisdom can be improved via talents points. These blessings are identical to a Warrior’s Battle Shout and a Shaman’s Mana Spring Totem, respectively, so a crappy version of either Might or Wisdom can be overwritten by the improved Battle Shout or Mana Spring Totem. In the future, when the Might given to you by the holy paladin disappears while there’s a dps warrior in the group, you’ll know why.

And there you have it

3 spellish things about paladins that I wish everyone knew. If there’s something you wish everyone knew about your class, there’s still a few hours left, feel free to join in on the shared topic. Despite what I say, I really don’t mind sharing…too much.

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10 Comments on “Shared Topic: Class Spells and Misunderstandings – Paladin style”

  1. Jaedia Says:

    I get really pissy about lazy sods who won’t run in when the rezzer has to, and I don’t even have to res them these days! It’s possibly the first thing about PuGs that started annoying me back before I realised how terribad they really can be.

    • Ophelie Says:

      Good to see a dpser rallying to our cause!

      I’m really harsh when it comes to running back. If I can get away with it without frustrating the group, I’ll refuse to rez slackers unless they have a good reason. Luckily, I haven’t died too much in PuGs lately so it hasn’t been an issue for awhile!

  2. Pheadra Says:

    Where do you find the shared topics? I’m really interested in doing them and I’d like to know how I could get in on this buisness!

    • Ophelie Says:

      You can find them on Blog Azeroth ( which is a message board for all us bloggers to socialize. There’s a specific forum for Shared Topics where you can find them all. There’s also an introductions forum where you can post a link to your blog when you feel ready.

  3. Antigen Says:

    I hate how PallyPower won’t let you buff or switch seals properly if you’re in combat, so if I’m pugging Violet Hold, I usually have to pray for the NPCs at the beginning to kill a wave of mobs fast enough for me to get all my clicks in before the next wave comes.

    That, or I could open my spellbook. But that defeats the purpose of PallyPower, and I’m a pretty stubborn guy.

    • Ophelie Says:

      Yeah. I wish they’d fix that!

      I keep the 10 minute versions of the buffs in a quiet corner of my screen so I can reach them quickly if needed (although PP does work for 10 min buffs for some odd reason). It comes in handy more often that I’d like. I should hide the 30 minute ones on my screen too, but I’m sure my PuGmates won’t die if they get 10 minute buffs for until we’re out of combat.

  4. Lloth Says:

    ugh. rezzing is such a PITA. so many dpsers think “its your fault i died, u’r responsible for me coming back to life” I got stuck in a random heroic the other day with a rogue who didn’t know what “controlled aggro” was and would constantly rip aggro off the tank. He died on every boss in Gundrak and was being a total dick to the tank. After his 3rd death, I simply forgot to rebuff him because my mind was elsewhere and he just goes “hey healer, how about a buff, or do I have to continue being top dps w/o ur help?” So I gave him wisdom, and when he pulled aggro and died on the final boss, I t-bagged him IN combat, then left group w/o rezzing him.

  5. Anea Says:

    I so heartily support items four and five on your list. Even though I am no longer a healer, I get quite indignant when people just lay around waiting for a healer to rez them, then stand around waiting for a heal ’cause they won’t sit and eat. Makes me want to RAEG!

    • Ophelie Says:


      You know, it’s kinda funny how it works. I don’t care if someone pulls aggro, stands in crap, does nothing but white damage. Laziness, though? That just makes me so mad.

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