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Blizzard is changing Retribution Paladins in WoW: Battle for Azeroth

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Blizzard is changing each class and each specialisation. Our first look at the Retribution Paladin changes will focus on the new talents, the attack rotation and overall performance of the specialisation. Seems like it’s finally balanced.

A lot of changes will be coming to Battle for Azeroth, World of Warcraft’s seventh expansion. Along with new zones, level cap, allied races and more, Blizzard will be changing the way each class specialisation plays.

The Retribution Paladin was always a bit overpowered ever since The Burning Crusade. Up until Legion, when it plummeted in interest because of it’s simple mechanics and rotation based on the Judgement spell.

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Judgement was the most important spell a Retribution Paladin had in Legion’s spell rotation. In Battle for Azeroth things will change greatly.

While Judgement will still be used, most of it’s usefulness has been replaced with the Hand of Light mastery, which increases the holy damage the paladin deals by percentages.

Instead of that, Judgement will be increasing the amount of damage the next Holy Power spender will deal by 25 per cent. This includes spells like Templar’s Verdict or Divine Storm.

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Hammer of Wrath will also be making a comeback as a talent choice, being the Paladin’s essential execute spell, castable only on enemies with 20 per cent health or less.

With the new Paladin talents the rotation will change from centering around Judgement’s holy damage increase to rapidly generating and spending holy power with a constant increase in Haste and Damage due to the two possible level 100 talents - Crusade and Inquisition.

This will provide the players with more control of the damage they deal to enemies, as opposed to the previous RNG-heavy build and rotation.

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It also appears every artifact weapon spell will be coming back in the form of a talent, which is good news for those who feel sorry about throwing away their artifact weapon.

We will be covering Battle for Azeroth extensively with more class specialisation recaps and further news as the game’s release approaches.