Arena 2v2 PVP Video: Protection Paladin / Enhancement Shaman: Volume 1


This is my 1st PVP video @ 85.

My partner Kashmír and I are new to this comp. Our record was 5-5 in WotLK, 10-7 last week, and 19-7 this week (which was really 18-6 when we factor out DCs). We’re still in the learning process.

It’s a fun and uncommon comp and our matches tend to go quickly as we’re both “DPS”.

I make some silly mistakes in the video – do as I say not as I do :)

Excerpt from the YouTube video description:

This HD video is narrated footage of my 85 Protection Paladin in Cataclysm Patch v4.0.3a in Arena 2v2 with an Enhancement Shaman, Kashmír. We won 18 out of 24 matches in which neither side lost a player due to DC.

This is my 6th Prot PVP video since 4.0 launched and my 1st at 85 in Cataclysm.

This video features the following opposing comps at ~1800 MMR:
– Feral Druid + Rogue
– Warlock + Restoration Shaman
– Mage + Enhancement Shaman
– Warrior + Discipline Priest
– Mage + Holy Paladin

Tips / Notes
– As I talk about in my Prot PVP Guide, you should try whenever possible to not use Shield of the Righteous unless you have the Sacred Duty buff up. The reason is that SD guarantees that SotR will crit, and if you use SotR without SD you’ll be using our Melee Crit rate, which with my gear was ~6%
– If you need to bubble yourself to heal up, it’s a good idea to use the first GCD after popping Divine Shield to cast Judgement, which procs your mana regen. Then spam-cast FoL. That way you can heal up without going bone dry on mana
– CS is often my #1 source of damage (~22% of my total). This make sense given how frequently we can use it and the synergistic buffs to damage and crit from Wrath of the Lightbringer, Crusade, and Rule of Law
– We did face comps that went after my partner since he can’t bubble, but with his Wolves and the Paladin abilities Hand of Sacrifice, Divine Guardian, and Holy Radiance, we had instant-cast tools to extend his time-to-live. I usually charged in ahead of Kash to force opponents to deal with me, and shortly after Kash would engage
– Attacking a Restoration Shaman is not a smart thing to do, it generates mana for the Shaman. LOLZ
– I had thought that Seal of Truth and Retribution Aura were underwhelming at 85, but after looking at Recount from matches I realized that SoT and RA is still worth using. SoT is typically 10-12% of my total damage and RA against melees is ~3%

Errata:
– The 2nd comp was incorrectly listed in the video as Warlock + Holy Paladin, but as I said in the video it was actually Warlock + Restoration Shaman

For detailed information about Prot PVP, check out my PVP Guide:
https://taugrim.com/2010/10/14/guide-wow-4-0-protection-paladin-class-mechanics

Please post feedback / questions / comments. Thanks!

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5 comments on “Arena 2v2 PVP Video: Protection Paladin / Enhancement Shaman: Volume 1
  1. Martinbella says:

    All I do is PVP and I really enjoy Prot, even more so now as it is more challenging with the changes from Cata. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

    As a side note, I got the 300res trinket with the 900str proc, after getting my first 2 pieces of Bloodthirsty set–I can see now how advantageous having the reduced cd on judgement. Getting 4/5 Bloodthirsty will be my next goal.

    • taugrim says:

      Looking forward to seeing more from you

      Next vid won’t be out until end of year or so. I’m traveling for the holidays.

      As a side note, I got the 300res trinket with the 900str proc, after getting my first 2 pieces of Bloodthirsty set–I can see now how advantageous having the reduced cd on judgement. Getting 4/5 Bloodthirsty will be my next goal.

      The Resil/Str trinks are interesting. The passive proc may be solid for BGs. I’m probably going to go with the on-use one for Arena for the higher Str buff and controlled burst.

    • taugrim says:

      As a side note, I got the 300res trinket with the 900str proc

      By the way, I ended up taking that trinket (Insignia instead of Badge) as well, because it has a 1 minute internal cooldown. For me, the 2-min cooldown of the Badge outweighs its on-use nature and higher Str bonus.

      I can see some Prot Pallies preferring the Badge for Arena, esp teams that rely on fast target switches and heavy timed burst. Given that I run a dual DPS comp for 2s, I’d rather have the higher uptime provided by the Insignia.

  2. Michael says:

    Hi could i ask what addon is that which makes the ninja sword sound for hammer of wrath? I love your video and i’ll be reading all your guides. I was a season 1,2 gladiator holy pali 2v2 and 5v5. Have quit for 3 years and just returned w/o knowing cata. Lvled prot pali and man is is so fun!

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